Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hot Wings!

I LOVE hot wings. Wing Stop happens to be my guilty pleasure. My favorite flavors are Original Hot, Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan. I also LOVE their fries with the sugar sprinkled on them...yum! Since I do not allow myself to go out to eat these days, I have tried to master the art of wings. But since Jeffrey doesn't like me to make fried food, I have had a hard time getting the crispy skin that they are known for. The other night I was watching Good Eats on the Food Network and Alton Brown was demonstrating how to make chicken wings without frying them. I tried it out and it worked! These wings were a little time consuming, but so worth it in the end!

Hot Wings
Package of chicken wings. This 20 pack was the smallest I could find. Now remember that makes 40 pieces and we ate almost all of them!!
1/4 cup-1/2 cup Franks Red Hot (depending on your spice level)
1/2 stick of butter
Warning there are graphic images of raw chicken on the next few pictures, if this makes you feel sick you should top reading and just take a trip to Wing Stop! First cut the "drummy" from the wing, it is like cutting at the elbow of the Chicken. Use your kitchen scissors, they can handle it.
Then cut the wing tip off of the wing.
Now you have a drummy and a wing. Do this for all the wings. It is really not very hard, maybe you want gloves if you don't like to touch raw chicken...
This is the secret part. Fill a pot with 1 inch of water then insert the steamer basket and cook the wings covered for 10 mins. I used 2 separate steamers and had to do 2 batches for all the wings. According to Alton Brown, this process partially cooks the wings so that they will have less cooking time in the oven (allowing us to use a higher temp to get the crispy skin) and it takes some of the fat off of the skin so that they will not produce a lot of smoke when cooking at a high temp.
Strain the wings and dry thoroughly with paper towels.
Put on a baking pan lined with paper towels and topped with a baking rack.
Once all the wings have been steamed, dried and placed on the rack, allow them to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
Bake in the oven on 425 for 20 minutes, then remove and turn each wing over. Return to the oven for another 20 mins.
Make sauce for wings by melting the butter then mixing with Franks Red Hot. If you use another brand of hot sauce like Tabasco or Louisiana you may want to add some garlic, but Frank's already has garlic in it.
Remove wings from oven and immediately mix in a large bowl with the sauce.
Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing and celery. I bought reduced fat blue cheese dressing and it was gross, I should have known better! These wings were so good they didn't even need the dressing!

Update! I made these wings again the other night, they are addicting! I also made a lemon pepper wing that was really yummy.

Lemon Pepper Wings:
2 Tb Lemon Juice
1 Tb Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Pinch Granulated Garlic
1/8 tsp salt

Stir together the ingredients from above. Toss wings straight out of the oven in the lemon pepper sauce.

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