These keto spicy hot chicken wings made with ghost pepper are so deliciously fiery and spicy, you will definitely feel the burn!
The first time I made this recipe, I thought my kids would not be able to eat them because of the ghost pepper. It was going to be mama’s special dish since I love spicy food so much.
Boy was I wrong! My whole family loved it and it very quickly became our fallback dish when we needed a quick appetizer or side dish.
If you’re not familiar with ghost peppers, it is one of the hottest peppers on the Scoville scale (it currently ranks #7 as of 2020).
It is also known as Bhut Jolokia and is cultivated in India. Even though it is not the hottest pepper in the world, it is still very spicy and has been known to bring a grown man to his knees!
This easy spicy chicken wings recipe is made with ghost pepper sauce. I have used Dave's Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce for many years and it’s still my favorite spicy sauce.
The secret is to use a very small quantity; just enough to feel the heat in your food but not enough to burn you. I have accidentally put in a little more than I intended to in the past, and it was way too hot to consume!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily adjust the level of spiciness while still enjoying the heat of these chicken wings.
Ingredients used in making keto spicy hot chicken wings
Chicken wings: You can buy already split wings or split them yourself.
Ghost pepper sauce: A little goes a very long way. I use Dave’s ghost pepper sauce but if you have another brand on hand, that will work too.
Olive oil and butter: olive oil is used for frying the wings and butter is used for preparing the sauce.
How to make keto spicy chicken wings
Split the chicken wings at the joint, wash and pat dry. The dryer they are, the crispier they will be. Lightly dust on a little salt on the chicken and rub it in.
I like to fry my chicken wings, although you can bake them instead. Frying gets in some more healthy fats and makes me feel fuller quicker.
You can use a deep fryer or a regular pan. If using a regular pan, you’ll have to flip the chicken wings halfway to ensure it is evenly fried.
This splash guard is a lifesaver if you are using a regular pan. It really prevents splashes and burns. Fry the chicken wings until they are cooked through and crispy.
When the wings are almost ready, start preparing the sauce. In a separate pan, melt the butter on low heat and add the coconut aminos.
Add in all the spices - ghost pepper, smoked paprika, thyme, salt, black pepper, and lemon pepper and stir.
Take out the fried chicken wings and place them in a bowl. Pour in the pepper sauce and stir till the spices are well mixed in.
Let it cool for a few minutes so the sauce really sinks in. Your spicy hot wings are ready to eat!
How to bake chicken wings in the oven or air fryer
Bake the chicken wings for 25 minutes at 375F, flipping halfway. Then increase the temperature to 400F and bake for 5 more minutes till the chicken wings are crispy.
This makes 12 servings and contains 0 net carbs per serving.
What can I eat these keto chicken wings with?
These hot chicken wings can be eaten as a side dish or appetizer and served with your favorite dipping sauce like this spicy mayo sauce.
You can also pair it with one of these delicious sides for a full, satisfying meal:
If you're looking for a wings recipe that is not as spicy but still has a bit of heat, check out this easy delicious dry rub wings recipe. So yum!
Tips and substitutions when making keto spicy chicken wings
When adding the ghost pepper, pour it very slowly on the measuring spoon or it can quickly spill over and make the hot wings too spicy to consume.
If you don’t have a ¼ measuring spoon, use 3 – 4 drops.
You can make it less spicy by using only 1/8 teaspoon of ghost pepper or drastically increase the spiciness by using ½ teaspoon. But be warned, it is extremely spicy at ½ teaspoon!
Keto Spicy Chicken Wings
- Split the chicken wings at the joint, wash and pat dry.
- Rub a little salt on the chicken wings and fry till crisp (about 10 – 15 minutes).
- When the chicken is almost ready, start preparing the sauce.
- In a separate pan, melt the butter on low heat and add the coconut aminos.
- Add in the ghost pepper, smoked paprika, thyme, salt, black pepper, and lemon pepper.
- Stir till all the spices are blended in.
- Put the fried chicken wings in a bowl and stir in the sauce.
- Let it cool down for a few minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
- When adding the ghost pepper, pour it very slowly on the measuring spoon or it can quickly spill over and make the hot wings too spicy to consume.
- If you don’t have a ¼ measuring spoon, use 3 – 4 drops.
- You can make it less spicy by using only 1/8 tsp of ghost pepper or increase the spiciness by using ½ tsp.