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Spicy Cilantro Chicken Wings

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Serves 4 to 6

  • by from The Farm

Everyone loves chicken wings, that fiery and buttery all-American snack that pairs perfectly with lots and lots of beer. I love adding unexpected flavors to familiar foods, and these wings are a perfect example of why it’s fun to think outside the bottle of Frank’s hot sauce. The chile, lime, garlic, cilantro, and Worcestershire provide a savory-acidic base for the sauce and add many new and wonderful layers of flavor, while the butter coats the wings with a luscious richness.

  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro stems
  • 1-1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 3 Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 hot green chile, such as habanero, serrano, or Thai, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1-3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 lb. chicken wings
  • About 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • Cilantro leaves

Puree the cilantro stems, lime zest, juice, Worcestershire, chile, garlic, 3/4 tsp. of the salt, and the pepper in a blender until smooth. With the motor running, add the butter, blending until it is incorporated. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl.

Pat the wings dry, then halve them at the joint and season them with the remaining 1 tsp. salt.

Heat 1 inch of oil in a pot or deep heavy skillet to 400°F. Fry the wings in 2 or 3 batches, turning occasionally, until they are golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes per batch (return the oil to 400°F between batches). As they are cooked, transfer the wings to the bowl with the sauce, tossing them to coat, or serve the sauce on the side for dipping. With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the wings to a serving plate and sprinkle with the cilantro leaves. Serve the wings with the remaining sauce on the side.

Photo: Hirsheimer & Hamilton

Excerpted from THE FARM by Ian Knauer. Copyright © 2012 by Ian Knauer. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved

Wow! Fantastic flavor! If you like cilantro you will love this recipe. I made extra sauce and ate it on everything for days.

I oven roasted my wings instead to cut calories. I seasoned the wings with my favorite seasonings and roasted them in 400 degree oven for 35 minutes. Tossed the wings with the sause and it was perfect!! So refreshing and delicious. It wasn't spicy at all, just a little kick. Love this recipe!

Great taste and easy recipe to follow. This one is a keeper for parties!

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