The Best Chicken Wings Ever

Jul 19, 2019 | Appetizers and Snacks, Chicken and Poultry, Recipes

Normally on Fridays, I write a post titled “Everything I know about…” I do a deep dive into a specific topic and share what knowledge I have about it. Today, I decided to do something different. Today, I am going to share with you the recipe for my favourite chicken wings. Why? Why not? It’s Friday, that’s why. Let’s take a look.

What makes a great chicken wing?

In my opinion, a great chicken wing has to be crispy on the outside and tender inside. It is best when the wings are tossed in a sauce that nicely balances sweet and spicy.


What makes a terrible chicken wing?

Wings that are overcooked and dry are obviously pretty terrible. There is no question about it. Know what else is terrible? Breaded wings. There I said it. Someone had to. Breaded wings are the worst.

I know that there are some people out there who will completely, and adamantly disagree with me in regard to breaded wings. To them I say, you’re wrong…Obviously, people are entitled to like breaded wings, just for me, I’m not a fan.

What else makes a terrible wing? Not enough or too much sauce. Yeah, both of these are a thing. You don’t want a big pool of sauce at the bottom of your bowl or basket when you’re done eating your wings. No one wants that. You also don’t want dry spots on your wings that aren’t sauced at all. That’s just as bad.


How to get crispy chicken wings at home.

There are a few different techniques for getting wings crispy in the oven. The best one I’ve seen is to dust them lightly in baking powder and bake them on 375°F, on a rack set over a baking sheet until they are cooked through. This does work…sort of. But here’s the thing, the wings come out good, but there is something slightly weird about them.

How often do you eat chicken wings?

How often do you eat chicken wings? More importantly, how often do you eat wings at home? My guess is, probably not that often, right? So, since you don’t eat them that often isn’t it fair to say that when you do eat them you should strive to make them the best they can be?

Here’s what I’m saying, more than likely the chicken wings that you are making at home are a treat for some specific occasion. So, treat yourself. Fry those guys. Fry em’ up! Even if you don’t have a deep fryer, you can shallow fry them in a pan with an inch of oil.. Just be careful. Use a thermometer to watch the temperature and again, be careful.

Here’s the deal with wings, frying takes 7-10 minutes. They come out hot, crispy, and delicious. You don’t need to add baking soda or flour to them. Just pat them dry with a paper towel, so the oil doesn’t splatter too much when you put the wings in. Fry them on 365°F, until they are cooked through. And enjoy.


The sauce

My favourite chicken wing sauce is actually really simple to make and absolutely killer. I take two parts of my favourite hot sauce, combined with one part honey, and I boil it until it is thick. That’s it.

For the hot sauce, I usually use either Franks Red Hot or Louisianna Hot Sauce. Both are delicious and both work very well with the honey.

Boiling the sauce concentrates the flavour of the hot sauce. This means that the flavour is much stronger. But, the honey helps to balance that out. So, what you end up with is a slightly sweet, really flavourful sauce, that is thin enough to completely and evenly cover the wings. It is also thick enough that it doesn’t make a big mess. It holds on to the wings.

Because I’m a glutton I sometimes add a bit of butter into the sauce to give it a silky texture and richer flavour. That is the chunky stuff in the picture below.


Blue Cheese Dressing

To balance out the heat it is nice to have something cooling to dip the chicken wings into. Enter, blue cheese dressing. I really want to call this blue cheese ranch but that’s not really what it is, so we will settle with the broad term “dressing”.


What this is really is a bit of blue cheese mixed with sour cream, a bit of mayo, chives, vinegar, and pepper. And yes, it is perfect with these wings. It’s not too fancy, or complicated and it can be put together very quickly. Delicious!


Conclusion

When you put all of these components together what you get is a delicious plate of chicken wings that will satisfy even the most decerning wing connoisseur. I highly suggest that you give this a try. In my opinion, they are the best wings you will ever have.


My Favourite Wing Recipe

Crispy, slightly sweet, spicy, and delicious with blue cheese dressing on the side.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, Delicious, snacks, wings,
Author: Chef Ben Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken wings, split
  • 1 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Crumbled, Blue Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Mayo
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Minced Chives
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Oil for Frying

Instructions

  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel and set aside.
  • Heat a heavy bottom skillet with about 1 inch of oil in it to 365°f. Make sure to leave at least 1-2 inches from the surface of the oil to the rim of the pan.
  • While the oil is heating combine the honey and hot sauce in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thick. Remove from the heat.
  • Combine the blue cheese with the sour cream, mayo, chives, vinegar, and black pepper. Stir well and set aside.
  • Carefully place the wings in the oil and fry for 4-5 minutes. Flip the wings and fry for another 4-5 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  • Drain the wings well, toss with the honey and hot sauce mixture and serve with the blue cheese dressing on the side.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

A quick note

I just want to say thank you as always for reading, I really appreciate your time. Also, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking the next week off from the blog. It has been a long time since I have taken a break and I think I’m due. I will be back on the 29th of July. Thanks again and see you then.

4 Comments

  1. Jayne welling

    5 stars
    Thanks for the wings recipe Ben, I will definitely be trying this sauce method with the honey. Cheers! And enjoy your time off

  2. Chef Ben Kelly

    My pleasure Jayne and thank you

  3. Patrick Pilon

    I love a good feed of wings I’ll have to try out this out

  4. Chef Ben Kelly

    Let me know what you think of them when you do Patrick

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