Before you roll your eyes and say, “great, another chicken wing recipe,” give these a chance.  No matter how pedestrian or how “pub-grubish” wings are, you know you all secretly like them.  They are sticky, messy, spicy and most of all comforting.

Before my Mother-in-Law left for her home in Dubai she gave me an insane amount of chicken wings that she wasn’t able to prepare.  She loves to buy groceries and bought a TON, therefore I was left with wings galore :).  I separated them into smaller and more manageable packets and have only made them once for company (sesame sticky wings–on a side note; I followed a recipe from Gourmet magazine, but they disappointed me—TOO BLAND).

Back to these spicy wings, they are buffalo inspired but not so true to the original as they are not fried and have more than hot sauce and butter.  I made a blue cheese dip speckled with herbs to add some coolness to these uber spicy wings.  These weren’t spicy for me but for the average palette they would be a bit much to handle.  Take that into consideration if you have a low spice tolerance, which I most certainly do not!

Spicy Wings

Serves 2-3


15-20 chicken wing pieces (already separated and tips removed)

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons, Frank’s Hot Sauce or your preferred brand

2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

1 chipotle pepper along with 1 tablespoon of the adobe sauce it comes in

juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


Pour all the ingredients except for the wings into a food processor or blender and pulse till combined.  Transfer the marinade over the wings for 1 hour.  Have the oven ready at 450 degrees and put the wings on a flat baking dish covered in aluminum foil.  Spray the foil with a little non-stick spray or olive oil.  Spread the wings on the tray (reserve the marinade for basting) and bake for 12 minutes.  After 12 minutes flip them over and  baste with the marinate.  Continue to bake for another 10 minutes, but baste them ocassionally.  After 10 minutes switch the oven to broil; flip the wings again and pour the rest of the marinade over the wings and broil for 3-4 minutes be careful that they don’t start to burn.  Remove and serve with the Green Goddess Blue Cheese dip and assorted vegetables.

Green Goddess Blue Cheese Dip

Makes about 3/4 cup


1 clove garlic

1/3 cup mayo

1/4 cup sour cream

1/3 cup crumbled mild blue cheese

juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup packed cilantro

12 sprigs of chives

1 small serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Put all of the above ingredients into a mini food processor or blender and pulse until combined.  If you don’t have a food processor or blender just chop everything finely and combine in a bowl.