Chicken wings scream flavor

January 18, 2017

Other than pizza or possibly hamburgers, there’s hardly another menu staple that’s been so widely and consistently re-flavored as the chicken wing.

For decades Americans were content to eat them deep fried and tossed in tangy Buffalo sauce. Over that stretch, Buffalo wings, as they were eventually named, became — and remain — the top flavor by a wide margin.

Then heat entered the picture, followed by flavors of barbecue and smoky honey and jerk seasoning. Today, wings have achieved levels of extreme heat, helping to catapult them from popular appetizer status to core-of-concept stardom. Formerly a castoff cut, chicken