While this year has left us with difficulties, today is National Chicken Wing Day so it's time to celebrate with some wings. Baked or fried, bone-in or boneless, the options really are endless. And, don't get me started on the infinite flavor combinations. I am no chicken wing expert, but here is what I know.
Fried vs Baked
Obviously, baking wings are the healthier option to frying them. The wings pictured were marinated and then baked in the oven. I baked these at 400 degrees F for about 20 - 25 minutes per side. When baking, it is suggested to bake them on a wire rack on a foil lined sheet tray. This allows the fat to drip down onto the tray, separate to the wings. This will leave you with crispier baked wings. If you don't have a wire rack, you can spray a foil lined sheet tray with non-stick spray and place the wings directly onto that. They may stick slightly when baking, but this is an alternative method.
You can toss your wings in more sauce after cooking, while still hot and just before serving.
Fried wings are generally crispier and juicier. You want to fry them in oil at 350 to 375 degrees F. Cook until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes until internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil, before tossing in your favorite sauce. Serve immediately, to prevent soggy wings.
Bone-in vs Boneless
I am all in for bone-in wings. These are the legitimate wings after all. Boneless wings are made from breast meat, similar to a chicken nugget. They are faster to cook, and honestly easier to eat. While they are essentially similar to a chicken nugget, they are a meatier, juicer cousin.
Some Great Recipes to Try
While the wings pictured were purchased from our local co-op, already marinated before I baked them in the oven, here are some recipes I found online that sound amazing.
- Honey Garlic Chicken Wings (Baked)
- Greek Baked Chicken Wings
- Spicy Baked Chicken Wings
- Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings (Baked)
- Deep-Fried Garlic Chicken Wings
I hope you enjoy this lovely food holiday, National Chicken Wing Day. The best way to celebrate is to make or buy yourself some wings, grab a stack of napkins and some dipping sauces, and eat to your heart's content.