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I have been doing doing some organizing at home, and found a stack of recipes that I have not blogged about yet. I might be doing a lot of posting this week, because I have already started to forget some of the details about these recipes!!

One night, not too long ago, I couldn’t sleep so I turned on the tv. Throwdown with Bobby Flay was on, and I find the show very entertaining. That day, it was all about a Buffalo wing challenge. I don’t even remember who won the challenge, but after watching, I had a huge craving for wings! I have never made wings before. Actually, up until about 3 years ago, it was rare to find me eating any kind of meat on the bone – it used to gross me out. Now I love it, and realize how much more flavor bone-in meats have.

There is a diner/restaurant that makes the best wings I have ever had. It’s all about the sauce. It is more sweet than hot, but still has a nice kick to it. The restaurant, Wingers, calls their sauce “Amazing Sauce” and amazing it is. The sauce finds it’s way into many of their menu items. I crave their “Sticky Fingers” often – they are basically boneless chicken tenders fried and soaked in the Amazing Sauce. When my craving for wings hit, I knew I wanted to try to recreate this sauce. Although my sauce did not turn out like that Amazing Sauce, it was still really good. I have some other things I want to try to recreate the Amazing Sauce, but this recipe is still worthy of a little bit of attention!! Usually, my husband quickly forgets about many of the things I make (I do too, that’s why I started this blog!) but a few weeks later, he still comments to me about how much he liked these wings. I’m gonna have to make this again soon!

I also made a homemade Blue Cheese dressing to go with these. I don’t usually make homemade Blue Cheese dressing because there is a brand here that I really like, but I had some blue cheese in the fridge that needed to be used. I really liked the flavor of this dressing the night we had the wings, but it does not last very long. 2 days later, I had to throw out all of the extra – it had already gone bad. So only make as much of the dressing as you are going to use that day. The recipe does say to refrigerate it for 24 hours before serving, but I liked the consistency much better on the day of. I did substitute the full fat ingredients with low-fat, so that might be why mine did not last long….

Sweet & Spicy Wings

Sauce:
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. ketchup
1 T. honey
2 t. hot sauce (like Tabasco)
2 t. apple cider vinegar

Wings:
oil for frying
chicken wings (I can’t remember how much we used)

For the Sauce:
Mix all ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and sauce thickens up a bit.

For the Wings:
Heat oil in a deep-fryer. Drop the wings into the deep-fryer in batches. The amount you drop at a time will depend on the size of the fryer. Don’t drop too many as the temperature of the oil will drop too much. Fry until golden brown. I think mine took about 12 minutes.

Put the wings and the sauce in a large bowl with a lid. Shake until wings are coated in the sauce. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery stalks.

Bill’s Blue Cheese Dressing
from Allrecipes.com
Yields: 12 servings

3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in blue cheese.

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19 Responses to Sweet & Spicy Wings

  1. Belinda says:

    These wings with your version of Amazing Sauce and yummy blue cheese dressing sound delicious. And I never cook chicken wings myself either…I get intimidated by them for some reason, but gosh, yours look terrific! :-)

  2. Cynthia says:

    I have a such a weakness for buffalo wings. I will have to try hard not to bookmark this page!

  3. Chris says:

    yum! I love the sause AND the blue cheese dressing. I have never thought of making my own blue cheese…yum!!!

  4. Meeta says:

    This is true comfort food for me. There is noting like digging into a plate filled with sticky, sweet and spicy wings. That dressing sound too awesome!!

  5. Janet says:

    Looks great – like eating out at home. Love the picture too!

  6. Kate says:

    the last time i had something that looked like that was in Hooters in LA ! and looking at these i’m craving some too !

  7. Kelly-Jane says:

    We don’t get them on TV here, but those wings and dip sure look amazing :)

  8. Valli says:

    I have had wings and blue cheese dip in restaurants. Sounds like a great combo to me. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  9. Brilynn says:

    I love the sweet and spicy combo, I’ll have to give these a try.

  10. Craig Atkinson says:

    I’ve never made hot wings. I’m going to try your recipe. I’m making them right now. I’ll let you know how they turned out.

  11. Craig Atkinson says:

    Okay, we tried it and they were excellent. I didn’t have any apple cider vinegar, so we used some rice vinegar instead. Must not have made a difference because they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Aukse says:

    we don’t have such thing in my country, but I really loved it visiting USA.

    Just tried to make it, was absolutely amazing!

    best wishes from Lithuania! :)

  13. brittany says:

    I am currently making this….always i smell is worcestershire sauce..is that what its suppose to smell like? lol im nervous right now

  14. Rob says:

    Those look great, will definatley try em out. and to claire, actually the apple cider vinegar in the sauce makes for a sweeter/tangier taste.

  15. Ninali says:

    So I have to say that I was a bit skeptical when I came across this recipe. In fact I wasn’t even going to try it because, well I’ve tried so many recipes to no avail. But my hubby and I are HUGE, I mean HUGE fans of Wingers and we moved a number of years ago to somewhere that sadly does not have Wingers.
    I said to myself, “If she loves the Amazing sauce as much as it sounds like, she sounds like me and must have a very similar palate to mine and she said it wasn’t THEE sauce but close so why not 1 more try”
    My hunt for a recipe that has even come close has been full of disappointment and has left me thinking that I just won’t be able to find it….UNTIL TODAY! I had to tweak it just a tad, the Worcestershire sauce was just a bit overpowering so I added a bit more ketchup, honey and brown sugar to compensate it a bit….but for the most part all the components were right there and I CANNOT thank you enough, we have our Wingers back now!! ;)

    • Deborah says:

      @Ninali, I’m so glad you liked it!! I need to make these again. And yes – Wingers is my biggest weakness. So glad I could bring a little bit of Utah to you!

  16. Jogalog says:

    These look really tasty. I also tend to avoid meat on the bone but I know I should bring myself around to it because it’s so much jucier. These look like they are so flavorful too.

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