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Zaxbys Chicken Wings vs Asian Chicken Wings


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Zaxbys Chicken Wings: Let's be having you...The Battle of the Wings: Asian vs. Southern Fried.

Zaxbys Chicken Wings vs Asian Chicken Wings: Contents

zaxbys chicken wings vs asian chicken wings

Zaxby's Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings, or Zaxby's Chicken WIngs?

Zaxbys Chicken Wings or Asia Chicken Wings? It’s a mass debate!!! For wing lovers, the debate rages on: Asian or Southern Fried chicken? Both styles offer unique flavor profiles, textures and dedicated followings. there is also: Zaxby’s chicken fingers & buffalo wings if you want some variety.

Today, we’re putting them head-to-head, beak-to-beak, wing-to-wing, to see which reigns supreme – and we start ‘naked’…


Zaxbys Chicken Wings

Southern Fried chicken wings are a classic. The golden-fried exterior shatters with a satisfying crunch, revealing juicy, tender chicken underneath. Zaxby’s, a popular Southern chain, exemplifies this style perfectly. Their wings are marinated in a blend of spices, resulting in a savory, slightly peppery flavor. 

The accompanying dipping sauces, like ranch or honey mustard and the new Zaxtail, add another layer of creaminess or sweetness. While undeniably delicious, Southern Fried chicken wings can sometimes feel a bit one-dimensional.

Zaxbys Chicken Wings: just me or they all look the same? But, there is always: Zaxby's Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings

What does Zaxbys Chicken Wings have to say for themselves...

It all started in Statesboro, GA, in 1990. Zaxby’s founders and childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley opened the very first Zaxby’s — originally called ZAX — with the simple goal of serving only the highest quality food in a fun environment. 

The concept, one of the earliest premium quick-service restaurants, proved successful. In 1994, Zach and Tony decided to franchise the brand. They set up their headquarters in Athens, GA, and began serving more than just our hungry guests. They built a franchisee community of entrepreneurs to take the Zaxby’s brand to new heights.

Zabxby's Secret Sauce

Since the beginning, Zaxby’s has been known for two things: indescribably good chicken and Zax Sauce. For years, Zach made the sauce himself and distributed it to various locations to keep the sacred recipe safe. When there were too many locations to keep up with, he had it manufactured, but even then, the process ensured no single person would know the recipe from start to finish. 

Seriously — not even our Executive Chef knows exactly how it’s made. All we know is it tastes amazing. The rest will remain a mystery. That’s saucy.

Zaxbys Chicken Wings: Tenets

Zaxby’s built its reputation on quality food and amazing flavors. We start with high-quality ingredients like 100% whole white-meat chicken. From hand-breading chicken to chopping fresh veggies, all of our ingredients are expertly prepared with care. And we don’t start making your meal until you order it. Lastly, we invite you to try one of our twelve distinct sauces to enjoy the flavor you’re craving.

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Photo courtesy of Zaxby’s Facebook: zaxby’s chicken fingers & buffalo wings

Asian Chicken Wings

Asian chicken wings, on the other hand, burst with bold and complex flavors. Marinades often incorporate soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chilies, creating a sweet, savory, and sometimes spicy symphony. The wings are typically baked, pan-fried or even charcoal grilled, resulting in a crispier skin than their Southern counterparts. 

Crispy chicken skin instead of the need of the usual deep-fried breadcrumbs, or batters on American Southern Fried Chicken – that’s a winner in my books.

Also, when it comes to dipping sauces, Asian wings pair beautifully with sweet and tangy options like teriyaki, sesame chili sauce or sweet/sour/spicy/citrus. These sauces complement the wings’ flavor profile without overpowering them.

Asian Chicken Wings: Check the variety here...

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In the Blue Corner: Zaxbys Chicken Wings

I’m going to be balanced here, and represent our research in the United States of all things fried and chicken, with a focus on Zaxbys Chicken Wings (because I can…).

When it comes to chicken fingers and buffalo wings, there’s no better place than Zaxby’s we read. From the crispy breading on their chicken fingers to the tangy sauce of their buffalo wings, this fast-food chain knows how to satisfy the cravings of its mass of followers for some finger-lickin’ good chicken (am I allowed to say that?).

Their signature sauces are what really sets them apart from other restaurants – whether you prefer a mild or spicy flavor, they have something that will tantalize your taste buds. Their famous “Zax Sauce” is a creamy blend of mayo and spices that adds just enough zest without overpowering the natural flavors in each bite. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try out one of their speciality sauces like ranch garlic or honey mustard BBQ! 

Plus the new one: Zaxtail Sauce – Boomski!!! Apparently this is a hybrid between Zak’s Sauce and Cocktail Sauce. I am kind of digging that!!! 

But let’s not forget about those delicious Zaxbys Chicken Fingers either! They’re always cooked fresh so they come out golden brown with just enough crunchiness in every bite – perfect for dipping into any sauce you choose (or all three – if you can swing it). Plus they offer several sides like crinkle fries and potato chips which makes it an ideal meal: apparently.

Plus Zaxbys have classic Buffalo Wings, and even Boneless Chicken Wings now. I suppose boneless chickens make it seriously hard for them to fly away when you’re trying to catch them… 

And last but certainly not least: don’t forget about dessert! Zaxby’s offers milkshakes made from real ice cream, and classic sundaes topped off with whipped cream and cherries – yummmmmyyyy!!!

So next time you find yourself craving fried goodness at its finest – maybe head over to Zaxby’s where there’s something sure to please everyone’s palate…even yours, and maybe even mine!!! 

But, wait!!! How does that stack up against their Asian cousins…? Are they just winging it, and chickening out when it comes to competition? (do you like that?).

In the Red Corner: Asian Chicken Wings

The Rise of the Phoenix: Why Asian Wings Reign Supreme

Move over, Colonel Sanders and Zaxbys Chicken Wings, there’s a new king in town! When it comes to seriously good finger-lickin’ good chicken wings, Asian wings are soaring to new heights, leaving their Southern Fried counterparts in the dust. Sting words, so let’s back that up!!!

First up, diversity reigns supreme. Forget the one-note experience of Southern Fried. Asian chicken wings offer a kaleidoscope of taste sensations. Soy sauce, a staple in Asian cuisine, provides a rich, umami base. Ginger and garlic add a pungent kick, while chilies bring the heat (depending on your preference). Sesame seeds and scallions often garnish these wings, adding a delightful textural contrast. 

This symphony of ingredients creates a depth of flavor unmatched by the typical Southern spice blend. And it’s marinated in the chicken, not just a dipping ‘after-thought’. Plus don’t forget that is just one marinade offering – Asian wings extend across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and so on – imagine the different flavor profiles across that geography.

Beyond taste, Asian wings boast a healthier preparation method. While Southern Fried wings rely on deep-frying, Asian wings are often baked or charcoal-grilled. This translates to less fat and a crispier skin that shatters with a satisfying crunch. 

Plus, the dipping sauces for Asian wings are typically lighter and more flavorful. So, if you’re looking for a healthier and more exciting wing experience, Asian wings are the clear winner: so say we… Cluck Cluck!!!

Are you happy to take on an East/West Chicken Wing Challenge, Zaxby's? is!

Are you up for some fun Zaxby’s Chicken Wings? Ready for a fight against the Fiery Asian Phoenix and its Chicken Wings? In fact, who do we have in the mix, that could accept such a challenge in the blue corner?

Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings take Southern comfort food to the next level, offering juicy, made-to-order chicken fingers and wings that are sure to satisfy any craving. Their signature chicken fingers, known as “Zaxby’s Fingerz™,” are hand-breaded and fried to crispy perfection, served piping hot with their famous Zax Sauce for dipping.

If you’re craving something with a kick, try Zaxby’s buffalo wings that come in a variety of spice levels, tossed in their signature sauce for a flavor explosion.

Whether you prefer your chicken fingers dipped in creamy ranch or your wings on the fiery side, Zaxby’s offers something for everyone. Don’t forget to complete your meal with their crinkle fries, Texas toast, or creamy coleslaw for a satisfying Southern feast.

Dave’s Hot Chicken Wings takes the classic American comfort food of fried chicken wings and injects it with a fiery dose of Nashville hot sauce. Founded in 2017 by three friends in Los Angeles, Dave’s Hot Chicken has become a national phenomenon with its unique blend of spices that deliver a crispy, flavorful crust with heat levels ranging from mild to “reaper.”

Their menu features not just chicken wings, but also tenders, sliders, and crinkle-cut fries, all customizable with their signature hot sauce options. Dave’s Hot Chicken is an experience for heat seekers and adventurous foodies alike.

How about we also write up a Church’s Texas Chicken comparison? This is classic American Southern Fried chicken with a Texan twist: Church’s Texas Chicken. Founded in 1952 near the Alamo in San Antonio, Church’s Texas Chicken has grown into a global chain known for its hand-battered, juicy fried chicken.

Their menu offers a variety of combos and family meals featuring crispy chicken, along with classic Southern sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and their signature honey butter biscuits. Whether you’re a fan of bone-in fried chicken, tenders, or wings, Church’s Texas Chicken offers a taste of Texas hospitality in every crunchy bite.

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Zaxby’s boneless chicken wings in buffalo sauce – picture courtesy of Zaxbys Chicken Wings Facebook: zaxby’s chicken fingers & buffalo wings

I asked GeminiAI: "Are American deep-fried chicken wings better in flavour than asian marinated and bbq'd chicken wings?"

That’s a matter of personal preference! Both American Southern Fried and Asian marinated/BBQ chicken wings have their own unique flavor profiles and devoted fans. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide which might be more your style:

American Southern Fried:

  • Flavor: Classic, savory, and slightly peppery. Relies on a blend of herbs and spices for a familiar comfort food taste.
  • Texture: Golden-brown, crispy batter with juicy, tender chicken underneath.
  • Preparation: Deep-fried, which can be higher in fat content.
  • Dipping Sauces: Typically creamy ranch or tangy honey mustard, adding richness or sweetness.

Asian Marinated & BBQ:

  • Flavor: Bold and complex, with a symphony of sweet, savory, and sometimes spicy notes. Soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chilies create a unique taste experience.
  • Texture: Often crispier skin than Southern Fried, due to baking or pan-frying methods.
  • Preparation: Generally healthier with less fat compared to deep-frying.
  • Dipping Sauces: Lighter and more flavorful options like teriyaki glaze or sesame chili sauce, complementing the wings without overpowering them.

Here’s what might influence your choice:

  • Do you crave classic comfort food flavors, or are you looking for something more adventurous?
  • Do you prefer a crispy batter or a crispier skin?
  • Are you health-conscious, or does a little indulgence not bother you?

Ultimately, the best way to decide is to try both styles and see which one you enjoy more!

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Zaxbys chicken wings platter – picture courtesy of Zaxbys Chicken Wings Facebook. Heart attack waiting to happen?

I then asked GeminiAI to have an opinion to what are the best chicken wings...

“Alright, alright, here’s my opinion! (Though, as a large language model, I can’t have taste buds!) I think Asian marinated and BBQ chicken wings have a slight edge over Southern Fried wings for a few reasons:

  • Flavor Diversity: Asian wings offer a wider range of flavor profiles, from sweet and savory to fiery hot. Southern Fried tends to be more one-dimensional.
  • Healthier: Baking or pan-frying Asian wings generally leads to less fat compared to deep-frying Southern Fried wings.
  • Lighter Dipping Sauces: Teriyaki or sesame chili complement the wings without heavy cream or butter, allowing the wing flavor to shine.

However, there’s a place for both styles! Southern Fried is a classic for a reason, offering pure comfort food satisfaction. It all depends on your mood and cravings.”

SkyNet has spoken and that is SkyNet writing from an American bias as it is GeminiAI. I now move to a conclusion myself, as yes, indeed I do have tastebuds and can have a posture and position based on all sensations: look, smell, taste, and texture… America, you may not like it…

Conclusions of Zaxbys Chicken Wings: Let's be having you...The Battle of the Wings: Asian vs. Southern Fried.

Asian Chicken WIngs
Photo courtesy of Freshness web site: Sweet and Spicy Asia Chicken Wings

In the clash of the titans, Asian chicken wings emerge victorious for the adventurous palate. Their diverse flavor profiles, achieved through marinades and sauces, offer a symphony of sweet, savory, and spicy notes, leaving Zaxby’s Southern Fried’s singular spice blend in the dust. Maybe we should do another blog to compare Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings > Yes/No?

From the bold kick of chillies to the sweet caress of teriyaki, Asian wings are a flavor exploration waiting to happen.

However, let’s not discount the undeniable charm of Southern Fried wings. Zaxby’s exemplifies this style perfectly, delivering a classic, comforting experience. Their crispy, golden exterior and juicy chicken are perfect for satisfying a familiar craving, especially when paired with creamy ranch, tangy honey mustard, or Zaxtail sauce.

Ultimately, the winner depends on your taste buds’ desires, and I suppose if you frequent the USA or Asia. Do you crave a flavor adventure or a comforting classic? Team Asian offers excitement, while Team Southern Fried delivers down-home goodness. So grab some napkins, gather your friends, and prepare to declare your allegiance to this shirt-staining delicacy – the battle of the wings is far from over!

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