Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings


Spice Mix

  • ¼ cup whole black peppercorns
  • ½ cup whole coriander seeds
  • ½ cup whole fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup kosher salt

Compound Wing Butter

  • 2 lbs unsalted butter, room temperature
  • juice of 3 limes
  • zest of 3 limes
  • 1½ cups chipotle chiles in adobo, pureed

To Finish

  • canola oil for frying
  • 12 chicken wings
  • ½ cup of room temperature Compound Wing Butter
  • ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce

Special Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • spice grinder
  • food processor with paddle attachment


Toast & Grind Spice Mix

  1. Preheat oven to 325º
  2. Place fennel, coriander and peppercorns on a sheet pan. Toast until fragrant about 2-3 minutes. Cool completely
  3. Grind to fine powder in a spice grinder or food processor

Prepare Compound Wing Butter

  1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer), combine butter, lime juice, lime zest , salt, chilies and spice mixture. Begin mixing on slow and increase speed as mixture combines 

Fry & Finish Wings

  1. Heat oil to 350º - 375º
  2. Fry 12 fresh chicken wings for 6-8 minutes until crispy
  3. In a large bowl Mmix ½ cup of room temperature wing butter  with ¼ cup of Thai sweet chili sauce
  4. Toss hot wings in butter-chili mixture until coated
  5. Plate with crunchy vegetables to serve

Note: Compound Wing Butter can be frozen in an air-tight container. Bring to room temperature when ready to use.