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Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings

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.

Portrait image of sticky spicy glazed buffalo chicken wings on a board with potato wedges and a beer

Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings, Grab Your Chapstick!

All things considered, buffalo chicken wings are my favourite finger food… For me, they must 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 its place in my favourite list. It is also the key chili in my jerk chicken recipe.

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

Serve with a cold glass of beer and some potato wedges.

Portrait image taken from above of sticky spicy glazed buffalo chicken wings on a board with potato wedges and a beer

A Sweet Hot Date!

The second ingredient of note in these buffalo wings is dates.

I find it surprising that 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 4 other wing recipes here on Krumpli.

We also span the cooking methods too with baked grilled and fried all being covered.

Other wing recipes on Krumpli:

Square image of sticky spicy glazed buffalo chicken wings on a board with potato wedges and a beer

How to Bake Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Whilst I am not averse to frying things, as a general rule I do not do it often. 

Unlike cooking and eating wings which I do all of the time.  Because of this most of the time I make baked wings, or grilled of course.

These are baked and I like to add corn flour or cornstarch to the dry spicing mix.

This helps add a nice crispness to the wings for the same reason it adds a crunch to the batter on my fish and chip recipe.

Other than that it is a simple case of cooking in a very hot oven.

It is best to ensure that air can circulate below as well as above by cooking on a grid.

Square image taken from above of sticky spicy glazed buffalo chicken wings on a board with potato wedges and a beer

Why Are Buffalo Chicken Wings Called That?

Surely I am not the only person who has asked this question.

Cuz let’s face it, buffalo wings are massive, or buffalo wings don’t exist… Either way, the name is daft!

Well, it is daft until a bit of research, they are actually named after the home city of the bar that made them popular.

Back in the 1960’s wings were cheap as chips (and still are to a degree) and really used for soups and stocks.

Rumour has it the owners of a bar called the ‘Anchor Bar’ in Buffalo added them to the menu and the legend was born!

As with all of these things, there are claims and counterclaims. However, whichever bar/restaurant did it first it was in Buffalo.

Enjoy a spicy buffalo chicken wing? Then look no further than this easy weeknight dinner, and these are pimped up with dates and a scotch bonnet chili in the glaze.
Yield: 4 Servings

Date and Chili Buffalo Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

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!


  • 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


  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 220°C or 450°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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1083Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 389mgSodium: 1428mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 3gSugar: 46gProtein: 72g

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Friday 23rd of March 2018

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

Brian Jones

Saturday 24th of March 2018

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!


Friday 2nd of March 2018

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

Brian Jones

Friday 2nd of March 2018

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

Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Friday 2nd of March 2018

YES!!! I knew there was a reason we were friends ;-) Chicken wings are one of my favourite fingers 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 :D

Brian Jones

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I'm a drummers kinda guy myself but Julie much prefers wings so must keep her on side ;) :D

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 :(


Friday 2nd of March 2018

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

Brian Jones

Friday 2nd of March 2018

It works really well, have fun!

Adriana Lopez Martin

Friday 2nd of March 2018

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!

Brian Jones

Friday 2nd of March 2018

Thanks Adriana :)