Marie Sharp’s Smoked Habanero Wings

If I was forced to say just one word about Marie Sharp’s Smoked Habanero wings it would be: Wow. The sauce is just amazing. The smoked habaneros have a fantastic flavor. Smoky, yes. Spicy, yes. Fresh ingredients. These are just the most lip-smackingly-good wings ever. I could devour these wings all day long.

Marie Sharp's Smoked Habanero Wings

A Truly Amazing Sauce

A little hot sauce and a little butter is all it takes to make the fantastic goodness that is these Marie Sharp’s Smoked Habanero wings. The wings themselves don’t have to be fancy. No special deep-fried wings needed. No heavily-seasoned air fryer wings required. Keep the wings simple and don’t hide what’s coming: a fantastic sauce.

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

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Marie Sharp's Smoked Habanero Wings
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Marie Sharp’s Smoked Habanero

Easily one of my all-time favorites. Without hesitation.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot sauce, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 2015kcal

Ingredients

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

For a mild sauce

For a medium sauce

For a hotter sauce

Instructions

Notes

In general, the ratio of butter to hot sauce is as below:
For a mild sauce: 3:1 (i.e. 3 parts butter to 1 part hot sauce)
For a medium sauce: 2:1
For a hot sauce: 1:1

Nutrition

Calories: 2015kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 227g | Saturated Fat: 144g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 59g | Trans Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 602mg | Sodium: 1749mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7103IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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

Copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings

Oh man did these copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings ever hit the spot. I love Buffalo wings. You know, the classic flavors. These wings are like that but kicked up with Cajun seasoning. That’s where these wings took Buffalo wings from great to fantastic. I cannot wait for the next time I make a batch of these wings. I found myself craving them again the moment I finished them. As simple and as easy as they were to make, they are certainly one of my favorites!

Copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings

Deep-Fried Greatness

These copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings are spot-on great. I made a small batch for my lunch the other day. Since it was just me I used my lil ole Fry Daddy fryer. It’s small but it more than does the job. It only takes 8-10 minutes to fry up a batch of delicious wings like these. And it uses only a few cups of oil, which is a big savings over hauling out my big restaurant-style fryer. Yeah that baby’ll cook a ton of wings but boy does it ever use a lot of oil!

You gotta use Frank’s RedHot for the sauce. Gotta.

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Also try my Cajun Buffalo wings.

Copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings
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Copycat Wingstop Cajun Wings

One of my favorites!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun wings, copycat
Servings: 4
Calories: 713kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat 3" of oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 F.
  • Add the wings and fry 8-10 minutes or until they reach 165 F. Remove to a wire rack over a baking sheet or paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • While the wings are cooking place all of the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted stir well to combine. Turn off the heat until ready to use.
  • Transfer wings to a large bowl. Drizzle with the sauce. Toss gently to coat.

Nutrition

Calories: 713kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 1569mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 1906IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg

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

Cajun Butter Wings

These Cajun butter wings take a little more effort than some wings to prepare. But, oh me, are they ever worth every single minute. First you fry the wings until they are mostly done. Then you toss them in a super yummy super easy sauce. Yeah, it’s just butter and Cajun seasoning. But that’s two of my favorite things. Bake the wings a bit. Add more butter sauce. Bake some more until the wings are done and skin is just nice and crispy. Then you devour them. And you lick your fingers. A lot.

Cajun Butter Wings

The Perfect Sauce for us Butter-a-holics

You can make the Cajun spice mix for these Cajun Butter wings using the recipe below. Or you can just grab some pre-made stuff out of the pantry, such as Slap Ya Mama brand. Me, I love Cajun seasoning flavors, so I use a bit extra. To me these wings are kinda like Cajun buttered shrimp, and I can eat a ton of those too!

I really liked the texture of these wings. If you’re in a hurry you could just deep fry them and toss them in the sauce. But I think the baking and extra basting with the sauce adds a whole lot more flavor.

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Cajun Butter Wings
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Cajun Butter Wings

Crazy good finger-licking wings!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked wings, Cajun wings, deep-fried
Servings: 2
Calories: 2838kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

For the Cajun butter

Instructions

  • Heat a few inches of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Season the wings lightly with the salt. Working in batches if necessary, fry the wings for 8 minutes, flipping once. They do not need to be fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F and prepare the Cajun butter mixture (recipe below).
  • Remove the wings to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Transfer the wings to the baking sheet. Brush all sides with half of the Cajun butter.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Brush all sides of the wings with the remaining Cajun butter and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

For the Cajun butter

  • Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind together the remaining ingredients until a fine consistency is achieved. Add to the butter and stir.
  • Keep warm until ready to use.

Notes

You can substitute 2 teaspoons of store-bought Cajun seasoning for the spice mix.

Nutrition

Calories: 2838kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 168g | Fat: 237g | Saturated Fat: 99g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g | Monounsaturated Fat: 82g | Trans Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 943mg | Sodium: 1258mg | Potassium: 1493mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4634IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 9mg

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

Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Wings

These crispy baked honey BBQ wings made a believer of baked wings out of me. I rarely make wings in the oven. Or rather, I used to rarely make wings in the oven. These wings were delicious. They were cooked just right. The skin had the perfect bite. Man, there’s just nothing worse than rubbery wing skin. Not a worry here, that’s for sure. And the sauce? Oh me, what a great combination of sweetness, smokiness and just a bit of heat.

Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Wings

A Real Crowd Pleaser

This recipe for crispy baked honey BBQ wings scales really easily. So if you need to make a bunch of wings for a bunch of people, all you gotta do is double it or triple it or more. The sauce is also great on the sauce for dipping the cooked wings, so make extra. It’s really good stuff, and people are likely to want more of it. I did.

I used Sweet Baby Ray’s for the barbecue sauce in the sauce mix, but you can use your favorite. Since you’re adding honey and a little heat, I’d opt for a more traditional BBQ sauce versus a sweet heat version.

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Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Wings
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Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Wings

This recipe scales really easily.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked wings
Servings: 4
Calories: 291kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

For the sauce

Instructions

For the wings

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and black pepper.
  • Add the wings to the bowl (working in batches if needed) and toss to coat well. Transfer the wings to the baking sheet. Do not overlap the wings or let them touch.
  • Spray the tops of the wings with a little non-stick spray. This is optional but I think it gets the wings a bit more crispy.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the wings and bake another 20 minutes.
  • Brush the tops of the wings with half of the wing sauce. Bake another 5 minutes.
  • Flip the wings and brush with the remaining sauce. Bake another 5 minutes.
  • Optional: If you want a little more color to your wings, place under the boiler for 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on them, though. You do not want to burn the sauce.

For the sauce

  • Meanwhile, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to keep warm until the wings are done, stirring often.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1590mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Baked Wings with Garlic Butter Sauce

It was time for something different. Time for a departure from my ‘usual’ wings, usually air-fried or deep-fried. Time for a departure from my ‘usual’ wing sauces, usually spicy but occasionally sweet. Yep, time for some baked wings with garlic butter sauce. These definitely are not my usual wings. The skin gets nice and crispy in the oven. Next, time for a toss in a very garlicky, very yummy sauce that is loaded with buttery tasty goodness. These are finger-lickingly good wings for sure!

Baked Wings with Garlic Butter Sauce

More Garlic, More Better

You know, there’s absolutely no one that’s going to judge you if you decide you want even more garlic flavor when you make your baked wings with garlic butter sauce. I definitely guarantee that as the recipe is written you’re going to be getting a lot of garlic flavor. But I know there are people out there that want even more, so load up! Now’s the time to bring it!

Want your wings a little darker in color? Just put them under the broiler for a few minutes after they are fully cooked. Just keep an eye on them while you broil them. Never leave anything unattended under such high heat.

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Baked Wings with Garlic Butter Sauce

Garlicky buttery goodness!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked wings, garlic
Servings: 4
Calories: 731kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

For the garlic butter sauce

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

For the wings

  • Preheat oven to 250 F.
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil.
  • Spray the foil with non-stick spray.
  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel.
  • Place baking powder and salt into resealable bag or container. Add the wings. Seal and shake until the wings are coated.
  • Transfer wings to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 425 F and cook the wings another 40-50 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the tray once.
  • Remove wings from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes, while making the sauce.
  • Toss wings in the sauce and serve.

For the garlic butter sauce

  • Melt butter in the oil over medium heat in a small saucepan.
  • Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes to cook.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in parsley and salt. Keep warm until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 1139IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3mg

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

Baked Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

The problem with most baked Buffalo-style wings is that the flavor is only skin-deep. The wings are cooked then tossed in a sauce then served. Problem is, that sauce never gets a chance to flavor the meat. You take a bite. Yummy. Take another. Sadness. Nada. Nothing. The sauce is gone and so is the flavor. These baked spicy Buffalo Ranch wings are not those wings. These wings are marinated in Buffalo sauce. That sauce gets ‘down in there’, flavoring the wings all the way through. The result is bite after bite of Buffalo wing goodness.

Baked Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

The Easy Way To Please A Crowd

You can easily scale this recipe for baked spicy Buffalo Ranch wings to feed a bigger crowd. For those that want even more heat, use a hotter hot sauce. Of course you can use a tamer sauce for those that don’t like that spicy kick.

These wings have a skin that is ‘bite through clean’. No yucky chewy chicken skin here. They aren’t going to be crunchy, but you can give them a little bit of a crunch and color by placing them under the broiler just before serving them. Just don’t leave them under that high heat for long.

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Baked Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings
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Baked Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

Use a hotter hot sauce for more kick.
Prep Time4 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked wings, Buffalo wings
Servings: 8
Calories: 556kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the wings in a large bowl.
  • Add the wings and turn to coat well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray well with non-stick spray.
  • Transfer wings to the baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Turn on broiler and broil wings until lightly charred and crunchy. Do not leave wings unattended while under the broiler. Keep a close eye on them.
  • Remove and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Baked Taco Wings

Yowsa. I could’ve eaten an obscene amount of these baked taco wings. I really wasn’t expecting them to be so great. Boy o boy, I could not get enough of them. Great taco flavor with a lightly crunchy coating. And easy? It’s hard to get any easier to make. And on the side, a just-as-easy Ranch and chile pepper dipping sauce. I liked the sauce to much that I went on to make more and used it as a salad dressing!

Baked Taco Wings

A Great Party Appetizer

The coating on these baked taco wings is pretty delicate, so be careful when flipping them. Just take a little extra time and they’ll be fantastic. I’m a big fan of taco seasoning, so I might admit to adding a bit extra for a little more flavor. These wings would be excellent as an appetizer at a party. The flavor is definitely different than traditional Buffalo wings. The dipping sauce has a nice chile pepper flavor to it, combined with a more traditional Ranch dressing.

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Baked Taco Wings
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Baked Taco Wings

The coating on these baked taco wings is pretty delicate, so be careful when flipping them.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked wings
Servings: 4
Calories: 977kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour and taco seasoning.
  • Add the oil and stir to combine.
  • Working in batches, add the wings to the bowl and toss to coat. Press the wings into the mix to make sure you get all sides well coated. Place on the baking sheet, skin side down.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Gently flip the wings and cook another 20 minutes.
  • While the wings are cooking, place the dressing and chiles into a blender and processes until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Remove wings from oven and transfer to a serving platter with the dressing mix on the side.
  • Note: You can place the wings under the broiler for 1-2 minutes for a little more color, if desired but note that the coating will char if left in the oven too long. Keep an eye on them if you decide to do this.

Nutrition

Calories: 977kcal | Carbohydrates: 199g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 20500mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2670IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Copycat Plucker’s Medium Buffalo Wings

It’s a tremendous understatement to say that I love Plucker’s wing sauces. I’ve tried many of their bottled sauces and they are all absolutely fantastic. I devoured my last bottle of medium Buffalo sauce, so I had to resort to making a copycat Plucker’s medium Buffalo wings sauce. Oh, and all was right in the world again! The perfect amount of heat, just enough to wake me up but not so much to make me cry. Wonderful traditional wing flavor. These are the wings that are destined to disappear in no time.

Copycat Plucker's Medium Buffalo Wings

I cut the recipe down so I could enjoy a small batch of copycat Plucker’s medium Buffalo wings for my lunch. No point in heating up my huge restaurant-style deep fryer for just a handful of wings. So, I used my Fry Daddy fryer instead. This little fryer gets a workout in my house. It’s the perfect size for a small batch of wings.

I usually reach for the Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce when I make anything Buffalo-style. And sometimes I’ll go for Crystal Hot Sauce, which has a wonderful Louisiana-inspired flavor. You want a traditional cayenne sauce, and not something flavored like a habanero mango hot sauce!

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Copycat Plucker's Medium Buffalo Wings
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Copycat Plucker’s Medium Buffalo Wings

Wonderful traditional wing flavor.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo wings, copycat
Servings: 4
Calories: 961kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

For the sauce

  • Place the hot sauce, vinegar, butter, jalapenos and pepper in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the butter melts, whisk the ingredients together until the sauce comes together.
  • Reduce heat and keep warm until ready to use.

For the wings

  • Heat 3" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Working in batches if necessary, fry the wings 8-10 minutes or until they reach 165 F. Remove to a wire rack over a baking sheet or paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Transfer wings to a large bowl. Drizzle with the sauce and toss gently to coat.

Nutrition

Calories: 961kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 323mg | Sodium: 3931mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg

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

New Orleans Hot Wings

You’re heard of Nashville hot chicken. Heck, you’ve probably had it plenty of times, just like me. And I’ve made a few batches of wings with Nashville hot sauce on them. There are a number of good bottled sauces out there, like the one from Buffalo Wild Wings. Well, move over Nashville! New Orleans hot wings are in the house! I took the same concept, battered fried chicken wings with a spicy paste, and Cajun-ized it! These wings bring the flavor, the crunch and just the right amount of heat.

New Orleans Hot Wings

Make ‘Em Hotter. Or Don’t.

You can make your New Orleans hot wings as hot and as Cajun as you want. Or tone it down a little, if that’s your thing. Add more hot sauce to make the sauce a little thinner and of course, a little hotter. The more seasoning, the more of that Cajun flavor and the thicker the paste is. It’s a fine line. You don’t want a thin sauce here but you also don’t want it so thick you can’t get it to stick to your wings.

You can use whatever hot sauce you prefer, but for me, this recipe screams Crystal hot sauce. It’s from Louisiana. Boom!

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New Orleans Hot Wings
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New Orleans Hot Wings

These wings bring the flavor, the crunch and just the right amount of heat.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 648kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix buttermilk with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt in a large bowl.
  • Add the wings and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat 3" of oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 F.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, paprika and remaining kosher salt.
  • Remove the wings from the buttermilk and drain. Do not pat dry.
  • Place wings in the flour mixture and toss to coat well.
  • Working in batches if needed, deep fry the wings 8-10 minutes or until they reach 165 F. Transfer to a wire rack over a baking sheet or a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Transfer the wings to a large bowl.
  • Combine the hot sauce and Cajun seasoning. Drizzle over the wings and toss gently to coat.
  • Serve hot.

Notes

You may want to double the sauce recipe. Adjust the Cajun seasoning to taste. 

Nutrition

Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 812mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1746IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Copycat Hooter’s Hot Buffalo Wings

It’s hard to beat Hooter’s for good ole hot wings. If you don’t have a restaurant nearby you have three options. One, move. Two, order some of their breading and sauces online and make the original yourself. Or three, make this copycat Hooter’s hot buffalo Wings from scratch. Any option will do, but I have to admit that these wings came out spot-on like what I’ve had at the restaurant. They’re hot but not crazy hot. They’re breaded perfectly. They taste wonderful and they disappear in no time. That’s the sign of darned good wings.

Copycat Hooter's Hot Buffalo Wings

Great Heat and Great Flavor

I wouldn’t do anything different about these copycat Hooter’s hot Buffalo wings. Except maybe more of them, more often. You can tone down the heat but leaving out the cayenne and make a medium version of these wings, but then they wouldn’t be hot wings! Doh!

If it’s just me or the two of us, I’ll use my lil ole trusty Fry Daddy fryer to make these wings. I can fit a good 8 pieces in without any fear of over-crowding. As an added bonus, it doesn’t use much oil and it is super easy to clean up. It sure makes deep frying a breeze.

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Copycat Hooter's Hot Buffalo Wings
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Copycat Hooter’s Hot Buffalo Wings

These wings are hot, but not crazy hot!
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo wings, copycat
Servings: 4
Calories: 275kcal

Ingredients

For the Wings

For the Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

For Serving

Instructions

For the Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

  • Make the sauce by placing all of the ingredients into a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  • Once the butter is melted stir well. Turn off the heat.
  • Stir again before tossing with the wings.

For the Wings

  • Combine the flour, salt, cayenne and paprika in a large bowl.
  • Rinse the wings. Drain well but do not dry the wings.
  • Add the wings to the flour mixture and turn to coat well. Transfer to a plate and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Heat 3" of oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 F.
  • Working in batches if necessary, fry the wings 8-10 minutes or until they reach 165 F. Transfer to a rack over a baking sheet or a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Transfer wings to a large bowl. Drizzle with the sauce and toss gently to coat. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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