5 Ways to Dress Up a Chicken Wing

There's more to chicken wings than just blue cheese and celery.
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Andrew Purcell

When you order wings in a restaurant or sports bar, it’s pretty safe to assume that what will appear in front of you will involve hot sauce, celery and blue cheese (like Food Network Magazine's  classic recipe pictured above.) But when making wings at home, why not change things up a bit? There are so many other ways to dress up this ubiquitous halftime snack. Just get creative — new flavor combinations are waiting in the wings! Check out the must-try recipes from Food Network Magazine below.

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For a spin on the classic Italian-American dish, mix 3/4 cup each Italian breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan with 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Dredge the wings in flour, dip in 3 beaten eggs and coat in the breadcrumb mixture. Deep-fry in 350 degrees F oil until crisp and golden. Top with marinara sauce, grated mozzarella and Parmesan, then broil until the cheese melts, 1 minute. Serve with warm marinara.

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If one packet of ranch dressing mix is good, then three must be a triple threat! Toss wings with a 1 packet of ranch dressing mix. In 2 separate bowls, mix the second packet with 1 1/2 cups flour, and mix the third packet with 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons water. Dredge wings in flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then back in the flour. Deep-fry in 350 degrees F oil until crisp and golden. Serve with a 50-50 mixture of honey and hot sauce.

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Just trust us on this one. Finely grind 8 cups white cheddar popcorn and 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder in a food processor. Dredge the wings in flour, then dip in 3 beaten eggs and coat in the ground popcorn mixture. Roast, turning once, until crisp, 45 minutes. Serve with ranch dip.

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Typical Vietnamese flavors pair well with all-American chicken wings! Dredge the wings in flour and deep-fry. Puree 1 1/2 cups cilantro, 1 garlic clove and 2 tablespoons each fish sauce, lime juice and chopped jalapenos. Toss the wings with the cilantro sauce and 6 tablespoons melted butter.

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Sweet soda pop and bar food are a natural match. Boil 1 can cola, 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons pureed chipotles in adobo sauce until reduced to 1 cup. Toss the wings with vegetable oil and grill, brushing with the cola sauce in the last 5 minutes.

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