Make Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce at home, and it’s fresher and better than your favorite takeout wings. This no-cook, make-ahead sauce is loved by all ages.

A round textured pie plate topped with chicken wings coated in garlic parmesan wing sauce.

Spice up your wings with this Garlic Parmesan Sauce Recipe

If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you know that sauce can make or break the entire experience. And it’s no longer just a choice between buffalo and barbecue sauce. Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce has entered the chat.

Buffalo Wild Wings has offered this flavor for a number of years, and my local chain, Detroit Wing Company, serves a version of this as well.

My at-home recipe uses fresh garlic and Parmesan cheese, dried herbs, and a squeeze of lemon juice to balance the richness. Combined with my best grilled chicken wings recipe, it’s a flavor explosion that will leave your taste buds craving more.

Why you’ll love this Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce Recipe

  • We’re taking a beloved wing sauce flavor from chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Detroit Wing Company and making it fresher and better at home.
  • The well-balanced flavors make this sauce enjoyable for all ages (not hot and spicy like buffalo sauce).
  • Easy to make ahead and keeps well in the fridge, so this garlic Parmesan sauce recipe is ready when your wings are.
Ingredients on a light surface, including butter, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon, spices and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce

  • Parmesan cheese – this is what gives the Parmesan garlic sauce its rich and savory flavor.
  • mayonnaise – the backbone of the sauce, and what makes it creamy.
  • milk – thins the sauce out to the desired consistency for coating wings.
  • garlic – there’s nothing like fresh grated garlic to infuse a strong and aromatic garlic flavor into this garlic Parmesan sauce for wings.
  • butter – adds a smooth and glossy texture to the sauce.
  • Italian seasoning – adds depth of flavor to the sauce with herbs like oregano, basil and thyme. Buy it or make homemade Italian seasoning.
  • lemon juice – balances the richness and adds a citrusy bright note.
  • salt and pepper – enhances all of the other flavors in this garlic Parmesan sauce recipe.
  • red pepper flakes – adds a subtle spiciness.
  • sugar – rounds out the flavor, balancing the acidity of the lemon juice.
Three chicken wings on a black plate covered with, and with a dollop of, garlic parmesan sauce for wings.

How to make Garlic Parmesan Sauce for Wings

A clear glass bowl filled with mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and spices.

1. ADD. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.

A garlic parmesan sauce recipe all stirred up in a glass bowl.

2. STIR. Stir until everything is well combined. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight so that flavors can develop.

How to sauce wings properly

Now that you have your sauce ready to go, the most important next step is how you sauce your wings! Whether you grill, roast, fry or air fry your wings, the sauce comes next.

To get the wings throughly covered in sauce the easiest way possible, I like to use a large bowl. This is how they do it at restaurants, too!

A glass bowl filled with grilled chicken wings drizzled with garlic parmesan wings sauce.

1. ADD. Place all of the cooked wings and the sauce in a large bowl. If your largest bowl isn’t big enough to hold everything, do it in batches.

A glass bowl filled with chicken wings tossed with parmesan garlic wing sauce.

2. TOSS. Using a rubber spatula, toss until every bit of the chicken wings are throughly coated in sauce.

A round textured pie plate topped with chicken wings coated in a creamy condiment.

Home Chef Tips for Garlic Parmesan Wings Sauce

  • It’s tempting to use jarred or tube minced garlic since it’s so easy, but I really encourage you to grate your own fresh garlic for this sauce. It makes a HUGE difference in flavor.
  • The better quality Parmesan cheese you buy, the better the sauce will taste. Skip the stuff in the green can and buy fresh Parmesan if you can.
  • Go beyond wings! Use this sauce to brush over grilled or roasted chicken breasts, legs, or thighs.
A round textured pie plate topped with chicken wings coated in a creamy condiment.

Storing leftover Parmesan Garlic Wing Sauce

If you don’t end up using the entire batch of garlic Parmesan sauce for wings, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. That means you can make it way in advance of a party, too!

A hand lifting one chicken wing covered in garlic parmesan wing sauce from a pile of them.
A round textured pie plate topped with chicken wings coated in garlic parmesan wing sauce.

Parmesan Garlic Wing Sauce

Yield: Sauce for 3 pounds of wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Make Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce at home, and it's fresher and better than your favorite takeout wings. This no-cook, make-ahead sauce is loved by all ages.


  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  1. In large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Sauce will be very thick, but will thin out when warm chicken is added to it.
  2. Add cooked chicken wings to bowl and toss until well combined.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 789mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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