Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings


Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Well, this is one more in our junk food bonanza week.  I guess it is just slightly a step up from deep-fried chicken wings.

I know this is the time of year everyone starts their resolutions to only eat salads for dinner or eat 7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day but I have never really done that.   I try to serve a variety of fruits, vegetables and meats to my family and I will continue to do that.  I think this year I will strive to add more fruits and vegetables into their lunches and breakfasts in the coming year.  That sounds like a realistic goal to me.

Verdict:

The chicken wings were pretty good.  No, they were not authentic, deep-fried, über crispy wings but they satisfied our cravings for “real” Buffalo wings until we can get home again.

The kids preferred them far more than I did.  Each of the kids ate about 8-10 wings, these were JUMBO wings.  I just need to adjust my tastes from the crispy crunch of a deep-fried wing to the more delicate pop of a baked wing.  The sauce was the same it was just a texture issue for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 5 lb bag of Jumbo chicken wings, already separated, if frozen thaw first
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • carrot sticks, celery sticks
  • chunky blue cheese salad dressing for dipping, if desired

Directions:

  1. Remove chicken wings from bag and pat with paper towels to dry.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil then lay 2 non-stick sprayed metal cooling racks in the pan.
  3. Take flour, salt and pepper and mix it in a Plastic storage bag.  Add chicken wings 2-3 at a time and add them to the storage bag.  Shake the bag vigorously to completely coat the wings in the flour mixture.
  4. Once wings are coated place them on the racks in the pan and continue coating all the chicken wings in batches of 2-3.
  5. Place chicken wings in oven for 15 minutes.
  6. While chicken is cooking melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.  Add garlic and onion powder and stir well.  Then add hot sauce.  I generally add about 1/2 a cup or so.  DO this to taste!  Make sure it is not too spicy for your family.  Stir the mixture well because it does take some time for the hot sauce to become fully incorporated.
  7. Once the wings have cooked 15 minutes turn them over.  Gently brush each wing with a little bit of Buffalo Sauce mixture.
  8. Bake for 10 more minutes. Then remove from oven.
  9. Put wings in a large bowl and toss with the sauce.
  10. Serve immediately with carrot sticks, celery sticks and a side of blue cheese, if desired.

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