Saturday, May 15, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Wings


Can I just say that I love Buffalo Chicken Wings?! However, I find them to be a bit too expensive to get at my local favorite restaurant too often. I have tried to come up with ways to make them at home. Some of the times I have wanted to send those wings a-flying (you know, right into the trash); other times, they have turned out ok and have satisfied the craving. This time was likely my best attempt, even though I about lost my fingertips in the butchering process (you know, detaching the wing tip and separating the wing from the drumstick? Yeah, that process. Yuck.) As a sidenote, I will consider my next tab from the wing restauant a bargain!

Short of deep-frying, this is my best shot. Take it or leave it. Or just saturated 'dem wings in a pool of sauce. That's the best part, anyhow.

Buffalo Chicken Wings
(my best attempt)

a package of chicken wings, thawed (whatever size you need!)
flour
black pepper
canola oil, for browning

Buffalo Sauce (recipe follows)

Procedure:
Cut apart the chicken wings if the wingtip and the drumstick are still attached.

Scoop some flour (1/2 cup, I guess) into a bowl and add some black pepper. Combine with a fork. Dredge each chicken piece in flour to lightly coat.

In a large skillet, pour some canola oil and heat. Add the chicken (in batches, if you have a lot of wings) and lightly brown on both sides. When chicken is done browning, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet with rims (I have found that parchment works best to avoid sticking).

In a preheated 425-degree oven, place baking sheet with chicken and bake until meat is down and skins are crispy and brown (I never know how long this takes; I would start at 30-45 minutes and then check them). When chicken is done, set oven to broil and broil a couple of minutes to finish crisping the chicken wings.

Pour prepared Buffalo Sauce over chicken or serve from a bowl.


Buffalo Sauce
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot sauce)
1 tsp. garlic powder, if you like it extra spicy

In a small saucepan, heat both ingredients together until butter is melted. Avoid boiling as that will break down the butter and you will end up with a separated sauce.

2 comments:

  1. Meijer sells wings frozen already separated so you don't have to! It's like $8 for a 3-4 lb bag, so not a bad deal.

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