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4 Unique Chicken Wing Flavors

Ever since people have eaten chicken, the humble chicken wings were usually discarded. That was until 1964, when a restaurant owner in Buffalo, New York saw the potential in the inexpensive, tender morsels, shares an article from Smithsonian.com. The owner deep-fried the wings and added some hot spices, and served them a side of crunchy celery and fresh blue cheese dressing. These “Buffalo” wings quickly became an iconic American appetizer. If you like Buffalo-style wings, try these four other unique wing ideas:

1. Peking Orange-glazed wings with sesame seeds

We can thank the Chinese for their ingenious ways of blending savory flavors with subtle notes of sweetness. Before baking these Asian-inspired wings, they are coated with a savory mix of orange juice, zest, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, honey, and a touch of hot pepper flakes. You sprinkle them with a few sesame seeds when they are done, and watch them disappear!

2. Greek Chicken Wings

Do want to make the crispiest chicken wings ever? Tastingtable.com recommends that you steam them for 10 minutes before baking, frying, or grilling. Celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean with this Greek-style recipe. Marinate the wings in lemon juice, spices, and wine, and grill or bake them to a crunchy perfection. Serve them with a cooling batch of traditional yogurt sauce. Opa!

3. Adobo Wings

Natives of the Philippines put their own delicious slant on chicken wings by cooking them adobo style, which means soaking meat in a spicy marinade. The marinade for these wings has tangy vinegar, soy sauce, and a few spices. Feel free to make these wings on the grill or in your oven. To balance the savory flavor of adobo wings, prepare sweet/sour banana ketchup, a traditional Filipino dipping sauce.

4. Parmesan Chicken Wings

What do you get when you cross an Italian classic like Chicken Parmesan with one of America’s favorite appetizer? You have a platter of succulent chicken wings loaded with fragrant tomato sauce, gooey melted mozzarella, and a dusting of tangy Parmesan. If you make the breading with crushed crisped rice cereal, your appetizer will be gluten-free. Imagine such a crunchy result from your oven! It is like an Italian feast for the taste buds.

Introduce your family and friends to the internationally-inspired ways to prepare chicken wings. For an impressive tail-gating party, make two or three varieties with unique dipping sauces. They are also perfect for serving as an appetizer for dinner, while you discuss the culture of the particular cuisine with your kids.

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