If you’re anything like me, you love getting your hands on some delicious chicken wings. But what’s not so enjoyable is when the sauce slips right off the wings and onto your plate. In this blog post, I will share tips on making the sauce stick to your chicken wings like glue! Try them out and see for yourself how much better they turn out. You’ll be glad you did!
So, how to make the sauce stick to wings? Here’s a quick answer. In addition to sealing the juices, a light coating of flour or cornstarch aids in absorbing the sauce and prevents it from sliding off. Nonetheless, your sauce won’t stick to the flour without first getting the flour to stick to the chicken. You should apply a thin coating of flour to the chicken while it’s still wet; once the flour dries, it will form a nice, sticky surface that will hold the sauce in place.
The key is to create a sticky base for the flour to adhere to. You can do this by marinating the chicken wings in a mixture of buttermilk and some hot sauce for at least 60 minutes or, ideally, overnight. This will give the wings a nice flavor and make them extra tender.
Once the chicken wings have been marinated, dredge the chicken wings in the flour mixture. If there is any excess flour on the chicken wings, shake it off before frying or baking them. The sauce will have difficulty sticking to the wings if there’s too much flour.
Finally, toss the chicken wings in your favorite sauce. I like to use a mixture of Frank hot sauce, honey, and butter. But you can use any sauce that you like.
What are chicken wings?
Chicken wings are the perfect chicken dish for tailgate parties and pub snacks. They are juicy, flavorful, and easy to eat with your hands. Plus, they can be cooked in various ways to suit any taste. So next time you’re planning a party or looking for snacks, try chicken wings!
What kind of sauce to use for wings?
Wings are delicious whether you’re eating them alone or with friends. But what sauce should you use to make them even more irresistible? Some like a savory BBQ sauce, while others prefer a tangy Buffalo sauce. Maybe you’re the type who likes a bit of both!
However, there’s only one correct answer: hot sauce, like my all-time favorite, Frank’s Hot sauce. Why? Because it provides the perfect balance of flavor and spice. So next time you’re making wings, don’t forget the hot sauce!
But, no matter your preference, there’s a sauce for you. So why not try something new the next time you’re making wings? You might find your new favorite.
Here are a few recipes for delicious and sticky sauces that will coat your wings perfectly.
1 Honey BBQ sauce
This honey BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy and will coat your wings perfectly. The recipe only takes a few minutes to make, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
2 Buffalo wing sauce
This Buffalo sauce is spicy, creamy, and everything you could want in a wing sauce. It’s easy to make and keeps your wings nice and sticky. Find the recipe here.
3 Sweet and spicy Asian sauce
This sweet and spicy Asian sauce is the perfect addition to any wing night. The sauce has several ingredients, including brown sugar, honey, dark soy sauce, and lemongrass paste. The wings are baked in the oven until they are nice and crispy. Then, they are tossed in the sauce and served with celery and blue cheese dressing. Find the full details here.
4 Teriyaki sauce
This classic teriyaki sauce is the perfect addition to any wing night. It’s sticky, sweet, and full of flavor. The recipe is quick and easy to make, and it will keep your wings nice and sticky. All you need is a few simple ingredients to make it at home.
5 Sriracha honey sauce
This sriracha honey sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and it will coat your wings perfectly. The recipe only takes a few minutes to make, and you can make it ahead of time and store it for up to a week.
6 Jamaican jerk sauce
This recipe is a classic Jamaican Jerk sauce that is perfect for chicken wings. The key to making this sauce stick to the wings is cooking it until it is thick and sticky. This sauce is sure to give your wings a kick with a blend of allspice, thyme, ginger, and habanero peppers. The recipe is quick and easy to make, and it will keep your wings nice and sticky.
How to make the sauce stick to wings
There’s nothing like a good chicken wing. And there’s nothing quite as frustrating as trying to get the sauce to stick to the wings, only to have it all fall off in a big mess. But with the right technique, you can create chicken wings that are crispy and delicious – and the sauce will stick perfectly.
Here is the secret to the perfect wing sauce coating:
Step 1 Marinate your chicken wings
Take your chicken wings to the next level by marinating them for at least one hour or overnight before cooking. This will help the sauce to stick and create a more vibrant flavor. One of my secrets is to use buttermilk in the marinade, which not only tenderizes the meat but also helps the sauce adhere.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the marinade:
- 2 lb chicken wings
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp hot sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot) *optional
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1-inch ginger grated
- 4 cloves of garlic grated
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp sesame oil
Note: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can also use milk and vinegar. Combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Step 2 Dredge the wings in the flour/cornstarch mixture.
Adding some flavor to the flour is next. Mix these dry ingredients and lightly coat the chicken wings with flour or cornstarch. It will help the sauce adhere to the chicken’s surface.
Seasoning mix ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ½ tbsp baking powder
- ½ tbsp white pepper
- ½ tbsp kosher salt
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tbsp paprika
How to make the flour stick to chicken wings
Roll the chicken wings in the flour mixture one at a time. Make sure each chicken wing is fully coated with flour/cornstarch. You can use your hands to help the process, but shake off any excess flour before placing the chicken wing in the hot oil. If cooking the whole wings, straighten the V-shaped fold where the two bones meet and pat the flour mixture onto this area.
Step 3 Make sure your wings are completely dry.
The key to ensuring your sauce sticks to your wings is all in the preparation. You want to ensure your chicken wings are nice and dry. Any moisture on the surface will make it harder for the sauce to adhere.
One way to do this is by placing the dredged wings on a wire rack or baking sheet and letting them sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour, to dry. It has been my experience that this simple yet crucial step keeps the batter from sliding off!
Pro tip: You can air dry the wings by letting them sit on a cooling rack for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help to remove any moisture from the skin further. Or, for best results, you can place them in the fridge in a single layer, uncovered for a few hours, preferably overnight. Doing this will create a nice dry surface for the sauce to adhere to.
Step 4 Fry the wings.
Now, it’s time to cook the chicken wings. You can bake them or fry them. Ensure that they are fully cooked before adding the sauce. The meat thermometer will help you check their doneness.
It isn’t easy to agree on the best way to cook a wing since different cooks have different opinions. It is common for some people to bake while others deep fry.
The advantage of deep-frying chicken wings is that it leads to crispy skin. The skin is one of the best parts of wings; you want it to be as crisp as possible. A temperature of 350°F is ideal for deep-frying.
Using a stovetop
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350°F. Fry the chicken wings in batches. Depending on the size of your wings, this could take anywhere from 5 minutes per batch. Double fry for an extra 2 to 3 minutes. Why double fry? It makes the sauce stick to the wings better and creates a crispier outer crust.
In the Air Fryer
You can cook your wings without oil if you have an air fryer. Cook the wings at 400°F for about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping them once during cooking. Watch them closely towards the end, as they can overcook quickly.
Baked Chicken Wings
Another method is to bake your chicken wings. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. It will ensure even cooking and prevent the wings from sticking to the pan. You can cook the wings for 12 to 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
Note: Cooking time will depend on whether you’re frying the wings or cutting them into smaller pieces. Place the cooked chicken wings on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Step 5 Reduce the sauce.
Next, you must get some quality sauce (like Frank’s hot sauce). If you want to make your sauce at the convenience of your home, you can try this special recipe.
Choose a hot sauce that has the right consistency or is thick enough. If it’s too thin, it will just run off the wings. Why is that? The flour or cornstarch creates a barrier between the sauce and the chicken, so if the sauce is too thin, it will just seep right through.
Reducing the sauce means simmering it until most water has evaporated, leaving a thicker, more intense flavor. This is important because you don’t want your wings to be soggy. All that reduced sauce will cling to the wings and give them a deep, bold flavor. To reduce the sauce, simmer it over low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until it has thickened. Let the sauce cool slightly before using it.
Below are two options you can try to make the sauce stick to chicken wings:
Option 1 Add butter
Combine your favorite reduced hot sauce in a shallow dish or bowl with room-temperature butter (1 stick). Why use room-temperature butter? Butter is an emulsifier, meaning it will help the sauce ingredients bind together and stick to the wings. Using room-temperature butter will make it easier to coat the wings evenly once you mix it with the hot sauce because it is more pliable. But if you melt the butter, its naturally occurring emulsifying capability starts to weaken when heated.
Whisk the mixture together until it’s smooth and well combined. If your hot sauce is very thick, you may want to add a tablespoon or two of water to thin it out so it’s easier to coat the wings.
Option2 Add liquid margarine.
At room temperature, use Frank hot sauce and liquid margarine. Whisk them together until emulsified, and then coat your wings.
What is liquid margarine?
Liquid margarine is the fluid version of solidified margarine used to help make sauces and dressings more creamy. You can find this in the baking aisle of most stores, and available in a spray or pourable squeeze bottle. If you don’t have margarine liquid, that’s okay. Just use all melted butter. Butter, on its own, is already an excellent emulsifier and will help the sauce stick to the wings just fine.
Step 6 Coat the wings in the sauce
Once you have your sauce, it’s time to coat those wings! Make sure each wing is evenly covered for maximum deliciousness.
Throw them in a warm stainless bowl for an even coating of hot sauce on your chicken wings. Cover the bowl and shake it around until each wing is perfectly coated. The heat will help the sauce penetrate the chicken and take hold. The sauce will stick to the wings and get a nice, evenly coating.
For a mess-free option, you can also use a resealable bag. Add your wings and sauce to the bag, seal it tight, and shake away!
When you bake wings, how do you make them crispy?
To bake super crisp wings, you must follow a few essential steps.
First, your wings must be dry. The best way to achieve this is to pat them down with paper towels to remove any moisture.
The best way to do this is to use paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible from the wings before cooking. If you can spare it, dust the wings with flour/cornstarch mixture and place them in the refrigerator in a single layer for an hour, preferably overnight. As a result, all the moisture is drawn out, making the wings extra crispy in the oven.
The correct temperature is essential when cooking wings. If you cook them too low, they will be soggy. Too high of a temperature will result in a burnt product. The best temperature to cook wings is 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Are wings slathered with hot sauce before or after cooking?
The answer might surprise you.
Some say that pre-coating wings in the sauce help the sauce to stick better to the meat during baking. Others contend that sauce should be applied after the wings come out of the fryer or oven so that the heat can help the sauce adhere better.
So, which is the right way to do it?
As it turns out, there is no correct answer. It depends on your personal preference.
If you coat the wings in the sauce before baking them in the oven, the sauce will have a chance to penetrate the skin and infuse the meat with flavor. However, you risk the sauce burning or becoming overly sticky during cooking.
If you wait to sauce the wings until after they are cooked, the sauce will not have a chance to penetrate the skin. However, the heat from the baked or deep-fried wings will help the sauce to adhere better to the surface of the meat. Wings can then be evenly coated as a result.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which method you prefer. Try both ways and see which one gives you the results that you are looking for.
Extra tips for cooking your wings so that the sauce sticks
1 Add a starch
One way to ensure your sauce sticks to chicken wings is to mix cornstarch and flour. Starch will help to thicken the sauce and make it cling to the wings. Some good options for starches include flour, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder. Another option is to coat the wings in a starch mixture before adding them to the sauce.
2 Cook or reduce the sauce
If your sauce is too thin, it will not stick well to chicken wings. Another way to ensure your sauce sticks to chicken wings is to cook it before adding it. This will help to thicken the sauce and make it more likely to adhere to the surface of the chicken. Simply simmer the sauce on the stovetop until it has reduced thickened slightly, then brush it onto the wings.
3 Pre-coat the wings
Another way to ensure your sauce sticks is to pre-coat the chicken wings to help the sauce adhere better. One option is to coat the wings in flour or cornstarch before adding the sauce. This will create a barrier between the wing and the sauce, making it less likely to slip off.
4 Cook the wings first.
If you cook the chicken wings before adding them to the sauce, this will also help the sauce stick. This is because cooked chicken has a rougher surface than raw chicken, which provides more of a surface for the sauce to cling to. Simply bake or fry the wings until they are cooked and crispy before adding them to the sauce.
5 Cool the Sauce
If you want your sauce to stick and stay put, it’s important to cool it down before adding it to chicken wings. This is because hot sauces are likelier to slide off chicken than cooler sauces. So, let your sauce cool slightly before adding it to chicken that has already been cooked.
6 Use more sauce
If all else fails, you can always try using more sauce! This may not be the most efficient way of ensuring your sauce sticks, but if you’re in a pinch, simply drowning the chicken in sauce should do the trick. Just be warned that this method may result in soggy chicken wings.
7 Try a different method
Finally, if you’re having trouble getting your sauce to stick, you may want to try using a different method altogether. Instead of trying to coat cooked chicken in sauce, you could try marinating raw chicken in the sauce for several hours or even overnight. This will give the flavors time to meld and help the sauce adhere better when you cook the chicken. Simply place the chicken and sauce in a resealable bag and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before cooking.
Tips for eating your wings without making a mess
If you want to enjoy your wings without making a mess, follow these tips if you’re going to enjoy your wings without making a mess:
- Use your fingers to loosen the meat from the bone.
- Hold the bone in one hand and use your other hand to eat the meat of it.
- Use a fork and knife to cut the meat away from the bone.
- Lick your fingers clean, and enjoy! Dip your wings in sauce one at a time so you can control how much sauce you’re eating.
- Eat slowly and savor each bite!