Queso Wings

Queso Wings Recipe

The Spruce / Morgan Walker

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
763 Calories
55g Fat
27g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 763
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 71%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 2395mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 422mg 32%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 705mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Have you ever looked at a plate of chicken wings and thought, "how can I make this better?" No, of course you haven't, because they are practically perfect in every way. Yet, when The Spruce Eats team dreamed up coating chicken wings in a queso sauce, basically making a crossover between chicken wings and nachos, we knew we were on to something. Whether you add them to your Super Bowl party menu or you just decide to make a batch for yourself at home, you won't regret baking up this party-ready snack.


Chicken Wings... But Make It Queso


  • 2 pounds fresh split chicken wings

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 16 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos, or thinly sliced fresh jalapenos, for garnish

  • Extra cheese, carrots, and celery, optional, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Queso Wings ingredients

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  2. Preheat a convection oven to 450 F (conventional oven to 475 F) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and a baking rack.

  3. Salt and pepper the dry chicken wings and place them on a rack on the prepared baking sheet.

    Salt and pepper the dry chicken wings

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  4. Bake the wings for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until the wings are slightly crispy.

    Bake the wings

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  5. Meanwhile, make the queso: In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix the Velveeta, diced tomatoes, buffalo sauce, garlic powder, paprika, and milk. 

    make the queso

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  6. Microwave on high for 4 minutes and mix well to combine all ingredients. Continue microwaving for another minute, or until the queso is hot. 

  7. When the wings have finished their first cook, toss them in the queso using tongs and return them to the rack to roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until bubbling and browned and the internal temperature reads 165 F.

    toss the wings in the queso

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  8. Top the wings with pickled or fresh jalapeños. Serve with extra queso for dipping, carrots, and celery.

    Queso Wings with pickled jalapenos, extra queso dip, carrots, celery

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