7 of the Easiest Chicken Wing Recipes You Can Make
Chicken wings are a fan favorite during any season, but they’re especially popular for days when you’re watching some March Madness. Chicken wings do especially well on the coals where the skin of the meat is cooked to perfection, and you can always prepare your poultry indoors, too. Check out these seven chicken wing recipes that are perfect for any occasion. As long as you’re okay with getting messy, there’s no reason you can’t make one of America’s favorite finger foods at home.
1. Herbed Grilled Chicken Wings
Here’s a recipe from Bon Appétit that shows how you can prepare your chicken wings on the grill. Summer might not be here yet, but that doesn’t mean grilling season can’t start. First, prepare your marinade, then let the wings hang out in it for at least an hour. Once your grill is hot, you’ll need just 15 to 20 minutes to cook.
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
- ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 2 pounds chicken wings
Directions: Combine garlic, oregano, rosemary, and oil in a large resealable plastic bag; season with salt and pepper. Add chicken wings, seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight.
Prepare grill for medium heat. Remove wings from marinade and grill, covered and turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve at once.
2. Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings
For a decadent spin on wings, try this recipe from Food & Wine for maple-bacon chicken wings. With this food formula, you’re frying your wings, and then topping them with a maple-bacon sauce made with ketchup, applesauce, soy sauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, and bacon. You can serve 4 with this recipe, but after one bite of this dish, you might have trouble sharing.
- 6 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 pounds chicken wings, split
- Kosher or sea salt, to taste
- Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
- Vegetable oil, for frying
Directions: Heat a saucepan over medium heat and cook the bacon until almost crispy. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the ketchup, maple syrup, applesauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Rinse the chicken wings and pat them dry. Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge the wings in flour, shaking off excess. Transfer to a baking sheet.
In a large saucepan or deep fryer, heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Working in batches, fry the chicken wings until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Shake off any excess oil and place on paper towels to drain. Continue frying the chicken in batches until all of the wings are cooked. Toss chicken wings with maple-bacon sauce and serve warm.
3. Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings
You can also bake your chicken wings in the oven for a more waistline-friendly meal. Follow this recipe for Parmesan garlic chicken wings from Steamy Kitchen and see for yourself. All it takes is a quick bake in the oven for 25 minutes, then quick toss with the pungent garlic and Parmesan sauce.
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 2½ pounds chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 cup blue cheese dressing
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, combine oregano, rosemary, cumin, and salt. Arrange chicken wings on a baking sheet and season with herb mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine oil, fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan, and seasoning salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the blue cheese dressing and mustard.
When the chicken is cooked through, immediately toss with garlic and Parmesan mixture. Serve with the blue cheese-mustard dressing.
4. Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce
If you like classic chicken wings, this recipe from Once Upon a Chef is for you. The blogger teaches you how to make your buffalo chicken wings on the grill with ease. The buffalo sauce is made with butter, garlic, hot sauce, sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder, making it both delicious and simple. You can serve your chicken wings with the buffalo sauce on the side, or do the dipping yourself.
- 3 pounds chicken wings
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable oil, for grill
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon sugar
Directions: Preheat grill to medium high. Season the wings with salt and pepper. Oil grates with a wad of paper towels dipped in vegetable oil, then add wings. Cook, covered, turning occasionally, until skin is crisp and meat is fully cooked, about 20 minutes. Keep an eye out for flare-ups while cooking. If this happens, just move the wings to a different part of the grill.
Meanwhile, combine the butter and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high heat until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the hot sauce, salt, onion powder, chili powder and sugar.
Once wings are cooked, either toss with sauce or serve them with the sauce on the side.
5. Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
Have you ever tried cola-glazed chicken wings? If not, you’re missing out. With this recipe highlighted on Tablespoon, you’ll find Coca-Cola adds a huge dose of flavor to the sweet sauce. This fun spin on traditional fried chicken is a tasty treat that will make your party guests swoon.
- 2 pounds chicken wings, separated into drummettes and flats
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle cola
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup hot sauce, franks
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 quart peanut or canola oil, for frying
Directions: Add sauce ingredients to medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Combine flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl and mix well. In a large, heavy pot or wok, heat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add wings to flour and toss to coat. Working in batches, fry wings until they are golden brown and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain wings on a few paper towels and repeat until all wings are cooked. Toss with sauce and serve.
6. Skinny BBQ Baked Chicken Wings
Here’s a lighter option from Gimme Some Oven. Yes, you can have your wings and eat healthfully — this recipe proves it. Blogger Ali shows you to make a barbecue sauce made only with natural sugars. When you follow her food formula, you’ll first make the sauce, then use half of it to coat the wings. After about 25 minutes in the oven, brush on the remaining sauce, and serve.
- 18 chicken wings, skin removed
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
Directions: Whisk all sauce together in a medium saucepan to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, then place a wire rack on top. Grease rack with nonstick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken wings with half of sauce. Toss to coat, then arrange wings in a single layer on prepared rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove from oven, then brush with remainder of sauce. Serve at once.
7. Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings
Asian flavors are coming into play for our last recipe from from Sunset. Ginger, garlic, chili paste, honey, and soy sauce are the ingredients that play a star role in these honey-sesame grilled chicken wings. The finger food also gets a nice crunch from the addition of toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Bring these wings to a party and you’ll quickly become the most popular guest. While these wings might be messy, it’s safe to say they are finger-licking good.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Asian chili paste
- 2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, and cut into drummettes and flats
- ½ cup honey
- 1½ teaspoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 green onion, trimmed and chopped
Directions: In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Add chicken and let marinate for 15 minutes, stirring often.
Set up a gas or charcoal grill for medium heat. Put chicken on grill and cover with lid. Cook, turning often, until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine honey and hoisin sauce. Using a pastry brush, generously baste chicken wings with honey glaze. Cover grill with lid and cook till honey glaze starts to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Turn chicken wings over and baste again, using the remaining honey glaze. Cook 3 minutes more, being careful not to let the glaze burn, removing pieces from the grill as they’re done.
Transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve any remaining honey glaze on the side.