Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings

Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings are are the ultimate party food! Crispy, fried chicken wings tossed with out super addicting whiskey glaze!

Looking for more addicting and easy chicken wing recipes? Try these amazing Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings or these fried Parmesan Chicken Wings. I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

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Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings

There’s just something about wings that says party food to me. Or game time food. Watching the game with a whole plate of wings in front of me – it doesn’t get much better.

These Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings are a take on the Chicken Fried Ribs with Whiskey Glaze that we made. They were crazy good. And some people thought I was crazy – who would ever think to deep fry a rib but me?

The whiskey glaze is a recipe all by itself that you might want to have handy. It’s a sauce that would be good on all kinds of things like instead of using BBQ sauce on your pulled pork, toss it with this whiskey glaze.

Don’t want to fry? Grill up some chicken and pour the glaze all over it. Use it as a dip for chicken fingers…or drizzle it over steak before serving.

How to Make Fried Chicken Wings

First I seasoned these wings then baked them. It’s an extra step but then the wings are cooked through and they only have to spend a couple of minutes in the fryer just to crisp up the coating.

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Just a side note, if you stopped at this point and dipped these oven-baked wings in that whiskey glaze you’d have some awesome tasting wings. That’s only IF you want to skip the deep fry.

But I have to ask you to try the deep fry this time…you won’t be disappointed. So after you bake them, coat them in some seasoned flour and then the can take a dip in the hot oil.

Let them drain off and cool a little and then toss them in that whiskey glaze.

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How Long To Deep Fry Chicken Wings

For this recipe, we’ve pre-cooked the wings in the oven, so the frying part of the recipe is short. All we’re doing with a quick deep fry here is browning and setting the coating. So for these whiskey glazed chicken wings, you only need to fry them for about 2 to 3 minutes.

If you were cooking these chicken wings completely in the deep fryer, they would need to fry for about 10-12 minutes for the chicken to cook through.

By pre-cooking the wings in the oven, we’re shortening the amount of time that the chicken has to spend in the oil.

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Can You Bake These Chicken Wings Instead?

Yes. While the recipe calls for baking the chicken wings first, you can stop there and skip the crispy, fried coating. We do love the crunchy coating combined with our sweet whiskey glaze, but you’ll still have a delicious chicken wing if you stop after baking.

Just bake the wings per the instructions in the recipe card below and then toss with the whiskey glaze. The wings will be super tender and juicy, covered in this sweet and sticky whiskey glaze.

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Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings are are the ultimate party food! Crispy, fried chicken wings tossed with out super addicting whiskey glaze!



  • 3 pounds of chicken wings, separated at the joints
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons BBQ Dry Rub (Store bought or use OUR RECIPE!)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

For the Whiskey Glaze

  • 6 cloves of garlic, grated with a hand grater or chopped very fine
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Season the wings generously with 1/4 cup of the dry rub seasoning. Our recipe has salt in it but if you’re using store bought you might want to add salt as well. Bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.
  3. While the wings are in the oven you can start the glaze. Heat the oil in a small pan and cook the garlic for 30 seconds, careful not to let it burn. Carefully add the whiskey and let it reduce for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the glaze ingredients (except the cornstarch mixture) and cook, simmering for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture to thicken the glaze. Bring to a boil and cook for another 10 minutes, then cover to keep warm and set aside.
  5. Heat a large pot filled only halfway with oil over medium heat. Combine the flour and the remaining 2 tablespoons of the dry rub seasoning in a large bowl. Coat the wings in the flour, shaking off the excess and place them on a board until the oil is ready.
  6. Once the oil temperature reaches 350º, fry the wings for 2-3 minutes until the coating is golden brown and crispy. Remove to a plate or board lined with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining chicken wings.
  7. Toss the wings in the warm whiskey glaze and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a thermometer for the oil, stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil. If it bubbles then your oil is ready.
Alternately, if you don’t want to fry, you can stop after the wings have been baked, skip the flour coating and just toss them in the whiskey glaze and serve.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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23 Responses
  1. Bridget/The Recipe Wench

    I have whiskey and I have wings. Seems like fate that this recipe should show up today. My husband will love me forever (and buy me things!) if I make these for him. Thank you so much! We are big fans of your buffalo fries too, by the way!

    1. Dan

      Thanks Bridget! We make the buffalo fries a lot – sometimes cover them with some cheese… Hope your husband likes the ribs!

  2. Barbara Flora

    Great flavors. I didn’t fry the wings. I baked them and added a little extra cornstarch to the Whiskey Sauce. I poured the sauce over the wings and mixed them with some cilantro. DELICIOUS!

    1. Dan

      Hi Rob – yes, c. Stands for cup. So that’s 3/4 of a cup. That’s using a standard set of measuring cups. Does that answer your question? I’m not sure what you mean by how big?

      1. Rob

        Hi Dan thanks for your reply. I now realise that is pretty standard measure so excuse me for my naivety! Also do if I can’t find the brown sugar bourbon seasoning (not sure I can find it in the UK) what other alternative can you suggest?

        1. Dan

          No naivety was thought at all – I just learned to cook a year an a half ago so everything is new to me to! If you can’t find the McCormick Brown Sugar Bourbon (you can always order it on Amazon for pretty cheap) I would just make a dry rub with some brown sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt. It won’t taste exactly the same, but the wings will be great anyway! It’s really all in the sauce…good luck! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help!

  3. Aisha

    Made these last night per your recipe exactly. These were delicious and we really enjoyed them. The sauce is addictive!!! I’m already thinking of new ways to use that sauce LOL

  4. Valerie

    When you bake these, are they just on a typical cookie sheet or did you bake them on a wire rack on a cookie sheet? If just a cookie sheet, did you do anything to keep them from sticking to the cookie sheet?

    I’m making these for some friends this weekend. Thanks!

    1. Dan

      Hi Valerie, actually these wings are fried, not baked. You could bake them if you wanted to but you’d have to skip the crispy coating like I mentioned in the post. So you could just bake them a few minutes longer and then toss in the whiskey glaze. But they really are so amazing with the crispy breading!

    1. Dan

      Cook the chicken wings in your air fryer at 400 degrees for about 6-7 minutes a side. This will depend on how big your wings are, so test one to make sure that it’s done before removing from the air fryer. Then toss with the whiskey glaze.

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