You Can Make Finger-Licking Good Crispy Chicken Wings
If you are having people over to watch football or host an appetizer party, you are probably planning on making chicken wings of some sort.
I think that is a great idea. Most people love them, so you can’t go wrong.
I mean what’s not to like?
However, I know if you have never made your own chicken wings, it can seem pretty daunting and can seem like a lot of work. It would be much easier to slice up some salami and cheese and throw in some crackers, right?
Believe me, I get it. Even if you really like to cook like I do, with chicken wings there are so many ways to cook them, so many sauces and rubs, you may just throw in the towel before you even start.
Don’t worry, with a few good pieces of advice, I promise your next batch of chicken wings will be more than finger-licking good.
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If I can do this, so can you.
Before deciding which chicken wings you want to serve there are a couple of things you need to know.
First of all, when it comes to making chicken wings, one thing I know for sure, no matter what recipe I use, the skin needs to be crispy!!!
To make really good crispy wings, you have to understand the different cooking methods out there.
I have tried all of the cooking methods and what I have discovered is that baking is my top choice for cooking chicken wings
Chicken Wing Cooking Methods
Deep Frying for me is just too greasy and you lose some of the chicken flavors. Personally, I never go this route.
Slow cooking wings in a slow-cooker will make sure you have tender, fall off the bone wings, but they won’t be crispy. That’s ok, you aren’t done.
There are some delicious recipes that start wings in a slow cooker.
When the wings are done in the slow cooker, carefully place them on a cooling rack on a sheet pan. Then, broil the wings for about 10 minutes on each side or until they are crispy.
Baking wings is my favorite cooking method.
Baked wings are less greasy, tender, juicy and crispy.
Tips for Baking Crispy Wings:
- Before baking place chicken wings on a single layer and pat dry with a paper towel.
- If you’re using frozen wings (I usually do), make sure they’re completely thawed.
- First be sure to bake your wings at a high temperature, like 425 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, flipping about ½ way through.
- It’s a good idea to use a baking rack if you have one, if not line a cookie sheet with foil.I
- Do not add sauce before baking unless moving to a broiler at the end.
- In a large baggie, add one tsp of BAKING POWDER ( NOT SODA) and ½ tsp of salt for every pound of chicken wings. ( When you are baking dry wings)
- Now you can get out your favorite sauces, BBQ, Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Ranch dressing are all pretty popular.
- For the most even cooking (and easy cleanup), line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil (or two sheets of regular), then top that with an oven-safe metal cooling rack
If you have someone who doesn’t like really spicy but wants great flavor, this is the recipe to start with. Everyone will ask for the recipe.
- 6 lbs frozen chicken wings
- 1 cup Franks Hot Sauce
- 1 cup melted butter
- 2 packages dry original Ranch Dressing
- Heat oven to 425º
- Heat oven to 425°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pans with foil, and spray with cooking spray.
- Thaw chicken wings and pat dry.
- In a large bowl, mix melted butter and Frank's Hot Sauce
- Add wings and mix until well coated.
- Place wings single layer on the baking pan
- Sprinkle with 2 packages of Ranch dressing, sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake for 35 minutes
- Carefully drain all liquid off wings
- Place wings under broiler for about 5 minutes on each side or to desired crispiness.
- The wings will seem crowded on the pan and you sure can use 2 pans if needed.
- Baking the wings in the butter and hot sauce before draining really cooks the flavor in the meat.
- The wings can be baked on a cooling rack placed in the baking pan before baking.
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So, head out to Costco or wherever you can buy plump chicken wings, turn up your oven and give maybe even a couple of these new recipes a try. – Enjoy
As always, let me know what you try and how they tasted in the comments below!