Crispy Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings (Moist & Tender) - Today's Delight (2023)

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Crispy Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings is seasoned breaded chicken wings, deep fried or baked, with crispy skin and moist, tender meat in sweet and spicy sauce. It is a popular appetizer or a meal on its own served with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.

This breaded chicken wings is flavorsome even without the sauce.

This Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings has a perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness that adds a kick to each crispy wings.

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If you are still scrambling what to make for the holidays, consider making this hot wings that everyone will love. If you have an air fryer, you can try myMarinated Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe.

This years celebration will be different for most household. As much as possible, spend it with your immediate family to be safe.

This situation is temporary and it doesn’t hurt to skip our traditional holiday celebration with family and friends. Keep indoor gathering small.

If we cooperate, we can be hopeful that next year we can go back to normal and enjoy our holidays like we used to.

Some might not consider the traditional turkey, ham or ribeye roast for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year and this Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings will hit the spot.

It is easy to make and everyone can enjoy it.

Note: This crispy chicken wings is tasty even without the sauce. If you have kids who cannot handle something spicy, this fried breaded chicken wings is flavorsome on its own or make the sauce less spicy.

When I was working, crispy chicken wings was one of my staple dish after work. Buffalo Wild Wings was on my way home and it is less than a mile from my house.

They offered different sauces to cater to everyone’s liking.

Anyway, now I have all the time to make homemade chicken wings even better than restaurant wings. I can adjust the amount of sweetness or spiciness of my sauce and the wings doneness.

It is not hard to make plus I get more wings for the money.

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Again as I have said earlier, these chicken wings are easy to make and the sauce is very versatile. Use less butter or less hot sauce and vice versa. The good thing with homemade chicken wings is you are able to adjust your ingredients.

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You have the option of deep fry or bake your wings.

(1) Sorry to some, but I do wash my chicken. I know FDA recommends not to wash chicken but I do especially with the situation we are in. Pat dry wings with paper towel.

Note: I’ve never had any issue washing chicken. I remove the sink grill and strainer or anything chicken will come in contact with. The only thing I have in the sink is the bowl of chicken.

Once I’m done washing the chicken, I brush and disinfect the sink right away. I feel better when my meat are wash.

(2) Chicken wings has three parts and to imitate restaurant style wings I cut these parts into individual pieces.

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But if this is too much work, you can always cook it whole. When deep frying whole wings, you will need more oil so it is immersed in oil to evenly cook. Baking will be much easier too when these portions are cut.

But again, do what suits you best.

Stretch out the chicken wings and cut the wing tips (end part) also called the flapper. Now, you are left with the portions served in restaurants. The drumette which is the meatiest part and the flap is the middle portion.

Tips: It is easier to cut the drumette and flap if you break the joint with your hands then slice it with a knife.

Don’t discard your wing tips, store it back in the freezer and use it to make stock.

(3) Combine garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Season chicken wings with ½ of seasonings. Reserve the other ½ for breading.

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(4) Make chicken wings breading. Combine all-purpose flour and remaining seasonings.

Evenly coat wings with breading. Cover bowl with saran wrap (plastic) or seal zip lock bag and refrigerate for 90 minutes.

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Tip: When refrigerated, breading will get sticky and will yield crispy chicken wings similar to restaurant style wings. Don’t skip this process!

(5) Before deep frying or baking, prepare sweet and spicy sauce. In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine hot sauce, butter, honey, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and ground black pepper.

Stir until butter is melted and mixture well blended. Turn off heat and set aside.

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Note: For spicier sauce, add more hot sauce and decrease butter and vice versa.

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(6)Deep Frying Chicken Wings- Heat oil in a pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Pour enough oil to cover wings about 1 inch or so. Fry wings for 10 to 15 minutes or until wings turn brown or depending on your cooking preference.

Transfer cooked wings in wire rack while waiting for others to cook.

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Baking Chicken Wings– Preheat oven at 350 degrees F and place wings in a row separated from each in greased baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and turn over to the other side after 20 minutes.

After 45 minutes, spray wings with olive oil and raise temperature to 375 degrees F for 10 minutes then broil at 375 for 2 to 3 minutes or depending on your preference.

Deep fried or baked chicken wings are equally delicious, but I prefer deep frying for crispier wings.

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Note: I usually use my deep fryer when making wings but this time I wanted to show on my video deep frying on stove top.

Don’t make the same mistake, I used a non-stick pan. I waited overnight to transfer oil and ooey gooey where sticking at the upper area of my pan. Washing doesn’t easily take out this sticky flour mixture. I boiled water in pan and pushing this gunk with a spatula.

Aside from oil splattered around the stove even though I used a splatter, more work to wash my non-stick pan.

I don’t know what I was thinking, I should use my aluminum pan when deep frying. Anyway, I love my deep fryer, one of the best investment in my kitchen. No fuss, no mess.

(7) Place wings in a bowl and pour sweet and spicy sauce. Stir until wings are fully coated with sauce. Another option is to serve the sauce on the side.

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Note: If you have kids, set aside some pieces of wings without sauce. Sauce might be too hot for them.

Warm leftover wings in the microwave or in the oven. But for a crispier wings, deep fry quickly.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Seasoned breaded chicken wings, deep fried or baked with crispy skin and moist, tender meat coated with sweet and spicy sauce.

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Prep Time:1hour hour 30minutes minutes

Cook Time:15minutes minutes




  • 4 pounds chicken wings about 10 wings
  • oil for frying

Chicken Wings & Breading Seasonings

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Chicken Wings Breading

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
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Sweet and Spicy Sauce

  • ½ cup hot sauce some hot sauce are hotter than others
  • ¼ cup butter
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons brown sugar adjust the amount to your preference

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  • Cut wings. Discard wing tips.

  • Combine garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Use ½ of seasonings to season chicken wings. Reserve the remaining half for the breading.

  • In a bowl or zip lock bag, combine flour and the remaining ½ of seasonings. Place wings and coat with flour mixture.

  • Cover bowl or seal zip lock bag and refrigerate for 90 minutes. This will make flour coating sticky and will yield crispy chicken wings.

  • In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, honey, brown sugar and ground black pepper. Stir until butter is melted and mixture well blended. Turn off heat and set aside.

  • Heat oil in pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Pour just enough oil to cover wings about 1 inch or so. Don’t overcrowd wings, do it in batches to maintain oil temperature. Fry for 10 to 15 minutes or until wings turns brown or depending on your cooking preference.

  • While waiting for the rest of wings to cook, place cooked wings in a wire rack to keep it crispy, not on paper towel.

  • Place wings in a bowl and pour sweet and spicy sauce. Stir until wings are fully coated with sauce.

  • Serve with a side of carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.



  1. If you like it spicier, add more hot sauce then reduce butter and vice versa.
  2. Discard the wing tips or put it back in freezer to make stock.
  3. Baking Chicken Wings Instruction– Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Place wings in a row separated from each in a greased baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and turn over to the other side after 20 minutes. After 45 minutes, spray wings with olive oil and raise temperature to 375 degrees F for 10 minutes then broil at 375 for 2 to 3 minutes or depending on your preference.
  4. Deep fried or baked chicken wings are equally delicious, but I prefer deep frying for crispier wings.
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Calories:1741kcal|Carbohydrates:110g|Protein:96g|Fat:102g|Saturated Fat:37g|Cholesterol:438mg|Sodium:2879mg|Potassium:945mg|Fiber:2g|Sugar:72g|Vitamin A:1981IU|Vitamin C:49mg|Calcium:78mg|Iron:8mg

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What does Taco Bell chicken wings taste like? ›

These didn't taste like typical buffalo wings — nor should they have. The wings enjoyed a cheesy and slightly spicy tang to them, which tasted unlike any other wing I had ever had. Because it was unlike any other wing I'd had. It was a Taco Bell wing.

Did Taco Bell add chicken wings? ›

After a successful test in August 2020, Crispy Chicken Wings first appeared on Taco Bell's nationwide menu for a limited time in January 2022. These wings are coated in Mexican Queso seasoning, crisped to perfection, and pairs perfectly with your favorite game day dipping sauce.

What is the difference between buffalo and crispy wings? ›

Generally, chicken wings are characterized as being smaller wings with not that much meat on them. They are then lightly breaded and fried and served with various sauces and sides. They are often sold as appetizers. Buffalo wings, on the other hand, are generally larger and will have much more meat.

What's the difference between baked and fried wings? ›

She notes that a typical serving of fried wings — two pieces — will weigh in with 309 calories, 21 grams of fat and more than 1,000 mg of sodium. Baking them chops that down to 162 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 170 mg of sodium. “That is a huge savings!” Rankell says.

Are the wings from Taco Bell any good? ›

Taco Bell's wings are crispy and deliciously seasoned. They also come with a spicy ranch dipping sauce. Although I wasn't impressed with the taste of the sauce, it was still a good bite. It's “spicy ranch,” but it didn't have a kick and the ranch fell flat for me.

Are Taco Bell chicken wings fried or baked? ›

Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Wings feature bone-in, crispy-fried chicken wings coated in a new Mexican Queso seasoning.

What sauce comes with Taco Bell wings? ›

Instead, for more Taco-Bell-style flair and heat, these wings come with a side of spicy ranch. You can also swap out the spicy ranch for other Taco Bell sauces like creamy chipotle, avocado ranch, or creamy jalapeño.

What are Taco Bell wings seasoned with? ›

The wings are seasoned with Taco Bell's “Queso Seasoning” which consists of chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and the smallest hint of cayenne pepper.

Why Taco Bell stop selling wings? ›

In an attempt to draw in customers, Taco Bell launched its wings, but it was only a limited-time offer. The idea behind these limited-time offers in marketing is to create excitement and social media buzz so that more people will want to eat at their restaurants.

Is it better to air fry or bake chicken? ›

The air fryer allows you to cut out excess oil while retaining ultra-crispy skin or delicious caramelization on chicken cuts. It's fast: Compared to an oven, chicken cooks quite efficiently in the air fryer. Typically, you'll shave off about 30 percent to 40 percent of the cooking time by using an air fryer.

Are wings better baked or air fryer? ›

Chicken wings in the air fryer is brilliant and you will be making chicken way more often if you try them in the air fryer. The forced circulating hot air makes the skin super crisp which is difficult to achieve in a conventional oven and the center is perfectly cooked, tender and juicy.

Is fried chicken better in air fryer or oven? ›

Which is better between air frying vs. oven baking? Air-frying is a healthier alternative to deep-fried foods, but oven-baking often preserves good nutrients while filtering out the bad ones, making oven-baked foods even healthier than most air-fried foods.

Why is Buffalo Wing so expensive? ›

If hamburger meat, for instance, rises in price, some shoppers switch to chicken wings, which were once an inexpensive option. But this increases demand for chicken wings, so they increase in price, too. “All the prices tend to move together in the butcher department,” Miller said.

Why do buffalo wings taste so good? ›

Wings have a higher ratio of skin to meat than almost any other cut of chicken, which is what makes them so appealing.

Are wings better breaded or not? ›

Many people like their wings crunchy, which is difficult to do without a breading unless you really cook them extra well done. (Which you can always ask for). The breading also brings out the flavor of the wing sauces significantly. That breaded coating absorbs the flavor and holds it until it reaches your lips.

Did Taco Bell get rid of wings? ›

Coated in Mexican Queso seasoning, the crispy wings are back after a lengthy absence following their lauded debut last year. They come with your choice of dipping sauce, from Creamy Jalapeño to Spicy Ranch.

Are fried wings better? ›

An important aspect of authentic Buffalo wings is that they must be deep-fried. This should be done without any breading to ensure ultimate crisp. The fat ensures a thick crust and caramelizes the skin creating an epitome of taste. Frying has a quick cooking time than baking.

What's the difference between chicken wings and hot wings? ›

The main difference between buffalo wings and chicken wings is the sauce. Buffalo wings are usually dipped in buffalo sauce, while chicken wings are usually dipped in barbeque sauce or another type of wing sauce. Beyond that, the two types of meat share a lot of similarities.

Does Buffalo Wild wings fry or bake their wings? ›

It turns out that the restaurant does fry their wings. The allergen guide on their website confirms that both the traditional (bone-in) and boneless wings are fried in beef shortening, also known as tallow.

Are Taco Bell taco shells baked or fried? ›

They don't cook food at Taco Bell. They simply warm it up. The seasoned beef, cheese, chicken, etc comes in clear plastic bags that they put into a hot water bath. On table they have a griddle for warming the tortillas, and at the end of the line is a grill press.

Why did KFC stop selling hot wings? ›

Yahoo Finance reported that KFC's U.S. director Brittany Wilson said removing those items is aimed toward simplifying the menu toward a goal to increase efficiency, make it easier to place an order and focus on innovation.

What hot sauce is best for wings? ›

Best Hot Sauce: Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

What brand of hot sauce does Taco Bell use? ›

The Spicy Habanero Ranch sauce is an unforgettably versatile, fruity, acidic hot sauce blending the ingredients Yellowbird fans consistently celebrate. Layer onto any Taco Bell menu item and flavors are instantly intensified by the additional heat.

Are the crispy chicken wings from Taco Bell good? ›

Taco Bell Crispy Chicken Wings Review

The Crispy Chicken Wings look just as good as they sound, but I was a bit bummed that I couldn't pick up any queso scent. Still, chowing down on the crispy bite is so satisfying.

What does Taco Bell seasoning have in it? ›

Ingredients Wheat Flour, Salt, Garlic (Dried), Chili Peppers (Dried), Maltodextrin, Spice, Onions (Dried), Paprika, Sugar, Contains Less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide as an Anticaking Agent, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid. Contains: wheat.

What is Taco Bell bringing back in 2023? ›

Taco Bell's 2023 fan vote winner is the Beefy Crunch Burrito, which fans can now expect to head back to menus in August. The Beefy Crunch Burrito received a whopping 60% of the more than 950,000 votes and will return to Taco Bells nationwide for a limited time this summer.

Will Taco Bell bring the wings back? ›

Taco Bell is bringing back it's Crispy Chicken Wings after a successful first appearance on the menu in January 2022.

Is it cheaper to cook a chicken in an air fryer? ›

According to recent research, using an air fryer to cook food costs about half the price of cooking. Of course, there are caveats. If you are going to cook larger quantities or more dishes, it makes sense to use an oven.

Is it cheaper to cook a chicken in a gas oven or an air fryer? ›

Air fryers are an energy efficient and economical way to quickly cook smaller quantities of food. They are cheaper and quicker to use than an oven, but may not be the best option for large families or batch cookers because of their limited capacity.

Is air fryer healthier than frying? ›

By most measures, air frying is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70% to 80% and has a lot less fat. This cooking method might also cut down on some of the other harmful effects of oil frying.

Should I put oil on my wings before air frying? ›

Cooking wings in an Air Fryer is a great way to save some calories because you don't need to add any extra oil, and all the excess fat from the wings drips off into the pan, but the wings taste as delicious as deep-fried.

Do you flip wings in an air fryer? ›

Set the air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 12 minutes, then flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 minutes more. Flip the wings again, increase the heat to 390 degrees F and cook until the outsides are extra-crispy, about 6 minutes more.

Why are my wings not crispy in air fryer? ›

You only need to cook your chicken for 15 minutes when the air fryer temperatures are at 400 degrees. Leave them in for an extra three to five minutes if you are going for an extra crispy bite. You can crank up the air fryer's temperatures to 420 or 450 degrees just to push them over that crispy edge.

Can I put raw chicken in an air fryer? ›

Yes, you put raw frozen chicken in the air fryer! You won't be able to brine it first or pound it to an even thickness (so the results are not *as* juicy) but if you forget to thaw your chicken, it's a great option to have on hand.

Why is my chicken still raw in the air fryer? ›

You forget to preheat your air fryer.

Forgetting to preheat your air fryer can result in undercooked food. For optimum cooking, set the air fryer to the appropriate temperature a few minutes before placing your food in the air-fryer basket. This will allow your food to cook evenly at the correct temperature.

Why is my chicken rubbery in air fryer? ›

One of the most known causes of chicken being so rubbery is overcooking. Overcooking chicken by either grilling, frying, or baking them can be why it is hard to chew. Because of overcooking, the protein fibers from the chicken meat lose their moisture and elasticity, making it more exposed to high heat for a long time.

What do chicken wings taste like? ›

What Do They Taste Like? Chicken wings are white meat, even though they're juicier and have a more concentrated poultry flavor, like dark meat. Many people think of Buffalo wings when they think of this part of the chicken, and for good reason: they're extremely popular throughout the United States.

Do the Taco Bell chicken wings have bones? ›

Here's the specs: Taco Bell's five-piece bone-in wings are coated with a Mexican queso seasoning and sell for about $7.99 (that's what I paid but Taco Bell is advertising $6.99) with a side of spicy ranch dip.

Are America's Best wings fried or baked? ›

Yes, that's right – these are simply the best wings in the entire country! These lightly battered and fried chicken wings are crispy, light, flavorful, and juicy on the inside.

What is the wings with hot sauce show? ›

The format involves Evans and his celebrity guests eating ten chicken wings (or a vegetarian/vegan alternative based on the guest's preference), each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. Evans states the show's tagline at the beginning of each episode: "The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings."

Are chicken wings better in oven or pan? ›

The browning you get during pan searing adds an immense flavor, one that you will never be able to replicate in the oven. Once pan searing is done, all the wings need is a quick 20-25 minute bake in the oven to get the meat cooked through without drying it out.

What is the most popular wing flavor? ›

1. BUFFALO WINGS. America's most famous chicken wing variety has become a hugely popular choice all over the world. While there are a few different stories circulating about how they were invented, it's generally accepted that the first plate was served back in 1964.

Are wings better fried or air fried? ›

With that being said, the air fried chicken wing wins this experiment! Although they were a little bit dryer on the inside than the deep fried wings, they had better overall flavor. Not to mentions the crispy chicken skin, the easy clean up, AND air fried chicken wings are much, much healthier.

Is Taco Bell wings fried? ›

Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Wings feature bone-in wings (a combination of drums and flats) fried up until extra crispy and then dusted with an orange-colored bold Mexican queso seasoning for an added kick of flavor.

Does anyone eat chicken wing bones? ›

Yes, people really do eat them. I've had dozens of customers over the years tell me that our free-range chickens are so good, that they literally ate the bones. (If you're interested in learning more, here's a blog that gives a few culinary tips: Chicken Bone Snacks).


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