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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 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 longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl; add sauce and toss to coat.
Editor's Note
Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Nutrition 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
    Feb 4, 2015

    Fantastic. The entire family liked these wings.

  • dreamzdeferred
    Oct 5, 2014

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

  • tcarver
    May 15, 2012

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

  • JessicaMoravec
    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
    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
    Jan 26, 2010

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

  • justmbeth
    Jul 11, 2009

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

  • lifesgreat
    Feb 1, 2009

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