Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Winger's Sticky Fingers Copycat Recipe

There are some foods that take you back to certain times and places with just one bite. One of those foods for me is Winger's sticky fingers.

For those not familiar with Winger's, it's a Utah-based chain that specializes in chicken wings and sticky fingers: a type of chicken finger coated in sweet-spicy sauce. It's delicious, and reminds me of going to Winger's on game nights in college because the local restaurant had game day special. It reminds of me good times, great wins and wonderful food.

As kids have come along, the ability to easily go to the restaurant has decreased, but I still crave these delicious sticky fingers. So I thought, "What if I could make them myself?" So I did.

This is about as close as you can get to the real deal. Even if you've never been to Winger's you owe it to your taste buds to try this quick-fix recipe.

3-4 chicken breasts or cutlets
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 eggs

Sticky Finger Sauce
1/3 cup buffalo sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Pound the chicken into 1/2" thick cutlets. Cut into strips.
  2. Combine flour, onion powder, garlic salt, paprika and black pepper in a large, flat glass container. Mix well.
  3. Coat all sides of chicken strips in the flour mixture.
  4. Dip each chicken strip in the egg and then coat in the Panko bread crumbs.
  5. Lay all coated chicken strips on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Prepare sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat.
  8. Once chicken is cooked, toss in the sauce and serve hot.
  9. Serve with ranch dressing.

Not only is this meal super tasty for adults and children alike, it's also so easy to make, and can be done with ingredients on hand.


Liz Mays said...

I totally love it when you can find a recipe that copies the original restaurant flavor you love. These look great!

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

I love when you can recreate something at home! Especially when it's hard to get to the original. My husband used to live in Utah, I think I'll have to give these a try for him!

Laura O in AK said...

I've never visited a Wingers, but boy does that chicken look good. My guys love a good buffalo style sauce.

MikiHope said...

It amazes me how all of you can recreate restaurant specialties at home. Although this will not be on my plate anytime soon (diabetics beware!)-it sure sounds delicious!

Masshole Mommy said...

I don't know what Wingers is, but this sounds AWESOME!!

Jenna Em said...

I love copycat recipes! Thank you for recreating this one.

Crystal said...

Sticky fingers mean it's finger licking good! I can't wait to try this one with my family.

kristi dominguez said...

YUM! These look amazing!

mail4rosey said...

Now I know to try Winger's when we're out that way (hubby loves fingers!). I'd make these for the fam., I bet they'd like 'em tons!