Chicken wings are a year-round favorite, but during Super Bowl season, the craving for them is too strong to resist. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend. That is roughly 100 million pounds of wings, aka Jim Perdue’s dream come true — especially after the great wing shortage of 2013. Thankfully, that scary time is behind us now. In fact, wings are so popular they have become the most expensive part of the chicken.
Buffalo, New York, takes credit for having been the birthplace of the sauced-up dish known as Buffalo chicken wings. The dish has evolved since 1964, though, and offering up a plate of plain old hot wings just might not cut it for all of your guests on game day.
Don’t fret; after all, this is chicken. There are countless ways to spice things up when it comes to the versatile bird, and wings are no exception. Add some Parmesan cheese and garlic and you’ve got Italian-inspired wings that will make any Nonna proud. Add some fresh herbs, yogurt, and lemon juice, and you’ll transport your guests to a Greek island in no time.
Think Coca-Cola is just for drinking? Think again. Mixed with a few flavorful ingredients, it turns into Super Bowl Sunday’s easiest chicken wing sauce. Not only are wings great for taking on different flavor profiles, but they are also easy to cook. Bake ‘em, fry ‘em, or, if you’re a bit kitchen-challenged, throw them in the slow cooker and walk away for a few hours.
Whether these are the appetizer, main course, or just an addition to a finger-food buffet, these creative chicken wing recipes are a must-try.
Avocado Chipotle Chicken Wings Recipe
These chicken wings are like eating guacamole and hot wings all at once. They are deep-fried until golden and crispy, then tossed in a smooth and smoky sauce made with avocado, cilantro, chipotle sauce, and lime.
Balsamic Strawberry-Glazed Chicken Wings
The mix of sweet strawberries and even sweeter cooked-down balsamic vinegar creates a tangy sauce for seasoned chicken wings. Make extra and refrigerate, as this is a great glaze for grilled pork and chicken breast as well.