The secret to baked wings that taste just like real-deal, deep-fried Buffalo wings? Some baking powder.
Why It Works
Air-drying the wings overnight helps them crisp up faster when you bake them, which corresponds to juicier meat in the end.
Baking powder adds surface area to the chicken wings, intensifying their crunch.
YIELD: Serves 4 to 8, depending on how long the game and nachos last
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 9 to 19 hours
1 to 4 pounds (450g to 1.7kg) chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flats
1 teaspoon (5g) baking powder per pound of chicken wings
1 teaspoon (5g) kosher salt per pound of chicken wings
2 tablespoons (1 ounce; 25g) unsalted butter per pound of chicken wings
2 tablespoons (1 ounce; 30ml) Frank's RedHot Sauce per pound of chicken wings
Blue cheese dressing, for serving
Celery sticks, for serving
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside. Carefully dry chicken wings with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine wings with baking powder and salt and toss until thoroughly and evenly coated. Place on rack, leaving a slight space between each wing. Repeat with the remaining 2 batches of wings.
Place baking sheet with wings in the refrigerator and allow to rest, uncovered, at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Add chicken wings and cook for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 30 minutes longer, flipping a few more times towards the end.
Meanwhile, combine butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking until combined. Transfer wings to a large bowl, add sauce, and toss to thoroughly coat. Serve wings immediately with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, conspicuously shunning anyone who says that real Buffalo wings must be fried.
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