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Jan 19, 2011 11:46 AM

Need a good non-fried chicken wing recipe

I've got a giant bag of big chicken drumettes I'd like to cook for a Sunday football watching gathering and I need a good recipe. Any cuisine, spicy or not is fine, but want oven baked or any other method except fried. Any tried and true tasty ideas? Thanks.

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  1. Not exactly T&T, since I haven't personally done it, but Mark Bittman is a fairly reliable source, and they look amazing . . . then again, that might be more to the credit of the food stylist than the recipe.

    1. Steven Raichlen has a number of wing recipes that are cooked on a grill. Here is one but if you do a search of his name with wings you'll find more...

      1. A quick easy one is soy sauce brown sugar--someone brought it to a party and they were so good I was surprised at how easy they are:

        We've been making them for years but have doctored it up, adding ginger, jalapeno, star anise, whatever catches our eyes but we still go back to the original.

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        1. re: chowser

          I do something similar and they're very good. Brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic are the basics and enough on their own, if you like. Beyond that, any add-ins go. A bit of cayenne can be really good. Have never tried star anise, will give that a go. I'll admit to using store-bought bbq sauce as the base for this mixture at times and it's always been good, too.
          I have found we like them best when I bake the wings hot and fast a bit first , then coat heavily in sauce and cook until they're really sticky and some have a bit of char. This method helps prevent mushy skin.

          We use cotton bandanas as napkins when we have these, paper just won't hold up. :)

          1. re: Nicolette S

            Garlic is a good addition. I love the caramelly coating. We do both quick heat and long slow and I like both. The only way I totally messed it up was trying it in the crock pot. I know better but was hoping for the best.

        2. My Daughter loves my oven baked "buffalo" wings and gave me orders long ago to call her whenever I am making them. They keep well after cooking in a crock pot set to warm and the recipe has yet to disappoint.

          Oven Baked "Buffalo" Wings

          Chicken Wings, trimmed into flats & drums
          Onion Powder
          Garlic Powder
          Salt & Pepper
          Crystal Hot Sauce

          Place wings in a heated steamer 24 at a time (48 at a time if you have a larger steamer) and steam for 10 minutes.

          Carefully move wings to a paper towel lined sheet pan, pat dry, and leave to dry thoroughly at least 1/2 hour.

          Preheat the oven to 450. (Use convection if you have it).

          Move the wings to a large bowl and toss with enough onion powder to liberally season each wing, then toss with approximately the same amount of garlic powder. Toss with black pepper to your taste.

          Now fold in enough Crystal Hot Sauce to liberally coat the wings then set them on a foil lined sheet pan (do not crowd) and bake 10 - 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Carefully turn each wing over and cook another 10 - 15 minutes or until wings are cooked through.

          Season with salt and serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.



          1. I have been baking my wings for years now and I prefer them to fried. All you do is turn your oven to 325 degrees, season your wings with salt and pepper and put them on a wire rack for about 1.5 to 2 hours. They should be nice and crispy by then. In a big bowl add half a stick of butter and a couple tbsp woster sauce and half cup of your favorite hot sauce. throw your wings in the bowl and toss. The wings just absorb the sauce and stay crispy. Wicked simple. Opps, don't forget to put your wire rack on to a sheet pan to catch drippings.

            Eric over here