Six must-try chicken wings recipes


Super Bowl parties are as much about giving out snacks as they are about giving out points. Dips are an integral part of the former (Ben Mims has recipe suggestions for guacamole and other homemade dips), and another key player on the snack table are wings, 1.42 billion of which will be consumed during this year’s game, as expected by the National Chicken Council. Unusually high demand coupled with labor shortages has impacted the chicken wing supply chain since the pandemic began, but unlike last year, “there will be no shortage of wings,” NCC spokesman Tom Super assures. Retail prices are up about 30 cents a pound year-on-year. Now that you know you can get them, here are a few recipes to walk you through how to make them.

Seemingly ubiquitous today, Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing were “invented” in 1964 when Teressa Bellissimo of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, legend has it, dreamed it up from what she had on hand as a midnight snack for her hungry son (the bartender that night) and his friends. An adaptation of this original (they don’t reveal the full recipe for their secret sauce), this recipe is based on the old saloon staple, Frank’s RedHot Sauce, enriched with vinegar and butter for added flavor and texture. Since then, wings have been reinvented in dozens of “flavors” by home cooks and professionals alike to meet the needs – and whims – of the wide spectrum of wing fans.

Spicy chipotle chilies (smoked jalapeños) are balanced by the sweetness and flavor of orange juice in the marinade of these grilled chipotle wings. Cumin, garlic, onion and a hint of cayenne pepper complete the taste. Marinate the wings the night before so all you have to do is toss them on the grill on game day.

Dredging stout and cornstarch mustard wings allows for an extra crunchy (and gluten-free) exterior. The stout imparts notes of molasses, coffee and roasted barley, complemented by whole grain mustard, garlic and thyme. The bitterness of the reduced beer is balanced with a little honey and malt vinegar, grated parmesan and soy sauce add umami to the glaze.

If you’re a fan of Korean Fried Chicken (aka KFC), Soy Garlic Chicken Wings from (now closed) Hot n Sweet might be the place to go. The light, crunchy coating shatters when you bite into it, then melts in your mouth like tempura batter. It’s a lot lighter than the coating on the double fried KFC you’ll find all over Koreatown.

Key limes are the secret to the flavorful marinade of these Thai-inspired peanut chicken wings. They are finished in the oven with the peanut sauce, which cooks to a nice shellac. The sweet peanut sauce provides a striking contrast to the heat and acidity of the marinade.

Ginger Soy Chicken Wings, from the now-defunct Beacon restaurant in Culver City, are crunchy, gooey and sweet, with the icing peppered with the distinct hint of ginger. They’re so flavorful on their own that no dipping sauce is needed.

Like almost everything these days, wings may be a bit more expensive than they used to be, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in stores. Once cooked in any of these recipes, they’ll quickly disappear into the hands of your grateful Super Bowl companions.

These wings are sweet and tangy, infusing chipotle chiles with the sweetness and flavor of orange juice. Cumin, garlic, onion and a touch of cayenne pepper round it all off.

Time40 minutes

incomeFor 6 to 8 people

Wholemeal mustard, garlic and thyme complement the bold flavors of the stout. Honey and malt vinegar balance out the bitterness, and grated parmesan and soy sauce add umami.

Time1 hour

incomeFor 8 to 12 people

A mixture of cornstarch and flour in the batter provides a tempura-like crunch. The thin sauce has hints of ginger and the distinct sweetness that comes from sake or mirin.

Time1 hour

incomeServed 12

Sweet with a touch of spice, these wings pair perfectly with a bowl of peanut sauce.

Time1 hour

incomeFor 8 to 10 people

The crispy fried wings are glazed in a sticky-sweet soy reduction flavored with fresh ginger. No dipping sauce necessary.

Time1 hour

incomeFor 4 to 6 appetizer portions

Fried wings are brushed with a happily toxic combination of Frank’s RedHot sauce, vinegar, and butter.

Time1 hour

incomeServed 4 Six must-try chicken wings recipes

Russell Falcon

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