Nothing says NFL Sunday Funday or college tailgating party like…..
Most of the year I am very well behaved and stay away from them. But as soon as football season (or college basketball season, for that matter) begins and the commericals for Buffalo Wild Wings dominate my television, I find myself craving wings at least once a week. Usually more than once. But instead of shelling out the cash and the excess calories at places that deep fry their wings, I’ve come to really love making my wings at home and experimenting with all sorts of new flavors.
I’ve spent weeks researching the best of the best of chicken wing recipes from around the web to give you my Top 17 Chicken Wing Recipes for the Football Season (17 recipes, 17 weeks of football season—coincidence? I think not!) Enjoy!
Warning: Reading this will cause your stomach to rumble, mind drift off into a happy place, and mouth to water. Could cause excessive drooling.
- Garlic Parmesan Wings: These are my personal fave kind of wings. Rich, oozine with butter and packed with parm cheese and garlic…YUM! The recipe doesn’t specify cooking method. I prefer to batter mine up, fry for a hot second, and then pop in the oven to finish them off. Then I cover them with the garlic sauce at the end. I have tried them “naked” or without breading and they were just as yummy. But I figure, if I’m doing wings, I’m going all out! (PS–the link includes a bunch of recipes from Buffalo Wild Wings!)
- Hooters-esque Boneless Wings: Hooters Boneless Wings used to be my fave guilty pleasure–until I discovered I could make them at home, a little healthier! And last time I went to Hooters I was sorely disappointed in their quality of wings compared to my own. I’ve been using this recipe for over a year now and it comes out amazing every single time. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Get the Recipe
- Wisconsin Cheese Wings: These decadent wings are rolled in a cheese-cracker mixture to create a super-yummy crunchy piece o’ chicken. Get the Recipe!
- Savory & Spicy Salsa Wings: Salsa Wings are a healthier option to wings because these guys are cooking in a Crock Pot instead of deep fried! The recipe recommends Newman’s Own Salsa but I’ve tried it with some local store brands and they were AWESOME! Want to kick it up a notch? Pick a habenero salsa to brew them in! Get the Recipe!
- Lemon Dijon Wings: This recipe had me at “6 cloves of garlic.” Throw in some dijon mustard and I knew I would be whipping these puppies up ASAP! Tangy and full of flavor yet the lemon makes them shockingly light tasting. Get the Recipe!
- Red hot honey glazed grilled wings with blue cheese-celery dipping sauce First off, this wing recipe is from Bobby Flay. Anything he tells me to try, I so will! But I was especially intrigued by the combo of the hot sauce and honey and then grilling them, not frying. And WOW! The added smokiness from the grill made these little guys pop in my mouth. You absolutely can do them inside, but I don’t recommend it. These babies are made for grilling! PS–the blue cheese sauce is Y-U-M-M-Y! Get the Recipe!
- Chipotle Grilled Wings : These are a slight variation of the Red Hot Grilled Wings. Instead of hot sauce, Bobby uses a Chipotle Puree, which has a rich, smokey spice. Get the Recipe!
- Crispy Wings With Chili Lime Butter Finally! A hot Thai inspired wing. These little guys can really pack a punch since they are smothered in Thai Red Curry Paste! The splash of lime at the end is the key to the wow factor! Get the Recipe
- Red Hot Sticky Wings : Now, normally I’m not a fan of BBQ sauce unless it’s grilled or broiled to a nice crispy sweetness. But this sauce is so different. And the best part is that the wings are baked, not fried. The sauce is a delicious blend of reduced pomegranate juice and hot sauce. Warning: you will be a hot sticky mess after eating these, but it’s so worth it! Get the Recipe!
- Carolina Honey Mustard Wings: Like I just said, I’m not a big fan of BBQ sauces, because most of them are ketchup based. But a few months ago I discovered Carolina BBQ, which is mustard based BBQ sauce. If you haven’t tried it, you should because honey mustard BBQ sauces are just ri-dic-u-lous! I’ve been making my pulled pork with the sauce since summer time and then found this recipe for the wings and have been gobbling them up! Get the Recipe!
- Stickey Honey Barbecue Wings: There is a little place in New Paltz, New York that makes the most amazing Honey BBQ wings in the world. Unfortunately, I now live in Florida and they don’t deliver here. The recipe I found that comes close is a replica of KFC’s blend. In the recipe if says to use liquid smoke and MSG flavors. I don’t use either. I do have a hickory spice that I tossed in to give it that “smokey” feel. I’ve had honey barbecue regular wings, but I think the boneless are so much better for the rich sticky sauce that gets all over your face! Get the Recipe!
- Leftover Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce BBQ wings: So you know how every year after Thanksgiving, there is always some of that jellied cranberry sauce left over? Well, now we have a fabulous way to reuse and transform that sauce! Cranberry Sauce, brown sugar, mustard and worcestershire sauce blend together to make a marinade for the wings to soak in for a while before grilling. Get the Recipe
- Crunchy Taco Wings : Taco flavor + chicken wings + corn chips…. what else could you possibly ask for? Adjust the taco spices to increase the heat or keep them nice and mild. Either way, your guests will be amazed by these unique, crunchy wings! Get the Recipe
- Southwestern wings with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing: Baked, not fried and covered in a lush green chili BBQ sauce. Still not enough for you? Pair it with the Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. The biting jalapeno is mellowed by the ranch, yet seriously brings out the flavor of the wings. Delish! Get the Recipe
- Mahogany Wings Rich, dark and succulent. The key to these wings is the roasting process. The wings are packed with garlic and ginger which is mellowed by the high heat broiling. The sweet molasses and spicy chili play on the tongue and make you crave more and more with every bite. Get the Recipe
- Jamacian’me Crazy Jerk Wings: These little puppies marinate overnight in a potent marinade packed with jalapenos and Jamacian Spices. When they are done getting all happy in their spicy bath, they bake in the over for about an hour to really pack in that flavor and sauce into the wings. You are going to be craving some Ginger Beer or some Jamaican Rum! Get the Recipe
17. Pineapple Tarragon Wings: This recipe is an adaptation from a cookbook that I have. In it there is a Pinapple Tarragon Chicken and a Garlic Broiled Chicken Wing. I’ve merged them together to create this recipe and I am so addicted to them! Something about the soy, pinapple and tarragon (I’ll post the recipe later today, ran out of time to transfer from cookbook!)