If there was a football food hall of fame, the almighty wing would be among the first dishes to be enshrined. These mini marvels aren’t just packed with flavor, they’re also extremely versatile and super easy to prepare. Below you’ll find a dozen recipes that highlight the wide world of wings. From Buffalo to Bangkok, oven-baked to slow-cooked, sauced to dry-rubbed, poultry to produce, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for your Super Bowl viewing party and beyond.
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The brainchild of Dominic Bellissimo who conceived the recipe at Buffalo’s Anchor Bar back in 1964, these tangy, spicy legends have become the gold standard of wings. Hot sauce provides the heat while buttermilk adds a layer of creaminess. Don’t forget the carrots and celery with a side of blue cheese dressing. Get our Easy Buffalo Wings Recipe.
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It’s not just Americans who go gaga over wings. They’re firmly embedded in Korean food culture where the flats and drumettes are traditionally coated in potato starch and fried, ensuring a next-level crunch, then finished with a sweet, sticky sauce. Get our Korean Chicken Wings recipe.
These Thai-inspired wings are insanely addictive not to mention paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly. Start with a simple marinade of fish sauce, white pepper, and cumin to amp up the flavor. Toss them in the oven or take advantage of an air fryer for extra crispiness. While the wings can stand on their own, try them with a side of nam jim jaew, a chili sauce prepared with fish sauce, lime juice, shallots, and red pepper flakes that is a multi-layered mix of sweet, smoke, and spice. Get the Air Fryer Thai Chicken Wings Recipe.
Sticking with the Asian theme, this recipe comes courtesy of chef Danny Bowien, the mastermind behind hipster haunt Mission Chinese Food. He employs the brilliant technique of fry, freeze, then fry again, resulting in skin that shatters like glass. The addition of Sichuan peppercorns brings delightful tongue tingles while a cup of Chinese chiles are added for “spicy aroma”—in other words, avoid eating them. Get our Chicken Wings with Explosive Chile recipe.
Order some extra wet-naps for these messy yet magnificent sweet and savory wings that are drenched in a dual-mustard, soy sauce, maple syrup, and vinegar glaze. Cooked on a grill, they’re ideal for tailgate feasting or summer barbecues during the off-season. Get our Grilled Maple-Mustard recipe.
Here’s another grilled wing option that’s worth getting fired up about. A combination of sugar, spice, and everything nice go into the multi-ingredient rub while a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce gets an extra kick from the addition of bourbon. Get our Smoky Rubbed Chicken Wings with Honey, Bourbon, and Molasses recipe.
If you have the time, consider preparing your wings in a slow cooker. A four hour bath in a blend of hot sauce, liquid smoke, soy sauce, tomato paste, and spices, results in chicken that is amazingly tender and full of flavor. An extra 30 minutes in the oven will get things nice and crispy. All-in-all, it’s definitely worth the wait. Get our Slow Cooker Hot Wings recipe.
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Need a plant-based wing option that will also impress the meat eaters? Behold this nine ingredient fusion of Eastern flavors. Bite-size pieces of cauliflower are drenched in a brown rice flour batter laced with curry powder and masala spice. The Indian flavors are the perfect compliment to a fiery Thai red curry sauce for the ultimate vegan and gluten-free snack. Get the Red Curry Cauliflower “Wings” recipe. (Or try our Baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings recipe for a more traditional take.)
Wings don’t need to hit the sauce in order to be epic. Case in point: this spice rack-clearing recipe from The Chunky Chef that uses a whopping 14 different ingredients for the fabulous rub. For those who seek lubrication, you can add a Creamy Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce but the wings soar on their own. Get the Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings recipe.
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For baked wings, a rack elevates them from the rendered fat and helps keep them crisp.
These wings which are coated in a potpourri of delicious spices are the ideal make-ahead dish. As a bonus, the paleo-friendly jerk rub stores well and can be used on a variety of different proteins, so consider doubling the batch to make prepping a future meal easy peasy. Get the Jamaican Jerk Baked Chicken Wings recipe.
Who needs the Colonel or Popeye’s when you can make these simple yet satisfying Southern-style wings hot and fresh in the comfort of your own home? Gluten-free? Swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour or tapioca starch. Get the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wing recipe.
When would there ever be a Super Bowl bash without chicken wings? When hell freezes over, when the Browns win it all, when Tom Brady retires…or, in this case, when pigs fly. If you and your gameday companions appreciate the umami flavor that miso paste delivers, these pork shank skewers won’t let you down. As a bonus, the recipe invites blistered shishito peppers to the party for an additional item to put you in hog heaven. Celebrate both the pig and the pigskin next Sunday with this Miso Glazed Pig Wings recipe.