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10 Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Chicken Wings on a white plate with chili lime dipping sauce to the side.

Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Chicken Wings

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Minutes
  • Total Time: 23 Minutes
  • Yield: 10 Wings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American


This Dry Rub Chicken Wing recipe is sassy, spicy, and sweet. Fry up a batch of these appetizers for game day, a party, or just because you want some dang wings! As a bonus, we are adding a Chili Lime Dipping Sauce recipe to dip these bad boy wings in. Enjoy!


  • Vegetable Oil for Frying
  • 10 Chicken Wings
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Chili Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


For Chicken Wings:

  1. Mix all dry rub ingredients (Brown Sugar, Paprika, chili powder, ground mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder) in bowl.
  2. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat oil to 375° Fahrenheit
  4. Add wings to oil and cook for 8 minutes
  5. Remove one wing and temp. If it hits the safe temp of 165 Fahrenheit, remove all wings and put on paper-towel lined plate. If below 165, readd to oil and cook for another minute and chek again.
  6. Spot check a few of the wings to make sure they are at 165 Fahrenheit.
  7. Allow to rest for 3 minutes and then add wings to a large coverable bowl.
  8. Sprinkle all dry rub on top. Put cover on bowl and shake to cover!
  9. Serve!

Dipping Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  2. Can be served immediately, but your best bet is to give it an hour in the fridge.


  • Don’t cut off those wingtips, but if you have to, save them for Chicken Stock
  • Temp your wings at 8 minutes and you know they are done when they hit 165° Fahrenheit
  • Follow all frying safety guidelines
  • Don’t skip the step of allowing to sit on a paper towel-lined plate
  • If you are grilling your wings, check out our Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings recipe.
  • Calories listed here are for the wings AND sauce


  • Serving Size: 2 wings
  • Calories: 324 kcal
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 654 mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 19 g
  • Cholesterol: 54 mg

Keywords: Dry Rub Chicken Wings