Just in time for game day, the winner was surprisingly clear.
Super Bowl Sunday brings up lots of conflicting opinions. But whether or not you’re rooting for Tom Brady, we can all agree on one thing: game day food.
And no Super Bowl food is more satisfying than…CHICKEN WINGS! 🍗
Sure, you could order in wings from your favorite local spot, but my husband (who happens to be obsessed with chicken wings) has a theory that has been proven time and time again. Because restaurants are making wings in such a large quantity on Super Bowl Sunday, the quality of such wings diminishes.
The easiest solution? Store-bought frozen wings. But of course, there are dozens of options, and they aren’t all created equally. So I did the research for you — and taste-tested the most popular ones.
Before we begin, let’s break down the contenders:
1. Tyson Any’tizers Boneless Buffalo Style Chicken Bites
2. Perdue Buffalo Style Lightly Breaded Chicken Wings
3. Vegan Fruffalo Wings
4. Trader Joe’s Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings
5. TGIFridays Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Bites
6. Caulipower Spicy(ish) Chicken Tenders (Gluten-Free)
7. Banquet Hot & Spicy Bone-In Wings
So let’s take a look at the line-up all together, shall we? Here’s everything straight out of the bag:
Judging simply by appearance, I thought the Banquet bone-in wings could be a serious sleeper hit here. The Perdue wings seemed to be the largest, plumpest of the bunch.
With the piquant smell of Buffalo sauce wafting through my apartment, it was time to start cooking. Rather than heat up the wings in the oven, I wanted to try air frying them. Ever since getting an air fryer this past summer, I’ve been fully obsessed. I figured air frying would be the best method for achieving peak crispiness. Of course, if you don’t have an air fryer, you could make these wings in the oven.
The key to air-frying is spacing out the food enough so that it isn’t crammed together. If you have a small air fryer, you’ll want to cook the wings in batches.
I cooked all of the wings at 400°F for about 20 minutes, checking on them and flipping them a few times throughout.
The Fruffalo Wings and the TGIFridays bites both came with a package of Buffalo sauce, so I tossed those wings in their respective sauces. The TGIFridays sauce was a bit creamier, but the Fruffalo sauce was very good and definitely spicy.
I pulled the wings out of the air fryer and got tasting while they were still sizzling and crispy.
Time to dig in! I enlisted the help of my husband, Zack, because he’s very passionate about the subject of wings and he’s always very hungry. I didn’t invite my dog to the tasting but he came along anyway because chicken is his favorite food and I can’t say no to him.
In order to fairly evaluate, we tasted all the wings on their own before dunking in the blue cheese dressing. Here were the results:
🏅 BEST IN SHOW: Trader Joe’s Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings 🏅
RUNNER-UP: Perdue Buffalo Style Lightly Breaded Chicken Wings
BEST BONELESS OPTION: Caulipower Spicy(ish) Chicken Tenders
BONELESS RUNNER-UP: Tyson Any’tizers Boneless Buffalo-Style Chicken Bites
MOST NOSTALGIC: TGIFridays Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Bites
BEST VEGETARIAN & VEGAN OPTION: Fruffalo Wings
BEST BUDGET OPTION: Banquet Hot & Spicy Bone-In Wings
Before I called it quits though, I decided to try making air fryer wings from scratch with just a few easy ingredients. After about 30 minutes in the air fryer they were perfectly crispy and delicious. I recommend following this recipe if you want to try making them at home.
No matter which team takes the prize on Super Bowl Sunday, chicken wings are the real winner. Happy game day feasting!