“I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.”
I warned you a few weeks back (January 23) about having multiple recipes for chicken wings. I love chicken wings. So which are the best? There are no bests in this world. It’s all a matter of what we’ve been brought up with and what we’ve been brought up to believe. More on this in a later post.
For instance, in many blind taste tests, the kind that faux experts decry, standards often fly out the window. A movie, Bottle Shock, is the true story of French wines versus California wines in a prestigious, blind, wine-tasting event in France. Spoiler alert! French judges chose the California wines! So much for absolutes.
What does all this have to do with chicken wings. Absolutely nothing. I’ve just had too much coffee, again.
Chicken wings, about 2 pounds
1 t chili powder
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper, your call on the amount
2 T butter, melted
Few drops Tabasco
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
If you purchased whole chicken wings you might want to cut them in two and remove the tips. (I actually took the tips and placed them into a small kettle with water, a bay leaf, salt, garlic powder, and some dried onion. It’s going to be a cup or two of chicken brothish.) Next, combine the chili powder, salt, and peppers. Toss the chicken wings in this concoction.
Arrange the seasoned chicken wings on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet into the preheated oven. (Am I being too specific?) Bake for 50 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through.
When the baking is done melt the butter and add a few drops of Tabasco. This is where you get to determine how spicy you want to make your chicken wings. Toss the chicken wings into a large bowl with the seasoned butter.
Note: If there are multiple opinions about chicken wing heat in your family, choose the mild side. Heat mongers can always add additional Tabasco to their chicken wings. If you are the heat monger and want most of the chicken wings for yourself … Did I say that out loud?
Yes! These are the chicken wings I made by my very own self! They are luscious. I will never purchase store made chicken wings again … unless I really want to.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.