Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is MY recipe and method for preparing hot wings for a party! Prep and clean up is a breeze! I always get RAVE reviews! Especially from the clean up crew! lol I have changed this recipe to include instructions on fresh OR frozen wings. Please let me know what you think. Update: This weekend made these again! Seasoned with garlic powder and cajun seasoning and grilled them starting with a preheated grill set to high. Oiled grill racks and seared each side of the chicken, then cooked over low to perfectly done and brown, crispy perfection. Removed from grill and tossed in sauce! Again, no messy pan to clean! :)
- 5 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning, Tony Cachere's is really good
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 12 ounces Frank's red hot sauce
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- celery rib (optional)
- ranch dressing (optional)
- IF USING FROZEN WINGS: I buy IQF - individually quick frozen- chicken wings that come in a bag and have already been separated into two sections and tips removed. If using FROZEN wings DO NOT THAW just rinse chicken in a large strainer to remove any ice crystals.
- IF USING FRESH/THAWED NOT FROZEN WINGS: Rinse chicken wings and follow directions starting at #3) BUT you may need to reduce your cooking time. I have not done them this way so I dont know how long they will take. Please watch them so they dont burn and do let me know how long they take to cook. Thanks!
- Pat wings dry with some paper towels. They do not have to be perfectly dry-just get most of the water off.
- Place wings in a large disposable foil roasting pan that has been sprayed or oiled well. I also take some foil and very loosely crumple it into balls and fill the pan so the wings can sit on the top of those and everything can drain off.
- Season wings with cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Toss to coat.
- Bake at 375°F until browned -about 30-40 minutes, using tongs flip each wing piece so that the browned side is down. Bake another 30 minutes or until chicken is browned and crispy all over. If you prefer them nice and crispy make sure to use a pan with a rack so that any liquid and grease can drain off.
- Sauce: In microwave safe bowl, combine hot sauce, butter, vinegar and more garlic powder if desired.
- Heat for about 2 minutes of until butter is melted and sauce is hot.
- To Serve: Depending on the formailty of your party- lol- if you are having hot wings it isnt too formal is it?- you can serve directly from the foil pan OR place wings on a platter.
- I like my wings to stay crispy after they are drenched in the sauce SO I serve them with the sauce on the side and allow guests to place the wings in a bowl and add sauce as desired. Some have them swimming and others- like me- dip each wing just before it is eaten. The crispiest!
- Update: This weekend made these again! Seasoned with garlic powder and cajun seasoning and grilled them starting with a preheated grill set to high. Oiled grill racks and seared each side of the chicken, then cooked over low to perfectly done and brown, crispy perfection. Removed from grill and tossed in sauce! Again, no messy pan to clean! :).
Made this last night and my family loved it with and without the hot sauce. I took the advice of many and served it on the side. My wings were frozen so as they cooked I just poured off the extra juice to keep them crispy! This is a keeper, thanks Mama's kitchen!
I'm not gonna rate this because i changed it so much. I didn't have frank's hot sauce so i used tabasco and added spicy ketchup to thicken. Very good!
I have done this both ways. The cooking time reduces to 20 min on each side. I use a rack, too. I do think that the wings were closer to what I'd call crispy when I used thawed ones vs frozen. Not exactly crispy per se, but they released much less fluid and seemed more "done" to me. My BF and I both liked them better this thawed way. I also used a bit more of the seasonings on the wings. The Frank's concoction can't be beat. I'm a dipper, too. Thanks for the recipe! Marie