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Sweet 'n' Spicy Wings Recipe

Sweet 'n' Spicy Wings Recipe

“After a long futile search for the perfect wing recipe, I came up with these hot, sweet and spicy chicken wins. The blend of flavors has something for everyone. We love them during football season.” —Brent Burns, Long Grove, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch YIELD:48 servings


  • 5 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon celery seed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, paprika and cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • 1. Cut wings into three sections; discard wing tip sections. In a large saucepan, bring the butter, hot sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, 2 tablespoons celery seed and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until reduced by half.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and remaining celery seed. Add wings, a few at a time, and shake to coat.
  • 3. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry wings, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl; add sauce and toss to coat. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.

Nutritional Facts

1 appetizer equals 129 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Sweet 'n' Spicy Wings

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Fantastic. The entire family liked these wings."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Great recipe. I loved this recipe! ! My husband is a very picky eater and he loved this."

Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"The whole family loved this recipe. Followed the recipe exactly."

Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"I fed this to my husband and some of our friends. They loved it!!!! They practically licked their plates clean, and begged for more."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"This is one of the best that I've tried. I like to add a little Habanero sauce to give it a little more heat."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"This was the best spicy wings recipe I have ever tried!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2009

"This wings were ok, not too bad. Even though they were called "spicy", they were not spicy enough for our taste."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer