Calabrian Chile Wing Sauce


Makes about 1 cup

Chile paste provides the flavor base for this mostly hands-off recipe. If you love slow, sweet heat, this sauce won’t disappoint.


  • 5 tablespoons Calabrian chile paste* (or substitute your favorite chile paste)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • *Made from Calabrian chiles, which hail from the Mediterranean, this chile paste packs robust heat. Find it online or in the ethnic foods aisle.


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, toss with grilled chicken wings until coated.

Recipe created by Benjamin Maides, Chef, Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Omaha, Nebraska