Copycat Hooters Asian Wings

This copycat of the Asian wings from Hooters is beyond incredible. These are easily my favorite Asian-flavored wings. I could not possibly eat too many of them. I quickly regretted not making a bigger batch as they disappeared in minutes. The sauce is the boss here. It’s a bit sweet with a bit of soy flavor. Reduced to a thick glaze, the sauce is almost candy-like in texture. And like candy, it’s impossible to resist.
Copycat Hooters Asian WingsThese copycat Hooters Asian wings are not spicy in any way, shape, or form. I’m usually a ‘hot’ hot wings guy, but these opened my eyes to wings with a sweeter inspiration. If you want your wings to have some kick, add dried red pepper flake or cayenne to the sauce as you reduce it down. I would not add hot sauce as it would change the color of the sauce.

Serve these wings with my copycat of Hooter’s fried pickles.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes. Also check out my always-growing list of my favorite store-bought wing sauces.

Copycat Hooters Asian Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (don't be shy with the pepper)

For the Asian sauce

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger or use 1 teaspoon dried ginger

Instructions

For the sauce (start cooking when you start the wings)

  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, until the sauce forms a thick glaze, about 30 minutes.

Copycat Hooters Fried Pickles

I can’t remember when it was a few years ago that we discovered deep-fried pickles. They’ve quickly become a favorite appetizer for us. A local restaurant, CR Heroes Family Pub, has great fried pickles. They’re simple and yummy, just like this homemade version of a copycat Hooters fried pickles. Make sure you make a double batch because they’ll disappear in no time.

Copycat Hooters Fried PicklesAlthough I just sprinkled these pickles with sea salt, you can get adventurous and use Cajun seasoning, fresh ground black pepper, or even Italian seasonings. These fried pickles are the perfect side dish for my copycat of Hooter’s Asian chicken wings.

Also try my Nashville hot pickles.

Copycat Hooters Fried Pickles

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 16 ounce jar dill pickle slices, drained
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 4 dashes or more hot sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat 2" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Dry the pickles as much as possible.
  • In a shallow bowl, beat together the buttermilk, egg and hot sauce.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in another shallow bowl.
  • Working in batches, stir pickles in egg mixture until well coated.
  • Shake off any excess and then toss the pickles into the flour mixture, coating well.
  • Fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.