The 2021 summer Olympics are — finally — right around the corner. As athletes from around the world gather in Tokyo to compete in events they’ve spent most of their lives training for, the rest of us will be collectively glued to our TV screens watching the 16 days of competition. Medals will be awarded and world records will once again be broken in events like track and field, swimming and diving, gymnastics, baseball and softball, cycling, and even canoe sprinting.
All this anticipation over who will be the best in the world got us thinking about an event a little closer to our hearts: chicken wings. And, while there isn’t a Chicken Wing Olympics (yet), we did discover some pretty impressive feats of feasting on and handling chicken wings around the world.
7 Olympic-Worthy Chicken Wing World Records
Chicken wings can be found on restaurant menus in countries all over the world. It only makes sense that chicken wing connoisseurs would challenge themselves to take their eating to new heights. From the world record chicken wings eater to the most exotic chicken wings recipe we could find, we’ll be celebrating these notable events right alongside those taking place in Japan.
1. What is the world record for eating chicken wings? In 2018, competitive eater Molly Schuyler consumed 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes during the then-annual Wing Bowl 26. The event (which has since been canceled) took place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
2. What is the Guinness world record for the largest chicken wing eating competition? The largest chicken wing eating competition was held by Amazon Web Services and took place in November of 2018 in Las Vegas. Although no singular contestant held a candle to Molly Schuyler’s chicken-wing-consuming prowess, 397 competitive eaters gave their all to the sport over the course of two rounds and 40 minutes.
3. What is the most exotic chicken wings recipe? Recipes are subjective. While there might be winners of various wing recipe contests, none can be said to be the best in the world. However, we do have a few exotic chicken wing options we think are Olympic-worthy.
Our Chef’d Up Wings like Sweet Thai Chili (a little heat, a little sweet, medium-spicy, and exotically delicious) and Korean (an extra-hot, spicy wing sauce made with Gochujang chili paste, brown sugar, and other alluring Asian flavors) both win gold medals on our menus. And, for the more mild palates, our Teriyaki wings are low in heat but still packed full of Asian flavor.
4. How to craft your own flavors of exotic wings? Want to train your taste buds from the comfort of home? Try using a variety of international rubs, sauces, and spices to make your wings sing. You can’t really go wrong in using Chinese Five-Spice powder, a frequent ingredient listed in lots of exotic chicken wings recipes across the internet.
When in doubt, simply thinking beyond basic wings sauces to different ethnic spice rubs, sauces, pastes, and oils is a great way to exotify your chicken wings. Think: miso-roasted, Sriracha-sauced, and harissa-coated when your palate pleads for variety.
5. What is the world’s largest chicken wing? Though not edible, the world's largest “chicken wing” hangs from a hook at a Hooters in Madeira Beach, Florida. The wing weighs half a ton and hangs from a 14-foot-tall crossbeam over three buckets of hot sauce.
6. What is the largest amount of chicken wings sold in one day? In 2018, the Village Casino (Bemus Point, New York), broke the world record for chicken wings sold in a 24-hour period, to the tune of 40,210 wings, served by one vendor and across one table (as per Guinness guidelines).
7. What’s the record for the most chicken wings removed from hot oil with bare hands? And finally, for a record more on the obscure (and on the extremely dangerous/stupid side), the Guinness World records holder for the aforementioned items removed from hot oil with bare hands is 12 and the items happened to be chicken wings. Khan Treechan completed this mind-boggling feat on an Italian game show in Rome, Italy, in 2010.
Now that you’ve learned some interesting facts about chicken wings around the world, it’s time to prepare for the ultimate sporting contest: watching Olympic favorites like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Caeleb Dressel chase the gold.
Whether you’ll be enjoying the broadcast at a Buffalo Wings & Rings or cheering on team USA at home, it’s easy to make chicken wings (and so much more) a part of your viewing party. Simply head to a location near you or place an order for curbside pickup. We’ll be rooting for you!