How Do You Like Your Chicken Wings?

Mild, Medium, Spicy?  Or how about BBQ, Teriyaki, Parmesan Garlic, Jerk?  Are you into Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing?  Or maybe even Sriracha Wings?  Chicken wings made with spicy-peppery Sriracha should be your new addiction.  Observe:

The recipe comes from Chef Michael Symon and created/submitted by a GrubGrade reader Jake:

10 pounds chicken wings, split
1/4 cup coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup Sriracha chile sauce
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Finely grated zest and juice of 3 limes
3 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

In a very large bowl, toss the wings with the coriander and cumin seeds, cinnamon, kosher salt and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the wings on 3 large rimmed baking sheets and roast for about 30 minutes, until firm but not cooked through. (At this point, if you don’t want to fry the wings, you can roast them for 1 hour longer, until crispy and golden.) Wash out the bowl. Add the Sriracha, butter, cilantro, lime zest and juice.
In a deep fryer or a very large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil to 375°.
Fry the wings in 4 or 5 batches until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes per batch; drain, shaking off the excess oil. As each batch is finished, add the wings to the sauce and toss well. Transfer the wings to a platter, leaving the sauce in the bowl for the remaining batches. Serve hot.

18 comments on “How Do You Like Your Chicken Wings?

  1. TheWarden says:

    Sriracha huh? Sounds interesting.
    Imma just be boring and say I like my wings the standard way: crispy fried with buffalo sauce. “Texas Pete” with butter is good. I like them if they are spicier than normal levels as well.

  2. Mattitude says:

    Since I am down south Iwill have to say the only way to go is Cajon wings will blow your head off…and are delicious

  3. somesteve says:

    Mild and Medium is cool. Not TOO spicy. I like it with lots of blue cheese, preferably with baseball or hockey on the tube.

  4. 4x4, Animal Style says:

    Homemade, using spicier sauces that most restaurants offer.

    Well, I got a great gift from family, from Texas. I happen to likely my food spicier than anyone I know, read about or seen on TV. No food is ever too spicy for me… (except for one awesome XXX burrito in New Hampshire. No clue what they used in it, but it was one of the best foods I’ve ever had.) But, that’s it.

    My gift was some bhut jolokia hot sauce (and salsa), which uses the pure pepper. It makes for an awesome wing. Not only for the spice level, but this stuff is of such quality that, while the spice is certainly there, you can taste the food right along with it; thereby complementing any dish. This makes it chicken with wing sauce flavor, not wing sauce with chicken texture.

    Of course, for my true barbecues (none of this cookout “BBQ” nonsense), they add a great finishing touch and wake everyone right up.

    If I’m being wimpy, I’ll add bleu cheese on the side and a big glass of milk. Otherwise, and 99 times out of 100, if you can’t stand massive heat, get out of my kitchen. You won’t like it.

  5. chris says:

    i like my wings…well, from buffalo wild wings, haha. with a blue moon (or six…)

  6. Adam Bomb says:

    I’m with chris for the most part. I’m happy with Buffalo Wild Wings most of the time. I know that a lot of wing snobs turn their nose up at the place, but it’s a convenience thing. And I do like several of their sauces. My favorites are Hot, Asian Zing, Mango Habanero, Honey BBQ, and Parmesan Garlic. I guess I’m too lazy to mess with making wings at home. I’ll cook many different things, but wings aren’t on the list. Your wings look great though, Ryan!

  7. Kat says:

    I love spicy! But honestly @ Buffalo Wild Wings I always stick with Spicy Garlic, spicy but not too hot to miss the flavor.

  8. IBeAnonymous says:

    Medium is the way I roll!

    But honestly, boneless is the best, bar none! I know they aren’t technically Chicken wings without the bone, but when you are watching a game while eating, it’s easier to not have bones to worry about.

  9. Russ says:

    Im from ohio and dry rub cajun with a side of hot sauce to dip them in is the way to go.

  10. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    My Sriracha wings look way different than that. I’ll have to comment again with my recipe later today. BTW: They’re made on the grill.

  11. Vanessa says:

    I’m a whimp and I don’t like them spicy. I like buffalo, but not hot!! My mom on the other hand can eat hot, hot, hot until she is crying and still want to eat more! Crazy!! How can you taste it when things are so hot? Oh, and another way I’m picky is that they must be boneless. My favorite boneless wings is at Applebees.

  12. yamilyn says:

    personally i don’t care for wings. i like spicy but not the buffalo style since vinegar only equals pain not flavor for me. ones that don’t have a gooey sauce but have the spice put on dry while not letting the wings dry out too much in the cooking process. something that’s hard to do.

  13. Shannon says:

    I am the only person I know who doesn’t eat chicken wings.

    • eric4 says:

      how do you do shannon, i’m eric. now that you know me, you know someone else who doesn’t eat wings 😉

      i eat nearly anything but i simply find wings repulsive. gross gristly cast-off chicken parts that leave a giant plate filled with oily nasty skin-covered carcasses. and that gross vinegary buffalo sauce, with that fatty ranch dressing … sooo nasty >_<

      • Shannon says:

        Pleased to meet you Eric.

      • Johann says:

        I am old enough to remember that when a chicken was fried, the wing was useless drek worth a nibble or two. I pre-date the fetish f wings as some kind of wonderous bar-food. The idea of slathering a microwaved wing in corn syrup & vinegar and calling it a snack–I would as soon eat a pile of baked grasshoppers. I have never understood it.

  14. Joe says:

    I’m from Buffalo, so I’m a snob when it comes to my wings. The best wings I’ve ever had were from Duffs bar, we get them Medium. They’ve been featured on TV a few times on the Travel Channel, Obama’s been there too. It helps that they’re only five minutes away from my campus :).

  15. Mike says:

    I had cajun wings and blue cheese dressing at a tavern in Newport. Arguably the best I’ve ever had.

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