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Chicken Wings, especially Buffalo Style are a classic snack for football viewing, right? Between the bowl games, playoffs, and the upcoming Super Bowl Game, there's plenty of opportunity for you to get your Chicken Wing game on, too!
Tell me how to do it!
Buy up a mess of wings ... five pounds is where I start!
Cut off the tips of the chicken wings, then separate the thigh (often called "flats") from the drumstick. Be sure to save those tips to make stock or broth with! Put them in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
Cover a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, then put a baking rack on top of that. The only reason I do this is to make it easier to clean up and to keep the chicken from baking right on the aluminum tray OR the foil.
Bake them at 350°F for about 45 minutes, then put them back in the large bowl that has been washed while they baked.
While the chicken wings are in the oven, make the sauce. I use Frank's Original Hot sauce and feel pretty strongly about that brand, but if you have another hot sauce that you prefer, feel free to use it. It is, after all, your kitchen.
The ingredients for the sauce are butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. I substitute coconut palm sugar for a healthier, yet just as tasty alternative. I mean, who am I kidding .... it's chicken wings! Who is concerned about healthy?
Can chicken wings be healthy?
You can up the healthy factor on these pretty easily by buying organic, pastured chicken and grass-fed butter, and subbing out the brown sugar in favor of coconut palm sugar, which is more blood-sugar-friendly. They are baked, not fried, there's no breading, and you're really left with a guiltless snack. That's my take on it.
The original recipe says to cook all the ingredients for about two minutes before adding the hot sauce, but sometimes when I haven't reminded myself of the procedure, I just dump it all in the pot together. No worse for the wear.
Pour it over the chicken wings, toss them around, and get to the business of eating! I serve them with celery sticks and Ranch Dressing (a dairy-free version) because I prefer it to Blue Cheese. The celery adds a crisp, cool freshness and the Ranch Dressing offsets the spiciness just a bit. Such a great combination!
Other game day snacks you might enjoy:
- Gluten-free Fried Chicken Tenders
- Salsa Verde Braised Pork
- Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
- Tammy's Restaurant Style Salsa
Chicken Wings | Buffalo Style
- 5 pounds of chicken wings tip cut off and the drumstick and thigh separated
- Olive oil salt and pepper to coat the wings
- 1 16- ounce bottle Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1½ Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar or substitute coconut palm sugar as I do
- Put the wing pieces in a large bowl, coat lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top it with a baking rack. Arrange the wing pieces on the rack with a little room in between each. You want them to have room enough to get golden all over. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350°F.
- Meanwhile, wash that large bowl because you'll need it again.
- Then melt butter with minced garlic in a small pot. Add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar and simmer for 2 minutes without letting it boil. Pour the bottle Frank's Hot Sauce in a medium size bowl, then carefully add the melted butter mixture. I feel the brand of hot sauce really does matter and that Tabasco is NOT the right choice for this. However, if you have a brand of hot sauce that you can't give up, go ahead and use it.
- When the wings are done, put them back in the large bowl that you used earlier and have since washed, and pour enough of the hot sauce mixture over to coat them good.
- Serve them up hot with a little bleu cheese or ranch (my preferred) dressing and have plenty of napkins on hand. They will definitely be needed!