Spicy Habanero Hot Wings

| May 30, 2014 | 30 Comments

These tender, spicy hot wings have a rich, layered flavor that will have you licking your fingers and reaching for more. Make this Spicy Habanero Hot Wings recipe!

Super Hot Habanero Hot Wings

The best things come to those who wait. Patience is a virtue. Rome wasn’t built in a day. There are so many sayings and quotes that all boil down to the same sentiment: having patience means good things. Even in the kitchen. Yes, I went there. Because we all know I like quick and easy recipes with maximum flavors. But sometimes even I have to make an exception — and these wings? Totally exception-worthy.

Because, I mean what spice-loving girl doesn’t adore hot wings? Amiright?

How to Make Spicy Habanero Hot Wings

So, yes, this is a longer process to make these things. It takes two days — but fortunately it’s very hands-off.

On the first day, you rinse your wings and then put them in a marinade of buttermilk and chopped jalapeno pepper. Seal ‘em up and chill for 24-hours. They need that time to mingle with the flavors.

On the second day, you whip up a quick flour mixture of all-purpose flour mixed with chipotle pepper powder, salt and pepper. Then you coat all the wings in it and put them on a cooking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking oil. Spray the wings with more cooking oil spray. Then bake them until they are good and crispy — flipping once.

Finally, you heat up some butter with habanero pepper sauce and a touch of dark brown sugar. Whisk it all together and get it good and combined. And then, finally, toss those crispy baked hot wings with your fab habanero wing sauce.

Then serve them. You could offer a little blue cheese on the side. But in my family, it’s all about the wings.

Choosing Your Hot Sauce for Spicy Habanero Hot Wings

Spicy Habanero Hot WingsIn my first test of these wings, I used Melinda’s XXXX Reserve Habanero Pepper Sauce. While it is a spicy sauce, I found that in the wing sauce recipe it created a slow heat that intensified over time. I loved the flavor of the sauce with this — and it made the wings very saucy. You could even see the seeds from the habanero peppers!

Crispy Habanero Hot Wings

But for these wings, I was aiming for so-hot-you-tear-up. So on second testing, I used Tabasco Habanero Sauce and that rendered the desired affect (see the top photo). With the Tabasco Habanero Sauce, the wings were so spicy that I could only eat one at a time — and my sinus and tear ducts might have gotten a good clearing out too. The downside to these? With this habanero sauce, you get crispy hot wings. It just didn’t create a saucy sauce.

So which is better? It really depends on what you want from your wings. The wings with the sauce made with Melinda’s XXXX Reserve Habanero Pepper Sauce were finger-licking good and spicy — but the sauce was more nuanced so you could really dig in and enjoy them. But for those who have a serious addiction to heat, the Tabasco Habanero Sauce created much hotter hot wings. And they were still loaded with great flavor.

I’d probably opt for the former, but the latter was really good too.

Either way, just make these hot wings. You won’t be disappointed.

Spicy Habanero Hot Wings

Yield: serves 8

Spicy Habanero Hot Wings

These Spicy Baked Habanero Hot Wings take two days to make -- but they are totally worth every second.

Ingredients

3 lbs chicken wings
1 cup buttermilk
1 jalapeno, chopped
Cooking oil spray
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp chipotle pepper powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
5 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup habanero pepper hot sauce
1 tbsp dark brown sugar

Directions

  1. Rinse the chicken wings in water and place in a resealable bag. Whisk together the buttermilk and jalapeno and pour over the wings. Seal the bag and place inside a bowl in the fridge. Marinate for 24 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil. Spray with cooking oil spray
  3. In a bowl for dredging, sift together the flour, chipotle pepper powder, kosher salt and black pepper. Remove the wings from the buttermilk marinade one at a time, and dredge all over with the flour mixture. Arrange on the baking sheet. Once all the wings have been dredged, spray them with cooking oil spray.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes and then flip the wings. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until golden.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium heat, whisk together the butter, habanero hot sauce and brown sugar until well combined. Bring to a boil and continue whisking for 3-5 minutes until smooth.
  6. Remove the wings from the tray to a large bowl and toss well with the habanero wing sauce. Lay out on a platter. Enjoy.
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  1. Kate says:

    I often speak in cliches. I think the best one for this is – if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

  2. I can see why these are finger licking good!! They look irresistible!!

  3. I know some of my husband’s friend would LOVE these at a tail gating party!

  4. I totally agree, sometimes, things are worth patiently waiting for…like these amazingly beautiful hot wings…I’m definitely not going to mind the waiting as I make them. I think I’m going to get Wife of the Year if I make these for my husband and his friends :)

  5. My hubby loves hot and spicy, he’d love these!

  6. I can never resist a hot wing! Love the sauce.

  7. christine says:

    I’m loving the sound of these wings. I’ll have to bookmark for a day when the guys are hanging out here and I need to serve up something

  8. OH YEAH!! I love the sound of these…worth.the.wait!

  9. So excited that you post this! I tried something similar at a restaurant recently and it was a huge disappointment. I’ve been wanting to try and revamp it at home, make it taste delicious. And this recipe here? Well, that’s the one!

    • I find that restaurants seldom make their spicy wings truly spicy (and forget about spicy, saucy and crispy — that’s like never). Hope you love these as much as I do!

  10. I can almost hear the crunch of these yummy wings just by looking at your pictures. SO good!

  11. Oh I love a good wing recipe! We will have to try this soon!

  12. Susan says:

    You had me sold until the XXX sauce. I think I would die, or just lose all taste buds. My husband on the other hand would drink that like water. So I’ll take the mild version, he’ll have the XXX. :-)

  13. My husband and I adore spicy foods. If it doesn’t make us sweat, it isn’t spicy enough!

  14. My whole family loves all things spicy — I think these will be perfect for our Father’s Day get-together!

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