These Hot + Spicy ‘Nine Mile’ Buffalo Chicken Wings definitely live up to their name—HOT + SPICY! Drenched in hot buffalo sauce with a hint of BBQ sauce and maple syrup to balance the heat, these wings remain a spicy staple inspired by Bob Marley and the Jamaican culture with bold uses of red pepper flakes + scotch bonnet peppers.
OK, so let’s face it. These wings look pretty HOT right? Well, if you’ve been following this blog for sometime, then you’ll know that I LOVE spice!
I guess that this stems from my Southern roots mixed in with my Jamaican heritage. Haha. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I chose to make these wings and they were amazing!
I remember growing up and seeing my Grandfather eat scotch bonnet peppers in their rawest form. That’s pretty crazy, ya’ll!
In case you aren’t fully aware of this fact—scotch bonnet peppers are pretty hot and if the slightest touch of the seed hits your mouth or eyes or anywhere else that’s sensitive, you’ll be screaming to a sink for a long soak in water.
Yes, it’s that serious.
Anyway, as I was mentioning—my Grandfather use to eat them raw with his food and that was the norm back then.
Now thinking it though, I’m sitting here in amazement at his strength towards spice. And as much as I love spicy food, I couldn’t handle that for sure. Haha.
Moreover, these chicken wings were inspired by my Grandfather’s love for spice, my growing up loving chicken wings (and still loving them to this day!), and Bob Marley (hence the title: ‘Nine Mile’).
For those of you who aren’t aware, Bob Marley is a legendary musician and peace activist, who was born in a Jamaican district called Nine Mile (which is located in the Saint Ann Parish).
Personally, I am a huge fan of Bob Marley and his music and I remember my Grandfather being an even greater fan. Therefore, it’s only right that I show homage to greatness.
The awesome thing about the name for these wings is that I asked my readers for advice on a name and one reader in particular, Stephanie, came up with the name “Nine Mile Wings”, which I found to be obviously genius! Thanks, Stephanie! Woot, woot!
Have you taken a peek at these BBQ Loaded Chicken Taco Fries? They are absolutely delicious and make for an awesome handheld dish!
As for this recipe, the most important part is ensuring that your chicken wings are well seasoned.
Unlike most standard buffalo wing recipes, these wings have a burst of flavor, not only from the sauce but also from the meat itself. Like with many meat, I prefer to season it overnight so that the flavors really soak in and marinate.
Once you’re ready to begin, simply remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator so that they can “rest” at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place individual chicken wings side by side, ensuring that they aren’t touching each other. Bake the wings for about 45 minutes, flipping them over to their opposite sides at the halfway point.
Meanwhile, make your sauce by adding 2 Tbsps of butter to a skillet on medium high heat and stirring it a bit until it melts. Next, add the buffalo sauce ( I used Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo wings sauce), maple syrup, BBQ sauce (I love Stubb’s BBQ), red pepper flakes, diced scotch bonnet pepper, and pinch of salt. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it becomes bubbly.
Once wings are done and well crisp and brown, remove from oven and baking sheet, adding them to your sauce in your saucepan.
Increase the heat a bit and let the sauce continue to bubble and thicken and add both whole scotch bonnet peppers for a real kick of heat. To create a bit more stickiness, add an additional Tbsp of maple syrup.
When sauce is completely sticky, remove from heat and garnish with dried parsley and red pepper flakes. BAM!
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Hot + Spicy Nine Mile Buffalo Chicken Wings.