Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings

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You can’t beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze.

You can't beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze. Definitely not for the feint of heart!

Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings, Grab Your Chapstick!

All things considered buffalo chicken wings are my favourite finger food… And for me they need to be sticky sweet and spicy hot because that’s the way I roll! These date and chili buffalo chicken wings unsurprisingly tick both of those boxes.

The chili world seems to have gone crazy of late with ever hotter bastard varieties being developed, but for me the big boy chili is the scotch bonnet. Now the scotch bonnet is very similar to the habanero in terms of punch however the sweet flavour reserves it’s place in my favourite list. Before you cry foul, it is without question true that all chillies have their own flavour, all very different to each other.

I know one regular ready who will think that statement is utter nonsense, but your choice of chili can dramatically impact on both the flavour and spice level of a dish.

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However these wings do come with a word of warning, do not wipe your eyes after preparing them, you will cry… Well I cried!

You can't beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze. Definitely not for the feint of heart!

A Sweet Hot Date!

The second ingredient of note in these buffalo wings is dates, surprisingly to me they do not appear in more glaze recipes. They are gloriously sweet and sticky and as a result when stewed down with a little vinegar and sugar they form a perfect sweet and sour glaze.

In fact dates have long been used as a sweetener, particularly when the cost of sugar was so high!

I adore cooking wings, these date and chili bad boys join 3 other wing recipes here on Krumpli and because I am that way inclined I am now 2 and 2 on baked and grilled. As a result my next wings have to be fried, because well because balance needs to be restored!

Other wing recipe on Krumpli:

You can't beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze. Definitely not for the feint of heart!
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You can't beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze. Definitely not for the feint of heart!
Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Snack
Servings: 4
Calories: 781 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
Ingredients
  • 1 kg Chicken Wings Separated into winglets and drumettes
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tsp Sumac
  • 2 Tbsp Cornflour Corn starch on the US
  • 1 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 50 g Dates
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Chili
  • 150 g Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 75 ml Water
  • 150 ml Red Wine Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Coat the wings in the oil.

  2. Mix together the cumin, sumac, cornflour and salt and then toss over the wings to coat.

  3. Arrange on a baking tray and cook for 40 minutes at 200°C or 400°F.

  4. Whilst the chicken is cooking blend the dates, chili and red wine vinegar in a blender to form a paste.

  5. Put this paste in a pan and then add the brown sugar, water and sesame seeds and bring to a boil then reduce by half.

  6. After the chicken has been cooking for 40 minutes, remove and coat in the sauce and then return to the oven for 10 minutes.

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You can't beat buffalo chicken wings as finger food and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze. Definitely not for the feint of heart!
2018-06-15T12:53:38+00:00

12 Comments

  1. Mike March 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Loved the chicken wings Brian, the mixture of dates and chilli is a must.
    Looking forward to cooking this again soon 👍

    • Brian Jones March 24, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

      So glad you liked them Mike, I can’t wait to get these on the grill if and when the bloody snow disappears and the mercury rises!

  2. Patty March 2, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    These wings look so good Brian, must absolutely try your date sauce, it sounds scrumptious to the max!

    • Brian Jones March 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Patty, the glaze is superb and you could scale back the chili too if needed 🙂

  3. Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts March 2, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    YES!!!
    I knew there was a reason we were friends 😉
    Chicken wings are one of my favourite fingers foods…..one of because you know me I am super indecisive!!! 😉

    Dates in a glaze!!! Genius and it makes such perfect sense! I am definitely making these soon…..I am also thinking this glaze would be great on some baked chicken thighs too!!!! BBQ season is almost over here (well not for me as I grill all year round) but how good would these be on a low BBQ!!

    LOVE THEM!! Pinning 😀

    • Brian Jones March 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      I’m a drummers kinda guy myself but Julie much prefers wings so must keep her on side 😉 😀

      I was playing around with new glaze ideas for the BBQ with this but I am sure you know that most of Europe is dithering and under a layer of snow right now so the BBQ days seem further away than ever at the moment 🙁

  4. Dannii March 2, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I love that you have used dates to add sweetness to wings. I am going to have to try that out.

  5. Adriana Lopez Martin March 2, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    wow this wings are definitely finger licking! Liek teh idea of teh dates and the chiles spicy and sweet and then sesame seeds great idea!

  6. Julie March 2, 2018 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Omg! Those wings look amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Julie

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