Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings4_sml
Makes 20 chicken wings

These hot wings are easy to make, and come out of the oven extra crispy. They need to sit in the fridge for an hour before baking to let the flour coating set up. You can then use any kind of sauce you want: taco, tomato, honey & Sriracha, honey & sesame, honey & chipotle, honey & cayenne, your favorite cola with chili, or hot sauce, what ever you like. What we list here is our favorite; buttered hot sauce with blue cheese dip on the side to cool the taste buds.

2 pkgs (20) chicken wings
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Hot Sauce, which is our favorite)
1 cup blue cheese dipping sauce

1: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray.
2. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix.
3. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until the wigs are well coated with the flour mixture.
4. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
6. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a blender.
7. Place the wings in a deep bowl, and pour enough of the hot sauce over the wings to toss and coat. Reserve remaining hot sauce for dipping sauce. (Caution: Do not allow the raw chicken to touch any of the hot sauce to be used for dipping, as it will be contaminated, and not safe to consume. To be safe, you may want to blend extra, and separate the two before handling the raw chicken.)
8. Place the coated wings on the baking sheet so they are not touching each other (to avoid steaming).
9. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside (about 45 minutes). Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

Larry VaughnThis is a recipe we got from our friend, Joe Stroup, who regularly gave forward through his church’s meal ministry, serving meals to the needy each week. This is the Joe mentioned in our journal of Lea’s sickness in 2005. He suffered a heart attack the day before Lea got sick while we were on vacation together on the East Coast. He subsequently had to have a heart transplant. We are SO blessed to count Joe, and his wife, Pat, among our dearest friends, although we have promised our children not to go on vacation together ever again. 🙂

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