I never dreamed we'd have such an interesting day in our house, as the day of the AFC/NFC championship games. I eagerly watched as much as I could of both games (working around our son's naps and bedtime). First - the Pats win. And down to the last few minutes, the 49ers could have pulled off a victory, too. I was a little sad at the loss, because that would have made for a really exciting Superbowl in our house!
I wanted to make buffalo wings for this day of football. I've used Alton's method/recipe before, but when I finally got around to trying that sauce, I was underwhelmed. So this time I went off in search of a new recipe, and this one caught my eye. I decided to give this new method a try, as well, as it looked a little easier and I liked the idea of baking the wings for a few minutes with the sauce on them.
We loved this spicy and slightly sweet sauce for buffalo wings. These baked wings aren't as crisp as fried ones, but I actually prefer them! To turn up the heat, increase the cayenne in the coating, or spike the sauce with some Tabasco or other favorite hot sauce.
Baked Buffalo Wings
Source: Slightly adapted from Lana's Cooking
Yield: Serves 2-3
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Inactive time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder, or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 20 chicken drummettes
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup Frank's, or your favorite hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with foil. Spray a cooling rack generously with cooking spray and place in the baking sheet.
- Add flour, cayenne powder, garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a large ziploc bag. Seal the bag and shake to mix ingredients together.
- Dry the drummettes well with paper towels, then toss in the ziploc bag until well coated, about 5 at a time. Shake off the excess flour and place on prepared rack.
- Place the wings in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake wings for 25 minutes, turn each wing over, then bake an additional 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.
- Remove the wings from the oven and dip them 3 or 4 at a time in the sauce mixture.
- Place the coated wings back on the pan, return the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, place on a serving dish and drizzle remaining sauce over wings.