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Sweet 'n' Spicy Wings

 Sweet 'n' Spicy Wings
“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
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Directions (continued)

  • longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl; add sauce
  • and toss to coat. Yield: about 4 dozen.
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.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer