Poppin’ Buffalo Wings

Who doesn’t love the sound and smell from a big ole hot plate of sizzling fajitas from their local Mexican restaurant? Well, my Poppin’ Buffalo Wings are sorta kinda like that. Fantastic Buffalo wing sauce aroma and flavors. Crazy outrageous sizzling sounds! Yep, thanks to the classic candy Pop Rocks, you too can have a snap-crackle-poppin’ good wing dish!

Poppin' Buffalo Wings

You don’t have to go crazy adding Pop Rocks to your Poppin’ Buffalo Wings. You’re not making candy. You don’t want to make your Buffalo wings too sweet. Just sprinkle them around just before you serve your wings, while the wings and sauce are still hot. As soon as those little candies hit that sauce they’ll stop poppin’! It’s fun!

You’ll also want to make these awesome wings:
Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wings
Sweet Baby Ray’s Garlic Parmesan Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Jammin’ Jalapeno Wings
Texas Pete Extra Mild Buffalo Wings
Tangy Tapatio Barbecue Wings

Check out my always-growing list of favorite store-bought wing sauces and seasonings.

Poppin' Buffalo Wings
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Poppin’ Buffalo Wings

Add the candies just before you serve your wings, while the wings and sauce are still hot.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 503kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 354mg | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

Pickle-Brined Wings

An online friend of mine recently told me that he never, ever throws out the brine left in a jar of pickles after all of the pickles are gone. He went on to say that he uses it to brine the chicken when he makes Nashville Hot Chicken. I thought to myself, “Darn”, as I flashed back to all of the gallons of pickle brine I’ve watched go down the drain. Though I didn’t have Nashville Hot Chicken on the brain. I wanted wings! And what I got were these delicious pickle-brined wings, super-duper moist and flavorful.

The pickle brine doesn’t smack you in the face, it just helped make the chicken more tender and juicy. Do not fear, biting into your wings won’t be like biting into a Vlasic. No, it’ll be like biting into wing greatness!

Pickle-Brined Wings

From now on I am definitely saving my pickle brine. It doesn’t have to come from just pickles either. The juice from anything pickled will do. Just save that stuff up for the next time you make pickle-brined wings and you’ll be as happy as I was.

You’ll also want to make these awesome wings:
Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wings
Sweet Baby Ray’s Garlic Parmesan Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Jammin’ Jalapeno Wings
Texas Pete Extra Mild Buffalo Wings
Tangy Tapatio Barbecue Wings

Check out my always-growing list of favorite store-bought wing sauces and seasonings.

Pickle-Brined Wings
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Pickle-Brined Wings

The pickle brine doesn’t smack you in the face, it just helped make the chicken more tender and juicy.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brined, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 517kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 24 ounce jar of pickles juice only

For the seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oi
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  • Add the pickle juice. Seal and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 1-4 hours, flipping occasionally
  • When ready to cook, remove the wings from the pickle juice and dab dry with a paper towel. Do not rinse.
  • Combine the seasoning ingredients and sprinkle the wings with it. Note: If you like, you can sprinkle the wings with the seasoning AFTER cooking instead. I've tried it both ways and they came out great no matter which technique I used.

Nutrition

Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 1359mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 671IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

Pepper Jelly Barbecue Wings

It’s rare when Anita says that she really loves a wing sauce. Her tastes are pretty picky (nothing wrong with that!), whereas mine run from the hot to the sweet and anything in between. These pepper jelly barbecue wings made us both very happy. They aren’t very spicy. They aren’t very sweet. They’re just right. And definitely finger-licking good.

Pepper Jelly Barbecue Wings

I’m not quite sure when a barbecue sauce becomes a wing sauce. Maybe it’s just a simple matter of putting it on wings and boom! It’s a wing sauce! I brushed the wings with the pepper jelly barbecue wing sauce just before they were done. That gave the sauce some time to set up on the wings. You could just as easily tossed the wings in the sauce instead.

I know some folks aren’t fans of liquid smoke. This sauce is much better with it. If you don’t want to use it, just add some adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles). That’ll add a bit of heat too.

You’ll also want to make these awesome wings:
Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wings
Sweet Baby Ray’s Garlic Parmesan Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Jammin’ Jalapeno Wings
Texas Pete Extra Mild Buffalo Wings
Tangy Tapatio Barbecue Wings

Check out my always-growing list of favorite store-bought wing sauces and seasonings.

Pepper Jelly Barbecue Wings
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Pepper Jelly Barbecue Wings

I brushed the wings with the pepper jelly barbecue wing sauce just before they were done.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, spicy, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 559kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • sauce from below

For the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 10 ounces pepper jelly
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke see instructions, you might want to start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste it first

Instructions

For the sauce

  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion. Sauté for about 10 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.
  • Add the garlic and chili sauce. Stir and cook another minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients. I recommend using all of the liquid smoke, but you can start with half and taste to see if it's to your liking.

For the wings

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.