Sauces put in flavor, moisture, texture and color. They can totally transform a meal with visual appeal, tanginess and juiciness. The dryness of a few cooking techniques is also compensated with condiments. Most sauces heighten the ‘mouth feel’ and essence of a dish too making a world of a difference. For instance:

  • beef is highlighted with a pungent sauce
  • poultry is boosted with a hint of tarragon.

The global hot sauce market size was valued at $2.17 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow from $2.89 billion in 2022 to $4.72 billion by 2029. It is mostly because the demand for savory food is exceptionally in demand.

A few sauces with a sweet tinge are hoisin, mustard and teriyaki sauces that add a distinct and pleasant taste. Buffalo sauce, especially, is the ‘classic gold standard’ when it comes to wing sauces. Here’s a look at a few others that are equally scrumptious.

1. Barbeque Sauce

Chicken wings and BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven! It has a sweet and spicy combo with a mild sour kick which is excellent for grilling. The active ingredients include vinegar or tomato paste along with onion powder, black pepper and liquid smoke. BBQ sauces can also be paired with nachos, tostadas and salads. Lighter meals like pork along with red wine also taste delicious with this sauce.

2. Ranch

Chicken wings go hand-in-hand with ranch and beer! It is a sauce based on mayonnaise and oil. You may add ranch dressing to hot sauce before coating the wings. Studies found that 59% of US adults typically love to eat wings with ranch dressing and the popularity has been growing since 2014. It is known to ‘cool down’ the hot wings and boost the flavor side by side. Ranch is mostly about creaminess, herbaceousness and a shot of black pepper.

3. Lemon Pepper Sauce

A sharp aroma, cromulent flavor and zesty floral and woody notes define lemon pepper wing sauce. It is usually made from butter, lemon pepper seasoning and hot sauce. The cracked black pepper taste blended with lemony punch is one of the most crowd-pleasing flavorings. You can simply pour it on top of the wings for a citrus tang which is extremely addictive. Make sure to remove the chicken skin to avoid sogginess.

4. Honey Garlic Sauce

The garlicky flavor can amp up plain chicken wings. Water, corn starch, brown sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar are used to prepare this dressing. Enjoy a few health benefits of garlic-honey mix since it is antibacterial and antiviral and can better your heart health with antioxidants. It is popular in Canadian cuisine for a variety of dishes like barbequed ribs and meatballs. Use it as a relishing glaze for chicken too.

5. Garlic Parmesan Sauce

Butter, heavy cream, garlic, flour, parmesan cheese and salt are used to prepare it. A dose of punchy garlic and a salty parm is a perfect dip for chicken wings and tenders. Along with the flavorful taste, it can cool off the wing heat. Garlic-parmesan goes quite well with shrimps, fishes and deep-fried vegetables too. Both garlic and parmesan cheese balance each other well making for a creamy smooth affair.

A few other sauces to consider are Sriracha Mayo and Tzatziki from your nearest chicken restaurant. Try not to mix and match but do experiment with several dishes to get out of your comfort zone. Chicken wings are a great base for these sauces.

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