These aren’t just your average hot wings. These Honey Za’atar Hot Wings will add a Middle Eastern Flare to any game night!
Happy Friday the 13th! If you’re planning on staying in this weekend instead of braving the countrywide heatwave, these Honey Za’atar Hot Wings NEED to be on the menu.
This past March, my mom and I went on a trip to Brown County, Indiana for a little weekend getaway. She had been before, so she fully knew what to expect. I, on the other hand, had no clue what kind of town we’d be staying in. First of all, it’s a very quaint little town just outside of Indianapolis. If you’ve only ever been to Indy, you might be surprised that a town like this can even exist so close to such a big metropolis. There are several places to post up for the weekend, but we stayed in a B&B that played non-stop organ hymnals and was for sure haunted. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely, but for sure haunted. The main reason that people come to Brown County is to do some shopping. The streets are lined with little mom-and-pop shops that sell everything from very sweetly scented candles to personalized toilet seats. There are fudge shops galore and several wineries to make a pit stop in. Since I was pregnant at the time, I, unfortunately, couldn’t take part in this, but I did have a grand ole’ time sitting and watching a band perform while my mom got to enjoy a glass of wine. I walked away from the shops empty-handed but was buzzin’ about our dinner choice for the evening. We stopped in at a little brewery called Big Woods Brewing Company that had an amazing smell wafting from the front door. I ordered a burger, while my mom ordered their Honey Za’atar Wings (see where I’m going with this?). My mom had never heard of za’atar but once I explained she was more than down to order them. Spoiler alert: They were amazing! When the plate came out she went on and on about how there was no way she could eat them all, and let me tell you…. she did. Sorry, mom. Once we got home I bought her a jar of za’atar so she could try making them herself, but that hasn’t happened so far. SO, this one’s for you mom! Follow the directions and you’ll have amazing wings that I personally think are just as good if not better than those we had on our trip.
Do you have a go-to wing recipe? Football season is around the corner and you can never have too many recipes in your arsenal!
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- 24 skin-on chicken wings patted dry
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons za'atar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons Harissa paste
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tablespoons molasses
- Sesame seeds to garnish
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line baking sheet with foil, top with a baking rack, and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together rub Ingredients. Add the wings to the large bowl with the rub and toss each wing until coated evenly. Line wings on the prepared baking rack so they are not touching.
- Bake on the upper middle rack of your preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Carefully move oven rack 6-8" from broiler and broil to desired crispiness, watching closely so they don't burn. Flip chicken wings over and broil the other side until crispy.
- While wings are cooling, melt butter over medium heat. Add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer until slightly thickened, approximately 3-5 minutes. Taste and add additional harissa if you would like it spicier or add more honey if you would like it sweeter.
- When chicken is done, add to a large bowl and pour over sauce. Gently toss wings with a spatula until evenly coated.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired and serve immediately!