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Spicy Butterscotch Wings

We love big-time-spicy chicken wings. I do a caramel sauce to balance the heat, but you could also glaze the wings with melted brown sugar. —Aaron Salazar, Westminster, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 red bird's eye chili peppers, sliced, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Using a sharp knife, cut through the 2 wing joints; discard wing tips. Combine next 7 ingredients; add wings and toss to coat.
  • Line a 15x10-in. pan with foil; grease with cooking spray. Bake wings in prepared pan 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350° and bake until juices run clear, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven; keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, spread sugar; cook, without stirring, over medium heat until it begins to melt. Gently drag melted sugar to center of pan so it melts evenly. Cook, without stirring, until melted sugar turns amber. Carefully stir in warm milk and butter. Simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, 5-7 minutes. Keep warm.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add bread crumbs, 1 green onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until bread crumbs are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • To serve, toss wings in butterscotch sauce. Sprinkle with crumb topping, remaining green onion and sliced peppers, if desired. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 100 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Dean
    Dec 20, 2019

    Great alternate recipe for wings. Made as stated.

  • Peter
    Oct 15, 2019

    A little more Sriracha, a little less red pepper flakes . . .Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • KLefebvre66
    Jul 21, 2018


  • aug2295
    Jan 22, 2017

    Yum! Lived the sweet sauce with the spicy wings. The pinko breadcrumb topping added a little crunchiness.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 16, 2016

    These were beautiful and absolutely fabulous! Wings just had a hit of sweetness that complimented the subtle spice. I omitted the red bird's eye chili peppers as those are not available in the area and instead topped with some sliced jalapenos. I like my wings crispy so I cooked about 15 mins at 400 then about 25 at 350.