At our house, we have another favorite that always makes me think of warm summer nights in the backyard … chicken wings! Honestly, I don’t think it gets much better than serving up saucy, succulent, fall-off-the-bone-tender wings, especially when you’re kicking back with a few friends or next-door neighbors.
No utensils. No fuss. Wings are the quintessential finger foods for those laid-back summer weekends, plus they pair perfectly with ice-cold bottles of beer or crisp, refreshing lemonade. All you need are extra napkins!
4 Ways to Wing It All Summer Long
1. Slow-Cooked Bayou Bourbon Wings. A little smoky. A little sweet. A little sassy. With hints of bourbon and brown sugar, these savory, lip-smacking wings are absolutely perfect for summertime.
And instead of heating up your kitchen with your oven broiler, you can toss them on the grill for the last few minutes of cooking.
2. Thai Peanut Wings. Not a fan of traditional BBQ-style wings? Try this Asian-inspired version with a rich fusion of peanuts, coconut milk and lime.
Simply preheat your oven to 350°F. Place 3 pounds of thawed chicken wingettes and drummies in a large bowl. Season with salt and Garlic Pepper Seasoning. Add 1 cup of Thai Peanut Sauce and 1-2 tablespoons sriracha, tossing together to coat. Place chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake 60 minutes, brushing with a little extra sauce halfway through.
For a crispier texture, grill or broil 3-5 additional minutes. Serve sprinkled with chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro and additional Thai Peanut Sauce on the side for dipping. So fresh and delicious!
3. Slow-Cooked Smoky Bacon BBQ Wings. Thick, rich and spicy-sweet, Smoky Bacon BBQ Sauce is one of our family’s all-time favorite sauces. And it makes amazingly tender, smoky wings!
Tip: if you finish them on the grill instead of the broiler, just be sure to watch ‘em carefully since BBQ and other rich sauces tend to burn easily.
Serve your wings with ranch, blue cheese dressing and/or celery sticks. Sliced sweet red bell peppers are great, too!
You’ll find more delicious wing recipes right here. So remember, if you want to make your own restaurant-worthy wings this summer, there’s no need to chicken out.
It’s easy to wing it!