We Tried, and Ranked, Every Chicken Wing Flavor From Wingstop
Wingstop's menu boasts a dozen different tasty flavors of wings, but which of those flavors is actually the best of the best?
Eager to find out, we headed to our local Wingstop and ordered every one of their flavors (boneless, in case you were wondering) so we could conduct a little taste test and decide for ourselves. Keep reading to find out where every flavor ranks, from worst to best.
12. Mango Habanero
Mango habanero has a lot of potential as a flavor, but this combination of sweetness and intense heat didn't work for us at all. Initially, these wings just taste overly sugary, before an overbearing spice comes in and takes over the whole thing. Both sides of the flavor profile are too much, and are competing with one another, making it lack balance as a whole.
Wingstop has both sauced and dry varieties of wings, and their cajun flavor is the only dry one we don't love. While the dry seasoning does lend it a nice heat, there isn't much flavor beyond that. It could do with a little saltiness, or some sour tang like a traditional hot wing. It doesn't taste too hot at first, but that spice lingers in the mouth, which would work a lot better if the flavor had more to offer than pure heat.
As much as we enjoyed the first couple bites of the Atomic wings, they are so spicy that we just couldn't keep going. It has a nice hot sauce flavor at first, but thanks to a coating of crushed red pepper and peppercorns, the heat builds up quickly and makes it difficult to continue, and it left a blazing aftertaste in our mouths way after we were done eating them. If you love scorching hot food, you'll get a lot more out of these wings than we did.
There isn't much to say about this flavor because it's just a plain old wing. The boneless variety we tried was basically a chicken nugget. The flavor is salty and crisp, but nothing special. We could see how it might appeal to picky eaters, but if you prefer something with a little more zing, we wouldn't advise going plain.
After trying the Atomic flavor, we were thrilled to find that mild was basically the same thing minus the over-the-top spiciness. It's your classic vinegary hot sauce wing but with a more delicate heat, making them easy to scarf down. If anything, the heat might be toned down a little too much…
7. Original Hot
Original hot is Wingstop's mild flavor with the heat dialed up just enough to make it the perfect classic hot wing. It's got that pungent, buffalo-like taste, and enough spice to make your search for your soda, but not enough to make you want to give up.
But wings don't have to be spicy to be delicious. Their Hawaiian flavor reminds us a little of orange chicken, but with even more citrusy flavor, making it more tangy than sweet. It's just the thing if you're hankering for a saucy wing without the heat.
5. Spicy Korean Q
Spicy Korean Q is probably the most complex flavor on the Wingstop menu, and though it won't be everyone's cup of tea, we happen to love it. While we think the mango habanero flavor messes up the balance between sweet and spicy, this one gets it just right, with some savory garlic and ginger flavors for even more kick.
4. Hickory Smoked BBQ
We tend to be a little biased toward barbecue sauces in our flavor rankings, but that's because they're so easy to make delicious. It's an extra smoky, tangy barbecue sauce that's perfectly rounded out with just the right amount of heat—and it happens to be our favorite of any of Wingstop's saucy wings.
3. Lemon Pepper
From here on out, every one of the wings on this list is a dry rub flavor, rather than a sauced one, which really speaks to the strength of Wingstop's dry flavors. This one is packed with fresh lemony flavor, with just a hint of black pepper to make it a teensy bit spicy. It's a bold flavor, but in all the right ways. We can see why it's one of the restaurant's most popular menu items.
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