What to Serve with Chicken Wings

Posted: June 26, 2020 in General
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chickenwingsChicken wings are not a dish you make at home for one. The presence of chicken wings means there’s a family gathering, football game, or neighborhood cookout. The smell of chicken wings is a sign that good times are ahead. When you order chicken wings in a restaurant, they’re simply accompanied by carrots and celery. But what do you serve with chicken wings when you’re hosting at home? I’ve got your back.

First of all, you need to decide what flavor chicken wings you’re going to serve and how you’ll prepare them. You can’t beat classic buffalo chicken wings, but we’ve got tasty recipes that make the case for preparing Asian-inspired wings in your slow cooker or baking tangy, sweet wings in your oven. Reveal your inner pitmaster with smoked chicken wings or pick the quick option with Instant Pot chicken wings.

Once you have the main event locked in, it’s time to decide what goes alongside your chicken wings. One of our favorite new ways to serve chicken wings is with a presentation similar to those gorgeous charcuterie boards from Instagram. Arrange wings, dipping sauces, kettle chips, celery, carrots, and other fresh crudités on a large wooden cutting board or jelly roll pan for impressively easy presentation.

When serving chicken wings, you can’t ignore the importance of dipping sauces. If your wings are hot buffalo-style, go with our Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing to get some relief, and our Nashville Hot Chicken Dip to fire it up even more. Going with grilled or smoked wings? Try something new with our Fiery Sweet Dipping Sauce or Creamy Honey Mustard.

Since wings are often spicy, it’s always a good idea to serve a side dish that will help guests cool off between drumsticks. One of our favorite sides to offset buffalo wings is a tangy cole slaw. Try Permanent Slaw for a make-ahead option, or Quick Pickled Slaw for a trusty last-minute recipe, and Creamy Broccoli Slaw for a fun twist.

Not into slaw but need refreshing options to serve with spicy chicken wings? I suggest crisp Grilled Wedge Salad with Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing or our Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad for some colorful crunch.

On the opposite end of the side dish spectrum, add something fried for a true sports-bar meal. No one is ever going to complain about a side of crispy, classic French fries, but you can opt for the lighter Grilled Sweet Potato Fries or Baked Zucchini Fries.

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