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Spicy Chicken Wings

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Like spicy chicken wings? You are going to love this version!

Spicy chicken wings are one of my all time favourites. The problem is, they are usually quite fatty and that’s not good for someone like me who gains weight just looking a photo of a burger.

Did you know that half the calories in most spicy chicken wings are in the skin? In Indian cooking, chicken skin is usually removed. It just isn’t needed for flavour when you’re serving the chicken with a delicious and spicy sauce.

You could either skin the wings yourself or visit your local Asian shop where the butchers do it for you. That’s what I do.

Spicy Chicken Wings

About this spicy chicken wings recipe.

This recipe was given to me by my friend and chef Moh Hoque which he developed for a spicy food eating contest. Made his way, it is seriously difficult to eat as the sauce is so spicy hot. It burns your mouth and lips and also brings tears to your eyes.

I decided to give his recipe a try using, as he suggested, Carolina reaper chilli powder but I used less. The Carolina reaper is the spiciest chilli on the planet. If you can take this heat, this is a fun one to serve. If not, try using a milder chilli powder like Kashmiri chilli powder or even paprika.

Do you have to remove the chicken skin?

Absolutely not. You can leave it on if you like and the recipe will be amazing. 

I just wanted to throw the idea of removing the skin out there. As it’s so spicy, you really won’t miss it and, if you can take the heat, you can eat more!

How do you cook these spicy chicken wings?

As you can see from the photos below, this is one you can cook in a wok, indoors. It’s really easy. All you need to do is prepare the sauce and then throw the chicken wings in to cook through.

Recipes don’t get much easier than that!

What do you eat with these spicy chicken wings?

Believe me… you are going to need something to calm the heat! These are fiery hot! You could try making naans or chapatis which will do the job. You might also like to serve them with a soothing chutney or raita.

Making spicy chicken wings

Saute the garlic and ginger paste in the oil for about 20 seconds.

Making spicy chicken wings

Add the ground spices and tomato puree.

Making Indian spicy chicken wings

Simmer the chicken wings in the sauce until cooked through.

Making spicy hot chicken wings

Add the honey/sugar and the lime juice. Check for seasoning, adding salt to taste.

Spicy HOT chicken wings

Sprinkle with the dried methi and garnish with chopped coriander to serve.

Here are more curry house curry favourites you might like to try!

    • Chicken Korma
    • Chicken Madras
    • Chicken Dhansak
    • Lamb Rogan Josh
    • Lamb Vindaloo
    • Chicken Chilli Garlic
    • Chicken Patia
    • Lamb Bhuna
    • Chicken Tikka Masala


      Yield: 4

      Spicy HOT Chicken Wings

      Spicy HOT Chicken Wings
      Prep Time 10 minutes
      Cook Time 10 minutes
      Total Time 20 minutes


      • 12 chicken wings
      • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
      • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
      • 1/2 tbsp mixed powder or curry powder
      • 1/2 tbsp garam massala
      • 1 tsp Carolina chilli powder or taste/heat
      • 1 tbsp tomato purée
      • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
      • 100ml of base sauce
      • 1 fresh lime
      • Pinch of dried methi leaves
      • Salt to taste
      • 1 tbsp coriander leaves - finely chopped


      1. Heat the oil over medium high heat until really hot. Add the garlic and ginger paste and fry for 30 seconds.
      2. Stir in the mixed powder/curry powder, garam masala, chilli powder, tomato puree and honey/sugar. Give it all a good stir and the stir in the base sauce. This will come to a boil. Add the chicken wings and allow them to cook in the simmering sauce. If you need to add a little more base sauce or water to cook the chicken through, do it.
      3. To finish, squeeze the lime juice over the top and sprinke with the dried methi leaves. Check for seasoning and add salt to taste. Garnish with the coriander to serve.

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Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

How long do you cook the wings in the sauce usually and can this recipe be made leaving the skin on the wings

Dan Toombs

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Just cook them until they are cooked through, I would estimate 7-10 minutes. You could certainly leave the skin on but there is no real flavour without frying the chicken first but if it is easier definitely just leave the skin on. Thanks Dan


Monday 18th of March 2019

Hi Dan As I look at the pictures of the prepared dish and the recipe, I can tell it looks delicious! Chicken wings are one of my favourite dishes, although I don't eat it a lot. Also, I don't like food that tastes bland, so I like spicy food, nothing is too hot for me. So I love the combination of spice and chicken wings. What side dishes can you make with these chicken wings? Or can you use it as a main course? I would really like to try to make this dish! And I'm definitely going to try it. Regards, Nina

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Hi Nina

Thank you. I usually just serve this as a starter course as it is quite spicy. That said, you could serve it as a main. As there is so much flavour in this one, something quite bland as a side is all you need. Perhaps a little white rice to cool it down or a simple green salad.

Thanks, Dan


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

I did these tonight, with a few differences, and they were fab.

We used skinned chicken legs split with the thigh cut in two. We're not into too much heat so kept it at a rounded 1/2 tsp of cayenne. Next time I would use 2 juiced limes and a 1/2 tsp of fenugreek in the sauce at the end. We cooked it in the pan, took out the chicken when cooked and reduced the sauce down even further to pour over the top. On a BBQ I would cook in the pan until just about done, brown on the BBQ and then pour over the reduced sauce.

But they were really really good and will do again

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Hi Stephen

Great to hear! Thank you.


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