Hot Wing Mini Cakes

These little cakes have been on my mind since I had a version of them here. They were so, so good. Until now, I have never had a hot wing sauce quite like the one used to make these. It's literally mouthwatering....spicy...and tangy, which is everything you want in a hot wing bite. Definitely a step above the rest, and the reason why I have been craving this taste since I had it last.

Of course Saucy Mama sent us home with some of her amazing hot wing sauce, so I have been planning my little cakes since (but you can use whatever brand you choose). These are little bites of heaven with incredible flavor. I have no doubt, these will be your "go to" football food this season. I promise.

Saucy Mama used fancy little pastry shells and filled them with the chicken mixture. You can see their version here. I would use them too, EXCEPT you can not buy them in my town. I suppose we are not fancy enough in our part of wine country to have them. Lame! So I had to come up with my own version for a pastry shell.

What came to mind was the crust I used for these Mini Crab Cakes. They are just completely awesome and I thought the same crust would be the perfect little nest for the chicken, sauce and all the hot wing goodness. The crispy panko crumbs would strongly emulate crispy wings, the perfect choice for these little bites.

As it turns out, I was right about the taste and texture. So right in fact, I did a little victory dance in the kitchen after my first bite. The taste definitely makes you do one of those, "throw your head back and swoon" type moves. You know the one.

Now, while we are not fancy enough to have the pre-made pastry shells in my town, we are fancy enough to be surrounded by some amazing artisan cheese. Namely, this Rouge Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese you see above. The flavor of a good blue cheese is unparalleled. This recipe screams for an over-the-top pungent blue, not those blue cheese crumbles in the grocery store fridge. Get the best blue cheese you can afford, it really stands out.

I hope you get a chance to make these and try the Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce, you won't be disappointed!!

One bite wonders.

(On a tangent...As I was getting the link for the hot wing sauce I ran into something over there called, Bacon Blue Cheese Wing Dip, holy cow I can't live without that. I need it immediately!)

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Hot Wing Mini Cakes

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: Makes 48



  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, finely diced
  • 1 cup hot wing sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounce blue cheese wedge, crumbled and divided
  • 4 celery sticks, diced


  • cooking spray
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped, fresh chives


  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, hot wing sauce, cream cheese and 4 oz of the blue cheese. If the cream cheese is room temperature, this will be really easy. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Toss panko, Parmesan and chives in a bowl. Drizzle melted butter over, crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until evenly moistened. Press 1 rounded Tablespoon panko mixture into bottom of each muffin cup (make a well with your thumb), forming crust. Spoon 1 generous Tablespoon chicken mixture into each cup. Sprinkle more panko mixture over each.
  • Bake hot wing cakes until golden on top and set, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes, do not rush this, they will fall apart if you try to move them too soon. Gently lift each cake out of the pan with a small fork onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with the last 4 ounces of blue cheese and diced celery.

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12 Comments and 9 Replies

  1. Sabra 1

    Looks delicious and I’ll try it …. but mmmm …. got a little confused with chicken and crab cakes at the end! As good as crab could be with almost the same exact recipe, I think I’ll go for the wings instead of the claws :o).

    • Cathy 2

      The crab cake mention has to do with using the same crust as I used in the crab cake recipe.

  2. Cathy, these little babies are going to be a huge hit over here! My Hubby loves hot wing sauce so he will flip over these cakes! Thank you for sharing! Have a fabulous Sunday!

  3. Cassie 5

    This is awesome, Cathy! I love wing sauce, I need to try Saucy Mama’s!

  4. Holy cow! These are going to be on my football-game-watching menu next weekend. I can’t wait!

  5. Anne 9

    Do you really mean just 3 chicken thighs? That’s hardly any chicken compared to the volume of cheeses and sauce. The combination of flavors sounds beyond to-die-for. Any suggestions for an alternative to Saucy Mama’s hot wing sauce? Everything else is just down the street (or already on hand) to make these today!

    • Cathy 10

      Three is correct, these are made in mini muffin tins so it is plenty. Also, as far as the sauce, you could use Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce but it won’t have the intensity and flavor of the Saucy Mama.

  6. Frieda 11

    I’ve been dreaming of the Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce since the Barhyte party last month!

    I love crispy texture of Panko and have been in a rut of just using it in a Chicken Katsu recipe. Thanks for the inspiration. Your cakes are gorgeous!

  7. i am so making these!

  8. OMG they look absolutely delicious!!! Too tempting. :-)

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  9. These would be a huge hit at my house!

  10. This might be a silly question, but is the diced chicken already cooked or raw?

  11. Bookmarked these to try and can’t wait. Silly question, are the chicken thighs cooked beforehand or is that raw chicken that’s baked with the pannko?


  12. Teri 21

    Cathy…you have the best blog ever. I have made so many of your recipes and they have all been a big hit. I made these for a belated Christmas family dinner and they were fabulous. I used a wing sauce from a local store. I can only imagine using Mamas. I will order some today. Thank you so much for all your great recipes!!!!


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