Chicken is the king of easy eating – you can grill it, roast it or fry it every time it remains uniquely flavoursome and reliably hearty. Can you favourite chicken wings get any better? We rise to the challenge, and say yes they can! You just need to identify the ideal sauce. Luckily, we did the research so that you do not have to: so if you are looking to put a twist on your favourite chicken dish, these are the best sauces, tried and tested!
1. Buffalo sauce
If you are looking for the perfect chicken wings sauce, look no further. The sticky, mouth-watering Buffalo sauce was first invented in 1964 in the US – and has since come to conquer the rest of the chicken-eating world. According to legend, Buffalo wings are deep-fried without any coating and are then basted in the hot, succulent bright orange sauce – a combination of a cayenne pepper hot sauce based on vinegar and melted butter.
The incredibly popular and literally finger-licking good sauce is not very easy to make, so if you are looking for some quick relief you can always check out joints like Absurd Bird on Deliveroo and get your hands on those coveted Buffalo chicken wings – perhaps with an order of Three Buffalo Chicken Slider, just to be on the safe side. And remember, nothing goes better with spicy chicken than a side of great fries, your favourite way!
2. Peri-peri sauce
Peri-peri is all the rage right now, thanks to a particular Portuguese grilled chicken restaurant chain – but peri-peri actually goes way back, and to discover its origins we must take a trip deep into the heart of the African continent. The sauce has existed in various versions since the 15th century when Portuguese settlers in Africa first encountered the African bird's eye chilli and used it in a marinade with garlic, paprika, red wine vinegar and other European ingredients.
The chilli is actually known as piri-piri in Portuguese – the Swahili word for 'pepper-pepper', and it sure does know how to add heat to your chicken! There are always recipes you can try out at home, but if you are craving some peri-peri basted chicken right now, then search Deliveroo for Nando's, the ultimate peri-peri chicken restaurant king, to help with that – we recommend the Wing Roulette (ten wings in a random variety of all Peri-Peri sauces) to spice things up!
3. Jerk seasoning
If you are looking to keep the heat going, you need to try the Jerk cooking style. Originally from Jamaica, jerk is a paste that revolves around allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers; from then on, ingredients vary and can include ground spices like cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, a good pinch of thyme, some ginger, scallions, and garlic. Do not forget to add brown sugar and salt for that unique succulent combination of heat, sweetness and umami!
Jerk chicken is insanely popular on Deliveroo – try out the White Men Can't Jerk for some authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Our pick? Of course, their Signature Jerk Chicken, served with their Vibes sauce, rice and peas, coleslaw and a sweet and sour pineapple & scotch bonnet jam. Try that with a side of their Jerk fries – dusted with jerk salt and served with jerk mayo, to keep the jerk vibe going!
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