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Chicken Wings Without the Deep-Fry, Method 1 of 2

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I'm a wing freak. One of my biggest dreams is to take a drive to Buffalo so I can sample wings from the birthplace of the phenomenon. As a result, I've worked hard to find out how to make the lovely things at home for myself.

While I do have a deep fryer, there are two reasons why I don't like to use it often. One is that it is unhealthy to eat a lot of deep-fried foods, though every once in while isn't so bad. The other, though, is that it's an ordeal to break out the equipment, fill it up with a ton of oil, cook up the wings, then break it all down after it's cooled, clean it up, and stow it away again. The non-food related parts of the process take ten times as long as the actual meal. With this in mind, I have experimented with alternative methods of cooking my beloved wings that don't involve deep-frying. This is the first of two Instructables, each of which will describe a different process I've worked out.

Method One involves cooking the wings, lightly coated in oil and flour, in a very hot oven. The result is a nice, golden, and crunchy wing, without all the bother of the deep-fryer. Let's hop to it, shall we?

(Special thanks to randofo for the front page feature.)

The ingredients list:

Thawed chicken wings (I used 14 for this Instructable)
Light olive oil (or any other choice, really)
Flour

For the sauce:

Frank's Red Hot
Butter
Sugar

For hardware:

A bowl with a lid for tossing
A spatula (rubber or silicone)
A cookie sheet
Some foil (optional)

EDIT: I just wanted to add here that I have an Instructable up for what I think is a pretty darn good roasted garlic wing sauce. Also, I posted a video of me making wings with a slightly different method, and yet a different idea for the sauce.
 
 
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ihcTactics2 years ago
So the thoughts I've seen so far from others are: [***1] Cornstarch added to the flour - adds crunch [How much should I add?]  [***2] Steam the chicken before putting in oven - less smoke from fat [***3] Soaking chicken in milk for an hour before flouring - moister chicken [***4] No oil, about 40 minutes in the oven - just better ==== I DEFINITELY need to give these a try. I made an account just to say thanks for my first recipe I'm going to try from Instructables!
I just finished making + eating these. They were amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! :D
sbrierley2 years ago
Try soaking the wings in milk or butter milk for an hour before you toss them in the cornflour. you'll get amazingly moist chicken :)
cdriedger2 years ago
I tried a trick I learned which works with baking bacon in the oven. You place a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and then place the bacon (or the wings) on the wire rack. Then the grease drips down onto the cookie sheet and the bacon, or in this case, the wings get nice and crispy without sitting in their grease.
Tried the wings this afternoon using the wire rack on the cookie sheet, and they turned out perfect! Crispy, but not greasy. Since there isn't much wing touching the wire rack, they don't stick much either. They were very easy to get off the rack.

Highly recommend this technique.
hjennings233 years ago
The no-fry method is great for those of us that don't want to have to fry the wings! As we speak, I'm gathering my ingredients to make a batch of these!
vandal11383 years ago
Franks has a "buffalo" style sauce which is just plain ol amazing franks with buttery goodness added. It's great on pizza..... Or wings as so intended!
Bleu cheese?
God those look awesome. Thanks for the methodology, will be trying this, have the ingredients ready to go!
bellazygote4 years ago
Try adding in some cornstarch with the flour for some added crunch!
dmlandrum (author)  bellazygote4 years ago
Hey, good idea. I'll definitely try that my next go-around. To be honest, I've stopped using the oil in the tossing of the wings before cooking. I just toss in straight flour plus some seasoned salt now. I should update this Instructable a bit.
jwoerner4 years ago
excellent wings my man... family enjoyed them they thought i fried them.. lol:)
alexisgig5 years ago
We tried your cooking method and made the best wings we ever tasted! Great! To had a bit of fire, we added a couple of Blair's sudden Death sauce to the Frank's sauce! Hotttt....!!!!
dmlandrum (author)  alexisgig5 years ago
Thank you! I've actually recently discovered that you don't really need to toss in the oil and flour both. You can toss just in flour and then bake, as long as you bake hot (425F) and for about 40 minutes. It won't be nearly as smoky as Alton says.
Gjdj35 years ago
That looks really good, and probably healthier, than deep fried. 5 Star Rating!
aaahchuu5 years ago
Reynolds makes a non-stick foil.
bkohler5 years ago
what ever happened to Method 2 of 2?
dmlandrum (author)  bkohler5 years ago
It's coming soon, sorry! It has similarities to crestind's Coca Cola Chicken recipe, so I haven't given it a high-priority. It's different enough that I'll definitely post it, though. For one thing, mine doesn't use any cola. ;-)
franks red hot is the best
SpinWard6 years ago
step 2 How to Be a Master Baker lol, Master Baker, ah-haha
matthewabel6 years ago
I love hot wings. This is similar to the method I use. I think they are just a good as a deep-fried wing with the same sauce.
geppettony6 years ago
great alternative I'm from buffalo and always looking for a change, the old deep fryer looks quite gross after a while. franks hot sauce is the key to "buffalo wings" your sauce is a great standard. my wife has made a boneless and skinless option for me in the oven, for i'm on weight watchers...too many wings in my day..haha
Minibrains6 years ago
In college I worked as the 'wing guy', we cooked our wings in a giant pressure cooker. A decent alternative to the deep fryer.
Alton Brown did wings on recent show. He steamed the wings first to get some of the fat rendered out, that way when they go in the oven, it doesn't create a butt-load of smoke.
dmlandrum (author)  Murphys_Lawyer6 years ago
You know, I looked up Alton's recipe, and decided to alter my process today based on a few of his ideas, and I decided I like the results better. So I think I'll be updating this Instructable with some alternatives for folks to try. Thanks for the heads-up on this episode. I don't have cable anymore, so I missed it.
autolycos6 years ago
Technically what you're talking about with oven frying is a process known as roasting. When they stew in the oven, it's a braise.
stratholm6 years ago
You may think the best place to get wings is in Buffalo because that's where they were invented but the best place I've found (being a resident of 24 years) is in Rochester NY about 60 miles east of Buffalo. There's a place called Jeremiah's there and they have repeatedly won the Best Wings award over the place in Buffalo and I have to agree having samples both. Buffalo sauce made from scratch... mmmm.... getting hungry just thinking about it.
SpinWard6 years ago
OH...MY...GOSH! These were great. I made them tonight! It's encouraging when you can cook something and it looks like the picture! They were crispy and juicy. I'm a big sissy about spicy food (and I'm okay with that) so I used the taquelia/lime marinade. Good zing without the hot! We had some just plain with seasoning in the flour and they were good too!! Thank you for such a great idea! I hate messing with all the oil too!!
bakenbitz6 years ago
mmm I love wings. My dad has his own sauce recipe that is delicious, anyone who has had it thinks its the best they've had. We deep-fry ours, we have a deep-fryer in our garage, so we don't have to take it out, clean it and fill it up. We change the oil every now and then though. Next time we make them, I'm going to try this.
dmlandrum (author)  bakenbitz6 years ago
I won't say this oven method tastes as good as a good deep-fry, but it is pretty close, I think, once you get all that richly-flavored sauce on them. I would like to have a permanent deep-fry station, but space just doesn't allow it for me at the moment. The really fun part is that I was eating those very wings on that plate as I wrote this Instructable. :)
scottysmo886 years ago
Wow somebody actually wants to come here to Buffalo!
dmlandrum (author)  scottysmo886 years ago
Well, I live in Port Huron, so a quick jaunt through Canada wouldn't take TOO long. ;-)
xrobevansx6 years ago
I have a GREAT grilled wing recipe. If you want it email me!
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