Believe it or not, my first grader loves (mildly) hot wings. That makes her dad and I mighty proud, spicy food loving people that we are. :) We had a tray each of wings and drumettes in the freezer. The wings, I used to make Parmesan Crusted Wings. The drumettes, I used to make Baked Hot & Spicy Drumettes….
Looking at those cirspy orange-y things just makes me want to make some again, pronto! I must make sure wings and drumettes are in my weekend grocery list. I should have saved some of the wings for this hot & spicy goodness, then I could have called them Hot and Spicy Wengs. I don’t expect all of you to get that last bit. Hee hee. :P
Here’s the recipe…
20 drumettes or wings
3/4 C whole wheat flour
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 C melted butter
1/2 C hot sauce (I used Schlotzsky’s Louisiana Hot Sauce)
1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly brush with oil or butter. Alternatively, you can lightly grease it with cooking spray. In a resealable plastic bag, put the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic power and sea salt. Seal, then shake to mix. Add the drumettes (or wings, whichever you’re using). Reseal and shake the bag until the chicken parts are coated well with the flour mixture. Transfer the drumettes onto the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
3. In a shallow dish, mix the melted butter and hot sauce. Dip the drumettes into the mixture and replace on the baking sheet. Bake until the drumettes are crispy on the outside and no longer pink in the center. This should take about 45 minutes. Turn the drumettes over halfway during cooking for even cooking. You can test for doneness by inserting a skewer/toothpick in the thickest part of the drumettes. If the juice comes out clear, then they’re done!
For spicier wings, add more hot sauce and cayenne pepper. For milder wings, use less of the red stuff. :) These are really quite mild. But don’t take my word for it. The level of spiciness of a dish is subjective.
On some cooking shows on tv, I’ve seen some chefs toss the baked wings in the butter and hot sauce mixture AFTER the wings have been baked. That’s another option worth trying.
We dipped the drumettes in light and creamy ranch dressing. Oohlala! This was another one of those moments where I’m practically kicking myself for waiting so long before I thought of making my own hot wings. Better late than later…I mean, never. Hee hee.
Football season has begun! These would make for great game time chow! Which nfl t shirts will you be proudly wearing?
Here’s to the hot stuff! Cheers! :)