If your anything like my family, chicken wings are #1 on the list of favorite things to eat. But we usually end up going out for them, and due to their rising popularity, this once budget-friendly treat now costs an arm and a leg. We often leave slightly disappointed in the service or temperature of the food, so its time for homemade Crispy Chicken Wings!
How to make Crispy Chicken Wings at home!
They are actually a lot easier to make than they might sound, and the mega bonus is that this recipe doesn't require a deep fat fryer or even a mess to clean up.
As long as you make sure your chicken wings are fully thawed and as dry as possible before seasoning and tossing them in the oven, you are guaranteed crispy and delicious oven-fried chicken wings.
When your wings are fully dried, even if you take a quick paper towel to them and dab them dry, season them with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Now I know that you will most likely be tossing these in a sauce when they are done cooking, but seasoning them is an interictal part in making AMAZING wings and not sub-par wings.
I will share a little more on the importance of using salt below, but seasoning the wings and tossing them in a little bit of oil will help remove excess moisture and crisp the wings to perfection in the oven.
Toss your dried wings in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and they are ready for the oven. Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 18 minutes. They will bake for about a total of 35-40 minutes but after 18 min I drain any liquid off that has accumulated on the pan.
Doing this is integral to getting perfectly crisp wings. I just drain the juices into the sink and toss the pan back into the oven. The last 20 minutes in the oven is when they will crisp the most.
Now because we seasoned them well, they can be eaten as is, or you can enhance them with a sauce. I love to toss them in a classic buffalo sauce, but use your favorite. I even throw them in some Teriyaki from time to time.
I am quickly becoming more and more of a fan of cooking at home. I can create meals at a much more cost-effective price, I don't have to leave a tip even when I get poor service, and I always get HOT food.
This bag of chicken wings and a bottle of sauce can feed a family of 4-5 people for about $25. When my family goes out to eat at our favorite wing restaurant the bill is usually around $75+ for 4 people!!! WHAT!?
So we can eat our heart out on wings at home 3 times for what it costs to go out. That makes me, my wallet, and my tummy happy. Eat up y'all!
The importance of salting your food!
The greatest and most important thing that I can share with you for this and any recipe you cook, SALT YOUR FOOD! Salt got a bad wrap for many years, but just completely leaving it out is NOT the route you want to take. Selecting a quality salt that is not heavily processed, bleached or loaded with additives is the move you want to make.
I am often asked, "what did you season this with, it's fantastic". And most times the answer is "salt and pepper". It's just all about learning how much to use, tasting and adjusting, and reaching the right threshold.
With everything you cook, there is a just-right amount of salt that will make everything shine! Hitting that proper seasoning peak can sometimes be hard, but taste it and adjust as needed so your food is never bland again.
Salt is good for you, and is a much-needed part of a healthy diet! But like I said, it comes down to choosing a quality salt that will benefit your body and not just rob it of essentials. I can't say it loud enough...GET RID OF THE IODIZED SALT and never let it back in your kitchen again!
Here are a couple of fun side dishes to serve alongside these wings. Take a look at Sarah's Grilled Radishes, or my Shishito Peppers.
Or if you want a little something sweet to end the meal with, check out Lori's Peanut Butter Mousse, or Kathryn's Chocolate Bundt Cake. My Chocolate Wafer Cake would also be a great close to this meal!