Forget football, the real important part of the Super Bowl is the food. And the classic chicken wing ranks high on the list of game day snack foods. There's something about chicken wings and watching football that just makes sense -- and there's really no need to question why. It's just always worked well together, and it surely always will.They're easy to eat and have a fiery kick that is well balanced out by a light lager.
And while the Buffalo chicken classic will always hold a special place in our culinary hearts, there are so many great variations to this favorite. We just had to gather them all together to see what our options were for the big game this Sunday. If you're feeling like a little bit of sweet, you'll probably want a wing with a touch of honey or mango. From maple-chipotle hot wings to soy-garlic chicken wings to classic Buffalo, we've a wing recipe for everyone.
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Classic Buffalo Chicken Wings
If you're a fan of quick and easy, this is your chicken wing recipe --- and the flavor is spot-on. First, the wings are baked instead of fried making them not only healthier, but also less mess. Another great short cut is to substitute ranch dressing spiked with blue cheese crumbs for the traditional blue cheese concoction.
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Thai Green Curry Hot Wings
If you're the person who's always asking for hot buffalo chicken wings -- never mild or medium -- then it might be time to upgrade to this recipe. Thai green hot sauce is sure to satisfy your need for a fiery flavor, and just in case you need it, the sprinkle of cilantro can help balance out the heat.
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Soy-Garlic Chicken Wings
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This simple recipe is for those with little time to prepare snacks. Baking the chicken wings with a bit of salt and oil ensures that they get nice and crisp, and saves you time as you prepare the sauce while the wings are baking. The fragrant soy-based sauce will add all the flavor you need.
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Mango-Curry Hot Wings
The classic chicken wing gets an Indian twist with this sweet and spicy recipe. Red hot sauce is used to give some heat, curry powder adds a nice new flavor and the use of mango chutney provides that hint of sweetness to balance it all out.
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Grilled Spicy Chicken Wings With Blue Cheese Iceberg Salad
Coated in bread crumbs or panko, these wings are really crunchy, and Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper give them great flavor. This recipe is adapted from a recipe for “deviled chicken wings," featured in a 1987 issue of Gourmet magazine. Get the Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings recipe
Honey-Chile Chicken Wings
The broiler is the trick to making this honey-spiked chicken wing super crispy, much more so than the deep fryer can achieve. A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and every bit delicious, these chicken wings will have you coming back for more.
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Cola Glazed Baked Wings
These wings are coated in cola that has simmered with jalapeños, lime and brown sugar, and then they are baked in the oven. They're as simple and easy as that. Get the Cola Glazed Baked Wings recipe
Ginger-Honey Hot Wings
Ginger adds a nice, refreshing flavor to these spicy hot wings. The generous use of Frank's Red Hot sauce turns up the heat and the five-spice powder also gives a nice kick. The chicken is roasted until nice and browned before the sauce is tossed atop.
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Piri-Piri Chicken Wings In The Style Of Nando's
These piri-piri chicken wings will give the traditional buffalo ones a run for their money. Marinated overnight, the wings are packed full of flavor. After they come off the grill they're basted in lemon, herb and chili, which really seals in the taste of the piri-piri.
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Yuzu Chicken Wings With Japanese Mayo Dip
Yuzu zest imparts a great, citrusy flavor to these wings, which goes well mixed with soy sauce, mirin and sugar. Poking the wings with a knife creates small slits in the meat, so that the marinade can seep through and liven up the wing from the inside out. Get the Yuzu Chicken Wings With Japanese Mayo Dip recipe
Maple-Chipotle Hot Wings
This recipe reinforces the fact that just a handful of ingredients is all you need to make an amazing dish -- so long as the ingredients are top notch. The use of Frank's Red hot sauce is important here, as is the addition of chipotle peppers. Maple syrup is used in place of the more traditional honey in this recipe -- and the flavors really shine through.
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Korean Fried Chicken Wings
You'd be hard pressed to do much better than these fiery Korean fried wings, which are lightly breaded and double fried for an extra crispy bite.
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Chili Beer Chicken Wings
Beer infused chicken wings -- could anything be more perfect for game day? This recipe uses Dogfish Head Festina Peche, which is brewed with peaches and gives the wings a sweeter finish. Get the Chili Beer Chicken Wings recipe
Old Bay Chicken Wings
Tossed in a sauce of butter and Old Bay seasoning, these wings are rich and flavorful. They're served with cocktail sauce, which may sound unusual, but don't knock it until you've tried it. Get the Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe
Spicy Chicken Wings With Apple Onion Dip
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These wings are baked in the oven twice -- once as is, and the second time coated in two types of mustard, honey and sriracha sauce. The sweet dipping sauce of caramelized onions, apple butter and Greek yogurt makes a great compliment to the spicy wings.
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Burmese-Style Wings with Lime, Cilantro, and Shallot Salsa
These wings are rubbed with a fragrant marinade of shallots, hot chile, lime juice and fish sauce, and then grilled on skewers. When they're lightly charred, they're coated in more "salsa" and sprinkled with cilantro for a spicy but also refreshing mouthful. Get the Burmese-Style Wings with Lime, Cilantro, and Shallot Salsa recipe