I’m not a huge fan of hot wings but I think my mind may be changing. I honestly think I now have an obsession with taking foods that I don’t generally care for and preparing them homemade until I love them. Regardless, these things are amazing and I gained 5 pounds from testing this recipe…I blame football and the highly anticipated super bowl coming up. My recipe is for the basic version but I always do two kinds….a sweet and then a spicy version. That way everyone is happy. Here’s what to do for the basic recipe but don’t forget that the opportunities are endless when it comes to changing up the sauces and flavors.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Mix the above ingredients and whisk together with a fork. The measurements above are just right for a 5 lb package of wings.
Coat the wings individually in the flour mixture. Place on a cookie sheet and set aside. I typically prepare these in the morning, letting them set in the fridge all day until I’m ready to fry them up.
Heat your oil to the perfect frying temperature of 375 degrees. Drop your wings in a single layer into the oil. Cook for about 10 minutes until the wings are golden brown and floating in your oil. That’s when you know they’re done! Remove from the heat and set aside in a covered dish.
For a traditional hot sauce, take 1 stick of butter and 1/2 cup of hot sauce (plus a couple extra drizzles if you like the heat) and combine in a sauce pan. Bring to a low boil and coat your chicken wings in this mixture. Set the remaining portion aside for dipping.
To make a sweeter version, mix 1 cup of prepared barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s for this batch) with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4-1/2 cup of honey in a pot. Bring to a bubbling boil and remove from heat. Coat the chicken wings in the mixture and use the remaining mixture for dipping. It’s as simple as that!