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Crispy Buffalo Hot Wings

Crispy Buffalo Hot Wings - Chicken wings are the ultimate comfort food. They're crispy, flavorful, juicy and easy to make. Fresh from the fryer, there is nothing better. This is not up for debate. Wings come in many varieties, but a heavy favourite for most is the buffalo wings. They have just enough spice to give your tastebuds a workout. My buffalo wings are not traditional in that they're breaded. I prefer breaded wings, so that's why I do it. However, I know there are many traditionalists out there. That's why I'm sharing two versions of my hot wings recipe. One that will be breaded and fried and another that is without the breading and is roasted in the oven. Why am I offering that alternative option? Well, mainly because we're having a national shortage of flour right now and the non-breaded option doesn't require flour. Also, it's considerably a healthier option, since we're roasting instead of frying. Whatever option you choose, understand you can't go wrong. Both recipes produce flavorful and amazingly juicy buffalo wings.

REASONS YOU SHOULD TRY THIS RECIPE:

Place the wings in the water solution and leave them in there for at least an hour. Pour the water solution out. Prep the wings, by cutting off the tips (store them for chicken stock) and separating the wings from the legs. Use your kitchen shears to cut off any hanging inedible fat or feathers. Rinse the wings off well to clean them.

 Place a colander over a 6-quart saucepan filled with 1 inch of water in the bottom, over medium-low heat, cover and bring to a boil. Steam the wings for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator to dry, for about 1 hour.

Remove the wings from the fridge and place them into a large bowl. Cut a bulb of garlic in half. Peel and smash 4-5 cloves of garlic. Place them in with the wings. Pour buttermilk over the wings. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours or ideally overnight.

In a medium bowl, dump in flour, and sprinkle in paprika, salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine.  In another bowl, combine whole eggs and milk and whisk to combine. In another bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs, sprinkle in seasonings, whisk to combine.

Dredge the chicken wings by placing the wing in the flour first, then the egg wash, then the bread crumbs. Set aside as you finish dredging. Continue until all the wings are breaded.

In a large bowl, melt the butter. Allow the butter to cool to room temp. Add in the minced garlic. Pour in the hot sauce, salt, pepper and lemon juice into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Pour frying oil into a large pot. Preheat to  375 degrees F. Fry for 5-7 minutes or until they float to the top and appear golden brown and juices run clear when bitten into. Once the batch is finished frying, place each wing onto a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Transfer the wings to the bowl of the buffalo sauce. Toss with the sauce. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment or paper towels. Serve warm.

SOME MORE GREAT CRISPY BUFFALO HOT WINGS RECIPES:

See how I do it: 

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Crispy Buffalo Hot Wings

Crispy Buffalo Hot Wings - Chicken wings are the ultimate comfort food. They're crispy, flavorful,... Appetizers Crispy Buffalo Hot Wings European Print This
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • Water Solution:
  • Cold water to cover
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Marinade:
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • Wings:
  • 12 to 24 whole chicken wings
  • Sauce:
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • **If not breading wings, don't go past this point**
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 whole eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable or canola oil for frying

Instructions

Breaded Hot Wings:

Place the wings in the water solution and leave them in there for at least an hour. Pour the water solution out. Prep the wings, by cutting off the tips (store them for chicken stock) and separating the wings from the legs. Use your kitchen shears to cut off any hanging inedible fat or feathers. Rinse the wings off really well to clean them.

 Place a colander over a 6-quart saucepan filled with 1 inch of water in the bottom, over medium-low heat, cover and bring to a boil. Steam the wings for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator to dry, about 1 hour.

Remove the wings from the fridge and place them into a large bowl. Cut a bulb of garlic in half. Peel and smash 4-5 cloves of garlic. Place them in with the wings. Pour buttermilk over wings. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours or ideally overnight.

In a medium bowl, dump in flour, sprinkle in paprika, salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine.  In another bowl, combine whole eggs and milk and whisk to combine. In another bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs, sprinkle in seasonings, whisk to combine.

Dredge the chicken wings by place the wing in the flour first, then the egg wash, then the bread crumbs. Set aside as you finish dredging. Continue until all the wings are breaded.

In a large bowl, melt the butter. Allow the butter to cool to room temp. Add in the minced garlic. Pour in the hot sauce, salt, pepper and lemon juice into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Pour frying oil into a large pot. Preheat to  375 degrees F. Fry for 5-7 minutes or until they float to the top appear golden brown and juices run clear when bitten into. Once the batch is finished frying, place each wing onto a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Transfer the wings to the bowl of the buffalo sauce. Toss with the sauce. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment or paper towels. Serve warm.

 

Non-Breaded Hot Wings:

Place the wings in the water solution and leave them in there for at least an hour. Pour the water solution out. Prep the wings, by cutting off the tips (store them for chicken stock) and separating the wings from the legs. Use your kitchen shears to cut off any hanging inedible fat or feathers. Rinse the wings off really well to clean them.

 Place a colander over a 6-quart saucepan filled with 1 inch of water in the bottom, over medium-low heat, cover and bring to a boil. Steam the wings for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator to dry, about 1 hour.

Remove the wings from the fridge and place them into a large bowl. Cut a bulb of garlic in half. Peel and smash 4-5 cloves of garlic. Place them in with the wings. Pour buttermilk over wings. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours or ideally overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the paper towels from the pan and replace it with parchment paper. Roast on the middle rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook 20 to 30 more minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.

While the chicken is roasting, in a large bowl, melt the butter. Allow the butter to cool to room temp. Add in the minced garlic. Pour in the hot sauce, salt, pepper and lemon juice into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Once the chicken is finished roasting, toss the wings into the sauce and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment or paper towels. Serve warm.

 

Notes

These store in the fridge for a week. They can be reheated in the microwave, but ideally in the oven or fryer. The healthier option is the non-breaded/roasting option, but feel free to choose either option. You can use your favorite hot sauce. You may need more salt and pepper. Taste the sauce for seasoning and adjust the seasoning, sauce or lemon juice to your taste.

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