Is anyone else glad it’s Friday? I feel like I am barely crossing the finish line on this week.
Being that it is The Big Game this weekend, I think that it makes sense for me to share a few recipes that I plan on having for the Super Bowl. One of which is a recipe for baked chicken wings. Let me just state for the record that chicken wings are not a health food – their sole purpose for existence is to just eat them for enjoyment - and therefore unless you are just eating the heck out of some chicken wings on the regular, I don’t believe that any attempt should be made to make them healthier.
I am saying all this to tell you two things: 1) that it is some foods’ sole purpose in life to just taste good and be enjoyed and that is ok and that 2) I am not baking these chicken wings instead of frying them in any attempt to make them healthier. So if you fry yours and you are happy with what you do, keep on keepn’ on.
This baking method is a matter of logistics and sanity. When I am making multiple snacks, the last thing I want to do is get the messy fryer out to add to the mix. You can bake a lot of chicken wings at one time with very little attention, and these baked chicken wings are darn good. It’s official because my husband says so.
When choosing hot sauce for your wings, I recommend Frank’s Red Hot. First for the taste, second for the marketing. You really have to hand it to them with their commercials. Call my sense of humor juvenile, but I will never tire of hearing a little elderly lady voice saying “Frank’s Red Hot, I put that sh-BEEP on everything!”
In addition to wings, I always make a greek hummus dip (this one is similar, I make plain hummus). It is pretty and so good. I make my own hummus because it is so easy and there is just no comparison in taste between homemade hummus and store bought, but you can buy it already made and that saves a step. I also plan on trying something new this year, a Velveeta-free nacho cheese dip recipe, pretty much because I am pregnant and I saw this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head, I HAVE to have it.
So here is the recipe:
- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 9 Tablespoons of butter
- ¾ cup Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp salt
Take your chicken wings out of the fridge about 15-20 minutes before you are going to start saucing them to knock the chill off.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray
Place an oven rack about 6-8 inches below the top of the oven (in my oven it is the second placement down from the top).
Turn oven on to broil on high
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt 9 tablespoons of butter
Once butter is melted, add ¾ cup of hot sauce and 1 tsp salt and wisk together over the heat until combined.
Pour half of the sauce into one bowl large enough to toss your wings in it and set the other half of the unused sauce to the side.
Discard what is left of the sauce that you tossed your wings in if you are done with it so as not to accidently use again due to contamination with raw chicken.
Add your wings to the bowl, toss to coat.
Place wings spread out on the prepared baking sheet.
Broil for about 7-10 minutes, or until they begin to brown and crisp on the edges, then flip and broil for about another 5-8 minutes or until they begin to brown and crisp on the edges.
Either pour the remaining unused half of the sauce on the wings while on the pan, or to get extra good coverage, put the sauce in a bowl and toss the wings again and serve them immediately!