ESPN Wings – ESPN Club

These are the best chicken wings I’ve EVER had. Hands down, without a doubt. Sorry Buffalo Wild Wings… Your Garlic Parmesan wings are amazing, but these are the crispest, juiciest, most expertly seasoned wings in the entire world.

From the marinade to the crunchy dry seasoning on them after they bake to that sauce you drizzle on them, they’re perfect. 

Another thing about these wings? These will melt your face off.

I don’t know what Aunt Cass from “Big Hero 6” puts in her melt-your-face-off chicken wings, but if I were to guess, she probably uses this recipe. One bite, just one bite, with the sauce on the wing and tears came rolling down my cheeks, sweet was on my forehead, my tongue was trying to leap out of my mouth, and my stomach was on fire.

My husband, who has the heat tolerance of a firefighter in full gear, even got a bit warm after his second or third wing.  He didn’t stop eating them mind you, he just said they were a “fairly spicy.”  “Fairly spicy” to him, of course, being an absolute inferno to everybody else.

If the heat is a bit much for you, add a little butter and lemon or lime juice to the sauce, just to cut the heat a little, or serve the sauce on the side so you can control how much you get.

Despite the insane level of heat, the sauce is so perfectly seasoned and flavored, even crybaby me would try a few pieces carefully dunked in the sauce so I could get just a whisper of that perfectly balanced, smooth sauce. Really, it is total perfection.

So there you have it! The perfect wing recipe, just in time for March Madness. Eat, share, enjoy, and make sure you give your friends plenty of tissues to help control the tears.

Looking for a sweet option? You’ve got to check out the honey coriander wings from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  They’re incredible.

ESPN Wings - ESPN Club


Recipe type: Poultry

As is served at the ESPN Club


  • Citrus Marinade

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds whole wing chicken wings

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup salt

  • ¼ cup cracked black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • ¼ cup onion powder

  • ESPN Wings Spice

  • 1¼ ounces celery salt

  • 4⅓ ounces granulated garlic powder

  • 4¾ ounces white pepper

  •  2⅔ ounces chili powder

  • ESPN Wings Sauce

  • 1⅓ ounces Frank's Hot Pepper Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 flakes crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce

  • 2 chipotle pepper, chopped fine

  • 1½ ounce cayenne pepper

  • Oil, for frying


  1. Combine all ingredients for marinade in a plastic bag.  Add between 1 and 1½ pounds of whole-wing chicken wings.  Squeeze out air.  Allow to marinade in fridge overnight.

  2. The next day, remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.  Sprinkle very generously with ESPN wing sauce making sure to cover entire wing.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  4. Arrange chicken on a foil-lined cookie sheet or pan that has been lightly coated with non-stick spray.  Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and juices run clear.  Allow to cool slightly.

  5. Heat frying oil in a pot or saucepan to 360 degrees.  Deep fry wings until very crisp, about 2-3 minutes.  Springle wings with ESPN sauce and toss in a glass bowl.  Serve immediately.

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Damian Harber
Damian Harber
Hello, my name is Damian Harber and I am the editor at I have been working in the food industry for over six years. I started as a kitchen assistant, then became a prep cook and now I am an editor. I love working in this industry because it is always changing and no two days are ever the same. Every day can be different depending on what is happening in our company or even in the world around us. We are very lucky to live in such a diverse city and we get to meet people from all over the world every day! My hobbies include reading books, traveling and learning about new cultures through cooking their cuisine!