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Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dressing

Perfectly fried, crispy wings? Check. Spicy wing sauce with just enough kick? Check. Amazing blue cheese dressing? Also check. Looks like the gang’s all here!

I simply cannot resist the sweet kick of some good, spicy chicken wings. They’re another one of my all-time favorite foods. Not so good when I’m trying to be calorie conscious, but when I get in that mood, man… Just delightful.

By the way, do y’all know how the chicken wing as we know it today came to be? Well, depending on who you ask, there’s a few different versions of the chicken wing origin story. We know they originated in Buffalo, hence the “Buffalo Chicken Wing.” It’s been said that there was a mistake – the delivery of wings instead of necks and backs for making spaghetti sauce to an Italian restaurant. You could say they “made lemonade from lemons,” in a sense. Or maybe they made lemon pepper wings. Who knows? The industrious Buffalonian business owners decided make an hors d’oeuvre from a mistaken delivery. They added celery and blue cheese, and voila! They ended up with the Buffalo Chicken Wings we have today.

Full spread of spicy chicken wings and blue cheese dressing

I Iike to keep the process of frying chicken wings fairly simple. You can get as complex as you like, but I find that salt and pepper is just perfect when serving with hot sauce. I can’t resist a good blue cheese dressing either, so we’re making our own for this recipe.

Ingredients for hot sauce

Time to make that delicious sauce! The Alaga syrup and hot sauce takes it to another level!

Making the sauce in a large bowl and swirling it around the sides will ensure every wing will get the luscious sauce. For this insanely good hot wing sauce, I’m using two Alaga products: the legendary Alaga Cane Syrup along with the Alaga Hot Sauce. For those that don’t know, Alaga is a local brand, a pillar in my community here in the South. I’ve been using their stuff for forever, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them as a sponsor. Get these products from their online shop; you’ll be pleased, I promise!

Drenching chicken wings with hot sauce

This sauce has just enough kick. So delicious!

Once you’ve gotten those wings drenched in this sauce, you’re ready to serve! Have them any way you like. In the South, depending on the season, we like to serve the wings and blue cheese dressing with raw squash, zucchini, carrots, and celery. Whichever way you choose to do it, be careful, because they’re going to be addicting!

 

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Ingredients

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • 4 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and wingettes separated tips removed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 lemon for juicing
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • celery sticks
  • spicy wing sauce

Spicy Wing Sauce

  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup Alaga Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Alaga Cane Syrup

Instructions

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

  2. Place a wire rack in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add enough oil to come 4 inches up the side, and heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 400 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack; set aside.

  3. Working in batches, carefully add chicken to heated oil and cook until dark golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack on baking sheet to drain. Place baking sheet into the 250 degree oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of the wings.

  4. Place mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, and blue cheese in a bowl, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Transfer cooked wings to a large, wide bowl. Add hot sauce mixture, and toss to coat. Serve wings with blue cheese sauce and celery sticks.

Spicy Wing Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the garlic cloves and cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Add the hot sauce and syrup and blend well.

    Ingredients for hot sauce

 

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