Every Thursday at our house we have pizza and wings. Sometimes we mix it up and do sweet Asian wings or garlic parmesan wings, but 90% of the time it is these classic buffalo wings. They require very little hands-on time and come out just as crispy as anything deep fried, even though they are baked. I love my deep fryer and hate healthy food but have found no reason to switch to frying wings because the oven method is easy and good.
I see a lot of wing recipes that talk about cutting the wings and discarding the tips but I get mine at Costco in a 10 lb. bag of frozen wings. There is nothing to cut up or discard. You can grab however many you need out of the bag and defrost them in a bowl of cool water.
Sometimes I set some aside without the sauce to be dipped by the kids in barbecue sauce or ketchup (gross).
You will need:
-2 cups all purpose flour
-2 teaspoons seasoned salt
-1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
-1/2 cup Frank’s or Texas Pete hot sauce
-1/2 cup (one stick) of salted butter
-1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- In a large ziplock bag, mix the flour, seasoned salt, and pepper together
- Place the wings inside. They should not be wet, but there is no need to obsessively pat them dry.
- Shake until the wings are well coated, them put them back in the fridge for at least an hour, up to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, if you have a convection setting this is a good occasion for it as it really crisps them.
- Prepare a baking sheet by covering it in foil and generously spraying with a non stick spray. Place the wings on it without them touching each other
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip them individually. Bake another 15-20 minutes. They should look crispy.
- Towards the end of the baking time, prepare the buffalo sauce by melting the butter in a large saucepan and adding the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. (Worcestershire is not being highlighted by spell check, is it possible I have spelled it right TWICE?)
- Toss the baked wings in the buffalo sauce, right in the sauce pan.
- Serve with blue cheese or ranch.