When we are on the road for work all healthy eating flies out the door. We are too tired to even think about venturing out to explore new eats .  Our days are long, and we end up bellying up at the hotel bar by dinner time.  Then what happens is an order of icy cold beers and buffalo wings.  Occasionally, a green salad served alongside to make us feel better.  With every messy bit we wonder out loud why no one ever serves baked buffalo wings instead of fried.

Baked Buffalo Wings

 

The same thing happens when there are delays at the airport we find ourselves bellied up to a bar drinking cold beer and eating chicken wings. Actually we are now convinced that the best airport food is most likely chicken wings.  We would rather throw back chicken wings instead of a non-mentionable double cheeseburger.  Last year it became a game to eat chicken wings at every airport in search of the best.  Over our last platter of over saturated fat, we once again questioned why no one serves platters of Baked Buffalo Wings.

After chatting about what were the best foods to be served during Super Bowl it was decided that buffalo wings are a must.  Is it even really the Super bowl without a platter of killer wings?  Lenny decided to tackle the task of creating the best baked chicken wing recipes.  After many conversations about which way to go, Cajun, Asian, Portuguese, Ukrainian, we decided that some things are meant to be traditional.  America football deserves a traditional buffalo wing.

The past month we have consumed pounds of chicken wings which was a very good thing.  Lenny nailed it with the sauce for this Baked Buffalo Chicken Wine recipe.  It is perfectly seasoned with the right consistency that coated each wing.  Pure sauciness.  

We also played with techniques, we tried boiling, baking and roasting the chicken wings as we didn’t want to fry them.  The best texture and the most flavorful wings hands down was the baked version.  They were perfectly crispy which helped keep the sauce on the meat.  Bonus is that you can eat twice as many since they are baked, doesn’t that mean healthier in code?

Be sure to serve these killer wings with a classic blue cheese dressing.  You are going to have your guests eating out of your hands!

Tips:

  • Let the chicken wings sit for the recommended thirty minutes as it brings them to room temperature and they cook more evenly.
  • Serve with Classic Blue Cheese Dressing 
  • Have a lot of napkins nearby as these are finger food
  • Serve with celery sticks to you feel better about eating too many wings

Recipe:  Baked Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds chicken wings or party chicken wings
1 tablespoon olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup Tabasco or Franks buffalo sauce
1 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper
2 tsps maple syrup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

How To:

Preheat the oven to 425.
Place the chicken wings in a deep bowl.
Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Drizzle in the olive oil and mix well.
Let sit for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature.
Slide into the oven.
Bake 15 minutes.
Flip the wings over and bake another 15 minutes.
While the wings are baking make the sauce.

Make the Sauce:

In a saucepan melt the butter.
Stir in all of the ingredients except the cilantro and baking chicken wings.
Stir over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Lower heat to a very low simmer.
Cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in 1 tablespoon of cilantro.
Remove from the heat and set aside.

Putting it together:

Remove the wings from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Place the wings in mixing bowl.
Pour the sauce over and mix together.
Place the wings back onto the baking set and bake for 5 – 8 minutes until hot.
Place the wings on a serving platter and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of cilantro.

Serve.

Eat.

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