• Fried Chipotle Chicken Wings


Fiery Chipotle Wings

By Andrew Zimmern

Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce give these crispy fried chicken wings a smoky, spicy kick.

Fried Chipotle Chicken Wings

Servings: 4


  • 2 pounds fresh, bone-in chicken wings
  • Salt
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chipotles in adobo, pureed
  • 4 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup Mexican cotija cheese, crumbled or grated


Discard wing tips and cut drummie and middle sections apart. Season with salt.

Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a deep Dutch oven or wok. Fry the chicken wings in batches until crispy and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the wings drain on a paper towel, then transfer to a bowl and season with salt and fresh thyme.

Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, pureed chipotles in adobo and hot sauce in a large bowl.

Place the seasoned wings in the bowl with the chipotle sauce, and toss to coat evenly.

Spill out wings onto a large platter and sprinkle with grated Mexican Cotija cheese. Serve immediately.

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