These Tabasco Chicken Wings are less greasy! If you’re a fan of the flavors of Tabasco hot sauce, then you’ll love these wings. Best of all, they’re healthier than other recipe because we have a secret technique… below.

Healthier Tabasco Chicken Wings loaded with flavor, less fat on a plate

Tabasco Chicken Wings Recipe

Chicken Wing Recipes are often fried, baked or grilled. Sometimes the recipes for chicken buffalo wings are loaded with butter and grease. But you don’t have to give up one of the most popular chicken appetizers because of the calories. We have had options for healthy chicken buffalo wings such as our healthy sriracha chicken wings recipe.

The same idea for making healthier chicken wings carries over to different spicy hot sauce flavors such as Tabasco sauce. This popular hot sauce favorite is made into a healthy sauce so you can get the best of both worlds if you’re a fan of wings and Tabasco!

Less Calorie Chicken Wings

We make these using tomato sauce instead of all the butter in traditional buffalo wings. You can also make them “healthier” by par-boiling or poaching them first. Poach them for about 3 minutes or until you see fat floating on top of the water. Drain then bake the wings for about 35-40 minutes at 425°F/220°C.

Cooking off the excess chicken wing fat

The quick poach releases a lot of oil before baking them. This makes them less fatty and greasy because most of the fat is rendered from the skin. These healthier chicken wings will be just as flavorful because of the tabasco sauce. So you won’t miss all the extra calories and will enjoy each bite that’s loaded with flavor. Read our article on different ways on How to Cook Chicken Wings.

Tabasco Chicken Wings

The sauce uses tomato sauce to create the body of the sauce instead of all the butter in traditional buffalo wing sauces, to make it less caloric. Adjust the Tabasco and brown sugar to get the spicy or sweetness you prefer.
Chicken wings can be prepared in different ways: fried or baked, either way dredged in flour or not. Visit this write up on different ways to prepare chicken wings. This recipe shows a healthier baked technique, but you can certainly fry them if you like.
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  • 2-3 lbs. (907-1360 g) Chicken Wings
  • Kosher Salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper


  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Vegetable Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic , crushed or minced
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) minced Shallots
  • 8 oz. (227 g) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Tabasco Sauce , or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Line a couple sheet pans with parchment paper.
    Oven knobs
  • Pat dry the chicken wings. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the wings on the baking sheet pans.
    Raw chicken wings on a baking sheet pan
  • Bake wings in oven for about 40-45 minutes, flip them about halfway through baking time, or after about the first 20 minutes.
    Baked chicken wings on a baking sheet pan

While the wings bake, make the sauce.

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients (tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire or soy sauce) and bring to a gentle simmer then remove from the heat. Taste the sauce and adjust to your personal preference.
  • After the wings have finished baking, toss them with the sauce, then serve.
    Cooked chicken wings mixed with sauce in a bowl


Crispy Wing Alternate Cooking Methods

Traditional Fry in Oil (uses about 1/2-3/4 cup of cornstarch to coat wings).
Toss the wings in cornstarch to coat, shaking off excess cornstarch.
Heat about 1-inch of oil in a large pot or skillet to 350-375°F (175-190°C). Fry in batches for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden and cooked through. Make sure to turn the wings while cooking so they cook evenly. Season with salt & pepper. Toss with the sauce.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings 
Season wings with salt & pepper. (No Oil Needed). Place in air fryer basket/tray. (Don’t overcrowd the air fryer – cook in batches if needed.)
Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for 20 minutes. Flip the wings and air fry for another 5-10 minutes or until cooked through and to your liking.
Toss with a little sauce, and then air fry for another 2-4 minutes. Toss with additional sauce if desired after air frying. Different models and sizes of air fryers cook quicker than others. Adjust times accordingly.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 379kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 116mg, Sodium: 423mg, Potassium: 380mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 386IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 2mg

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What To serve with these Tabasco chicken wings?

We love serving them with a side of vegetables rather than chips and french fries. The vegetables goes in line with the healthy concept of these lower calorie chicken wings.

  • Celery and carrot sticks are always popular.
  • Slices of cucumber is a nice refreshing side.
  • Thick slices of radishes are great and crunchy.
  • Sweet peppers and roasted cauliflower or roasted broccoli are great sides.