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The 10 Best Chicken Wing Recipes You’ve Never Tasted

For finger-lickin’ chicken wings as nutritious as they are tasty, forget KFC. Our not-so-secret recipes will make you cock of the walk.

Sure, you could order a chicken wing bucket from your favourite wing joint.

But to make some truly finger-lickin’ chicken wings—and to enjoy the 32 grams of protein packed in four drumsticks, without all the extra sugar or grease—try roasting them yourself.

It’s actually an easier process than you think. It involves just two simple steps: sear and sauce. Once you master the first step, the roasted chicken wing transforms into your artist’s palette for the second. And because roasted chicken pairs well with just about any flavor, what you decide glaze on your wings is limited only by your culinary creativity.

You could go with traditional buffalo wings, but you could order those that just about any sports bar anywhere. Why stick with the norm?

Instead, wake up your taste buds with any of the below sauce-and-topping combinations. These are the 10 best (and healthiest) chicken wing recipes you’ve never tasted.

Crank up the heat

True, you could buy a bucket of your local chicken shop’s finest. But for something easier on your arteries – plus 34g of protein per four-wing serving – try baking them yourself. Registered dietitian Matthew Kadey’s recipes are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Heat your oven to 220°C and set wire racks inside two rimmed baking trays. High heat and good airflow will translate to crispier chicken.

Prep the bird

Pat 1.5kg of chicken wings dry with paper towels. In a large bowl, toss the wings with 1 tbsp vegetable oil,
½ tbsp salt and ½ tsp freshly ground pepper. Place the wings in a single layer on the prepared racks. Bake until cooked through, about 35 mins, flipping once.

Sauce it up

While the wings bake, whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Add the cooked wings to the bowl, toss and finish with the toppings. They’ll feed four, so do two batches if you’re in a group – or have three greedy friends.

Sriracha Buffalo chicken wing

• 3 tbsp melted butter 

• 1 tbsp cider vinegar

• 2 tsp sriracha sauce

• 1 garlic clove, minced 

Topping: 110g gorgonzola, crumbled 

Mellow Yellow chicken wing

• 4 tbsp mayonnaise

• 2 tbsp American mustard

• 1 tbsp honey

• ½ tsp onion powder

• ½ tsp

• Garlic powder

Topping: 2 tbsp chopped chives

Umami Madness chicken wing

Umami Madness chicken wing

• 3 tbsp hoisin sauce

• 2 tbsp soya sauce

• 1 tbsp lime juice

• 2 tsp finely minced ginger

• 1 tsp five-spice powder

Topping: 2 tbsp sesame seeds  

salsa verde chicken wing

So Fresh, So Green chicken wing

• 120g salsa verde

• Zest of 1 lime

• ½ tsp ground cumin

Topping: 3 tbsp chopped coriander

Tahini Ranch

Tahini Ranch chicken wing

• 3 tbsp runny tahini

• 3 tbsp mayonnaise

• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

• Zest of 1 lemon

• 1 garlic clove, grated 

Topping: 2 tbsp chopped dill

Smoky Tomato chicken wing

Smoky Tomato chicken wing

• 3 tbsp tomato puree

• 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

• 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

• 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced

• 1 garlic clove, minced

Topping: 50g red onion, chopped

Curry Fury chicken wing

• 60g coconut cream (not milk)

• 2 tsp sesame oil

• 2 tsp curry powder

• Zest of 1 lime

Topping: 1 spring onion, chopped 

Tangy Blue Cheese chicken wing

• 80g plain yoghurt (not Greek)

• 30g blue cheese, crumbled

• 1 tbsp prepared horseradish

• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

• 1 garlic clove, minced

Topping: 15g parsley, chopped

Butter Chicken chicken wing

• 3 tbsp cashew butter

• 3 tbsp double cream

• 3 tbsp warm water

• 2 tsp garam masala

• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Topping: 50g pomegranate seeds

Wasabi Ginger chicken wing

• 4 tbsp mayonnaise

• 2 tbsp rice vinegar

• 1 tbsp minced ginger

• 1 tsp wasabi paste

Topping: 2 tbsp black sesame seeds

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