Looking to make the perfect crispy chicken wings? With the right ingredients and a bit of practice, you can make the best chicken wings on the block! And once you perfect your recipe, you won’t have to order out to satisfy your cravings. You can get delicious crispy chicken wings right from your own kitchen.
Below are some tips on how to make the perfect chicken wings using fresh ingredients from your pantry.
Start with the Right Chicken
First, you’ll need to start by picking out the best chicken. Shop at your local grocery store or butcher and pick chicken wings that are fresh and have pink colored flesh. If the chicken is gray or transparent, skip it. It’s most likely been sitting around for a while.
Also look for springy flesh that has no odor. Stiff, soft flesh that has an odor should be skipped over. It’s likely that the chicken is no longer fresh. And while the appearance of blood may seem normal, it’s actually a sign that the chicken has been frozen and thawed a few times.
Pat the Chicken Wings Dry
When you bring home the chicken, pat them dry on both sides with a paper towel. It’s important to do this, otherwise the chicken won’t turn out crispy like it should. If you want to rinse the chicken wings in cold water, you may, but do be aware of the risks that exist when washing raw poultry. Washing raw chicken before cooking can increase the risk of food poisoning. Whether you rinse or don’t rinse the chicken, be sure to pat it completely dry.
Once dry, you’ll want to add seasonings to your chicken. You can choose just plain salt and pepper along with baking soda or flour, or you can add other ingredients like garlic salt and garlic powder. It depends on the recipe you’re using and the flavors you’re looking for. Toss the chicken wings to coat.
Cook the Chicken
Now it’s time to cook your chicken wings. Do this by frying the chicken in small batches on the stove or in the oven. If you fry the chicken in oil, you’ll want to cook them for about 8 minutes each or until deeply golden and cooked through. If you prefer oven baked chicken wings, cook the wings skin side up for about one hour, turning every 20 minutes or so. Total cook times depend on the size of the chicken.
Serve the Chicken
Let the chicken wings rest for a few minutes and toss them with sauce if you choose. Then serve them warm along with your favorite side dishes like crispy oven fries, zucchini sticks or carrots and celery. If you have leftovers, wrap them up and keep them on the top shelf of the fridge. Eat the leftovers within the next day or two.
Cooking chicken wings doesn’t have to be messy or time consuming. By following our tips, you can prepare delicious crispy chicken wings that the whole family will love! Of course, if you’re not in the mood to cook and dirty the dishes, stop into La Rosa Chicken and Grill for delicious chicken prepared any way you want!