Atomic Fireball Wings

Anyone remember Atomic Fireballs?


My dad and I LOVED this candy when I was growing up!  One of these would last for hours (if I didn’t get impatient and bite them in half about 30 minutes in). 

So as I was rummaging around in my kitchen, I happened across my trusty bottle of sriracha chili sauce.  Yes, the Rooster sauce.  You know which one I’m talking about.  I did a little research and found a couple of ideas for using honey and sriracha mixed together as a glaze.  After mixing the two together, I found that it was just okay…  it didn’t quite pop.  Dug around some in the spice cabinet…   A-HA!  CINNAMON!  Adding a touch of cinnamon to the glaze gave me a concoction that reminded me very much of Atomic Fireballs!  I tried it out as a glaze on some wings, and it gave them a nice subtle touch of honey and cinnamon, with the heat toned down.  Below is the recipe for what I’d like to call Atomic Fireball Wings.  The ingredients for the glaze will make enough for a dozen wings.  If you want to amp up the flavors, make a second batch of the glaze and toss the wings in the glaze before serving.


Atomic Fireball Wings

  • 1 dozen chicken wings
  • (Optional) All-purpose seasoning

For the Atomic Fireball Glaze

  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 2 tbsp sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Combine honey, sriracha chili sauce, and cinnamon.  Mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Let rest for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. (Optional) Repeat step 1 to create a batch for tossing the wings in.
  3. (Optional) Lightly season the wings with all-purpose seasoning.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to medium heat.
  5. Grill chicken wings for 10 minutes on one side.  Flip and baste with glaze every 2-3 minutes until chicken is done.
  6. (Optional) Toss the wings in the sauce created in step 2.

NOTE: After flipping the wings, you may want to move the wings off of direct heat when basting.  Otherwise you’ll get an overly caramelized bottom side.

  • That is twisted, Wayne. In a good way of course:) I wonder if adding a bit of sugar would really make it pop with the sweet/heat thing or would that shift the balance to sweet too much.

    • The heat was not as noticeable as I thought it would be, so adding a bit of sugar may drown out what little heat is there. The glaze by itself popped pretty well in terms of sweet/heat blends. I’d probably go with tossing a wings in a batch of the glaze.

  • Ernie Rupp

    I was hoping for actual crushed up and/or melted Atomic Fireballs in the mix. Looks real good though.

    • I should’ve used crushed Fireballs as garnish!