When it comes to wings it’s all good, or at least that’s how Scott feels about it. I on the other hand have a confession - I haven't been a huge fan of chicken wings until very recently. The ones at restaurants typically use bad cooking oils, and the handful of times we attempted to make wings at home the result was less than spectacular.
So Scott set out to change my mind, and boy did he ever succeed at that - and just in time too!
With Super Bowl XLVIII happening this weekend, it's time to get serious about chicken wings. The National Chicken Council estimates that Americans will eat 1.27 billion chicken wings this weekend. Given how popular wings are as a party food, Scott set out to find cooking techniques and wing recipes that were fail-proof and guaranteed to produce as good as or better than restaurant-quality taste - but with clean ingredients. And of course the recipes had to work well with our sauces too.
So here you have it, after some intense work in our test kitchen which is also our family kitchen, we offer up 3 Easy Ways to Make Outta The Park Chicken Wings.
Here goes....Baked, Fried or Grilled – take your pick! You can get great results any way you like.
Baked Chicken Wings
- 20 Whole Chicken Wings
- 4 TBS Butter
- 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour 1 cup
- 3 TBS each of paprika, garlic salt, black pepper
- 1- 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
- Outta The Park BBQ Sauce
Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare whole chicken wings. Rinse them and dry both sides thoroughly with paper towels. Use a sharp knife or cleaver to remove the tips and separate the wings at the joint (20 whole wings makes 40 pieces).
Cover 2 large baking sheets with foil. Make sure your baking pans have raised sides because next you will melt butter in saucepan over low heat and then spread the butter evenly over the foiled surface.
Combine flour and spices in a bag or a container with a lid and shake well to mix. Add wings and shake again, coating the wings evenly. Open bag and shake off any excess flour/spice mixture off wings.
Lay wings on baking sheets, flipping once to coat with the butter.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven, flip wings over and return to oven, baking for another 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees.
Remove wings from oven, place in a bowl and coat with Outta The Park BBQ Sauce. Place sauced wings on baking sheet and return to oven for an additional 5-10 minutes (enough time to set the sauce without burning any).
Serve hot, with extra BBQ Sauce for dipping.
And if you really want to impress your friends, try this easy recipe for Outta The Park Remoulade Sauce and serve that as a dipping option too.
Fried Chicken Wings
- 20 Whole Chicken Wings
- Flour and spice mixture same as baked wings recipe above
- Peanut oil
Prepare whole chicken wings for cooking the exact same way as described in the baked recipe above. Wash, pat dry, make flour & spice mix, shake wings in mix and put aside until ready to cook.
Add enough Peanut oil to create a 2” layer in the bottom of steep-sided pot suitable for deep frying, such as a dutch oven. Place over med-high to high heat and heat oil to 350-375 degrees.
Add wings to plastic bag or container with the flour and spice mixture. Shake to coat wings then remove wings shaking off any excess flour.
Use tongs to place wings in hot oil. Ensure that wings are arranged in a single layer and are fully immersed in the oil (a 4 qt. dutch oven can handle about 10 pieces).
After 8 minutes use tongs to turn wings over, keeping wings layered evenly. Cook for another 8 minutes, or until both sides of wings are golden brown. The total cook time for Fried Wings is about 16 minutes.
Use tongs and remove wings to drain on paper towels. Season wings while hot with additional salt, pepper and cayenne.
Serve with Outta The Park BBQ Sauce for dipping and our other amazing sauce option Outta The Park Remoulade Sauce
Grilled Chicken Wings
- 2-3 tbsps. Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp. each of Garlic salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne
- Outta The Park BBQ Sauce
Use a chimney starter to prepare a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, arranging all red/glowing coals on one side under the grill grate. Close lid and using a grill thermometer, allow the internal temperature to come down to 400 degrees . Gently oil the grill grate to prevent wings from sticking. (Adjust technique as needed for a gas grill. If you need some advice on indirect grilling the key thing to know is to keep your meat away from the direct flames. Direct flames will add char so to minimize charring indirect grilling is the way to go.)
Place wings in a large mixing bowl and add olive oil, tossing to coat wings thoroughly.
Combine spices and shake over wings, distributing spices evenly. Use tongs to place wings on grill grate directly over the coals. Close lid and cook for 7-8 minutes.
Remove lid and turn wings in place, replacing lid and cooking for an additional 7-8 minutes.
Open lid and use tongs to move wings to the other side of the grate (wings no longer positioned above the hot coals). Close lid and cook for another 20 minutes.
Remove wings and place in a clean mixing bowl, then toss with Outta The Park BBQ Sauce. Return wings to grill surface, again on the side opposite of the hot coals. Close lid and cook for additional 5-8 minutes, until sauce is slightly carmelized, be careful not to burn it.
Remove wings from grill and serve hot with plenty of Outta The Park BBQ Sauce for dipping. Great also with ranch/blue cheese dressing.
Note: Total cook time on the grill is about 40-45 minutes.