No matter where they started out, there's no denying that the chicken wing is still the king of meaty snacks. There might be nothing more beautiful than a pile of perfectly sauced wings, just waiting to be devoured.
It just means that any chicken wing can become great as long as it has the right sauce on it. For example, maybe making a chocolate cherry sauce for chicken wings is not exactly the best or most appetizing idea.
We can only imagine that this sauce is sickly sweet and completely overbearing to your taste buds. This sauce winds up at the bottom of the list for a lack of creativity and a total mess of a flavor.
These wings are coated in a sauce that is made from peanut butter and grape jelly, which frankly sounds like a nightmare. These rank slightly higher than the cherry chocolate only because peanut butter can be used to make respectable sauces (more on that later).
Second, Alfredo sauce really has a very mild flavor, one that isn't going to add much to the wing experience. Alfredo might be good when it's poured over linguine, but it has no place in the world of chicken wings.
Plum sauce is great for dipping spring rolls and chicken fingers, but it's more of a supporting player for other flavors. Sure, the way the wing is cooked is important too, but it's really the sauce that makes or breaks them.
Plum sauce is generally sweet with a note of sour to it, but it's not exactly the kind of balanced flavor that can carry something all on its own. Marinara on a chicken wing is kind of an odd idea, but it's not entirely out of left field.
Second, while marinara is great on many foods, it is a really specific flavor that needs other things to balance it out, like mozzarella, Parmesan, or fresh basil. Maybe it's the fact that the sticky, sweetness of the caramel would play really well with the crispiness of a perfectly fried chicken wing.
The only reason these are lower on the list is the lack of a more complex flavor profile. Caramel may be great for adding to other flavors in order to up the sweet factor, but on its own, It's maybe just a little too flat.
Sriracha doesn't have to just be the sauce you put on noodles, or eggs, or hot dogs, or burgers, or... While it might not be as popular a choice as some standard hot wing sauces out there, there's no denying that sriracha has a truly unique flavor, owing to the mixture of chili and garlic, as well as the fermentation process.
Still, it can be a bit much for some people, which is why it's often used in sparing doses to enhance other flavors, rather than trying to staff out on its own. After all, the sweetness of the honey combined with the recognizable mild heat of mustard would make for a well-balanced wing flavor.
Besides, mustard is actually a key part of South Carolina barbecue, so it definitely has its place in the pantheon of meat. Okay, before you turn your noses up at the idea of fish sauce, let us explain why this is so high on the list.
Yes, fish sauce is made from fermented anchovies, but that is what gives it such umami power! If you've ever eaten a great bowl of for, the flavor probably came from just the right amount of fish sauce.
Therefore, chicken wings that utilize fish sauce would be packed with amazing flavor and would be even more savory than usual. Curry can be spicy, of course, but it also combines earthy and savory notes to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
Curry sauce would be a great wing coating if only to give people something a little different from what they are used to. While peanut butter and jelly wings sound wholly unappealing, there's something that makes peanut butter work really well with spices and other seasonings to create a sauce that is often used in Thailand to give their dishes a savory yet spicy flavor that is unique.
Wings with a spicy peanut sauce would be a big hit and would be a great change form some of the more played-out flavors (without having to resort to using grape jelly). Jerk seasoning is a major staple of dishes from Jamaica, and it is known for packing a real punch.
Making jerk chicken wings would be all about packing them with spice, and seeing just how many of your friends can handle them! Its heat level can vary quite a bit, which is why it would be so perfect for making wings that move away from some of the more traditional hot flavors.
Sure, Louisiana hot sauce is the standard for wings, but harissa would deliver something far more complex while still making people's mouths water (and their tongues burn). Teriyaki flavor is something that is utilized to great effect in dishes originating from Japan.
Its blend of both sweet and umami flavors makes it the perfect coating for almost any meat, and the way it can get a nice char on it if it is tossed under a broiler gives it an edge over other sweet sauces. Teriyaki wings are great if you want to try something that is not based on being hot but also isn't either flatly sweet.
The complex flavor profile of teriyaki makes it one of the more appealing wing sauces overall. You may recognize adobe from its supporting role in canned chipotle peppers, but the truth about it is that it has so many great applications (besides helping to preserve those tasty, spicy smoked jalapeños).
Sure, it might leave some pepper heads wanting, and it might still be too much for some people with more delicate tongues, but its balance of heat, vinegar, and just the slightest touch of sweetness make the medium wing sauce at almost any establishment that serves them a perfect choice. Throw in some blue cheese dip and its about as close to perfection as you can get.
This is partly due to them being mentioned on Donald Glover's FX show, Atlanta, which highlighted a particular kind of lemon pepper wing: the lemon pepper wet from JR Crickets. Ghost pepper wings are not going to be that much fun to eat, but in terms of challenging yourself, they are definitely something to try.
For something that has a similar heat signature to ghost pepper but won't melt your face off (figuratively speaking), why not try a mango habanero sauce? Sure, they may not be near the same level as a ghost pepper, but they can still deliver a significant kick of spice.
While there are plenty of different varieties of barbecue sauce out there, they all combine the same three basic flavors: sweet, spicy, and smoky. Nashville hot chicken has always been one of the city's signature dishes, combining fried chicken with an extra spicy flour dredge with a sauce made from even more spice and fat (usually lard, but sometimes butter) to create an incredibly spicy fried chicken that can really knock your socks off.
First, you're hit with a peppery sweetness, something that might remind you of fresh bell pepper. They are the undisputed king of chicken wing flavors, and they have stood the test of time for good reason.
It really should be Hot BBQ, but number 1 and 2 isn't bad either. By far my favorite flavors when I go to local Wing Joints; it is almost foolproof.
Buffalo belongs at the top of the list, at the least #3 because it is so tasty! I've to love those hot honey mustard wings at Baby's.
I love the unique taste you get from Jamaican Jerk spices! I'm also pretty sensitive to spicy foods and this is the spiciest I can eat while still tolerating the heat.
12 Lemon Pepper I thought this was the most popular flavor... Until I moved out of Atlanta and everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I ordered them. Lemon Pepper is my favorite I don't know why it's all the way down here last time I checked it was at the top.
Lemon pepper and honey garlic combined is the Best If you don't use blue cheese then you don't really eat wants cor rectally.