Our Favorite Chicken Wing Recipes Ranked From Least to Most Spicy

by Lisa Hirsch Lozano 12:11 PM, February 2, 2017

Rachael Ray Show

Aired February 2, 2017

If you like wings, chances are you like big, bold flavors. But how much heat can you handle? If it’s zero, that’s okay. If it’s a fiery inferno, we have a recipe for that too.

Mild: Sunny Anderson’s Pesto Chicken Wings

Watching the game with spice-phobes? These wings are short on heat but BIG on flavor, coated in a brightly flavorful homemade pesto.

A Pinch of Heat: Jeanette’s Strawberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce Glazed Chicken Wings

These sticky sweet BBQ wings are just a tad spicy from a pinch of red pepper flakes. But you can eliminate that… if you can’t take the heat.

Medium: Lemongrass and Lime Chicken Wings

Now we’re getting somewhere with these Thai-inspired wings. A red chile gives these babies their burn, but leaving out the seeds will take the edge off.

Spicy: Emeril Lagasse's Chicken Wings

Emeril’s recipe results in a classic hot wings flavor, with just the amount of heat we’ve grown to love from this favorite game-day dish.

Spicy: Super Sriracha Wings with Pickled Carrot and Celery Sticks

These Sriracha wings are brined ahead of time for extra tenderness, and a multi-layered sauce packs a punch but won’t leave you guzzling water with tears streaming down your face.

Spicy: Curtis Stone’s 2-Ingredient Hot Maple Wings

These super-simple wings are made with a sauce that includes equal parts hot sauce and maple syrup. They deliver on heat without without melting your face off.

Spicy Spicy: Piri Piri Wings

And finally, we have these burn-your-mouth-off Piri Piri Wings. Rach says, “If you want to know what Piri Piri is, just think ‘Spicy, Spicy!” ‘Nuff said.

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