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Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Who doesn’t love Buffalo chicken wings?! I don’t have to be a tailgating party either to serve these puppies up! In fact, I could eat these every night and never get tired of them.

I like baking the chicken because I have trouble eating too much fried foods and I wondered if they would turn out as good as the deep fried and I so pleased that they are so good!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

And, you have a choice between using a marinade or flour! Check the recipe below for more details!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Course: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet

Recipe inspired by Serious Eats

Ingredients

  • For the Wings:
  • 5 pounds chicken wings

  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (optional)

  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce (Preferably Frank’s brand*, see the notes below)

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste

  • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

Directions

  • Prepare the wings: The wings are traditionally cut into three pieces. Using a heavy knife, cut through the joints in the wings to separate then into three pieces. A sharp knife should slide through the joint easily; there is no need to cut through any bone. It’s easiest to see the joints with the underside of the wings facing up.
  • The tips of the wing, which contain little to no meat, can be discarded or saved for the stock pot. Rinse the wings and pat them dry, then toss in a bowl with the oil and a good pinch each of salt and pepper.
  • The sauce: Melt the butter over low heat in a sauce pan and add the remaining sauce ingredients, whisking well to combine. Keep the heat low and only as long as necessary to melt the butter: you don’t want the butter to separate. Taste for spiciness, and add cayenne if desired.
  • To Marinate or Flour? Depending on your method, the next step is to either toss the wings with a quarter of the sauce and refrigerate for an hour, or toss them in a bowl with the flour. The former method will infuse the wings with flavor, while the latter will create a crisp exterior that will eventually soak up lots of sauce. It’s up to you.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet with a neutral oil such as canola, using a paper towel or brush to ensure it coats all of the surface. Arrange the wing pieces skin-side-up. They should be snug, but not too crowded. Keep in mind they will shrink as they cook.
  • Cook undisturbed for 30 minutes until golden brown, and until the wings release easily from the baking sheet. Using a pair of tongs, turn the pieces over and return to the oven to bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp.
  • When the wing are finished cooking, pour the Buffalo sauce into a shallow bowl (you’ll probably have to do this in batches) and add a few wings at a time. Turn them in the sauce until well-coated, then transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining wings.

Notes

  • *Using a relatively mild Louisiana hot sauce is an important part of the process. If the hot sauce is quite hot (like, say, Tabasco) the Buffalo sauce will be far too spicy by the time you use the right amount to get the consistency you want. Starting with a sauce like Frank’s, which is what they use in Buffalo, allows you to then add cayenne until it’s as spicy as you like.

You can serve with a blue cheese dip or in my case – Ranch dressing!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.