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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 each: 129 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 219662
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Fantastic. The entire family liked these wings."

dreamzdeferred User ID: 8023099 94811
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

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

tcarver User ID: 5663692 149224
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

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

JessicaMoravec User ID: 5963955 165020
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."

shirley ann tuinstra User ID: 4726170 95662
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."

jbiddings User ID: 3739585 102317
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

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

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 102315
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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