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Asian Zing Sauce Recipe- Buffalo Wild Wings Copycat

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This recipe for Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing chicken wings is a tasty appetizer or quick dinner! Chicken is coated in a  sweet, spicy & tangy sauce that is full of Asian fusion flavor.

This recipe was originally published January 28, 2015. It has since been revised to include clearer instructions and helpful information.

Slow Cooker Asian Zing Bites Recipe

Recipe Features:

  • Slow Cooker Recipe: Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook to perfection!
  • OR Oven Baked! Instructions for both in the recipe card.
  • Quick and Easy: The hardest part? Stirring ingredients together for the sauce!
  • Best Copycat Recipe: No joke. This is one we make over and over again.

Show of hands, who here has been to Buffalo Wild Wings? My husband ate there SO often when he was working in Kentucky and could not stop talking about one specific flavor. These Asian zing chicken bites taste EXACTLY like the version you can get when you dine in the restaurant.

The main star of the show is the sauce. Along with that I’m including TWO cooking versions. The first is a crunchy classic buffalo wing style and the second is a boneless slow cooker chicken. While I love a crunchy deep fried piece of chicken goodness, for the sake of not wanting to clean up the big mess that goes along, I perfected a slow cooked version just for YOU! Slow Cooker Asian Zing Chicken Recipe

Which Buffalo Wild Wings Sauce Is Best?

Is this such a loaded question or what? They have so many delicious flavor options and tastes will vary. According to Thrillist, the top flavor is actually Mango Habanero! Thinking I need to add that one to my must-make list!

The asian zing sauce rated well with packing an Asian-inspired flavor that will throw you for a loop. Not what you’d expect from the chain but plenty delicious and worth keeping on hand for more than just wings!

Chicken with asian zing sauce on a white plate

What Is Asian Zing Sauce Made Of?

This Asian Zing Wing recipe is the perfect game day appetizer! The flavor is sweet with a little kick. Which makes these different from your typical wing and pairs perfectly with homemade ranch.

  • Sugar- Granulated sugar, or white sugar, is best for this sauce recipe.
  • Water
  • Chili Sauce- Pictured above. You can find this chili garlic sauce in the asian aisle of the grocer.
  • Soy Sauce- I like to opt for low sodium soy sauce for this recipe. It gives you more control over the amount in the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice- Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice will do in a pinch.
  • Seasonings
  • Your Choice of Chicken- Breast, thighs, wings… You pick!

For a full list of ingredients and measurements see the recipe card below.

How to Make Asian Zing Sauce Buffalo Wild Wings

  1. Stir together 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in 2/3 cup sugar, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and garlic powder. Return to a simmer.
  3. Whisk both the cornstarch and rice wine vinegar in a small dish to make a thin paste. Stir into the sauce and cook 2 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Toss on cooked chicken wings or serve as a quick dipping sauce.
copycat Asian zing bite buffalo wings

Tips and FAQs:

The beauty of this simple chicken recipe is that you CAN make it all in the slow cooker! That means it cooks without much work and stays warm until you are ready to serve! Try adding a side of ham fried rice for a full meal.

What is in Asian Zing Sauce?

This sauce is both sweet and spicy. It all starts with a simple syrup of sugar and water. Combine that with garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon, ginger, and vinegar. It gives you the perfect level of sweet and spicy flavors landing right in the middle tier of Buffalo Wild Wings heat levels. It’s hot enough to give you some heat but won’t require you to chug water after inhaling your wings.

How to make asian zing chicken wings in the oven:

To make this recipe in the oven follow these simple steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half, or into pieces. Place in a 9×13 pan.
  3. Mix the ingredients together for the sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How to make asian zing chicken wings in the slow cooker:

  1. Rinse and chop your chicken into bite sized pieces. Place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Stir together 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a medium sauce pan. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in 2/3 cup sugar, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and garlic powder. Pour over your chicken and gently mix to coat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  5. Stir together the cornstarch and rice wine vinegar. Mix into your chicken mixture and cook on high 20 minutes or until slightly thickened.

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Asian Zing Chicken Bites (Copycat)

Asian Zing Chicken Bites (Copycat)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This recipe for Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing chicken wings is a tasty appetizer or quick dinner! Chicken is coated in a  sweet, spicy & tangy sauce that is full of Asian fusion flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup garlic chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • Chicken of choice- freezer buffalo wings work well with this sauce!

Instructions

  1. Stir together 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in 2/3 cup sugar, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and garlic powder. Return to a simmer.
  3. Whisk both the cornstarch and rice wine vinegar in a small dish to make a thin paste. Stir into the sauce and cook 2 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Toss on cooked chicken wings or serve as a quick dipping sauce.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Rinse and chop 4 chicken breasts chicken into bite sized pieces. Place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Stir together 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a medium sauce pan. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in 2/3 cup sugar, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and garlic powder. Pour over your chicken and gently mix to coat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  5. Stir together the cornstarch and rice wine vinegar. Mix into your chicken mixture and cook on high 20 minutes or until slightly thickened.


Oven Chicken Breast Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half, or into pieces. Place in a 9x13 pan.
  3. Mix the ingredients together for the sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1090mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 1gSugar: 56gProtein: 26g

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This Buffalo Wild Wings copycat recipe for Asian Zing Chicken Bites is a tasty appetizer! Chicken is coated in a  sweet, spicy & tangy sauce that is full of Asian fusion flavor. 
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