Hot Firecracker Chicken Wings

Still deciding on the perfect appetizers for game day? If you are, you can’t go wrong with chicken wings! This Kathey Jo Kitchen favorite will bring all the spice to a juicy bite from start to finish. It’s a simple recipe that will bring your loved ones together during a get-together or game day, begging for more.

This recipe calls for 12 chicken wings, but if you’re serving a big crowd, simply double it. Another consideration would be to add spices according to your spice tolerance. If you consider the call for spice too much, you can definitely cut it in half, so it won’t be as intense. Personally, I’m here for the spice because the mix is truly a flavor party in your mouth.

You’ll love the natural smokiness that is incorporated while grilling. This is another reason why I prefer this recipe on the grill compared to the oven. The wings will cook to crispy perfection while maintaining the flavorful spice. A great side for this recipe is, you guessed it, sour cream. The texture and natural tang of the dip will perfectly complement these firecracker wings. It’s a versatile ingredient that’ll do wonders to this appetizer or meal!


· 12 chicken wings (2 1/2 pounds)
· 2 tablespoons chili powder
· 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
· 1 1/4 teaspoons ground red pepper (cayenne)
· 1 teaspoon garlic salt
· 1 teaspoon ground cumin
· 1 teaspoon pepper
· Sour cream — if desired


1. Fold wing tips under opposite ends to form triangles.
2. Place remaining ingredients except sour cream in resealable plastic bag.
3. Seal bag and shake to blend seasonings.
4. Add chicken.
5. Seal bag and shake until chicken is coated with seasonings.
6. Refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours.
7. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil.
8. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat
9. Cover and grill chicken 4 to 6 inches from MEDIUM heat 20 to 25 minutes, turning after 10 minutes, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
10. Serve chicken with sour cream; sprinkle with paprika, if desired.