Best Chicken Wings Ever

9 Feb
Best Chicken Wings Ever

Best Chicken Wings Ever

No, really. These are Genius! For years, my husband has been trying to cook perfectly crisped chicken wings. He’s tried double-frying in oil, frying then baking, baking then grilling — you name it. And then there was this magical moment about two weeks ago when I hopped over to one of my favorite foodie websites and a recipe for these chicken wings popped up in the Genius Recipes column. Really? Really? Can it be true?

I immediately printed the recipe and ran downstairs to show it to my husband. He wasn’t even skeptical about it and was anxious to try this new version, and promptly put “chicken wings” on the grocery list white board. Much to his dismay he came home wingless that day from the grocery store. “I can’t believe the store had no chicken wings!” I’m a persistent shopper and would have tried a second (or even third) store, but the wings would have to wait until another day.

Cured Chicken Wings

Cured Chicken Wings

His next trip out a couple of days later and produced said wings. He was all set to cook them up for dinner when he discovered (much to his dismay again) that the recipe required a full 24-hours of prep. “Didn’t you read the recipe?” “Well, uh, I read the ingredients but didn’t read through the instructions.” Cooking Basics 101. Read the entire recipe through at least once (0r more) before starting to cook. Don’t be put off by the 24 hours though. That is mostly all hands off time while the chicken wings “cure” in the refrigerator, for lack of a better word.

I can truly attest that these are the most perfectly crisped chicken wings I have ever had in my life! Crunchy skin on the outside, and completely juicy and tender on the inside. And there is a bonus to them too! Forget the goopy, buttery red hot sauce known to adorn the ubiquitous Buffalo Wings. The recipe also included an amazing dipping sauce that is this spicy, tangy-I-can’t-put-words-to-it delicious! Without further adieu…

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

Best Chicken Wings Ever
Very slightly adapted from Maximum Flavor (Clarkson Potter, 2013) and borrowed from Food52

Vegetable oil spray for racks
3 large egg whites
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 pounds whole chicken wings
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced
1 green onion, finely sliced

Oil 2 wire racks and place them over a large rimmed baking sheet. Mix the egg whites, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir until salt and baking soda are dissolved. Dump each chicken wing, one at a time, into the mixture and coat evenly. Lift the wing from the bowl and drain off excess marinade. Place each wing on the racks. Refrigerate the wings, uncovered, overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the baking sheet of wings into the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Amazing Dipping Sauce

Amazing Dipping Sauce

Flip the wings over and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the wings over again and bake about another 10 more minutes, until nice and golden. Take the sheet of wings out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Serve with the dipping sauce. Can you say Genius? And the second bonus is that the leftover dipping sauce can be used to marinate almost anything!

Best Chicken Wings Ever

Best Chicken Wings Ever

Download and Print this Recipe

Download and Print this Yummy Recipe!


10 Responses to “Best Chicken Wings Ever”

  1. tinywhitecottage February 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Sounds great! I’ve done this very same thing….expect to cook something up and then read the fine print only to discover it is quite a process and requires “time”! These wings do look and sound amazing!


  2. griffinsgrub February 13, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    I’ve got to say that I am skeptical anytime I read Best Ever in a recipe title. Usually, I skip over it and just keep going. But I am a lover of wings of all kinds so I had to read it and I gotta admit I am curious and will be trying it out. Some interesting ingredients and prep. I’ll leave my wings out uncovered in the fridge sometimes overnight to air dry them which does help crisp up the skin. And I have mixed in corn starch or baking soda in with a rub to help crisp them up as they cook. Really intrigued by your recipe. Printed out to try real soon. Thanks.


    • anotherfoodieblogger February 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Well I can really attest that these are the best I’ve ever had, at least in this household as my husband had tried for a very long time before I found this recipe. I hope you enjoy them!


  3. Michael's Woodcraft July 19, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Your recipe looks great, I just printed your post so I can give these a try tomorrow!! 🙂


    • anotherfoodieblogger July 19, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Excellent! We have made these several times since this post. The main thing is remembering to “prep” the wings the night before you want to cook them! 🙂


      • Michael's Woodcraft July 19, 2014 at 10:52 am #

        Just got back from the grocery and plan to clean and prepare wings this afternoon! 🙂


      • anotherfoodieblogger July 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

        How did they turn out? Or have you not cooked them yet.


      • Michael's Woodcraft July 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

        Hi Kathryn, we ate them for supper tonight, we had all of our children here, their spouses and grandchildren. We loved them, they were a big hit, everyone loved them! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂


      • anotherfoodieblogger July 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

        Oh wow, I am so happy when somebody cooks something I’ve posted that turned out great. You are most welcome! 🙂


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