Chicken wings are easy to cook at home! The best part is you get to choose the sauce, style, and cooking method when you make your own wings. Let’s look at seven different ways to prepare chicken wings.
Traditional Baked Buffalo Wings
The key to crispy skin is coating them with baking powder and spices first, then bake 45 minutes on a rack so all the fat drains through. Toss with traditional Buffalo sauce made with cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter.
Grilling wings only takes 15-20 minutes. Begin with a dry rub of salt, pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme and paprika. Alternatively, marinade in soy sauce and Italian dressing. Flip while grilling so they don’t char too heavily on one side and then toss in a creamy spicy sauce of mayonnaise, horseradish, and a dollop of hot sauce.
Deep Fried Wings
If you like fried wings, first coat them with a flour mixture and refrigerate between multiple coatings so the flour mixture sticks during the frying process. Frying involves more preparation time but the wings cook in 10 minutes. This can be done in an air-fryer as well as a deep fryer. Toss in your favorite sauce.
Carolina Style Wings
There isn’t just one Carolina! Pick either North Carolina cider vinegar sauce or South Carolina mustard sauce. Bake for 45 minutes and then finish with a BBQ char. Toss with the North Carolina sauce if you want a bit of a pucker to your wings.
Lemon Pepper Wings
First bake lemon zest on low heat until it can be crushed into a powder. Apply powdered zest with pepper before cooking then grill or bake. Toss in a sauce of melted butter, lemon juice, garlic salt, onion power and fresh ground pepper for a milder flavor.
Asian Chicken Wings
These wings are marinated overnight in rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, with garlic, ginger, brown sugar and chili garlic paste. Bake wings while reducing your marinade by half. Coat with marinade and sesame seeds for a sticky, sweet crunch.
Habanero Chicken Wings
Want more heat? Habanero wings are sure to please. Bake wings until crispy and apply glaze. To make the glaze slowly heat mango nectar, peach preserves, or orange marmalade with butter and then add the diced habanero peppers. Sticky, sweet, and very spicy, these wings are delightful.
With so many styles of wings to choose from you will find one that will make your whole family happy. Or if you are throwing a party try a few varieties. Whichever you choose it is sure to be a hit!