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31 Finger-Licking Good Chicken Wing Recipes for Game Day

Americans have a very strong love affair with sports, and for some reason, chicken wings have become a big part of game day festivities. There’s nothing that compares to the camaraderie of loved ones rooting for their favorite teams while munching on crispy, flavorful chicken.

Oven-baked, deep-fried, or cooked on the barbecue, these recipes will help you learn the secrets to crunchy skin and juicy, tender meat. Crack open a cold beer and get ready to chow down delightful chicken wings, from BBQ sauces and dry-rubs to some very adventurous creations that may just become your new favorites!

#1. Baked Chicken Wings

Cooking wings in the oven is easy, doesn’t require flour, and gives you crispy and delicious chicken. Seasoned simply with butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, the meat absorbs all these flavors beautifully while baking. If you want the wings extra crispy, bake them for another half an hour or so at a lower temperature.

#2. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

In this recipe, chicken wings get the best of Asian flavors with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. These wings get wonderfully crispy as they bake in the oven. But, that’s not all! The wings are tossed in a sticky honey garlic sauce and baked again, coating the wings in the thickened sweet and spicy sauce. Absolute perfection!

#3. Hot and Numbing Xi’an-Style Oven-Fried Chicken Wings

There’s nothing quite like the fiery flavor of Sichuan peppercorns. Xi’an chicken wings are mouth-numbingly spicy, crispy, and will transport you all the way to China. To get the most out of the spices, toast them before grinding. And make sure to rest your wings overnight with baking powder and salt for extra crunch.

#4. Sticky and Crispy Asian Chicken Wings

If you like your wings sticky sweet with a satisfying crunch, you have to try this recipe. To achieve the perfect crispiness, mix your chicken with baking powder (not baking soda) before baking to draw out the moisture from the meat. Once baked, toss the wings in the sticky sauce featuring an assortment of spices to deliver a distinctly delicious flavor.

#5. Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Put your air fryer to work to create these healthy chicken wings that deliver all the flavors without the extra fat and calories. As usual, baking powder will provide the crunch you desire. Coat your wings in Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce to get that wonderful kick of spice.

#6. Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

Make your taste buds sing with joy as you bite into these tender, juicy baked wings. They’re coated with a homemade dry rub made from tons of spices and herbs. Top everything off with a glorious creamy dipping sauce featuring gorgonzola for some creamy goodness.

#7. Crispy Baked Lemon Pepper Wings

Try out this recipe for an easy meal of buttery wings bursting with lemony, peppery flavors! Simply coat your chicken wings in vegetable oil before baking. Once out of the oven, brush on a mixture of melted butter and lemon pepper seasoning, and serve!

#8. American-Style Chicken Wings

Here’s the perfect recipe to accompany your next game. Let your wings marinate in a mix of tomato paste, white wine vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, garlic, cumin, and coriander overnight. After that, bake and enjoy with a salad.

#9. Smoky Texan Chicken Wings

These wings offer a nice smoky spice without burning your mouth. Let your chicken settle in a mix of light muscovado sugar, tomato ketchup, smoked paprika, garlic, chili, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and oil for at least two hours. Then, cook the wings in an oven or on the barbecue. Pair them with coleslaw for a refreshing meal.

#10. Baked Korean Chicken Wings

Koreans love chicken wings as much as the average American, and they’ve got a pretty awesome way of preparing them. Spice up your dinner with rosemary-flavored baked wings coated in a sweet, spicy, and sticky sauce featuring the famous gochugaru spice and gochujang paste along with rice wine and other spices. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve!

#11. Deep-Fried Chicken Wings

This recipe for deep-fried chicken wings makes use of blackening seasoning, a blend of paprika, black pepper, onion, garlic, and herbs. You’ll welcome the unbelievable crunch that can only come from deep-frying, intensified by the cornstarch in the flour mix. If you aren’t eating your wings immediately, place them in the oven on the lowest setting to retain the crispiness.

#12. Dill Pickle Chicken Wings

In this recipe, we use pickle juice to give you tender wings that no one will be able to resist. Brining your chicken wings in pickle juice makes the meat more flavorful and helps keep all the moisture in. Sample the taste of dill, salt, pepper, and garlic in your golden-brown, crispy chicken.

#13. Wingstop Garlic Parmesan Wings

Recreate this popular menu item from Texas’ Wingstop restaurant in your own home! Your chicken wings are flavored with cayenne and ground black pepper and then cooked to perfection by first deep-drying and then baking them. Next, drizzle them with garlic butter sauce and Parmesan cheese and serve!

#14. Masala Chicken Wings

Spice up your next game day with these masala chicken wings! They are crispy, full of flavor, and pack just the right amount of heat. Marinate the wings for at least a few hours with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic paste. Once baked, toss them in homemade sauce and garnish with cilantro!

#15. Enchilada Chicken Wings

If enchilada sauce is good in tortillas, think just how amazing it’ll be on chicken wings! Old El Paso taco seasoning is what goes on your wings before you pan-fry them to give you some spiciness. Coat them in enchilada and wing sauces and serve with a creamy dip made from sour cream, garlic, salt, and cilantro.

#16. Mexican Chicken Wings (Taco Wings)

These Mexican baked chicken wings are simply finger-licking good. The cheesy homemade taco sauce really brings everything together, and it definitely beats a simple taco seasoning. Serve with a delicious dip featuring sour cream and fajita spice mix that’ll bring all the flavors together.

#17. Red Curry Chicken Wings

Coat your chicken wings in a classic Thai red curry paste for delicious flavors of red pepper, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and more in every bite. This recipe is also paleo and keto-friendly. Make sure to squeeze some lime before digging in!

#18. Crispy Baked Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Salty, tangy, and perfectly crispy, these baked chicken wings are very easy to make and are incredibly flavorful. Marinating your chicken wings in vinegar for a few hours will give you a deliciously tangy taste. And the secret to achieving that crunch on your wings is cornstarch!

#19. Cherry-Lime Baked Wings

Cherry jam and fresh lime juice on chicken wings — you’d never think this combination would work as well as it does! Toss your chicken in oil, salt, and pepper and bake until the skins are crispy. Glaze them with the cherry jam and lime juice and continue baking for about 10 minutes. Garnish with lime jest and serve with lemon wedges!

#20. Al Pastor Wings

Bring Mexican flavors front and center with this al pastor recipe. You’ll use a dry rub made from dry chilies, anchos, guajillo, chipotle, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and baking powder. This will give your chicken wings a spicy, earthy, and smoky flavor and a fantastic crispy texture.

#21. Stuffed Chicken Wing, Chestnut Cream, Chervil Root and Périgord Truffle

If you want to elevate chicken wings to a Michelin-grade dish, you want to hang on to this recipe by Gary Foulkes. The recipe involves stuffing wings with a creamy chicken mousse. While that might seem complicated and fussy, the result is so worth it. Serve with chervil root, sea aster leaf, and truffle for an elegant presentation.

#22. Kung Pao Chicken Wings

Your Chinese takeout staple, kung pao chicken, lends inspiration to this dish. Get ready for some roasted wings coated in a sticky, tangy, glossy sauce featuring vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. The Sichuan peppercorns bring a kick of numbing spice you cannot resist, and the chopped roasted peanuts deliver an extra crunch.

#23. Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

Pair authentic Vietnamese fish sauce with your chicken wings and watch culinary magic unfold. Marinade the wings in fish sauce, garlic, and sugar, and then fry them to golden brown crispiness. Toss the wings in your cooked marinade sauce, and serve with mint and crispy fried garlic.

#24. Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy-baked wings are delicious enough, but when they’re glazed with a mix of honey, garlic, and herbes de Provence, you achieve perfection. Your wings are ready in 40 minutes and much healthier than frying in oil. Serve with fresh chopped herbs and watch them disappear within minutes!

#25. Breaded Chicken Wings

Homemade breaded chicken wings will give you so much more flavor and amazing texture than their frozen counterpart. You’ll need milk and eggs to marinate and flour for the coating along with some pantry staple spices for flavor. The result? Crispy, crunchy chicken wings with tinder, juicy meat inside!

#26. Greek Baked Chicken Wings Recipe With Tzatziki Sauce

If you can’t get enough Greek flavors in your food, you’ll want to incorporate them into your wings, too. Prepare your chicken with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano, and bake them. And that’s pretty much it! A simple, yummy recipe to serve with creamy tzatziki dip made from cucumber, yogurt, and garlic.

#27. Fried Chicken Wings (Chinese Takeout Style)

Chicken wings marinated in black and white pepper, garlic powder, salt, sugar, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and sesame oil — this recipe delivers a Chinese takeout style chicken made right in your home. Leaving your chicken to soak up flavor overnight is best, but if you’re short for time, two hours will do. The secret to crispiness is frying twice.

#28. Ultra Crispy Shrimp Paste Chicken (Har Cheong Gai)

Shrimp paste on its own can be quite strong, but when used for chicken wings, you get beautiful aromas and an umami flavor unlike any other. This recipe encourages you to experiment and delivers a fantastic result! Serve your deep-fried wings with a sweet and spicy chili sauce.

#29. Tandoori Chicken Wings

Marinate your wings in yogurt and Indian spices to get a burst of flavor in every juicy bite of your chicken wing. Aromatic seasonings like turmeric, garam masala, and red chili powder will make your taste buds come alive. Mimic the tandoor cooking method in an oven or air fryer at moderate temperature before crisping until charred.

#30. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings

Here’s another Asian-inspired recipe that involves brining your chicken wings in buttermilk. It helps the flour coat the entire surface of the wings equally to give you the optimal level of crunch. Serve your crunchy, juicy wings with Thai basil and creamy scallion ranch dip.

#31. Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

In the early 1990s, Asians went crazy for Coca-Cola wings, and it’s about time you discovered why. First, fry your wings with ginger on high heat until they’re light brown on each side. Next, add your cola, Shaoxing wine, soy sauces, dried orange peel, and cinnamon stick. Simmer till dry and sticky, and serve!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.