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Ridiculously Spicy Chicken Wings

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Blow your head off with these spicy chicken wings!

If you like your curries ridiculous spicy, then you need to try this spicy chicken wings. This one is phaal hot.

Be prepared to feel the pain though and don’t blame me.

You’re the one making it and I have warned you.

Spicy Chicken wings

This one is hot! I mean it! You’ve been warned.

Special Ingredients

I realise that many of you don’t live in the UK and may not be able to easily get your hands on my favourite chilli sauce and chilli powder for spicy curries.

I use Psycho spice ghost pepper and Psycho Juice ghost pepper sauce for these spicy chicken wings. If you are unable to get these where you live, look for a ghost pepper equivalent.

If you live in the UK though, there’s no excuse. Only Psycho Juice and Psycho Spice by Dr Burnörium will do for these spicy chicken wings.

Using prepared spices like this makes things so much easier. The spiciness is always consistent and the only real time you need to cough and cry are when you’re making the actual curry..

Perhaps also when you’re eating it. This is delicious but it hurts to eat it!

When using Dr Burnörium products, the work of preparing those ridiculously spicy ghost peppers is all done for you.

Other important ingredients…

I wanted these spicy chicken wings to taste like a good, spicy phaal so a few other ingredients were required.

Many people think that chillies and chilli powders are all about the spice but that just isn’t so.

They all have their own flavours to add to whatever you’re making. In this case, I used Kashmiri chilli powder in addition to the Dr Burnörium products. 

I also added kasoori methi. Both Kashmiri chilli powder and kasoori methi can be found online or at any good Asian grocer.

As with all curry house style curries, you will also need to make a base sauce and mixed powder. Links to both are below in the recipe.

Can I make this hotter or milder?

Yes and no. You can definitely add more Psycho Juice or Psycho spice if you want. You can also add more Kashmiri chilli powder.

If you want a milder curry, I have plenty of less spicy curry recipe on the blog.  So no cheating.  Use the recommended amounts of spices used or more. Less is not enough!

Can other cuts of meat be used?

Yes! This one is all about the spice. I just happen to love spicy chicken wings. So that’s what I used.

You could make this with tandoori chicken tikka, meat tikka, paneer tikka… Whatever sounds good. 

In proper curry house style, I added cooked chicken wings to the sauce. It is best to pre-cook any meat so that it is tender when it hits the pan. This is also a good way to use up any leftover cooked meat you might have on hand.

I used really meaty, free range chicken wings that were supplied by my friends at Swaledale Butchers. Awesome!

Step by step photos…

Spiced wings

Get that chilli powder on the chicken wings and rub it in with a little oil.

Wings in air fryer

Bake the wings as explained in the recipe or put them in an air fryer for 20 minutes which is much quicker.

air fryer

This is the air fryer I use for these spicy chicken wings and all sorts of tandoori cooking.

I love my Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer. You can usually find them ON SALE here 

chicken wings

Crispy chicken wings in minutes!

Heating oil and cumin seeds

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a Balti pan or other metal pan over high heat. When hot, stir in the cumin seeds and allow to infuse for about 30 seconds.

Stirring onions into the pan

Stir in the chopped onion and fry for a few minutes until soft and translucent.

Adding garlic and ginger paste to pan

Add the garlic and ginger paste and fry for another 30 seconds.

Adding ground spices to pan

Stir in the ground spices and fry for about 15 seconds before adding the tomato puree.

Adding tomato puree.

Bring the tomato puree to a bubble.

Adding a little base sauce

The add about 1/3 of the base sauce and bring to a simmer, only scraping the sides if it is sticking. This add more delicious flavour.

Adding chilli sauce to pan

Stir in 2 tbsp of the chilli sauce and top up with another third of the base. Bring to a simmer. See the caramelised sauce on the side of the pan? Scrape this into the sauce. 

Adding chicken to the pan.

Stir in the cooked chicken wings. Almost done now!

Finishing up the curry

Stir in the remaining sauce, top with coriander/cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to taste.

Finishing up the spicy chicken wings

Stir in the kasoori methi and add salt to taste. Done!

spicy chicken wings

Dig in!

L0oking for something a bit less spicy? Try some of these…

Butter chicken
Goan Cafreal chicken wings
Chicken Sajji

Who is the recipe for?

Not for korma fans! I made this recipe which is really big enough to serve one but my wife and I had to split it.

It was really spicy but the flavour was amazing.

If you enjoy a good phaal. you’ll love these spicy chicken wings. 

I recommend serving these spicy chicken wings with this perfect Basmati rice!

Yield: 1

Ridiculously Spicy Chicken Wings

spicy chicken wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Rub 1/2 tbsp oil and 1/2 tsp ghost pepper powder into the wings. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or longer if you like.
  2. For ease and speed, I cook the chicken wings in my air fryer for 20 minutes. You could also pre-heat your oven to 200c/400f and roast for 40 minutes until nicely browned.
  3. Once cooked, it's time to cook that curry. Heat the remaining oil in a pan over high heat and when visibly hot, stir in the cumin seeds to infuse for 30 seconds.
  4. Now add the chopped onion and fry it for about 3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for a further 30 seconds.
  5. Add the ground spices and fry for about 30 seconds and then top this with the tomato puree.
  6. Bring the tomato puree to a simmer and then stir in about 1/3 of the base sauce. Bring this to a simmer and then add another third, only stirring if the sauce is obviously sticking to the side of the pan.
  7. Add the cooked chicken wings and stir them into the sauce. Then add the remaining base sauce.
  8. As it comes to a simmer, add the kasoori methi, lime juice and salt to taste. Garnish with the coriander/cilantro to serve.
  9. These spicy chicken wings are amazing with chapatis or parathas.

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The authentic British made balti pan I used is supplied by The Birmingham Balti Bowl Company. This is the new range and I love it.


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