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Watch and Wing It

Posted on October 24, 2012

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Wings

Football season has arrived. Bringing with it an undeniable craving for those rockin’ little finger foods that we know and love: Wings. Whether you’re a traditionalist who’s very particular about his hot sauce or a more adventurous chef that takes her cues from a variety of global preparations, we’ve got you covered. If you want to know how to make chicken wings that score every time follow our playbook:

Pre-Season: Hot sauce may be in your near future, but to get the best flavor out of your wings, it’s important to toss them with a little salt, pepper and olive oil before they hit the roasting pan. Taking this simple step a little further and toss with your favorite spice rub, allow to rest in the fridge for an hour or two, then put them into play in a hot oven.

Use Your Space: Lay wings out on a high-sided cookie sheet or a shallow sided baking dish. You want to have enough of a rim on the pan to hold in the juices, but not too high so that it blocks any airflow. The name of the game is getting each piece golden and crispy, so making sure that there’s plenty of space between each wing (and no overlapping at all) is key.

Go Long: It’s nearly impossible to overcook chicken wings. In fact, we think “the crispier, the better”. Crank your oven up to about 425ºF and cook them for at least an hour. Don’t even bother checking on them before then. When your hour’s up, make sure they’re golden brown through and through. If not, rotate the pan and go even longer.

Kick or Stick: Kick up the heat with traditional hot sauce or add winning flavor with a sweet and sticky glaze. Capitalize on every savory bite by offering contrasting flavors. Our Apricot Glazed Chicken Wings can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, just be sure that each piece gets its fair share of that apricot ginger glaze if you’re looking for loyal fans.

Cover Your Wing, Man: Sure, that spicy Buffalo style chicken wing is all-star on its own, but it’s a hands down all time winner coupled with a homemade dipping sauce. Combine equal parts mayo and sour cream in a bowl, then stir in crumbled blue cheese, fresh chopped chives and some black pepper. Go for a dip and just try to tell us that’s not a touchdown!