Cookies, we’ve got a finger-licking, lip-smacking, downright irresistible treat for you today. If you’re a fan of spicy, sweet, and perfectly crispy chicken wings, you’re in for a real treat. We’re diving into the world of homemade Honey Hot Wings, and trust us, it’s a flavor journey you won’t want to miss.
Wing Wisdom: The Ingredients
Before we take flight into cooking these delightful wings, let’s gather our culinary arsenal. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own batch of Honey Hot Wings:
For the Wings:
– 2 lbs chicken wings
– 2 tsp coarse salt
– 1 TBSP onion powder
– 2 tsp paprika
– Peanut oil for frying
For the Honey Hot Sauce:
– 1/3 cup Louisiana or Crystal Hot Sauce
– 2 TBSP unsalted butter
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 tsp garlic powder
Dry and Season
First things first, let’s get our chicken wings ready for their flavorful transformation. Start by patting those wings dry with some trusty paper towels. This step ensures that we get that crispy goodness we all crave.
Next, sprinkle on the coarse salt, onion powder, and paprika. Give those wings a good toss to ensure they’re coated evenly. It’s like giving them a flavor hug that they’ll remember.
The Chillin’ Time
Now, here’s where the magic of patience comes into play. Pop those seasoned wings into the fridge for at least 4 hours, or if you can’t wait (we get it), overnight. This chill time lets the spices work their charm and infuse every inch of those wings with flavor.
Fry ‘Em Up: Crispy Perfection Awaits
When the waiting game is over, it’s time to bring on the heat—literally. Heat up your peanut oil in a deep fryer to a sizzling 375°F. That’s the sweet spot for achieving that golden, crispy exterior.
Gently lower those wings into the hot oil and let them swim their way to perfection for about 10-12 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. These wings are getting all dressed up in flavor, and it shows.
Once they’re gloriously crispy and golden, place them on a wire baking sheet to let any excess oil drip away. Oh, the anticipation!
The Sweet Sting: Crafting the Honey Hot Sauce
While your wings are cooling off, let’s work on the tantalizing Honey Hot Sauce that will elevate them to flavor heaven.
The Flavor Fusion
In a small saucepan, introduce Louisiana or Crystal Hot Sauce, unsalted butter, honey, and garlic powder to each other. Stir until this delightful medley starts to simmer. The scent alone is a promise of the spicy-sweet symphony to come.
Simmer to Perfection
Lower the heat and let this sauce simmer on low for 5 minutes. This gives the flavors a chance to meld, and that honey adds that irresistible sweetness while the hot sauce brings the heat. It’s a beautiful balance.
Bringing It All Together: A Flavor Explosion
Now, it’s time to unite the stars of the show. In a large mixing bowl, place your patiently waiting wings. Pour that gorgeous Honey Hot Sauce all over them, and give it a gentle toss. Every wing deserves to be coated in this sticky, spicy, sweet goodness.
Finishing Touch: That Sticky Shine
Before we serve these wings, we need to add that final touch that takes them to the next level. Place those sauced-up wings back on a wire baking sheet and set your broiler to HIGH. We’re talking about a quick two-minute broil, just long enough for that sauce to become irresistibly sticky. But be on alert; we don’t want any accidental burning. Watch those wings like a hawk.
The Grand Finale: Dive In!
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for—serve these Honey Hot Wings with a side of ranch or bleu cheese dressing. The cool, creamy dressing is the perfect balance to the fiery, sweet wings.
A Wing Revelation
There you have it, folks! Homemade Honey Hot Wings that will make your taste buds dance with joy. The crispy exterior, the spicy-sweet glaze, and the cool dip create a flavor symphony that’s worth the effort.
So, the next time you’re looking for a show-stopping appetizer or a game day treat, remember these Honey Hot Wings. They’re not just wings; they’re a flavor revelation. Enjoy every bite, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them again and again.
Honey Hot Wings Recipe
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- Peanut oil for frying
Honey Hot Sauce:
- 1/3 cup Louisiana or Crystal Hot Sauce
- 2 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Dry the wings well with paper towels
Add in the spices and toss the wings to coat evenly
Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight
Heat the peanut oil* in a deep fryer to 375°F
Fry the wings for 10-12 minutes or until they reach 165°F.
Place on a wired baking sheet to drain.
Honey Hot Sauce:
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
Stir until the sauce starts to simmer.
Simmer on low for 5 mins.
Add the wings into a large mixing bowl
Pour the sauce over the wings and toss gently to coat
Place the wings on a wired baking sheet
Broil on HIGH for 2 minutes or until the sauce is sticky on the wings. Watch it closely to avoid burning.
Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.
*Use vegetable oil for frying if you have a peanut allergy.