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Winging It: Three Hot Wings Sauce Recipes: Supreme Hot Wings, Hooters' Copy-Cat Hot Wings, & Honey Hot Wings

By Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Chicken hot wings are easy and inexpensive to prepare at home. | Photo credit: Perfectance, Flickr, Creative Commons

Chicken hot wings are easy and inexpensive to prepare at home. | Photo credit: Perfectance, Flickr, Creative Commons

 

No doubt about it... chicken hot wings (with or without drummettes in the poultry mix) are a lot of fun to eat and easy and cheap to make yourself. They are a favorite in our house and they're extremely popular at gatherings and parties, especially if hungry teenagers are around. Making your own hot wings sauce is a huge money saver and tastes just as good, if not better, than buying an expensive prepared jar or bottle of it or ordering a big batch of hot wings from the local sports bar or deli. As far as convenience goes, making the sauce yourself doesn't take long to make and can be prepared in advance.

There are countless recipes and methods to making hot wings. Here are three different recipes for DIY hot wings sauces. The first two recipes don't require frying. Serving the hot wings with dressing and celery sticks on the side is optional. You can also serve, if you want, the leftover cooked sauce in small bowls for additional dipping.

 

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These recipes can be used on other chicken parts, not just wings.

 

Supreme Hot Wings Sauce

 

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl to make the sauce. Add enough of the Tabasco sauce, a few drops at a time, and cayenne pepper to suit your tastebuds for the desired level of heat.

Place a large family package of chicken wings into a large foil baking pan or a baking pan that is lined in foil. Pour the hot wings sauce into the pan, covering all the wings.

Bake at 375 deg. F until done (approx 1 hour). Serve with dressing and celery sticks.

Serves 4 - 6.

 

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Hooters' Copy-Cat Chicken Wings Hot Sauce

This recipe reportedly is a copy-cat version of the famous hot wings sauce served at Hooters. Whether it does or doesn't taste the same isn't all that important... it is delicious and packs a satisfying punch and is super-easy to make.

 

 

Mix all ingredients (except the chicken wings) together in a bowl. This sauce will store well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Place a large family package of chicken wings into a large foil baking pan or a baking pan that is lined in foil. Pour the hot wings sauce into the pan, covering all the wings.

Bake at 375 deg. F until done (approx 1 hour). Serve with dressing and celery sticks.

Serves 4 to 6.

 

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I love honey hot wings, but have not ever made them. I intend to try this honey hot wings recipe I found at eHow the next time I make hot wings. Bottled Louisiana hot sauce is usually inexpensive, and I've seen it sold at the dollar stores.

From the eHow website:
Honey hot wings are a time-honored favorite in my household. We serve them at nearly every special occasion or family gathering. No matter how many pounds we make, the bowl of honey hot wings seems to always disappear within minutes of being served.

Honey hot wings are my family's version of Buffalo hot wings which are traditionally spiced in a cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. This recipe leaves out the butter and offers a sweet, but tangy and satisfying breaded variant to this popular dish.

Honey Hot Wings

 

Heat an ample amount of vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep-fryer over medium-high heat. Make sure there is enough oil to fully immerse chicken wingettes.

Meanwhile, wash and drain the chicken, being sure to pull out any unplucked feathers. Season the chicken with salt, garlic powder, black and cayenne peppers, being sure to coat well.

Fill freezer bag with the flour. Add some of the wingettes and shake in the sealed bag until they are well-coated.

Deep-fry the chicken pieces until they are a golden brown, being sure to turn the chicken about half-way through cooking. Drain the cooked wingettes on some paper towels.

Mix together the honey, Louisiana hot sauce, mustard, and lemon juice in a small sauce pan. Heat over a low flame, stirring often to prevent sticking, for about 10 minutes.

Toss cooked chicken in the finished honey sauce until it is well-coated. Serve with dressing and celery sticks.

Serves 4 to 6.

 

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