Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce

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This recipe is a re-creation of the Scarpariello-style wings at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in New York City called Carmines.

If you’re looking for a new twist on a classic favorite appetizer, this could be the recipe you’ve been waiting for. Marinated with fresh herbs, garlic, and citrus, then fried and baked to crispy perfection. Made only better with the homemade Gorgonzola dipping sauce.

A straight-on view of Italian-style wings stacked onto a white oval platter with a yellow bowl of gorgonzola dipping sauce nearby.

How To Make Italian-Style Chicken Wings

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The Ingredients You Will Need

Scarpariello Chicken is just incredible. You just want to drink the sauce, it’s that good. And, of course, I’m a fanatic for chicken wings. You combine these two dishes into one, and you’ve got a masterpiece on your hands.

No wonder this is one of Carmine’s most popular dishes of all time. We love serving this during game-day Sundays, or whenever friends and family are coming over!

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And if you like these wings, you gotta try our Teriyaki Chicken Wings!! (click for recipe).

Now, go ahead and make this amazing Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce!

Italian Style Chicken wings on a white plate with lemon and dipping sauce

Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce

Oh, the Italian-style wings are divine. Really, they are. The heat mixed with the lemon, cooled with the gorgonzola suace...oh my...just make 'em.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian / American
Keyword: chicken wings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 268kcal



  • 4 lbs chicken wings and drumsticks
  • Vegetable oil enough for frying, 1 1/2 cups
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup hot pepper sauce such as Crsytals, or Franks, or Tobasco
  • ½ tsp fresh sage chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh oregano chopped
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chicken stock


  • 2 lemons halved
  • 2 tbsp quality olive oil
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh oregano chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh sage chopped
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Gorgonzola sauce



  • In a large bowl, mix the juice of two lemons, the squeezed lemon halves, the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, oregano, sage, and cayenne, salt, and pepper
  • Add the chicken wings to the marinade and turn them several times to coat them well.
  • Distribute the lemon halves around the chicken.
  • Cover the dish and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.
  • Take the wings from the marinade and drain on paper towels. Pat with extra paper towels.


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F
  • Heat the oil in a large sturdy skillet over medium high heat until oil is almost smoking, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Using tongs, carefully place the wings into the hot oil
  • Cook the wings for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Should be crispy and golden. Don't flip the wings until the bottom side is crispy. This may need to be done in batches, as you should not overcrowd the pan.
  • Transfer to a shallow baking pan.
  • When all wings are finished frying...add into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.


  • Carefully discard the oil and wipe the pan with a paper towel.
  • Return the pan to the stove and melt 1 tablespoon of butter of medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring until soft and slightly golden.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the juice from 1 lemon and the hot sauce.
  • Add the sage, rosemary, oregano, red pepper flakes, and cayenne and season with S&P
  • Pour the stock into the pan, bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for about 4 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and stir the sauce over low hear until all well incorporated.
  • Taste the sauce...add the remaining lemon juice, if desired.
  • Place the hot wings in the sauce and stir to coat. Adjust the seasonings, to taste.
  • Serve with the gorgonzola sauce


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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