Okay, here’s a recipe for the weekend 🙂 that’s perfect for the grill or for baking in the oven. These Firecracker Chicken Wings are super simple to make and they will be gone like THAT! Promise! The combination of sweet honey and spicy sauces will have your mouth watering for more!
There are some secret ingredients in this chicken glaze… and a little bit of my Southern upbringing included here. You see, I come from a long line of BBQ chicken grillers. First there was my grandpa, my dad’s dad. Picture him standing by a BBQ pit, smoke surrounding him. We used to joke about his “burnt” BBQ chicken. His secret was to baste the chicken on the grill and the result was some of the best chicken I ever ate. My dad knows that my favorite meal he makes is his special BBQ chicken. As kids we used to joke and call it Papa Pete’s World Famous BBQ Chicken. He taught me the magic in mixing your BBQ sauce with BUTTER!!!
In the South, it’s typical to start with a rub on anything… this helps with the first layer of seasoning… to help set it in to the meat. Basically you mix together a bunch of seasoning and “rub” it on. It’s typical to season with salt and pepper, but you might also add paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder. This recipe ups the ante a bit. I’ve been loving the firecracker wings from a local restaurant and I wanted to try to replicate what they were doing. Their sauce is a little sweet and also somewhat spicy. I don’t like my food to be so spicy that I can’t enjoy the flavors, so I went with a simple buffalo sauce mixed with honey, soy and Sriracha. The flavors were dynamite!
For this chicken wing recipe, you start by rubbing on seasonings and then you baste the chicken with the sweet and spicy glaze. This recipe works perfectly on the grill or in the oven. I went with the oven this time around and baked them on top of a wire rack so the grease would drip through and the chicken would crisp up. Once they were done, I sprinkled them with sesame seeds and garnished with cilantro. They were so yummy right out of the oven. They were full of flavor, crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. I couldn’t stop licking my fingers!
This recipe is so tasty and it could be simplified to make it kid friendly (or simply grill a few pieces without the glaze). Chicken wings are a great weekend or party food and work perfectly as a meal or appetizer. Serve them with Ranch Dressing and garnish with some lime wedges for added flavor! Here’s the recipe: