Angry Chicken Wings

I was big time happy with these angry chicken wings. ‘Angry’ because they pack a little kick, but not so much that your mouth is on fire. A very nice kick. This was my first time cooking with gochujang chile paste, and I really loved it. It’s sort of savory, sort of sweet, and sort of spicy. It contains fermented soybeans but the flavor isn’t overwhelming. A little gochujang does go a long ways, but it sure makes for one fantastic wing sauce.
Angry Chicken WingsThe angry chicken wing sauce would also be good on grilled pork chops or grilled ground chicken or turkey burgers. Just dab a little on top before you dig in. If you make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, it might thicken up a bit. Just add a few drops of water and stir to get the desired consistency.

Love spicy wings like I do? Also try my fiery Catalina wings.

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.

Angry Chicken Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -8 servings

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup gochujang chile paste
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed if the sauce is too thick.

Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper Wings

Sometimes when you try a taste of a hot sauce or wing sauce you’re like “whoa, that’s hot!”. I was like that when I first tasted Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper wing sauce. It had some mighty good kick, but mighty good flavor. On wings, though, it was absolutely fantastic. The heat wasn’t as hot, but that great flavored got even better. I absolutely loved this sauce.
stubbs-wicked-habanero-pepper-wingsI’ve tried other sauces (for other than wings) from Stubb’s and I’ve been really happy with them. And even though Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper wing sauce says ‘wing sauce’ on the label, I’d argue that it’d be great on steaks too. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do next.

Stubb’s also makes a black pepper sauce that is absolutely killer on wings.

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.

Stubb's Wicked Habanero Pepper 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

Instructions

Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m a huge fan of Nashville Hot chicken. You can get it as hot (or not) as you want. Crispy fried chicken, spicy coating. What’s not to love? I’ve made in the deep fryer, now I’ve taken on making it in the Char-Broil Big Easy. And I won. Nashville Hot chicken on the Big Easy is crazy good. Again, crispy skin. And again, spicy coating. Perfect!

Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI also have a great recipe for deep-frying Nashville hot chicken. It’s a little more traditional than my Big Easy version, but both are super tasty! Since my Big Easy version doesn’t require deep-frying you don’t have oil from the fryer to use for the spicy coating. That’s why you’ll have to just make your own spicy coating using oil from your pantry. It’s still fantastic, and hey, you don’t have to mess with deep-frying the chicken!

You can use this same approach for making Nashville hot chicken wings, thighs, legs, and even boneless chicken breasts!

Also try my downtown roasted chicken on the Big Easy. There’s nothing that the Big Easy doesn’t do great.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 4 split chicken breasts skin on if desired
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Dill pickles and sliced white bread for serving (optional)

For the spicy coating

  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil
  • 1-3 tablespoons cayenne pepper I used 2 and found the flavor to be perfect, and not too terribly hot
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Brush the chicken on all sides with the hot sauce.
  • Season well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cooking.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place the chicken into the basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook chicken until it reaches 165 F as measured in several locations, 10-15 minutes per pound.
  • Remove chicken and brush with the spicy coating. Use a little or a lot depending on how hot you want the chicken.
  • Serve with dill pickles and white bread.

For the spicy coating

  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk until well combined.
  • Keep warm on low until ready to use. Stir before brushing onto the chicken.

Fire-Eater Green Beans

I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll just start with ‘these Fire-eater green beans are absolutely incredible’. They are not mild, wimpy, beans. They have kick. Lots of kick. They have creamy cheese goodness. And smoky, crispy bacon. These beans are serious about flavor. And heat. If you’re making batch of them (and this recipe does make a big batch) you might want to warn those that don’t like a little kick in their beans. They’re just flat-out good.

Fire-Eater Green BeansIf you want to amp these Fire-Eater green beans up even further, substitute Mexican-style Velveeta for regular. You could actually leave out the cheese and still have really great beans, but the cheese takes these beans to bean paradise.

Also try my grilled sausage with potatoes and green bean.

Fire-Eater Green Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 12 -16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 28 ounce cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1 pound bacon chopped, cooked until crisp, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Fire-Eater seasoning or substitute freshly ground pepper
  • 6 large jalapenos seeded, minced
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 1 10 1/2 ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese using Mexican blend for even more kick, cut into small cubes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the green beans, bacon, seasoning, jalapenos, onions and the soup.
  • Spray 2 9" x 13" baking dishes with non-stick spray.
  • Divide the beans between the two pans and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the onions are tender. Remove from the oven.
  • Divide cheese cubes between the two pans. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes, letting the cheese melt.
  • Mix and serve.

Nashville Hot Chicken

There’s good and then there’s great. Nothing beats Nashville hot chicken when it comes to great fried chicken. The best, light, crunchy coating that you can imagine. Tender, moist chicken. And of course, heat. Plenty of heat. I could make and eat Nashville hot chicken any day of the week.

Because I prefer chicken wings over say, split chicken breasts, I used wings for this dish. They were crazy good. No need for blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce, either. Just pick them up and get to eating.
Nashville Hot ChickenI don’t recommend being too shy with the spicy coating that you brush on the chicken just before serving. It’s hot, trust me, but I didn’t find it to be so hot that I couldn’t stand it. But don’t get me wrong, your eyes will water. At the minimum.

You’ll find that the coating is so good you’ll want to use it for other things, like chicken nuggets or fingers.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the dry brine

  • 3 pounds chicken cut into pieces I used chicken wings, separated into flats and drumettes
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

For the dip

  • 1 cup milk I used buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce

For the dredge

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

For frying

  • Vegetable oil

For the spicy coating

  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil
  • 1-3 tablespoons cayenne pepper I used 2 and found the flavor to be perfect, and not too terribly hot
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For serving

  • Dill pickle slices
  • White bread slices

Instructions

For the dry brine

  • Season chicken and place into a baggie or resealable container.
  • Seal and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

For the dip

  • Whisk together the milk, eggs and hot sauce in a pie pan or shallow bowl.

For the dredge

  • Whisk together the flour and salt in a pie pan or shallow bowl.

For frying

  • Heat a few inches of oil (enough to cover the chicken) in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 325 F.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken in the flour. Shake off excess.
  • Dip chicken into the milk mixture. Shake off the excess.
  • Return the chicken to the flour and dredge again. Shake off excess.
  • Transfer chicken to the hot oil and fry until done (165 F internal temperature), flipping occasionally, 10-15 minutes.
  • Place on a rack to cool and drain. (I kept my chicken in a hot warming drawer while I finished cooking the rest of the chicken.)

For the spicy coating

  • When you're done frying the chicken, ladle 1/2 cup of the hot oil into a small sauce pan and whisk in the spicy coating ingredients.
  • Brush mixture over the chicken. The more you brush on, the hotter it'll be.

For serving

  • Serve garnished with Dill pickle and white bread slices, if desired.

Fire-Eater Habanero Wings

I don’t normally like to eat chicken wings that are so blazingly hot that you fall to the floor and curl up into a fetal position. I like great flavor with a bit of heat. These fire-eater habanero wings can satisfy your craving for serious heat, or if you’re like me, satisfy your craving for tasty, slightly hot, wings. It’s all in the amount of habanero sauce you add. For me, that means just enough to make my lips tingle and my eyes water. These wings came out fantastic, and are by far my favorite hot-and-spicy wings.

Fire-Eater Habanero WingsI cooked these Fire-Eater habanero wings using the Vortex insert on my Weber Performer grill. The end result are perfectly cooked wings, with nice crunchy skin, and great cooked-over-fire flavor

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.

Fire-Eater Habanero 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

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons Fire-Eater poultry rub

For the sauce

  • 2 cups Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1 stick unsalted melted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons mango habanero hot sauce I used my homemade habanero sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Warm slightly then transfer to a large bowl when ready to use.
  • When wings are done, add to the bowl of sauce and toss to coat.
  • Serve with Ranch dressing and lots of paper towels.

Habanero Sauce

Anita I tried planting a garden a few years ago. We had all the usual things, like lettuce, and corn, and tomatoes. Well, even with a fence around it, the deer, rabbit, raccoon and possum had an absolute field day eating all of our produce. We ended up with maybe half a head of lettuce and a small head of cabbage in the end. It was a total loss.

We still plant a garden, but it’s now in pots, and it consists solely of peppers. Pimento, jalapeno, Cajun, and habaneros. No animals bother them at all. Victory!

I decided to make a simple sauce of the habaneros this year. This makes for a perfect hot sauce by itself, and it also is a great way to add flavor to other sauces.

Habanero SauceThis habanero sauce has a great fruity flavor to it. I added mango, but you could use just about any fruit, such as papaya or even pineapple. I found it to be not overly hot at all, but it’ll still wake you up and tingle your lips and tongue.

Habanero Sauce

Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 cup carrot chopped
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 more or less depending on how much heat you want habanero peppers, seeded and chopped. Optional: Roast or smoke the peppers before seeding and chopping
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ripe mango skinned, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrot, onion, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until the carrots are soft.
  • Remove from heat and add the habaneros, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and mango.
  • Let cool slightly then transfer to a blender (or blend in the pan using an immersion blender).
  • Puree until the sauce reaches the desired texture.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker Chicken Wings

When I can’t get to the nearest Quaker Steak & Lube (about 2 hours from here in Indy), I do the next-best-thing and make my version of their wings here. I make two versions, bone-in (using Fire-Eater rub) or boneless (triple battered and fried). I then coat the wings in sauce. This time I used the insanely good Thai ‘R’ Cracker sauce. It’s got a bit of kick, but not so much that you’re gonna cry. And it’s got a bit of sweet to it too. It’s perfect with a bit of cool Ranch sauce on the side. Or serve the wings with more Thai ‘R’ Cracker sauce for a more kicked-up dipping sauce.

Quaker Steak and Lube Thai 'R' Cracker Chicken WingsI cooked my bone-in wings on my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer using the Wingin’ator 3000 modification, but you can cook them on the grill, in the oven, or in a deep fryer. My boneless version is cooked in a deep fryer or in a few inches of oil in a Dutch oven.

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.

Quaker Steak & Lube Thai 'R' Cracker Chicken Wings

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For bone-in wings (2 hours prep time)

For boneless wings (20 minutes prep time)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk buttermilk works well too
  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks or strips
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

For the bone-in wings

For the boneless wings

  • Combine the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and paprika in a pie plate or shallow bowl.
  • Whisk together the egg and milk in another pie plate or shallow bowl.
  • Working in batches, dip the chicken into the egg mixture, coating well.
  • Shake off excess egg mixture and then roll the chicken in the flour mixture, coating well.
  • Shake off excess flour mixture and return the chicken to the egg mixture, coating well.
  • Shake off excess egg mixture and return the chicken to the flour mixture, coating well.
  • Shake off excess flour mixture and place chicken on a plate and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven to 375 F.
  • Working in batches, fry chicken until golden brown and the chicken is done, 5-6 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Transfer chicken to a large bowl and pour the Thai 'R' Cracker sauce over them, or serve the sauce on the side for dipping. Toss to coat.
  • Serve with Ranch dipping sauce or more Thai 'R' Cracker sauce.

Fire-Eater Rub and Seasoning

Fire-eater rub and seasoning is by far my favorite kicked-up rub and all-purpose seasoning. It has the wonderful flavor of celery seed. I am a little heavy-handed with the celery seed. Don’t be afraid to cut back on it a bit if you’re not quite the celery seed enthusiast that I am. And it has a fantastic bit of heat. A good amount of heat actually. Hence the name.

I’ve used this rub/seasoning on everything from wings to chicken breasts to corn, to soup, to a kickin’ sauce for burgers, and even prime rib.

Fire-Eater Rub and SeasoningFire-Eater rub and seasoning is a must-have for your pantry. I always have a big batch on hand. Check out my list of great recipes that use this fantastic rub.

Also try my smoky chipotle rubs.

Fire-Eater Rub

The best rub around for chicken wings, whole chickens, turkey... all things poultry.
Course Rub
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 /4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

Makes enough for 3-4 pounds of poultry

  • Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.

Fire-Eater Chicken Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I bought a Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer a while back. It is one of my favorite “grills” by far. It doesn’t get any easier – marinate/brine/rub/whatever meat you wish to cook and put it into the cooker. Turkeys and chickens take about 15 minutes per pound. A family pack of wings takes about 30 minutes. Done. No mess, no fuss. It’s a beautiful thing. And trust me, I cook a lot of wings on my Big Easy. A lot. To get a family pack of wings onto my Big Easy, I use my homemade mod, the Wingin’ator 3000. You can always cook the wings in an oven or charcoal or gas grill of course.

Fire-Eater Chicken Wings on the Char-Broil Big EasyThese fire-eater chicken wings from Steven Raichlen’s The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition are absolutely amazing (as are the other recipes in the 575 page book). Yes, they have some kick, but it’s not overwhelming at all. They’re perfect. I plan on using the rub recipe on whole roasted chickens and turkey from my Big Easy, it’s just that good.

I cook the wings for about 30 minutes in my Big Easy, then I toss them onto a hot grill for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. You can skip that final step and still enjoy really fantastic wings. I served them with our cool Ranch dipping sauce.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook! 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.

Fire-Eater Chicken Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -8 servings

Ingredients

For the wings

For the Fire Eater Hot Sauce

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon more or less, to taste dried red pepper flake
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sriracha

Instructions

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