It’s nearly impossible to have a traditional Super Bowl party without Buffalo wings. Since catering can be expensive, and frozen food lacks in taste, cooking at home is the best option for succulent Buffalo wings with the perfect amount of zing. For those who are looking for easy ways to make delicious chicken, whether it be fried or baked, check out these two recipes:
For traditional fried Buffalo wings, courtesy of Food Network Magazine, the following ingredients are needed:
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 3 pounds of chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
- 1½ cup of hot sauce (Frank’s RedHot is one suggestion)
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons of honey
1. Heat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to place the wings when they are finished.
2. Mix flour and paprika together. Dredge the wings, making sure to shake off excess coating. Fry the wings in batches, turning them until they are cooked to a golden brown. It should take about 15 minutes per batch. In between batches, make sure the oil reaches 375 degrees F again.
3. While the wings cook, make the buffalo sauce by combining hot sauce, butter and honey in a pot over medium heat for about 10 minutes, continuing to stir. Remove a quarter of the sauce for serving and coat the wings in the remaining liquid. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing, and carrots and celery.
Click here for the full recipe, which includes a homemade blue cheese formula.
For healthier baked chicken wings, courtesy of “Good Eats” host Alton Brown, the following ingredients are needed:
- 12 whole chicken wings, cut at the joints and tips removed
- 3 ounces of unsalted butter
- 1 small clove of minced garlic
- ¼ cup of hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
1. Steam the wings on high heat for 10 minutes with one inch of water at the bottom and then let them cool in the refrigerator for an hour. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Pat the wings dry with a paper towel and then cook them for 20 minutes on a parchment-lined baking tray. Turn the wings and cook for another 20 minutes.
3. As the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Combine the butter, garlic and hot sauce in a pan over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the butter is melted. Add salt to taste and then toss the wings in the sauce. Don’t forget to put some of the mixture to the side so guest can dip their wings in extra buffalo sauce. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing, and carrots and celery.
For the complete instructions, click here.
Super Bowl 50 will be broadcast live Sunday, Feb. 7 on CBS from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. EST.
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