July 4th weekend is coming up, a very good excuse for another get together with family and friends. So what are you bringing to the picnic? I say you bring some finger lickin’ wings! Sounds like a plan, yes? Oh put the phone down, will yah! I’m not about to let you phone in an order! You’re making the wings yourself, of course! I have made baked barbecue and mildly hot wings at least 4 times this summer. My daughter loves the stuff! And it looks like I’m going to be making them again and again! If we order them from a popular wings joint, it will set us back a good $12.99 for 20 pieces of wings! I can make more than 20 pieces and spend so much less! I’ll tell you how much I spent on my wings in a bit.
These are the mildly hot baked wings…
These are the barbecue flavored ones…
I used the same recipe that I previously posted HERE. I am reposting the recipe just the same because I did a tiny bit of tweaking.
20 -25 pcs. wingettes and/or drumettes
3/4 C whole wheat flour
1/2 t cayenne pepper1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 C melted butter, divided: 1/2 C for barbecue wings, 1/2 C for the hot wings
1/2 C hot sauce (for the hot wings – I used Schlotzsky’s Louisiana Hot Sauce)
1/2 C barbecue sauce (for the barbecue wings)
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. Brush the wingettes/drumettes with melted butter and bake until they 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 and brush again with melted butter.
4. In 2 shallow dishes, mix the melted butter and hot sauce in one and the melted butter and barbecue sauce in the other.
5. Transfer half of the baked wings in a bowl and pour the butter/hot sauce mixture over the wings. Toss until all the wings are well-covered in sauce. Do the same with the other half of the wings, this time, using the butter/barbecue sauce mixture. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with your choice of dip.
In the old recipe, I dipped the wings in the butter/hot sauce mixture and then baked them. This time, I tossed the wings in butter/hot sauce mixture AFTER baking. Why? Because I saw in one food show that that’s how they do it in some, if not all, wings joints. ;)
I spent $5.36 on the wings. I have a ton of butter in the fridge because I do a ton of baking. The hot sauce, I got for free during the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run last month. I was practically forced to take home about 6 bottles of the good stuff! The barbecue sauce, I also got for free at Target (KC Masterpiece brand), which was on sale for $0.99 cents and I just so happen to have a $1 off coupon. Hee hee. :D How’s that for huge savings? *wink* If you can snag some apple store coupons at dropdowndeals, you can surely do the same with food.
I understand that home-cooking might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So if you think ordering the wings is more practical for you…go ahead…my feelings won’t be hurt. Promise!
Have a great week ahead, y’all! Mabuhay!