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

For the Chicken and Marinade

Chicken wings – Flats and drumettes, often referred to as “party wings.”
Lemons – You’ll use the juice and the squeezed lemons, too.
Garlic – Minced.
Fresh herbs – Rosemary, oregano, sage.
Seasonings – Cayenne pepper, Kosher salt, and black pepper.
Vegetable oil – For frying.

For the Sauce

Butter – Unsalted.
Garlic – Minced.
Lemons – Fresh is best, you’ll want two juicy lemons.
Hot sauce – We love Frank’s, but Tabasco works well, too.
Fresh herbs – Rosemary, oregano, sage.
Chicken stock – Or chicken broth, can substitute vegetable broth.
Seasonings – Cayenne pepper, Kosher salt, and black pepper.

EXPERT TIP: After pouring the marinade all over the chicken and tossing it well in a bowl, transfer to a 9×13″ casserole dish and distribute the chunks of lemon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Overnight is best.

An overhead view of 2 pounds of uncooked chicken wings in a glass casserole dish soaking in a lemon and herb marinade.

Tips for Perfect Italian-Style Chicken Wings

Allow Time to Marinate – The longer the chicken chills with the marinade, the deeper the flavor will be. We’ve marinated for 48 hours before, and they were great. Move the wings around in the marinade every couple hours, if possible.

Get Oil to Frying Temperature – To ensure your wings get nice and crispy, we recommend starting them off in hot oil. 350°F will fry them perfectly. Too low will undercook them and too high could burn them. A high-temp thermometer is ideal.

Toss and Serve – These are delicious at room temperature, or even heated up the next day. But, they are best served piping hot. You can fry them ahead of time, and then finish them off in the oven and toss in the sauce just before serving.

EXPERT TIP: If you prefer, you can bake the wings for 50 minutes at 350°F. They will still be delicious, although, the initial hot-oil fry gets them extra crispy. If possible, give them a preliminary fry. It’s not as healthy, but the taste and texture is superior.

A person holding up a metal kitchen spider with three deep-fried chicken wings in it.

How To Serve

As mentioned, these are definitely best when served nice and hot. Fry in advance and then finish off in the oven and toss in the hot sauce just before serving.

Be sure to have plenty of lemon wedges on hand, and a batch of homemade Gorgonzola sauce is a must!

We love to serve these on a pretty platter with several bowls of the sauce available. These are perfect for serving on game day, at parties, or anytime you’re in the mood for wings.

EXPERT TIP: Pour the sauce over the cooked wings and the toss until completely coated. Use tongs to transfer the wings to a nice platter and then drizzle the extra sauce over the tops.

Italian-style wing sauce being poured over a bowl of chicken wings that have been deep-fried and are golden in color.

Other Amazing Chicken Wings Recipes To Try

If you love wings as much as we do, you are going to flip for these wing recipes:

Classic Buffalo Wings with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
Grilled Buffalo Wings
Baked Teriyaki Wings
Grilled Curry Wings
Garlic Parmesan Wings
Bourbon Maple Wings

These are all epic in their own way. But, aren’t these wings calling your name right now?

An overhead view of Italian-style wings on a platter along with a bowl of gorgonzola dipping sauce and lemon wedges.

These are some of the most flavorful wings you will ever make, serve, and devour!

Get them started the night before, and even fry them up in advance. Final assembly is a snap and they are always the first to go when served to guests.

And, don’t forget the Gorgonzola dipping sauce. It’s the perfect plunge!

A person holding an Italian-style chicken wing that has been plunged and removed from a yellow bowl of gorgonzola dipping sauce.

Ready to make the best chicken wing this side of Little Italy? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of them, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A close-up view of Italian-style wings with chunks of garlic sprinkled over the top and lemon wedges on the side.

Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce

Italian-Style Wings are a take on the classic Italian dish chicken scarpariello which is a deeply flavorful lemon and garlic mixed with fresh herbs and hot sauce for an unforgettable appetizer. Be sure to make the Gorgonzola sauce! It's the perfect accompaniment.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian / American
Keyword: chicken scarpariello, chicken wings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill time in marinade: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 268kcal


  • Large sturdy skillet for frying
  • Additional skillet for sautéing


Do Ahead

For the Marinade and Frying the Chicken

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp quality olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp rosemary fresh, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano fresh, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sage fresh, chopped
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs chicken wings flats and drummettes
  • Vegetable oil enough for frying, about 1 inch deep in skillet

For the Sauce

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic minces
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup hot pepper sauce such as Franks, Tabasco, or Crystals
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chicken stock


Marinate the Chicken

  • In a large bowl, add the juice of two lemons and then roughly chop the squeezed lemons and add them to the bowl. Mix in the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, oregano, sage, cayenne, salt, and pepper
  • Add the chicken wings to the marinade and turn them several times to coat them well. Transfer to a 9x13" dish and distribute the lemon pieces around the chicken. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Take the wings from the marinade and drain on paper towels.

Cook the Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F
  • Heat the oil in a large sturdy skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is almost smoking. It should reach 350°F.
  • Using tongs, carefully place the wings into the hot oil. You'll need to do this in 2 to 3 batches. Don't overcrowd the pan.
  • Cook the wings for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. They should be crispy and golden. Bring oil back to 350°F and repeat until all wings have been fried.
  • Transfer the wings to a baking sheet and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Finishing the Dish

  • Heat 1 tbsp of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring until soft and slightly golden. Stir in the juice from 1 lemon, hot sauce, sage, rosemary, oregano, red pepper flakes, cayenne, black pepper, and salt. Stir for 1 minute.
  • Pour the stock into the pan, bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and stir the sauce over low heat until all is well incorporated.
  • Place the hot wings in a heatproof bowl, add the sauce, and stir to coat. Serve at once with the prepared Gorgonzola dipping sauce.


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The wings can be fried several hours in advance.  If you chill the wings at this point, you'll need to increase the bake time to 20 to 25 minutes, until they are sizzling. 
Other methods of cooking the wings:
  • Oven - Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Deep-fry - Fry in 350°F oil for 11 minutes until golden and cooked through. 
  • Air-Fryer - Spray with cooking spray before seasoning. Air fry at 400°F for 10 minutes. Open the basket, flip the wings, and air fry for another 8 minutes. 
Leftovers will keep in the fridge, covered, for 4 to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. 


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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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in August, 2013, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in September 2023!

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