Sriracha Week 2016 – Garlic Sriracha Wings

It’s National Sriracha Sauce Week! Here’s our to-die-for Sriracha Garlic Wings recipe. Sriracha sauce, crispy chicken wings, and tons of garlic make these hot and savory wings the *best* chicken wings we’ve ever cooked!

Sriracha Garlic Wings Recipe

sriracha garlic wings finished

Sriracha garlic wings.
The wings are first marinated, then baked for 20-30 minutes before being deep fried to crisp them up. Then, you toss them in the Sriracha, butter, cilantro, garlic and lime sauce before serving. Yum!!!
We’ll repeat the recipe at the end of this post.

The basics:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, cut up (serves 4)
  • 1-2 quarts vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the marinade:

  • 1/8 cup ground coriander (2 Tbs)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil(2 Tbs)

Step 1. In a large zip-lock bag, as seen above, combine coriander, cumin, salt and olive oil. Toss in the wings and massage the bag to coat. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. Though the volume of the marinade seems small and barely coats the wings, it is critical to the success of this recipe.

Step 2.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes, until wings are firm, but not done. (They’ll finish cooking in the deep-fryer). Remove them from the oven and place on a platter to dry before frying.

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Hot Sriracha chili sauce (or to taste)
  • 3/4 stick (6 tbl) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced

Step 3. In a clean bowl, blend cilantro, minced garlic, lime zest and juice, and melted butter. Add 1/2 cup Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, combine and set aside

Step 4.Working in small batches, deep-fry wings until crispy and browned, 2-4 min. Drain briefly on paper towels, then toss the hot wings in the sauce. Let the wings sit for 2-5 minutes before serving so the flavors soak into the wings.

plate of sriracha garlic wings

Step 5.Serve hot, on a platter with your favorite side dishes.

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The original recipe by Cleveland, OH, Chef Michael Symon, is in the Feb ’08 issue of Food and Wine Magazine.
Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce needs no refrigeration.

Here’s the full recipe without interruption:

The basics:
* 4 pounds chicken wings, cut up (serves 4)
* 1-2 quarts vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the marinade:
* 1/8 cup ground coriander (2 Tbs)
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* 1 Tbs kosher salt
* 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil(2 Tbs)

For the sauce:
* 1/2 cup Hot Sriracha chili sauce (or to taste)
* 3/4 stick (6 tbl) unsalted butter, melted
* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
* finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
* 4 large cloves garlic, minced

1. In a large zip-lock bag, combine coriander, cumin, salt and olive oil. Toss in the wings and massage the bag to coat. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. Though the volume of the marinade seems small and barely coats the wings, it is critical to the success of this recipe.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes, until wings are firm, but not done. (They’ll finish cooking in the deep-fryer). Remove them from the oven and place on a platter to dry before frying.
3. In a clean bowl, blend cilantro, minced garlic, lime zest and juice, and melted butter. Add 1/2 cup Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, combine and set aside
4. Working in small batches, deep-fry wings until crispy and browned, 2-4 min. Drain briefly on paper towels, then toss the hot wings in the sauce. Let the wings sit for 2-5 minutes before serving so the flavors soak into the wings.
5. Serve hot, on a platter with your favorite condiments

(serves 4 – figure 1lb wings per person)

This recipe and post first appeared in our very first Week of Wings 01 back in 2010.

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

Closing out our Week of Wings 7 is our favorite bottled wing sauce from 2015 – The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce.

Week of Wings 7 – Day 5 – The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wings

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wings

Hot Garlic Wing Sauce from The Flaming Chicken is a classic cayenne based wing sauce with the required butter flavor of a buffalo style sauce. Bonus, it is loaded with tons of garlic flavor and garlic bits. It’s a garlic wing lover’s dream sauce. Period.

Brian:
“I love the big garlic buttery flavor hit from this sauce.”
“The bits of garlic add a nice ‘bite’ to the mix.”
“This flavor is a 5 out of 5!”

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce is loaded with garlic

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce is loaded with garlic

Marilyn:
“The garlic aroma and flavor is way up there.”
“The flavor is great, but it’s also really hot!”
“Too hot for a ‘medium’ level sauce… but delicious.”
“I would call this a 5 out of 5 in flavor too.”

The sauce works great on some simple chicken tenders too.

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic on grilled tenders

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic on grilled tenders

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Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Quite hot for a medium to medium-hot sauce. Hot in a good way – it’s hot wings.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our highest rating of five Stars! Great wing sauce flavor and heat. Garlic goodness and heat!

Ingredients: Water, Habanero Pepper, Margarine, Carrot, Scorpion Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion, Papaya, Lime Juice, Acetic Acid, Salt, Butter Base, Xanthan Gum, Passion Fruit Juice, Citric Acid, Garlic.

You can purchase The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce here, along with their other great flavors.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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More Week of Wings 7

Week of Wings 7 – Day 1: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 7 – Day 2: Old Bay Butter Wings
Week of Wings 7 – Day 3: Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 7 – Day 4: Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC
Week of Wings 7 – Day 5: The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

California Habanero Blends review

California Habanero Blends out of Chico, Calif. have created a trio of habanero Table Sauces from Ginger Garlic (mild) to Chipotle (medium) to Garlic Key Lime (hot). While these are not “hot sauces” per se, they are designed for dipping, marinating and cooking.

California Blends Hot Sauces

California Habanero Blends

Chef Timothy Sharkey created these “table sauces” to enhance your food, lead you into the world of spicy condiments without burning your face off, and to introduce his flavorful creations to the masses. Of the three sauces offered, there is a California Habanero Blend flavor for everyone in the house.

1 – Ginger Garlic – Sweet

California Blends Ginger Garlic habanero

Sweet, mild & sticky

The mildest of the 3 sauces here, the Ginger Garlic is very sweet and sticky. It has an Asian inspired flavor that makes for a nice sticky wing sauce, or as a finishing sauce on grilled shrimp. It would also be delicious as a dipping sauce for egg rolls.

Consistency is towards the thinner side of sauces, yet it has a little body that you would expect from a sticky Asian sauce.

California Blends Ginger Garlic Habanero is sweet

Ginger Garlic is a nice dipping sauce too

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – 1/5 This one is all flavor and sweetness. Just a tingle of heat.

Ingredients: water, sugar, orange juice concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, garlic, ginger, key lime juice concentrate, carrot puree, salt, distilled vinegar, habanero peppers, wheat, soybeans, red peppers, citric acid, extra virgin olive oil, spice, xanthan gum, phosphoric acid, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, sodium metabisulfite.

2 – Chipotle – Sweet & Smoky

California Blends Chipotle Habenero Sauce

Smoky BBQ sauce style flavor – the 5oz bottle will go fast

The “medium” level of this trio tastes for all the world of a smoky BBQ style sauce. The thickest of the 3, by far, it’s a dark, thick, pourable sauce with lots of smoke overtones and nice little bits of garlic and peppers.

There are some impressive ingredients in this one that include chipotle peppers, molasses, honey and maple syrup. Yes, it’s a bit on the sweet side too – but with a nice little bite of heat. In case you didn’t know, chipotle peppers (smoked jalapeños) can be quite hot. Coupled with the habaneros, along with some vinegar and key lime juice, and you’ve got a zesty flavor profile.

It’s no surprise that the Chipotle – Sweet & Smoky is Cal Blends’ biggest seller by far. I only wish it came in a bigger size – either a pint jar, or quarts or gallons. Yea, it’s that good.

California Blends Chipotle Habanero is a BBQ style sauce

Thick, rich and smoky. This really should come in a pint jar.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5/5 – I can’t give this sauce a much higher heat level due to the sweetness and smokiness that pervade it. Relatively speaking, it really is just a half notch above the milder Ginger Garlic.

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle peppers, salt, carrot puree, molasses, honey, maple syrup, key lime juice concentrate, distilled vinegar, habanero peppers, garlic, spice, extra virgin olive oil, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate, wheat, soybeans, liquid smoke, oleoresin, paprika, oleoresin capsicum, sodium metabisulfite.

3 – Garlic Key Lime – Tangy

California Blends Garlic Key Lime Habanero sauce

Hottest, thinnest of the trio.

Labeled as the “Hot” level of these three sauces, and indeed it is the hottest, it is also the original sauce that California Blends started with. And it forms the basis for the other two sauces in the lineup.

Standing alone, it is also the thinnest of the sauces here – with an orange color and bits of peppers and seasonings.

The taste, straight up, is very harsh. The biting flavor of the key lime juice, coupled with the habanero peppers is jarring, to say the least.
This one is definitely our least favorite of the threesome. Which is both surprising and disappointing. I had high hopes for this one.

California Blends Garlic Key Lime Habanero is their house sauce

Thin, fiery, and very much a Key lime flavor.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – 2/5 The quick heat and sting are short-lived. You’d have to be a big fan of key lime juice AND habaneros to really dig this one.

Ingredients: water, carrot puree, key lime juice concentrate, habanero peppers, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, distilled vinegar, citric acid, spice, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite.

As usual, everyones tastes are different, so I highly suggest you order all three (get 2 of the Chipotle – it’s that good) and judge for yourself. You may find you love them all for different reasons!

California Blends bottles

Classy labels

Label/Graphics: Clean labels with big fonts tell you that you are indeed looking at California Blends’ products. The single habanero pepper emblazoned with the “flavor” is very clear. The background splash of color is different for all 3, but I will take issue with the mild Ginger Garlic having the “hot” red color over the Chipotle’s tamer orange color.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): We tried each of the 3 sauces on wings that we grilled outside, tossing a few wings in each of the flavors.

Grilled wings with California Blends Table Sauces

Grilled wings with California Blends Table Sauces – L-R: mild, med, hot

The Ginger Garlic made for some tasty Asian style wings – but very mild in heat. The Chipotle sauce was the favorite, imparting a nice BBQ/Chipotle flavor. Thick, sticky BBQ style wings. The Garlic Key Lime was a big fail on wings. The sauce never “set up” and remained thin and runny.

Next up was a round of grilled shrimp that we cooked on our indoor George Foreman grill. After a short marinade in the ‘fridge for about 4 hours, each skewer of shrimp was grilled first and brushed with the sauces for a final flavor hit.

Grilled shrimp with California Blends sauces

Grilled shrimp really did well with the sauces

Again, the Ginger Garlic was superb if not mild, the Chipotle made for some great BBQ shrimp that you would be proud to serve up, and … finally… we found a better combo for the Garlic Key Lime. It really shined on the shrimp this time. It was hot and spicy, tangy and flavorful.

Bonus Review: Garlic Key Lime Pistachios

California Blends Pistachios

Pistachios – with California Blends’ Key Lime seasoning.

These salty, savory, slightly spicy pistachios are seasoned with a dry version of California Habanero Blends’ Garlic Key Lime sauce. They also have very little of the heat level that we found in the sauce itself.

Pistachios from California Blends

Pistachios!

The 8 ounce resealable bag lasted us through about 4 episodes of Breaking Bad. Get two, they go fast!

About California Blends:

Our company and product name comes from the fact that we are different from most of the Hot Sauces out there today. We take a base flavor with heat and create all of our products from the original source. All of the flavors naturally blend together because they all have the same base flavor in them. Mixing one with the other only intensifies the flavors and heat. California is a melting pot of cultures and flavors.

All of our products are low in sodium, all natural ingredients, no fillers, natural sugar, no high fructose Corn syrup, fat free, low in calories, no artificial colors, no MSG. All of these sauces can be used all year long so keep them on the Table for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Where to buy: Visit CaliforniaBlends.com to purchase.

SAAS Hot Sauce review

SAAS Hot Sauces are some very unique sauces that fall into the category of “Sauces I’ve Never Heard of But Need to Try!” These are a couple of the most unique hot sauces that we’ve reviewed in a long time. SAAS Hot Sauce (pronounced “Sauce”) also has a great back-story – but more on that later.

SAAS Hot Sauce bottles

SAAS Hot Sauce bottles

SAAS Hot Sauce

SAAS Hot Sauce “the flavor that brings you home“, comes in both Original, and Garlic and Onion flavors – and both are labeled “Hot and Spicy”, which should make some chileheads very happy. They also offer a Mild version, which we did not try.

SAAS Hot Sauce Original

Ingredients: distilled vinegar (diluted to 4% acidity), cayenne peppers, onions, red habanero peppers, spices, salt, sugar, granulated garlic and molasses.

SAAS Original sauce sample

SAAS Original sauce sample

Texture & Appearance: There’s a lot going on here. The color is a very dark orange and there are lots of pulpy bits with some tiny hulls and seeds. This sauce is thick – not pourable, but very spoon-able. Almost gloppy in thickness (think Heinz Chili Sauce), this is a thick hot sauce!

Taste Straight Up: SAAS Original has a kicked up cajun flavor from the cayenne peppers, with extra heat from the red habaneros. Fans of fiery cajun sauces and cooking will love this sauce. I’ve never been a fan of the straight up cayenne/vinegar/salt sauces, but SAAS brings so much more to the table here, with big flavor and a hint of sweetness from the sugar and molasses.

First up is the vinegar (of course), and just a hint of salt with a bit of sweetness, followed by some nice light onion flavor. Then the heat kicks in. Quickly. It even tastes “dark” like its color. Very flavorful, hot, and savory.

Heat Level:Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars 3.5/5 – The mix of cayenne and red habaneros really bring on some fiery heat. The heat filled my mouth and lips quickly, but lasted only until I was ready for more – so it’s relatively short-lived.

SAAS Original Hot Sauce

SAAS Original Hot Sauce

Label/Graphics: Big letters proclaim “SAAS” (SAUCE), followed by the words “Hot Sauce” and their slogan “The flavor that brings you home“. While I like the simple graphics and label, it really does look very “corporate” – like any other bottle on a shelf at your local grocer. Yet, as a fan of hot sauces, you would be challenged to NOT grab these bottles to bring home and share with the family – “Look at what I found at the store!“.

SAAS Original on eggs

SAAS Original on eggs

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Our top rating for overall taste, quality of ingredients and packaging. SAAS Hot Sauce has really nailed it in every category. This is not a “try it once” sauce – you will go back to it again and again.

SAAS on pizza. L-R original, onion and garlic.

SAAS on pizza. L-R original, onion and garlic.

SAAS Hot Sauce Onion and Garlic

Ingredients: distilled vinegar (diluted to 5% acidity), onions, red habanero peppers, sugar, salt, spices, granulated garlic, honey.

SAAS Onion & Garlic Hot Sauce

SAAS Onion & Garlic Hot Sauce

Texture & Appearance: With a much lighter orange color than the Original, there were pools of red that I thought were oil, but are probably the honey. The Onion and Garlic flavor is also much thinner, and therefore more pourable.

There are still some seeds floating about. I’ve talked to many a manufacturer about this issue. Apparently, filtering out the seeds and hulls is an expensive operation that many do not employ for cost reasons. I’m sorry it expensive for them, but I want to go on record as not liking seeds in my sauces.

Taste Straight Up: SAAS Onion and Garlic is not a one-note sauce by any means. This sauce just screams “wing sauce”! Straight up, it tastes, smells and just feels like a wing sauce. An amazing flavor, I just love this stuff. My favorite of the two, by far.

Big onion flavor up front, with a savory and spicy middle taste… the vinegar here is muted slightly by the other spices and flavors. It’s perfect for wings, nachos, pizza… you name it.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars 2.5/5 – A nice, tingly heat – the heat sits nicely on my tongue. Just dancing around the front of my mouth and lips. It’s onions. And garlic. And hot sauce. Get it?

SAAS Onion & Garlic

SAAS Onion & Garlic

Label/Graphics: Same label with an orange/yellow background.

SAAS Onion & Garlic on eggs

SAAS Onion & Garlic on eggs

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Since I’m a sucker for good garlic based sauces, and the onion is a bonus, this sauce gets our highest rating.

Both of these sauces made for some delicious and fiery wings! I did a batch with just the sauce and with sauce and butter (2:1 sauce to butter ratio).

Stop reading now and click one of the links below to order some. Yes. Now. It’s that good.

We have a contender for a top 10 sauces of 2013 right here. You read it here first.

Available in Mild, Hot and Onion & Garlic flavors in classy glass bottles of 3.5 oz, 11.6 oz, 18.62 ounces – order SAAS Hot Sauce here. Some proceeds go to their charity, Maanu

About SAAS Hot Sauce LLC

I had a very nice chat on the phone with Mia Rebel, one of the creators of SAAS, and she kindly told me of the beginnings of the SAAS story. Originating in Africa and India, the SAAS hot sauce story made its way to America where a group of students at the Earth Center Schools got serious about making the sauce as a way to help raise funds. The elephant in the logo is an homage to their beginnings – the elephant was ever-present in their surroundings.

In 2008, a team of students were brainstorming to come up with ideas on how to make money for good causes. The primary focus was to generate money in order to help protect traditional culture worldwide. The group of students had a variety of skills between them, and it just so happened that one of them was a sauce chef. They decided to use his zest for sauce making, and in a collective effort, designed this delicious sauce for the benefit of humanity and the earth. That is the story of SAAS “Original Flavor”.

These students, from the Earth Center Schools, developed the original SAAS Hot Sauce, and later the SAAS Onion & Garlic Hot Sauce, and finally the Mild flavor.

In 2010, two musicians combined their skills in order to write a variety of musical compositions. While promoting an onion festival in the southern US, they designed an onion flavored hot sauce that would be perfect for families and cook-outs. One of those musicians happened to be part of the team of students that founded SAAS “Original Flavor”! Shortly after, this new delicious onion sauce joined together with SAAS “Original Flavor” in the effort to benefit humanity and the earth. That is the story of SAAS “Onion & Garlic”.

SAAS supports Maanu

The Earth Center of Maanu Inc., is a non-profit grassroots organization, dedicated to preserving indigenous culture worldwide. All proceeds (100%) of the SAAS Original Hot Sauce are donated back to the Earth Center Schools and Maanu. Fifty percent (50%) of proceeds from the Garlic & Onion, are donated back.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Slavo Salt Gourmet Seasoning review

The Original Slavo Salt Gourmet Seasoning is a nice blend of garlic, Kosher salt and pepper. Sounds simple, right? It is. And in its simplicity lies its flavor. And the odd name comes from the nickname of the creator, Michael “Slavo” Stephens.

Slavo Salt Gourmet Seasoning

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This “all purpose” seasoning is made with “all natural ingredients” and “no additives or preservatives”. And with a heavy dose of garlic and pepper, I was anxious to try this unusually named seasoning.

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