Deliciously Crispy Oven Baked Hot Wings

July 18, 2016

Anybody who knows me, knows my love of hot wings. I usually order wings once a week (at least), but given that they’re deep fried I always feel just a little guilty eating them. I’ve tried to make baked wings quite a few times, but have failed miserably because: 1) couldn’t get them crisp or 2) they would get too dry. But, I persisted and thus I present to you a delicious hot wings recipe! Apparently the trick I was missing was to coat the wings in flour and then let them air out in the fridge. Doing this lets the flour absorb the moisture, which helps crisp up the skin.

Oven Baked Hot Wings

For the hot sauce, I used “Pain is Good” Garlic Style Batch. It’s really spicy but not in a “it’s nothing but spice” kind of way. A little dash of honey tempers the heat a little bit and adds a some additional complexity to the already delicious hot sauce. Now, I don’t anybody to read “baked” and then think these things are diet food, they’re not. I also don’t want people to read that I’m using 1/4 cup of butter to make the buffalo sauce, and think these are terribly unhealthy. You need a healthy dose of good fat. As a matter of fact, I actually use Irish butter, which is higher in it’s fat content. This actually adds a lot to the flavor and contributes to the moisture retention in the chicken, so think twice before you reach for some fat-free alternative to butter. I hope you enjoy this wings recipe (make sure you have a few tissues nearby)!!

Crispy Oven Baked Hot Wings

Oven Baked Hot Wings


Yield Amount: 8 wings Prep Time: 10 minutes Waiting Time: Min 1 hour

Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes


Ingredients

Wings:
8 chicken wings – skin on
1 tsp Vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika

Buffalo Sauce:
6 tbsp butter (Irish butter works best given it’s high fat content – fat can be good for you)
1/2 cup Pain is Good hot sauce (or any hot sauce of your choice)
2 tbsp honey


Initial Prep Instructions

  1. Grab a baking tray and line with aluminum foil. Coat with vegetable oil and set aside
  2. Mix flour, garlic powder, salt, and paprika in a zip lock bag and shake to mix well
  3. Put wings in zip lock bag (1 or 2 at a time) and shake to coat evenly. Shake off extra flour and place on tray
  4. Place tray in fridge (uncovered) for at least 1 hour. I typically leave them in there for 3-4 hours

Cooking Instructions

  1. Pre-heat over to 400 degrees
  2. Melt butter in pan at medium heat then add hot sauce
  3. Stir well and add honey and stir for another minute
  4. Pour sauce into bowl
  5. Coat wings evenly in the sauce and place back on tray – keep the extra sauce, you’re going to need it
  6. Place tray in oven and bake until cooked through (about 45 minutes). Flip wings about half-way through, and spoon on a little more of the sauce
  7. Serve hot with some ranch or blue cheese
  8. Take a picture, tag @Pizza_and_Perrier, enjoy!