Perfect Football Food for Tailgreatness: Chicken Wings Four Ways

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When I married a former high school football player, I knew that football would be a part of my life until death do us part. I am totally fine with that as long as we can also enjoy the game with some good eats, like these Chicken Wings Four Ways.

We typically make a few appetizers to munch on while watching our favorite college teams duke it out on the field, and I prefer to have a big meal in the evening. Because of this, I especially look forward to game day meals.

Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)

One of our favorite football foods to help us get ready for tailgreatness is, of course, chicken wings. But not just any chicken wings.

We like to get creative around here and try new things, so in addition to my husband’s traditional (and delicious) Buffalo chicken wings, I got experimental with three other kinds of wings for some variety.

  • Cilantro lime
  • Parmesan garlic
  • Indian curry.

So, how did they all turn out?

Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)
Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)
Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)

My husband’s Buffalo wings have been a mainstay in our house for years now, but the other wings were pretty new. We have made cilantro lime and parmesan garlic chicken before, but not chicken wings. They were a hit and it was fun to create complementary dipping sauces for them.

Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)
Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)

However, the Indian curry wings were a brand new experiment. While we make a few different curry dishes, we never tried to turn them into a chicken dish, much less a wing before. Let me tell you, our experiment was a complete success. They were our favorite wings of the day and we will be making them again, for sure!

Chicken wings 4 ways: Buffalo, Indian curry, cilantro lime, and parmesan garlic. The perfect football food! #Tailgreatness (AD)

Along with our wings, we also served four dipping sauces. Traditional bleu cheese dressing with the Buffalo wings and I made three different dipping sauces to complement our non-traditional wings perfectly.

  • Cilantro-lime chicken wings with a chipotle lime sauce
  • Parmesan garlic chicken wings with a lemon pepper sauce
  • Indian curry chicken wings with a garam masala sauce with hints of cilantro and mint.

All of them accompany the wings perfectly and were so easy to make. 

The next time you plan on making some tailgate food for your college football Saturdays, give any of these wings a try. We will definitely be adding all of them to our game day rotation. 

Chicken Wings Four Ways

Chicken Wings Four Ways

Ingredients

  • *Each recipe is for 2 pounds of wings each
  • TRADITIONAL BUFFALO
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce, we use Frank's
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Bleu cheese dressing for dipping
  • CILANTRO LIME
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • CHIPOTLE LIME SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt, not Greek
  • 1 tbsp Adobo sauce, from a can of chipotle peppers in Adobo
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • PARMESAN GARLIC
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • LEMON PEPPER SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt, not Greek
  • 3/4 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • INDIAN CURRY
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp sweet curry powder
  • 3/4 tsp tandoori spice
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • CILANTRO MINT SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt, not Greek
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala, OR curry powder, if you prefer
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. BUFFALO & INDIAN WINGS
  2. Combine flour and spices in a storage bag
  3. Coat chicken thoroughly
  4. Fry in two batches at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes or until the marrow is brown
  5. Coat in Buffalo sauce and serve with bleu cheese dressing
  6. PARMESAN GARLIC & CILANTRO LIME WINGS
  7. Combine spices with either oil or melted butter and cover wings. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or until marrow is brown.
  8. *Note, the skin doesn't get crispy when baked so we prefer to skin the wings before baking.
  9. SAUCES
  10. Combine yogurt and spices. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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2 Comments

  1. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I I love chicken wings..but all i know is the four types M & M meat sells…i can’t believe your fascinating combinations of
    wings and sauses

  2. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I I am a chicken wing fanatic…but all I know is the four types that M & M meats sells…I can’t believe all the wonderful
    combinations of wings and sauses you have provided…thank you

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