17 Best Chicken Wings for Your Game Day Party
If you're like the rest of us who can't watch sports without snacking on chicken wings, you'll want to check out our most popular chicken wing recipes. On this hand-picked list, you'll find crowd-pleasing chicken wings prepared any way you want: fried, baked, grilled, smoked, slow-cooked, and more. And the sauces? Whether you like your wings hot and spicy, sweet and sticky, or super simple, you'll find a whole range of finger lickin' flavors to choose from. Let's get started!
Our 17 Best Chicken Wings
Say "chicken wings" and the first word that comes to mind for most wing-loving sports fan is "Buffalo." And with more than three thousand 5-star reviews, this is our top-rated Buffalo-style chicken wing recipe.
Before you purists go raving at me that the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. — home of the original Buffalo wings — prepares their wings a little differently (they don't dredge them in flour before frying), just know that we know, and it's all good. There are many, many ways to make Buffalo-style chicken wings. We have an entire recipe collection devoted to Buffalo wings.
Coming in at number two is this super-popular recipe that delivers all that Buffalo-style flavor without frying. Top tips: Dry your wings thoroughly before coating them in flour and let them rest in the fridge, uncovered, for at least one hour before baking. That way the coating stays on and the wings crisp up.
"Chicken wings are egged and fried in butter, then baked in a tangy sauce of soy sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and salt. Delicious, sticky chicken wings!" — TLTRN
For this simple but flavorful recipe, chicken wings are seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and chili powder, and baked until crispy. You can bump up the spices to suit your taste and serve them with your choice of dipping sauce on the side.
Just so you know, you don't have to stand over a hot grill cooking these wings while everyone else is inside watching the game. Recipe creator PartyFil-Grillmaster says, " I grill them up before a party and keep them hot in a low oven."
These grilled wings are coated with honey butter spiked with hot sauce to deliver all the sweet and hot and spicy flavor you can handle. "YES!! I had these wings years ago at a Detroit restaurant when I visited there and, I wanted this recipe so bad I couldn't stand it (the restaurant owners wouldn't give it to me...family secret and all.) -- LOVE2COOK4U
Chicken wings are marinated and baked in a flavorful mix of soy sauce, honey, molasses, chile sauce, ginger, and garlic for wings that are sticky-sweet and mildly spicy. You can turn up the heat if you wish with a few shakes of hot sauce in the marinade.
"The trick to keeping these oven-baked chicken wings crispy, is parboiling the wings in a flavorful liquid, which helps season the chicken and produce a surface texture in the oven that your guests will swear came straight out of a deep fryer." -- Chef John. Watch the video to see how to make them.
You don't have to dredge these wings in flour before frying, but be sure to pat them dry thoroughly. As for the buttery hot sauce, if you want to be a Buffalo purist, you've got to go with Frank's. "I am from Buffalo and do not need to make my own wings (they are everywhere), but on occasion it's fun to do. This recipe is the closest I've seen to the 'real thing.' Everyone has their favorite recipe but you can't really go wrong with this one." -- Karen Coyne Downes
Oven-baked wings get coated with a hot, sweet, sticky garlic and ginger glaze. Some reviewers added more garlic, and some added more ginger. You can adjust the amounts to suit your own taste with great results.
So far, you've seen the best baked and fried versions of Buffalo wings; now here's the best slow-cooker version. You'll slow-cook the wings in buttery hot sauce, then bake them to crisp 'em up. "These wings are fabulous but I recommend cutting way back on the cooking time. I do one hour in the crock pot on high and one hour on low then put them in the oven for 30 minutes. Friends tell me they are the best wings they have ever eaten!" -- Kristin
"My family and I love chicken wings, especially during football season. I just got tired of spending so much money on wings for our party that I decided to whip up my own version of Wing Stop's® lemon pepper chicken wings. The ending result was an empty platter and pleased bellies." -- FleurSweetLoves
Sometimes you just want simple, crispy baked chicken wings without needing a whole lot of spices and sauces to turn up the taste. Well, here you go. Some reviewers left out or reduced the salt because the Parmesan cheese coating adds just the right amount of salty flavor for them.
These wings are simply simmered in a skillet in a sweet saucy mixture of peanut butter, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. "Best chicken wings I have ever made. These were the first to go at the party, and everyone wants the recipe. Really easy and only one dish to clean up." -- Karen Ragle
Chicken wings are marinated overnight and baked in a simple brown sugar/mustard/soy sauce mixture. "As the name says, it was easy and yes they were delicious! Following the direction of many other reviewers, I did half Dijon and half prepared yellow mustard." -- Brookexox
17. Korean Hot Wings
"Finger-licking good, Korean-style hot wings made easy and simple. The sauce can be made up to two weeks ahead of time; flavor will intensify." -- G Chef