One of the most popular game-day eats on Super Bowl Sunday is sticky, finger-licking-good chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council, a trade association for companies that make chicken products, Americans are expected to eat over one billion wings in the 48 hours surrounding Sunday's big football game. Seems like a lot of chicken wings, right? Well, that's because it is, amounting to roughly four wings per person.
If wings are on your agenda—and let's be real, no Super Bowl spread is complete without some variety on the menu—you may be wondering what kind to make. Classic Buffalo? Korean fried? Slathered in barbecue sauce? You came to the right place. Scroll through the following eight chicken wing recipes, and you're sure to find the most crowd-pleasing appetizer ever.
Cilantro Lime and Yogurt Grilled Chicken Wings
The Recipe: Cilantro Lime and Yogurt Grilled Chicken Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The pickle juice. Yes, that's right—pickle juice. This ingredient plays a key role in making next-level tender wings (and it's sure to become a staple in your grilling marinade arsenal).
The Pro Tip: "The combination of the pickle juice and yogurt tenderizes the chicken beautifully and infuses this natural 'briny' feel to the wings," says recipe creator Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon. "It's so good!"
Korean Fried Chicken Wings
The Recipe: Korean Fried Chicken Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The gochujang (aka Korean chile paste). This fermented condiment adds a flavorful, spicy kick to these indulgent, deep-fried wings.
The Pro Tip: "You would think that battering the wings before frying would leave you with oily and heavy fried chicken, but it's totally not true… It's the opposite," says Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon. "The batter actually helps make the chicken super light and extra crispy."
Thai Peanut Chicken Wings With Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa
The Recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken Wings With Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa
The Hero Ingredient: The pineapple-jalapeño salsa. It's so good, recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest recommends doubling the recipe to ensure you have enough to go around.
The Pro Tip: If you're looking for a make-ahead appetizer, this is the recipe you should bookmark now. "The salsa can be made in advance, and the wings can be baked and tossed in the sauce in advance too," says Tieghan.
Sticky Mango Curry Oven-Baked Boneless Wings
The Recipe: Sticky Mango Curry Oven-Baked Boneless Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The mango curry sauce. Made with mango chutney, jerk seasoning, fresh citrus juices, and a bit of soy sauce, this curry is about to become your new favorite dipping sauce.
The Pro Tip: The sauce is "super quick and simple, but so dang flavorful and a really nice switch up to traditional wing sauce," says recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings
The Recipe: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The buttermilk. This ingredient is the secret to making juicy, tender fried chicken every time. Just be sure to let the wings brine in the buttermilk for 24 hours for the best results.
The Pro Tip: "Allow your flour-dredged chicken to air out for at least 10 minutes," advises Sarah of Broma Bakery. "This helps to make the outside of the chicken exxxtra crispy, just the way I like it."
Classic Hot Wings
The Recipe: Classic Hot Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The Sriracha. If you're a fan of spicy foods, then you're probably already familiar with this hot sauce, which has developed quite the cult following over the years.
The Pro Tip: "I used the full fourth of a cup of Sriracha, but my family can handle spicy. If you prefer things a little milder then take it down to two tablespoons," advises Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Sticky Asian Barbecue Boneless Oven-Baked Wings
The Recipe: Sticky Asian Barbecue Boneless Oven-Baked Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The sauce. A mix of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and cinnamon, this Asian-inspired sauce is a surefire crowd-pleaser on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Pro Tip: "If you like a lot of extra sauce for dipping, double the recipe," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "I actually tripled it, but I kind of have a lot of people to feed," she added.
Wasabi-Almond Crusted Boneless Chicken Wings
The Recipe: Wasabi-Almond Crusted Boneless Chicken Wings
The Hero Ingredient: The Sriracha ketchup. What are chicken wings without a dipping sauce? This condiment is equal parts sweet and spicy, and perfectly complements the wasabi-almond crusted boneless wings.
The Pro Tip: "Nut-crusted chicken is a flavor party in your mouth like no other," says Sarah of Broma Bakery. "It's savory and salty and protein-y all at the same time. The wasabi and soy combo brings it to another level entirely," she adds.
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This article was originally published on February 3, 2016, and has since been updated.