Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip sections.
In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for 8 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.
In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the syrup, hot sauce, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Combine water and cornstarch; stir into sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Place wings in a large bowl; pour sauce over and toss to coat.
Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.