By Chef Ron Spaziani

Let’s talk about one of my favorite foods; the chicken wing. The beauty of chicken wings is that there are endless ways to prepare them. As your culinary journey begins on a quest for a great wing recipe, you will find many different interpretations in nearly every corner of the globe.

We’ve discovered some of the best ways people are preparing wings on their home turf. From the usual spicy suspects, such as Buffalo wings, to exotic takes, like the sweet-and-savory, soy-and-sugar-based ones you find in street stalls in Malaysia.  Some may surprise you; others will inspire you. Not only do wings around the world differ in flavor, but in preparation, as well. Originally, they were made by deep frying the bare chicken wing. Eventually people started to add flour and spices before deep frying the wing. It’s still one of the most popular ways to prepare the dish.  Now let’s take a tour of the world of wings.

Peru

In a country known for its diverse cuisine and ingredients, it’s no wonder that you would find Peruvian wings on this list. The first step is making the ultimate marinade which includes oil, chili flakes, garlic, cumin, paprika, and lime. The key to cooking the wings is to grill them over charcoal…it really brings out the lime flavor.

Peruvian wings

Italian Chicken Wing

These Scarpariello Chicken Wings were made famous by Carmine’s, a New York Italian restaurant institution. They are the perfect mix of Italian chicken and Buffalo wings. The wings are marinated with a blend of garlic, rosemary, sage and olive oil, and then deep fried. After they’re cooked, you finish by tossing them with a spicy lemon and white wine butter sauce.

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Greece

Greek chicken wings are among one of the easiest to make. Simply marinade them with lemon juice, garlic, pepper and herbs like thyme and rosemary. I would recommend baking them, and then finishing them off on the grill. The secret to perfection is to crumble feta cheese on the wings and throw them under a broiler. Otherwise, you can dip them in sour cream with added herbs.

Wings from Greece

Malaysia

These wings use the distinct flavors of Malaysia. Think coconut, lemongrass, and of course, spice. Sweet chili sauce and dried chili paste are among the most popular ways to get a kick from the wings. To add some sweetness, you can use cinnamon or star anise.

China

Have you had chicken wings from your favorite Chinese food restaurant? If not, do it immediately. The wings are not like any old chicken wing…they’re different, and delicious. Start by marinating in soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic powder. Do it a day or two in advance for the best results. The most popular way to cook these is to fry.

Chinese wings

Korea

Korean Chicken Wings have exploded in popularity around the country and it’s for a good reason. These wings are traditionally marinated with a Korean chili paste called gochujang, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, rice vinegar and honey. Once marinated, you coat them in flour and deep fry. Now here’s the real secret, they are deep fried again. Once to cook and the second time to crisp the skin up. 

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Ireland

How do you make a chicken wing Irish? You add Guinness, of course. You can make a reduction with the beer, along with some onions, carrots, garlic and parsnips. Once your reduction is thick enough, toss the wings in the sauce. Don’t forget to save some Guinness for yourself!

Irish wings

South Africa

One of the most popular sauces from South Africa is called “piri piri.” Its most often made from crushed chilies, onion, citrus peel, lemon juice, paprika, among other things.  It’s best to soak the wings overnight in the piri piri to get the most out of the flavors. How you cook them is up to you, but I recommend baking or grilling.

Now that you’ve been around the world of wings, check out the links below to learn even more ways to prepare a U.S. staple, the chicken wing.

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