Winger’s Sticky Fingers

Now you can make famous Winger’s sticky fingers right at home anytime you get a craving. Three easy steps will put these saucy baked chicken strips on the table in just 30 minutes!  

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I can’t tell you how sad I am that the local Winger’s closed its doors and left town. There are some rumors floating around that say there was some structural damage to the building foundation and that’s why they left.

It happened last year and no one else has moved in so I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed that the Winger’s owner people decide to fix whatever the problem is and move back in.

It can’t have anything to do with going out of business and a lack of profit because I swear that place was always packed. How can anyone resist that inevitable sticky finger temptation??

Not possible.

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And can I just say that I am a fan of any restaurant that serves free popcorn for an appetizer? Peanuts, meh, I could do without. Bread, I actually quite like – especially Texas Roadhouse (the best rolls on the planet) and Lonestar (that dark pumpernickel bread, gahhhh) and Iggy’s with the chili dipping sauce!

Woah. Mental carb loading right now.

But popcorn. That’s where it’s at. How can you not have a good meal when it starts with popcorn?? And a nice bonus is the fact that you can get through the whole bucket of popcorn and still have room for your dinner. As much as I love bread (LOVE bread) I rarely have room for even half of my dinner after snarfing down a loaf of honey-buttered french bread.

Is it just me, or is it basically impossible to leave uneaten free bread on the table when you’re waiting for what seems like an eternity for your meal to arrive? You know what I’m talking about. It’s almost unethical. You’ve gotta eat the bread.

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I’ve eaten at Winger’s seven hundred times (or somewhere around there, I’ve lost track) and I always get the sticky fingers. I’ve tried bites of a few other things when friends or family ordered something else, and they were good, but I always come back to those dang sticky fingers. They’re so addicting!

But now that we don’t have a Winger’s close by anymore, I’ve had to find a way to get my sticky-finger-fix without going on a road trip and this recipe is the answer people. It’s so so easy and only takes 30 minutes to whip these babies up.

The other day I went a little crazy and dipped them in all sorts of sauces including blue cheese, honey mustard,  and green goddess dressing, but I always come back to that classic combo: sticky fingers + ranch.

Plus these are baked, not fried, so they’re healthier than the restaurant version and you can feed the whole family on this meal for a fraction of the price it costs to take everyone out. Do you need any more convincing?? MAKE THESE! You shall thank me later.

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What people are saying about Winger’s Sticky Fingers

“Holly COW!! Just made these and they were to DIE for!! Seriously sooooo delicious! My mom broke her diet over these!! Beware! They are the best! Thanks for sharing!!” -Evelyn

“These were delicious. We made them with the Buffalo sauce and they were to die for! I would definitely make them again in a heart beat. We doubled the batch and made potato wedges with it. AMAZING!” – Shelby

“Made this tonight! One of the best dinners we have ever had! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We all loved it.” – Kathy

“I made these last night and two words describe them…YUM-MEEE!!!!! They were fast to make and delicious! I only had blue cheese and they were great with that. A definite repeat!” – Lisa

“These are freaking delicious! One piece of advice: 1.5x’s the sauce! Extra sticky.” – Josh

“I just made these for dinner. I am so happy I have some leftover because they were THAT good, Thanks so much for sharing! ” – Sarah

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Winger's Sticky Fingers

Now you can make famous Winger’s sticky fingers right at home anytime you get a craving. Three easy steps will put these saucy baked chicken strips on the table in just 30 minutes!  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sticky Fingers, Winger's
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 3-4 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Sticky Finger Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Frank's hot sauce (it can be original or buffalo flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 425 and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Slice chicken breasts into strips. Add chicken strips and flour to a large ziplock bag. Seal and toss to coat chicken in flour.
  • Place panko crumbs in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together eggs and water. Dip flour-coated chicken strips into egg mixture, then toss in panko crumbs to coat.
  • Place coated chicken pieces on greased baking sheet and spray heavily with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and hot sauce and stir over medium-high heat until melted and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in garlic powder and water until smooth.
  • When chicken strips are done cooking, toss in sauce. Serve warm with ranch dressing if desired.


Recipe adapted from Six Sister Stuff
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I’ve never tried the sticky fingers before, but anything with franks red hot is a winner for me. Pinned!

These look amazing! And right up my husband’s alley. I will definitely be making them for him! YUM!

    These tenders look absolutely delicious! I just have one problem. My husband doesn’t like any kind of “sweetness” in his meat! I’ve made chicken before with brown sugar, I loved it, he didn’t does this chicken have a sweet taste to it? Any suggestions to not have a sweet taste? (IF it helps we love spicy) Thanks!

      Hi Luba, The sauce on this chicken is sooo yummy but it does have some sweetness to it, you could try cutting down the brown sugar a little but I wouldn’t get rid of all of it, it’s pretty integral to the flavor of the dish!

I was into trying this until I read “4.Place coated chicken pieces on greased baking sheet and spray heavily with cooking spray.” Why would you coat them with chemicals? I may try this recipe anyway, but I certainly wouldn’t do that…..sounds disgusting.

    Hi Laurie! I should update that part of the recipe, it’s totally optional to coat the chicken in oil – it just helps to make them more crispy! But like I said, totally optional and these would still be great without the added oil 🙂

      Putting a little oil on them wouldn’t gross me out….it was the cooking spray. Glad to know they will still work without it, now I really will try them because they do look awesome. Thanks for getting back to me, have a great weekend!

        I avoid cooking spray because of the chemicals, but I have noticed more “healthy” and “organic” sprays lately. I have yet to try Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray, but it should have the same effect. I’ve seen the homemade version of cooking spray too, but I think that since it’s at least 3/4 water, for this recipe it would make the chicken soggy and not crispy.

      I don’t have Panko bread crumbs but I have regular bread crumbs and corn flake crumbs…would one of Those wk ok?

        Either one will work! You could even try a mixture of both. 🙂

      Well I used premade chicken strips (excellent ingredients) with the sauce. Fantastic. Will do it again for sure, in fact I’m drooling just thinking about it again….and I just ate them an hour ago. Next time I will use fresh chicken and bread it myself, was in a hurry tonight. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

      I used butter that I melted in my microwave I speak it on the bottom of the pan and then drizzled heavily over the top. Lol. Worked great.

    I have a sprayer I bought at costco. You fill it with whatever you want & there you have “homemade” cooking spray. I just put olive oil in mine.

    4 stars
    Hey Laurie, I’m with you. I’ve made them twice now without the spray and honestly they are great.

Oh my! These look amazing. I’ve never been to Winger’s but wish I had! Definitely going to give them a try. I’m hoping the brown sugar cuts some of the heat, as I’m a bit of a wimp. 🙂

And I totally agree with you about leaving free bread uneaten…seriously..would never happen. I’m usually the one asking the waitress to slip us another basket of rolls. 🙂

Thanks for sharing!

Next time I’m in Utah I’ll have to make it a priority to find a Winger’s and eat there! I have family in Utah, and my #1 when I visit is always Cafe Rio. These sound amazing, and I’m even more excited to make them knowing that they use Franks (it’s the best!!).

    Oh Cafe Rio is a must, I can’t blame ya there. But yes, put Wingers on your list because you will love these sticky fingers so much that you’ll be dying to try the originals!

      People are now mentioning Cafe Rio now??? I’m missing Utah so badly now!

    5 stars
    I live a hop and skip from Cafe Rio…… Love their food……. My grandson and I went in at closing time……. placed our order and was going to pay…… no, they gave it to us. That was so kind of them.

I just finished making and eating these.. SUPER YUM. I always hate breading things and especially when they need to be fried. this was really easy.. also was worried the breading wouldn’t be good since it was baked.. but it really was.. i think i will use this recipe even for other sauces (like orange chicken).. tho this sauce was amazing too! one thing. i did not spray my foil (I put foil down on the pan for easier clean up) enough and the chicken stuck a little bit- so next time i will be sure to spray the foil well 😀 thanks for sharing your recipe

    Isn’t this method easy? I use it all the time! So glad you enjoyed it Dianne! 🙂

Looks great, def trying this just put it on my pinterest!

Do you think this would work with tobacsco brand buffalo sauce?

I have never heard of Wingers before (a Northern thing maybe?), but these look amazing! I might try the sauce on my favorite pre-cooked Publix chicken fingers for a fast supper. And Texas Roadhouse really does make the best rolls on the planet.

I’ve been seeing the wingers all you can eat commercials on tv and get really bummed that our wingers closed too. About a year ago. And the reason is mysterious. Haha I’m wondering if it’s the same wingers! (We live in northern ut)

I love the texture of the chicken, but I’m not a fan of their original sauce. I may have to try the chicken part and substitute bbq.


    I live in Centerville! Is it the Winger’s in Bountiful?!

      No =(

      The one in Logan. It just randomly shut down a year ago and no one knew why.


        That’s crazy, I swear our Winger’s was ALWAYS packed, I can’t figure out why on earth they closed!

Should the 1 and a half cups of brown sugar be packed?!

    Yes! 🙂

Made these last night. Turned out amazing! Thanks.

Hi! These look great! I’m excited to try the recipe. Do you think that I could use a basting brush to rub the chicken with a little olive oil instead of spraying them with the cooking spray?

I’ve never had Winger’s so I can’t vouch for the copycat success, but I found the sauce to be waaaay too sweet when I made it tonight. I used light brown sugar in the amount directed. Just too sweet for me. I did like the combo of buffalo hot sauce and brown sugar though. I’ll just use less Brown sugar next time. The Panko crust was delish and I loved the texture.

These were delicious. We made them with the Buffalo sauce and they were to die for! I would definitely make them again in a heart beat. We doubled the batch and made potato wedges with it. AMAZING!

Made this tonight! One of the best dinners we have ever had! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We all loved it(:

This turned out really good. I well definitely make this again.

I made these last night and two words describe them…YUM-MEEE!!!!! They were fast to make and delicious! I only had blue cheese and they were great with that. A definite repeat!

These are freaking delicious!

One piece of advice: 1.5x’s the sauce! Extra sticky.

Wow. I am always looking for new recipes to change up dinner at my house. I stumbled across these on pinterest and made them last night. I changed around a few ingredients to make these gluten free using almond flour, palm sugar, olive oil and gf bread crumbs but followed exactly other then that. WOW! The whole recipe was amazing, but that sauce was literally a game changer. My boyfriend could not get enough! Cannot wait to make this again, one of the best new recipes I have found in a long time! If I could rate this, I would give it 5 stars!

Your pictures look wonderful. It’s always fun to have a restaurant experience at home.

Making this tonight, any suggestion for a side??

    We love serving it with fries or salad!

I made this for my friends…it was a hit. Totally easy and delicious!!!! Thank you.

    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this!!! 🙂 🙂

These were so good! The kids and husband devoured them. I cheated a little bit by using frozen panko chicken tenders, but the sauce was so yummy! Just the right amount of heat and sweet. All my husband kept saying was Wow! Definitely a keeper in the dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Hi Tiffany! I found your recipe on Pinterest and just made it for dinner. My husband said it’s his second favorite meal I’ve ever made. Wow…obviously a big hit! 🙂 Just one question…mine weren’t particularly sticky. The sauce was absolutely delicious, but it seemed a little thin. Should I have let it cool for a while after I removed it from the heat? Also…some of my Panko was sliding off when I was tossing the chicken in the sauce. Any tips would be much appreciated…I want this to be PERFECT next time! 🙂

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

    Hi Nicole! Yes, after removing it from the heat it should thicken as it cools. Also I’m not sure what would cause the panko to slide off of the chicken, I’ve never had that happen before!

I will be making them for dinner soon. Would they be good with blue cheese too? Instead of ranch

    Definitely! I often eat them with blue cheese dressing!!

      Well I made them and delicious. Didn’t even need the blue cheese 😀

Looking at these on Pintrest and I couldn’t resist!!!!

I have never been or heard of Wingers but if I ever see one I am going. I made these tonight and they were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!! The sauce is amazing and they were very crispy.

Thanks for posting!!!!!

    Oh my, if you loved this recipe you HAVE to go to a Wingers. Except wait… don’t, you’ll be addicted. Proceed with caution!!! 😉

Holly COW!! Just made these and they were to DIE for!! Seriously sooooo delicious! My mom broke her diet over these!! 😉 beware! They are the best! Thanks for sharing!!

    Haha! Well I’m sorry-not-sorry about the diet breaking because they are soooo worth it 😉

I just made these for dinner. I am so happy I have some leftover because they were THAT good, Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

I never comment on anything, but I just had to say – this is the first pinterest recipe ever that has lived up to the picture!!! These were seriously amazing. My husband said this is his favorite chicken I have ever made – and we eat chicken every night. Thank you!!!

    Thanks so much Kristy!! We honestly love this recipe so much – my husband asks for it all the time!! Glad you enjoyed it too! 🙂

It’s super bowl Sunday and I’d like to try this with chicken wings. Any recommendation??

MADE THIS CHICKEN WITH RAVE REVIEWS !! Made for the superbowl and served with twice baked potatoes and a broccoli slaw ! Shared the recipe with 5 people – thank you so much !

Is there any way to make these without using the Frank’s for a kid friendly version? Thank you!!

    You can just reduce the Franks, the end result is more sweet than hot I think and kids love these! 🙂

      Think this recipe would work for boneless country style pork ribs?

        Yep – this sauce would be amazing on ribs!

i made these last night and they were fantastic. Everyone raved about them. Even my daughter who dislikes any kind of spice liked them. Thanks so much for sharing!!

This was sooo good!! Hubby and I could not stop eating it. I have never been to Winger’s, but I want to go now! I didn’t know how crispy this would be with oven baking, but it came out perfect. Thanks for a delicious dinner!

I made these for dinner last night and they were a huge hit! They were tender, sweet and delish!! Hubs commented on how he loved that the breading was still crisp underneath all that gooey goodness.

I have never heard of Winger’s, but can understand how you would be upset that they closed their doors. I am sad this morning that there were no leftovers. I definitely will be blogging about this delectable dish.

They sell bottles of the actual stuff and it’s way better. We got it at Costco and it was actually cheaper than when I found Franks. It’s a bit sweeter than the stuff at the restaurant but that could just be in the difference in how they make them. We bought a big bag of chicken wings and a couple bottles of sauce at Costco and almost ate the whole HUGE bag one night. We used to buy the bucket of wings from time to time (like once a year) and this was WAY cheaper than getting that from Wingers. Our local Wingers closed too.

I was looking for an awesome chicken finger recipe that wasn’t fried … THIS IS IT. I made it last Sunday, it took hardly any time at all. The only thing I changed was I added 1 3/4 c dark brown sugar because I live with a bunch of wimps that wouldn’t have been able to handle the spicy sauce. I also made my own super easy bleu cheese dressing to accompany these … Don’t skip out on that, ladies! The combination of these spicy, sweet wings with a cool, tangy bleu cheese dressing is killer. I will probably have to make this weekly now. Awesome recipe!

I’ve made these twice now and they’re easy and delicious. I made enough to have leftovers for lunch but there were no leftovers! Also, I used an oil sprayer that you fill with your own oil. Mine’s filled with canola and I have another filled with olive oil.


I found your recipe thanks to Pinterest…and I have made them…twice. I am not sure what “Winger’s” was/is, but your recipe is on point! So freaking tasty!!! I did about 2lbs of chicken tenderloins, cut to size, and made almost a double batch of the sticky sauce. I have used this recipe twice and my family LOVES!!!!!! I read the concerns about the cooking spray, and I omit that step completely. I grease my sheets (hehe) with veggie oil and that’s it. I usually am NOT a fan of baked chicken, but this chicken? Ummm, yes please!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe 😀

Anyone concerned about spraying with cooking spray should try browning the Panko in skillet with 2 tablespoons olive oil before coating the chicken. I did this and chicken was wonderfully crispy. Love this recipe and can’t wait to have again!!

just curious… Have you ever used thighs instead of breasts for these?…

    I actually haven’t, I always use chicken breasts.

Since finding this recipe about six weeks ago, it’s been on our dinner rotation at least once a week! My husband loves the “spicy chickens”. We went to Red Lobster and had the chicken fingers and both said, “the spicy chicken is WAY better”. This recipe is a definite winner.

    Ha! The spicy chickens – I love it!!!

After the mixture come to a boil, do you put it in another bowl or keep it in the pan?

    Hi Alyssa, if your pan is big enough to fit the chicken tenders in and toss then you can leave it there. Otherwise you can transfer it to a heat-safe bowl. Either way works!

Dark brown sugar or light brown?

    Light brown. 🙂

Do you really spray the chicken with cooking spray? Or use pour a little olive oil over it? Thanks!

    Hi Bethany, coating the chicken strips with some kind of oil helps to make them crispy. You can use olive oil spray or brush them with oil with a pastry brush.

      Thanks so much!

      Can you substutute for the buffalo sauce with barbeque

        Yep you could do that! It will change the flavor quite a bit but I think it could still be very yummy 🙂

Thanks for this simple recipe! It turned out great! We just ate this with fries and used ranch to dip in as suggested. It made a lot…I cut up 3 Costco chicken breasts and had probably 12 “fingers” total, so we invited bro and sis in law for dinner too. I got an A+ from my husband and we all loved it! Definitely will make this again!

I have made these several times since I have found the recipe. I made them for my kids who are married and took them to them for dinner! Rave reviews. I double the sauce and cut up green onions to sprinkle on. Really adds to them. I am not a big fan of Ranch Dressing for dipping, too thick and strong so I mixed a packet of Ranch seasoning packet with sour cream…perfect and a little lighter. I have to say that I crave this chicken sometimes.

Thank you! We made these tonight and are huge wingers fans and have been craving these sticky fingers! The only adjustments I made was adding about 1/4 cup of good bbq sauce to your sauce mixture to replicate their Rebel Sauce..holy that was amazing. We added a tablespoon of corn starch to the sauce so it stuck well to the chicken. And as for cooking the chicken, we plain ol` fried em in hot oil. Thank you thank you

    Yum, that bbq sauce sounds like an awesome flavor swap!! I definitely have to try that!!

Theses were AMAZING!! my husband ate almost all of them by himself and he is a picky eater sometimes. After I let the sauce cool a little it got grainy. Any tips for next time?

    Hi Katie! So glad you and your husband enjoyed these – they’re a staple in my house! I don’t have any trouble with a grainy texture, the only thing I can think of is that you might need to boil the sauce for an extra couple of minutes just to make sure that the brown sugar really gets completely dissolved. 🙂

      Thanks! Taking your advice this weekend!! My husband has been asking for them again.

I love this recipe I’ve never had them before now and I’m so in love I’m actually having them for dinner tonight!!!


ohhh these sound amazing. Unfortunately my hubby can’t stand hot sauces…any suggestions as to how to make these without being spicy?

    Hi Gina! Ooh…. a hubby who doesn’t eat hot sauce?! How do you live?!?! Haha. So for this recipe it’s kind of tricky because the Frank’s hot sauce has a specific flavor and is pretty important to getting the sauce just right. That being said, I’d probably try a batch of just the sauce and give it a taste – see if it’s something your husband might like. If it’s the heat that is too much for him, you could always lean to the sweeter side and reduce the amount of Frank’s hot sauce. 🙂

So simple and delicious. The only thing I did different was halve the amount of sugar. The sauce came out delicious and plenty sweet enough for me. I also let the sauce sit just a little to thicken a bit. It was great served alongside homemade mashed potatoes. Will definitely make again!

Delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing!

I tried these and even though they look nothing like the picture (don’t be alarmed, they are still DELICIOUS! Winner for me and my husband! Will definitely be cooking these again!

Oh Wow!! So good!! Actually, I’m not a fan of hot sauce (even though these weren’t spicy) but hubby LOVED them which is rare for him to say!!! Definitely will make again. Thinking of trying them with Tabasco raspberry chipotle!!!

    Oh my! Tabasco raspberry chipotle!!! Count me IN!!!

These look delicious!! Can i use bbq sauce instead of the hot sauce??

    Hi Amanda – you could use bbq sauce but the flavor of the sauce will be quite different. Might be good though?!

I miss Winger’s so much! I haven’t seen or been to one since I moved to NYC, so finding this recipe has made my day. Will be making these tonight! Thanks again.

    Ah what a shame you definitely need to make these and get your Winger’s cravings taken care of pronto!

this looks delish. m gonna make it, this weekend for some friends coming over for dinner. can I make the sauce a head of time and heat it and then toss chicken in before serving? how early you can make the sauce before serving?

    Hi Rabi, you can make the sauce a day or two ahead just cover and chill it then heat it up in the microwave in a heat safe bowl or on the stove, then toss with the chicken just before serving.

This recipe is perfect!!!!! Just like the restaurant’s. I’ve moved far away from any of the Wingers diners – unintentionally – and was just telling my husband that, ” I wish there was a Wingers near us because their sticky fingers are the most amazing chicken fingers ever……”. A week later this recipe pops up on Pinterest. …… Fate?…… YES! I recognize you. This recipe is the perfect copycat. I’m so happy to share it with my hubby & family. Thank you thank you

    Oh Darcy I know that feeling – being able to replicate a family favorite when you can’t get the original anymore… priceless!! So glad you enjoyed these as much as we do!!! 🙂

This recipe is so good. It is so sweet and just spicy enough. I could eat this all day. And ranch makes it better. I am so glad I found this recipe. I am just a teenager attempting to learn to cook before going away for college and this is really simple. It took me no longer than twenty five minutes to make and most of the time was cooking the chicken. I would totally recommend. The only thing was that I had to use a different brand of buffalo sauce because the store my dad shops at does not have the the Frank’s one. Does this affect the taste? I used TexasPete.

I’m trying this recipe tonight for the first time. Using Chipotle hot sauce because we couldn’t find Franks. I’m concerned about them being too hot. Will see what happens. Going to have with sticky pasta.

    Would love to hear how it turns out with chipotle hot sauce!

These are awesome!!!!! Chicken CRACK!!!! I also made a second sauce and used Terriyaki in place of Hot Sauce for my milder mouthed fame members. Both were a hit! Thank you so much!!!!!

    Ooh that’s genius, teriyaki would be great on these for heat-resistant foodies!!

This recipe is awesome! The sweetness of the sauce goes SO good with ranch dressing. Its definitely a hit here! I put down foil for easier clean up as well. I also originally heated the sauce up to come to a boil in the microwave and it turned out really good. If you do it that way though, you have to watch it once it gets hot, like every 10-30 seconds so it doesn’t boil over in microwave. But its totally optional, I was just lazy and didn’t wanna clean a cooking pot haha. As other commenters said, after it cooked the breading did wanna come off a bit but I don’t fault that on recipe or anything, I just suspect its the juice from chicken coming out and it unsticks from chicken but it varies on my chicken pieces so its not that big of a deal for me. Anyway, really good recipe! We’ve made it here for the week and every night its great! Two thumbs up

Are these super spicy?? I would love to try these but we aren’t big on spicy around here. Can’t wait to taste these…. 🙂

    They aren’t burn-your-mouth-spicy but they have a little kick!

These were outstanding, and so easy! What fun dinner it was! Probably the only thing I would change is that I would add some crushed garlic to the sauce. The garlic on top of the sweet & hot sauce would be great! Thanks for’s a keeper!

Outstanding recipe! These were quick, yummy and fast! Probably the only thing I would do different is crush a couple cloves of garlic into the sauce…I love garlic, and think it would go well with the hot & sweet sauce. Thanks for’s a keeper that’s for sure!

I relocated to NYC in 2007, but I must admit I miss Wingers and Cafe Rio with a passion!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Made tonight… couldn’t image what that much sugar and hot sauce would taste like… we couldn’t stop eating it…. it was heaven on a plate! sweet and spicy, crispy. Will make again and again…

thanks for sharing!!

I made these a couple of days ago and am making them again tonight. Excellent recipe.
Usually, I tweak recipes, but this time I didn’t have to. definitely added to my rotation.

I’m not a good cook. But these turned out AMAZING!!! I just wish there was a way to cut back on the sugar! Great recipe!

*Also, because of an egg allergy I used buttermilk instead of eggs.

OMG!!! Just made these for dinner tonight (my husband is cleaning the kitchen and just said I could make these every night as I was reading the other comments) so funny!!! I didn’t have any Frank’s so I used Cholula with the brown sugar and they were incredible!!! My husband is kind of a finicky eater so when he couldn’t stop eating these I knew I’d found a winner recipe (Thanks) also we don’t have Wingers where I live in CA so I have nothing to compare it with. They are definitely a keeper in our household. I’m going to make them for Super Bowl Sunday! 🏈

I would definitely cut down on the sugar in this sauce. It’s way too sweet. Try 1 cup of brown sugar rather than 1 1/2 cup. The 1 1/2 cup is overkill.

Can there be a substitute for hot sauce?

    Hi Yvonne, I’m not really sure what else could be used in place of the hot sauce, it is definitely a key element to the flavor of the sauce!

Made these tonight and they were amazing! My husband, who is the pickiest eater, loved it! Thanks for a great recipe, it will certainly become a staple in my house!

Has anyone tried this without breading the chicken?

I know this isn’t a super recent post, but I just tried this recipe and OH. MY. GOODNESS. SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!! I’ve actually never heard of Winger’s, but I love chicken fingers and I’m intrigued by different sauces. This one is so good. I ate more than I should’ve because I couldn’t stop!

I made these tonight but I used zatarain’s preseasoned Panko crumbs for chicken and I fried them them baked them in the sauce for 10 minutes to fully cook them and I used breast tenderloins instead. Turned out perfectly. They’re spicy, sweet ,and sticky!! I will be adding this to out monthly rotation. It took me about 45 minutes which is great cux I have two little ones running around

I would love to try making this dish but I live in Australia and cannot purchase Frank’s Hot Sauce. What would be the equivalent sauce available here? Is it a type of barbecue sauce but with a bit of a kick? To save time, I might use chicken wings and then when I get the recipe right, I will try chicken breast.

    Hi! It’s definitely not a barbecue sauce, it’s hot sauce. If you could find a heavy vinegar-based plain hot sauce that would work best as a substitute I think.

    You can get it in Walmart and if you don’t have that store they ship!

These chicken fingers look great, but I wouldn’t say they are that much healthier with 1 1/2 cups of sugar in the sauce.,

Ooh I can’t wait to try these this week! They look scrumptious! I included them in my Sunday Meal Plan post this week 🙂

These are so delicious! I crave them sometimes and I’m not even really a hot sauce fan. I keep a couple of the strips out of the sauce for our son to eat with ketchup (yuck) and my husband and I enjoy the rest!

This should be illegal, it was so off the chart good! So easy to make and when I saw the wonderful reviews I knew I had to make it. I did this on a week night and I work, so I was really on a time schedule. I got the whole dinner made from start to finish in an hour. I know the recipe says 30 mins but I had to cut, clean and pound the breasts and that took a while. Overall, it isn’t difficult to make, my family loved it and so did I and this is a definite repeater! I just had it for lunch the next day and it was still good, maybe not as crunchy but tasted the same! I was a little skeptical about the franks and brown sugar as it is an odd combo but it was amazing. Note: Make a double batch because it WILL get eaten.

Hi ! These look really good, but I cannot find the hot sauce you named in this recipe in my area. Could it be replaced with sriracha ?
Thank you

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Amazing! Just like wingers! Since I moved to the East Coast, I haven’t found a wingers over here. I cut down the brown sugar a bit and it still is amazing. Tonight, I am serving it on top of a bed of salad. I’ve made this about 5 times since I found the recipe a few months ago. Super easy.

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I’m making these tonight, but instead of bread crumbs, I’m smashed up saltine crackers. I’m hoping it tastes just as good. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

Can i put aluminium foil on the baking sheet instead of spraying it

    Yes, Make sure you use a heavy duty nonstick foil.

      Can I use Siracha instead of franks?

Hmmm I’m in So. Cal and am not familiar with Franks hot sauce. s there something universal I can substitute?? What are the base ingredients??

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This was devine. I was scrambling to put dinner together before work tonight and stumbled across this on my Pinterest page. Luck would have it that I already had all of the ingredients in the pantry. When I pulled these out of the oven and dipped into the sauce (used the Buffalo with dark brown sugar) the SO looked at me funny. He was complaining that he wouldn’t like it and couldn’t I just leave the tenders without the sauce. Then he tried it. Now it is in my regular rotation! 😂 Only change I made was adding dry ranch seasoning to the bread crumbs. Thank you for making my night a little easier and allowing me to worry about one fewer item!

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since finding this recipe I have made these at least 6 times and I’ve got to tell you that they are amazing ! I’ve never heard of Winger’s before so I can’t compare but I can attest that these are simply amazing !!!!!

Has anyone tried using this sauce with unbreaded or grilled chicken breasts? My husband is allergic to wheat so we eat gluten free. Gluten free planko bread crumbs just aren’t the same as regular. I have never heard of a wingers but we have Double Dogs around here with wings and tenders and things and the grilled are actually better there than the breaded so I was just wondering how you might change it for that.

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Just made these for dinner and they are AMAZING! (If I could underline that, I would.) I’m always looking for easy ways to make chicken more exciting – with ingredients I already have…since we don’t usually think about about what to eat each night until we’re about 5 minutes out from hangry – and this recipe was perfect. Thanks for sharing a new family favorite!

    I’m so glad you love these as much as we do Aly! I’m obsessed with the restaurant and I can’t go there every week so I have to make these on a regular basis!! Hope you continue to enjoy these and find lots more to love on my site! 🙂 🙂

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I’ve made these multiple times and they’re so good! Making them again tonight. =)

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These passed my picky husband test! Great recipe and we will definitely be making these again!!

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ANything else you wanna share? This is legit the best thing I’ve made since I’ve gotten back to school. Coming from hungry college student

hey girl- these look so yummy! I also love bread at a restaurant! so good! Y’all have a great weekend!

I’ve never been to Winger’s, but these look delicious!

I can’t wait to try this recipe. The only thing I’m going to change is the Hot Sauce. I’m going to use Tobasco’s Chipotle flavor and add Red Pepper Flakes.

I will let you know how this comes out.

I didn’t have bread crumbs so I used corn flakes that i crushed in the food processor and added a little garlic and salt to them…. They were crispy perfection I am making them again tonight!!!

    Thanks for the awesome feedback Jenn! So glad you love these as much as I do!

This fingers are amazing, very delicious recipe, thank you for sharing with us.

WOW!!!!! Simply amazing! Made these and everyone loved them. Loved the panko bread crumbs and baking instead of frying. thank for the great recipe

    Hi Michelle! Thanks for your great feedback! I tend to lean toward baking instead of frying whenever possible so I use this method all the time! Hope you find lots more to love on my site!

Can you substitute something for the brown sugar…like honey?

    It won’t taste exactly the same but I do think that honey would be tasty in this sauce!

Can I use another hot sauce instead?

    Hi Rudz! You can try another brand of hot sauce but it wont’ have the same flavor. You can order Frank’s hot sauce online through Amazon or, or if you do try another brand I would recommend a buffalo wing sauce. 🙂

      Thanks. I’ll try another brand

I made these for dinner tonight and the sauce was way too sweet. I made the sauce a second time and cut back on the Sugar to 1/4 cup and the sauce was a bit better.

I have made this many times. I have baked them and fried them. They turn out perfect every time. Everyone loves them and the sauce is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing.

Just made these and followed the recipe except used Coconut Palm sugar instead of brown (tastes the same). this was the best chicken I’ve ever had. I will be introducing these to our family and friends when we get back to california. thank you for sharing!

I made these for dinner tonight, and they were a complete knockout! The only thing I did differently was cook them in my air fryer vs. the oven. 10/10 will be making these again👍👍

This recope is perfect for drunken parties. Great taste, looks pro, anD everyone loves it!

I ran out of Franks, do you think Sirracha would work?

    Hi Joy – you would be better off substituting a different wing sauce or hot sauce. I wouldn’t recommend using sriracha.

Thanks so much for this. I’ll be spending time looking at all the links as well.


    It calls for Franks hot sauce. Buffalo or regular!

Hi, has anyone tried making these in advance and reheating them? how do you reheat without them getting soggy? Thanks!

    Hi Melissa- reheating them in the oven should do it! You could nuke them in the microwave and then put them in the oven for just a few minutes to help crisp them up a little bit! 🙂

I’d love to be ABLE to print this recipe for Wingers sticky fingers. I don’t see any area where i said print. You NEED to FIX this.

    The print button is directly above the recIpe.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Wingers. Living in Canada, I’ve never even heard of it. That said, after I read this recipe, I knew how good it would be! It did not disappoint! Delish! I added some cayenne for heat, and a bit more Frank’s Buffalo sauce, as I found it a little sweet.

i can only say wow….this chicken pieces are truly mouth watering.

    The best, right?! 😉

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Hi!!! I AM currently waiting for my husband to come home so Ii can eat these bad boys!!! They look SOOOOOOO Good! And ii am Also really impressed with you Tiffany for always answering back everyone’s comments! It makes it feel like you actually care about what your readers are thinking and asking. You take criticis
Really well and ii cant wait to try your other recipes!

    This is the sweetest compliment and has completely made my day! Thanks, Faigy!! Readers like you make it easier, that’s for sure! 🙂 I hope you loved these sticky fingers- they’re a household favorite here!

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My family loves wingers sticky fingers and these were so spot on and soooo easy to make (not to mention cheaper), I will definitely add them to my regular rotation. I used tin foil on my baking sheet and you should definitely spray it first and I also broiled for a few minutes at the end to brown them up but loved, loved, loved them!

    Hi Karri!! So happy to hear that we’ve got another Winger’s sticky fingers fan here!! The best. Thanks for sharing your feedback! Are you from Utah?! Just assuming so, since you love Winger’s!

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That was delicious. My compliments to the chef!

    So happy to hear that you loved it!

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Wow! These Were amazing!My family couldn’t get enough of these!

    Way to go pleasing the entire family, Alyssa! Thanks for sharing your feedback! 🙂

I’m in Australia and we dont have franks hot sauce whaT CouLd i use instead?

    Hi Anne- Whatever wing sauce or hot sauce that you love should work! I wouldn’t recommend using sriracha though!

These are amazing!! I have made them many times. backing the chicken and frying THEM. its a crowd pleaser everyone loves them! Thanks for sharing ❤

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So surprised to say that these came out very crispy and the sauce has the Perfe consistency. I did use a little less brown Sugar and a bit more hot saUce. I cant wait to make these again!

    Awesome job, Miranda!! I am obsessed with this sauce- I bet it’s delicious with a little more heat!

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what a simple yet amazing sauce. I’ve made it twice Now and it has went down a storm.

    Awesome job, Chris! Thanks for your input!

What is the shelf life of the sAuce??

    I’ve kept it up to 5 days

Just had to say that these are the best!!! I’ve meade this several times and they get better and better. I did something crazy the other night… I replace the water with freshly squeezed orange juice and added the orange zest… OMG! so good. that you so much for this recipe!!!

    Now that’s interesting! Sounds fantastic, Kevin! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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These were amaZing!!!! I used a misto to sPray straight Olive oil instead of paM. Perfect sweet spicy combo and very crispy. Will make again…and again.

    Thanks for your feedback! Happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe.

can these be made ahead and reheated for pot luck or buffet?

    If possible, I recommend waiting to put the sauce on until you are serving!

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