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19 Best Chicken Wing Sauces With Recipes

Baked chicken wings with sesame seeds and sweet chili sauce

A delicious journey through the world of chicken wings awaits you as we explore the most delicious sauces and their homemade recipes. This article explores the world of flavorful sauces for chicken wings, savoring the delectable mixtures that turn these crispy appetizers into savory treats. Chicken wing sauces come in a variety of flavors, such as the traditional tang of buffalo sauce, the sweet and spicy appeal of honey sriracha, and the savory complexity of garlic parmesan. These sauces give an additional layer of zest to every bite, regardless of your preference for a mild tang or a burst of heat. In addition to showcasing these tempting sauces, our investigation will include recipes that you can make at home to replicate these mouthwatering flavors. Come along as we explore the mysteries of these well-loved sauces, giving you the chance to create the ideal chicken wing experience and master sauce selection at home.


BBQ

What is a more classic sauce for chicken wings than BBQ? The variations of this iconic sauce are endless, from sweet like honey to super spicy to tangy and complex. Everyone has their preference, but this BBQ sauce recipe is irresistible, with a savory and sugary balance of flavors.


Lemon Pepper

For people who enjoy something more refreshing and zesty, lemon pepper is a delicious sauce for chicken wings. It can also come as a dry rub, giving you a delicate texture and punchy flavor that doesn’t even need a dipping sauce!


Nashville Hot

Nashville Hot is a unique and spicy sauce popular in the South, but no one can deny the distinct and mouth-watering flavor. This spicy sauce has a thick texture that coats the wings thoroughly and delivers a juicy and hot bite of chicken.


Buffalo

Buffalo sauce is the famous chicken wing sauce known for its sinus-clearing heat and love affair with bleu cheese. You can make Buffalo sauce at home with just a few ingredients. The sauce is mostly butter and hot sauce. The history of Buffalo sauce is rich, just like its flavor!


Honey Sriracha

Honey Sriracha
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Sriracha is a universally popular Asian hot sauce with a strong kick of heat and bold tanginess. The flavor is garlicky and peppery, subdued beautifully by raw honey. Honey Sriracha sauce is a stunning balance of sweet and spicy that will satisfy all your cravings.

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Garlic Parmesan

Garlic parmesan is a lovely chicken wing sauce that isn’t spicy, for people who can’t handle the heat. But don’t worry, it’s still bursting with tons of savory flavors, from the nutty garlic to the sharp, salty parmesan. This sauce has a more complex flavor than you may think.


Mango Habanero

Mango Habanero
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Make your chicken wings a little fruity with a vibrant and hot mango habanero. Habanero peppers have a strong kick that brings out the vibrant flavors of mango. It combines sweet and spicy for a viscous and tasty chicken wing sauce.


Sweet Chili

Sweet Chili
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Sweet chili sauce is a decadent flavor that encompasses all the tastes that go well with chicken. All the ingredients combine perfectly, from the heat of the chili to the bitterness of the ginger to the lightness of the sesame, this sauce has a spicy taste you’ll find in many Thai dishes. This sauce tastes especially glorious when grilled, as a slight char brings out the deeper flavors.


Teriyaki

A classic Asian flavor, teriyaki is a brilliant sauce for chicken wings. This complex sauce has a sweet but tangy taste with strong umami notes that bring a delightful meatiness. It goes well with many proteins, but it’s especially delicious with chicken wings. You only need a few ingredients and can make it as mild or spicy as you desire.


Honey BBQ

For people who love sweeter BBQ sauces, look no further than this stellar honey BBQ recipe. This recipe perfectly balances acidic vinegar with sugary ingredients like honey and brown sugar. And the addition of spices like paprika highlight the decadence of the honey for a delicate flavor. While the sauce has a honey-forward flavor, the vinegar and spices keep it well-rounded.


Harissa

Harissa sauce is a North African chili paste full of audacious flavors like garlic, chili, cumin, and coriander. They have a bold spiciness punctuated by an earthy taste and hint of sweetness. The viscous sauce will stick thoroughly to your wings for moist and flavorful bites. If you love an extra saucy wing, this Harissa recipe keeps everything drenched in sauce.


Sweet and Spicy

Sweet and Spicy
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Go all out with sweet and spicy flavors with this bold and unforgettable chicken sauce. This recipe combines the spicy smokiness of paprika, garlic, and hot sauce with hot pepper jelly for an explosion of flavor. Be warned, this sticky, sweet sauce will coat your fingers fast, so make sure you have plenty of napkins around!


Honey Garlic

If you don’t enjoy spicy sauces but want something with a pungent flavor, try this honey garlic sauce. This recipe offers a sweet umami taste with a thick texture. The ginger and soy sauce develops a subtle Asian flavor, and you can skip the chili flakes if you want to keep it mild.

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Chili Lime

For something more tropical, try this zesty and bright chili lime sauce. The hint of lime cuts through the bold chili taste, creating a sensational depth of flavor that also highlights the juicy chicken. Sprinkle some cilantro, and you have the perfect chicken wing sauce for a beach day.


Honey Dijon

Mustard has a distinct punchy flavor that many people love, and it goes perfectly with chicken wings. A honey dijon chicken wing sauce has bold earthy flavors with a prominent tang that lingers on your palette. Some mustards are spicy while others are sweet, so you can use your favorite kind to make your chicken wings taste phenomenal.


Caribbean Jerk

Caribbean Jerk
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One of the most flavorful rubs is jerk seasoning, a combination of herbs and spices from the Caribbean islands. This flavor can be a sauce or a dry rub, bringing a toasty and tropical flavor to your wings. It has a slight hint of heat with the right balance of sugar and acid.


Adobo

Adobo
Source: Big Oven

Adobo is a tangy chicken wing sauce that is slightly spicy with a meaty flavor. Traditionally, adobo is a Spanish sauce used for meat, but this unique recipe puts a mild Asian spin on the garlicky sauce that brings it closer to orange chicken.


Sticky Chinese Chicken Wings

This sticky Chinese wing sauce has a delicious flavor, and it’s easy to adjust to your spice level! With classic Asian ingredients like hoisin, oyster sauce, and soy sauce, these taste great whether you like them on the sweeter or spicier side. To up the spice level, just add extra chili paste or sambal oelek. I love the sweet and spicy combo!


Peri-Peri Chicken Wings

If you haven’t tried peri-peri sauce yet, you’re missing out! This sauce originated in Southern Africa with African Bird’s Eye chillis, although Portuguese explorers take credit for making the sauce. Regardless of the background, peri-peri sauce is delicious on chicken wings! To make this sauce yourself, you can use African bird’s eye chillis or another spicy red pepper, along with lemon, paprika, garlic, and cilantro.

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Written by Brian Nagele

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