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Knock-Off Takeout Honey Chipotle Wings

Sweet with just a kick of spice, these wings are sticky saucy and delicious! Save the Take out delivery fees and make these quick and easy knock-off wings in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.


I am totally a chicken wing girl. So much so that the people at the local wing spot literally know me. One day I foolishly decided to add up how much I spend between my two favorites in a one month window and realized pretty quickly how much money I was throwing away for something I could easily make at home. Long story short, that same night this recipe was born along with 3 other variations that rival any wing chains most popular flavors. Make sure to read all the way to the end for a Buffalo, Sweet Thai and Lemon Pepper switch-up. Added bonus? This recipe is totally gluten free!

Quick tip before you get started, this recipe works best with fully defrosted and dry chicken wing sections. The base recipe is a method you can learn then add your favorite sauce or flavoring to at the end. Once you learn the technique, the possibilities are endless! I promise you won’t regret it, my husband even says my wings are better than take-out.


 

Ingredients

For the wings:
  • 3 Lbs Chicken Wing Sections

  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 tablespoon Black Pepper

  • 1/4 tablespoon Creole Seasoning

  • 1/4 tablespoon Garlic Powder

  • Vegetable or Canola Oil for frying

For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup

  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider vinegar

  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Raw Honey

  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

  • 3 Chipotle in Adobo Sauce Peppers

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flake

  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter


Step 1: Make the Wings



After rinsing the chicken wing sections, pat dry with paper towels. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and creole seasoning to the chicken. Toss chicken in seasoning until all sections are coated in the seasoning. Set aside.

In a deep fryer or Dutch oven, heat oil to 400 degrees. Add chicken in 2-3 batches to the hot oil, being sure not to overcrowd the fryer. Cook each batch for 18-22 minutes to your desired crispness.


While the chicken is frying, make the sauce so it is ready when the chicken comes out.

Remove chicken from oil and place on a paper towel lined tray.


Step 2: Make the Sauce

Add all sauce ingredients except butter to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat. Add sauce to butter. Simmer sauce for 10 minutes. Set aside until chicken is cooked. Immediately toss hot chicken in sauce until fully coated.

 
Ain't No Thang but a Chicken Wang! - Outkast



My favorite wings are honey chipotle and traditional mild buffalo wings. So when I make this I often will make one of those. My teenager loves lemon pepper and my little one loves anything sweet. The cool part about this recipe is like the wing shop, all those flavors can be made with the same batch of wings, you just toss it in whichever flavor you and your family love. The even better part is that this recipe costs less than $20 to make and can be on the table in the same amount of time it would take you to order, drive to or wait on delivery. The other added bonus is that you are not limited to 2-3 flavors and can make any variety you want with whatever ingredients you have in your pantry. I can’t promise you‘ll never order takeout wings again but I will say that once you taste these wings, you’ll think twice before you do!


Variations:
Traditional Buffalo (Note: None of these variations require blending before cooking in the saucepan):
  • 1 stick of Unsalted Butter

  • 1 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Italian Salad dressing or white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Lemon Pepper
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons minced Garlic

  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Thai Chili Glazed
  • 3/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce or BBQ Sauce

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic



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