These easy to make Whole Food Hot Wings are crispy without being fried. Just 7 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time required. Perfect for game day, an appetizer or a quick and simple dinner!
According to my
post it note editorial calendar that I created last week, today's post is supposed to be about Chicken Pad Thai. Buuuuuut canceled babysitters, sick children, and obscure ingredients intervened.
So what do you do when a cancelled babysitter and an unscheduled doctor's appointment leave you scouring the city for tamarind paste with 2 hungry and sick kiddos in tow? YOU GO HOME. You ditch your fancy dinner plans and make Whole Food Hot Wings instead.
Because... A) The ingredients are super basic. B) NO chopping required. C) Who doesn't want to eat hot wings for dinner?
The Secret to Crispy BAKED Whole Food Hot Wings:
I originally learned the method for cooking chicken wings this way from the cooking show, The Kitchen on Food Network. Before stumbling across this method I thought that in order to have a crispy wing, frying was required. Not so! These baked wings are both crispy and delicious. Not to mention.. WAAAAY healthier than their traditional fried counterpart.
SO the big secret is the baking powder of course, but also that you have to cook them on a sheet pan rack. Line your baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup, spray the rack with non-stick spray (I use one that is %100 olive oil) and sit the rack inside the baking sheet. It lets hot air circulate around the wings and prevents the bottom of the wings from sitting in the moisture from the remnants of the wings. If you don't already have baking racks in your kitchen, they are not expensive and you can grab them on Amazon here. Make sure you choose one that is stainless steel!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: I like to make a double batch of the sauce and keep the extra in the refrigerator in a sealed jar. It will keep for up to a week.
Make Ahead: I personally think that chicken wings taste best when they are fresh from the oven, but Joe loves having extras sitting around in the fridge. Just pop them into the oven at 350 until warmed through. I like to add a little extra sauce over the top to keep them from drying out.
Freezer: This is the best part! You can freeze these wings so that you have them on hand in case of an impromptu get together or late night craving! Cook according to the recipe directions. Allow chicken to cool. Arrange cooked chicken is a single layer on a bake sheet. Place in freezer for 2-3 hours, or until frozen through. Place frozen chicken wings into a labeled and sealed bag. When you are ready to eat, heat in 400 degree oven until chicken is warmed through and then toss in fresh made sauce.Print
FOR THE WINGS:
- 10 whole chicken wings, cut into flats and drumettes (20 pieces total)
- 1 TBS baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
FOR THE SAUCE:
- ½ stick butter
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¾ cup hot sauce (I like Frank's)
- 1 TBS honey
- Preheat oven to 250 and place a baking rack onto a cookie sheet that has been covered in foil.
- In a large bowl, toss the flats and drumettes with baking powder and salt. Place wings on the rack in a single layer and cook for 30 minutes.
- In a small pot over medium heat, add the butter and garlic. Stir continuously until butter is melted and garlic is fragrant. Add hot sauce and honey. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
- After 30 minutes, leave them in there and raise the heat to 425 until brown and crispy, about 35 -40 minutes.
- Take wings out and let rest for 5 minutes. Toss in the hot sauce mixture and serve.
- Instead of discarding the tips, save them and use them to make a stock.
- This is a great article that shows you step by step how to cut whole chicken wings into flats and drumettes
- Make sure that you select a baking powder (NOT baking soda) that is aluminum free.
- To add an extra layer of crispiness.. just before removing wings from the oven, allow them to broil for up to a minute (watch closely, they can burn FAST).
- These wings are not SUPER spicy. Want to spice them up? Add a few shakes of tobacco sauce into the sauce.
- If my kids are any indicator.. kids don't like spicy. To make this a family friendly recipe, skip saucing some of the wings and allow the kiddos to eat them with this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip instead!
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