Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baked Chicken Wings

My last year in college, my roommates and I would order Pizza Hut chicken wings every Wednesday. It was Wing Wednesday and we were religious about it. I always got the spicy BBQ or mild original. Sometimes I threw in an order of Pizza Rollers (essentially a crescent roll stuffed with pizza toppings) just to keep the body guessing. It was a beautiful time in my life.

Jeff and I decided that we need to bring back Wing Wednesday. Last week, Jeff made them from scratch, sauce and all. I took a few pictures of the process, but for the most part was kicked out of the kitchen. It was (he is) wonderful. 

The (pre-sauced) wings get baked for 20 minutes, flipped, then baked for another 20-25. Use a rack when baking your wings, otherwise they will be soggy!

After 40-45 minutes in the oven, give the wings a final coat of whatever sauce you are using. Jeff made a spicy BBQ sauce and a basic buffalo sauce because he is nice like that. Make sure you also have: beer, blue cheese dressing for dipping, and paper towels.

Wing Wednesday is back.

Baked Chicken Wings
recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com
makes 2 dozen

24 bone-in chicken wings
3/4 c AP flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
spicy BBQ sauce (recipe follows)
medium buffalo wing sauce (recipe follows)
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1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a metal cooling rack on top (this will allow cooking juices to drain and it will ensure your wings are crispy)

2. Mist cooling racks with cooking spray

3. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. 

4. Place the wings onto the prepared baking racks and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour

5. Make your sauces & pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees

6. Coat half of the wings in the BBQ sauce and the other half in the buffalo sauce

7. Place wings back on baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, turning halfway through baking to ensure even cooking (they are done when their juices run clear and the are no longer pink near the bone)

8. Brush the BBQ wings with additional BBQ sauce and buffalo with additional Franks Red Hot sauce* before serving

*Don't use the sauces you made at the beginning for basting cooked wings as they were used with raw chicken; use plain BBQ and hot sauce!

Spicy BBQ Sauce
3 Tablespoons melted butter
2 Tablespoons water
1 c BBQ sauce
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
red pepper flakes, to taste
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1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth; coat wings in sauce before baking

Medium Hot Wing Sauce 
1 c Franks Hot Sauce*
1-2 Tablespoons melted butter
* The Franks we used had butter flavoring in it so Jeff reduced the amount of butter we added, if using plain hot sauce add up to 1 stick (1/2 c) of melted butter for the same result
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1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth; coat wings in sauce before baking

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