Chicken wings are a staple snack food at informal parties, and they're lots of fun to eat while you're watching a game or just hanging out. Like other poultry dishes, you can prepare your chicken wings in many different ways. Hot wings are definitely a favorite; to put a flavorful spin on traditional hot wings, add your kick with curry powder or paste rather than standard hot sauce. Choose from different types of curries and complementary seasonings to tailor the dish to your liking. Cook chicken wings at a high temperature to get crisp, golden skin.
Things You'll Need
- Baking sheets
- Aluminum foil
- Cooking oil
- All-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper
- Curry powder or paste
- Unsalted butter
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Thai red, green or yellow curry pastes, hot sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, citrus zest, honey, garlic or onion powder (optional)
Set the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat it for a half-hour.
Line one or more baking trays with aluminum foil. You need enough space to place all the wings without their touching, as contact prevents proper browning and crisping. Lightly grease the foil with cooking oil or nonstick cooking spray. Coat the chicken wings, as well.
Combine all-purpose flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. You need just enough flour to lightly coat all the wings, add the seasonings to taste. If you're using curry powder, mix it in.
Dredge the chicken wings in the seasoned flour, coating them completely. Gently brush off the excess and evenly space the pieces on the baking trays. Put them into the oven to bake, turning them all over once after 15 or 20 minutes.
Prepare a sauce for the chicken wings while they cook. Melt a half-stick to one whole stick of unsalted butter in the microwave in a large microwave-safe bowl. If you're using curry paste -- Thai red, green or yellow curry pastes are all good choices -- stir some into the melted butter. Alternatively, use a favorite complementary hot sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce or other suitable liquid. Include other desired seasonings, such as a citrus zest, honey, garlic or onion powder or other appropriate herbs or spices.
Remove the chicken wings from the oven once their skin is well browned and crispy and they're cooked through. Keep an eye on them, as cooking time varies depending on the number of wings you're cooking at the same time, how well your oven maintains the right temperature and other considerations. In general, expect around 2 pounds of wings to cook about 45 minutes.
Place the chicken wings in the bowl with your sauce. Toss them so they are all coated. Take them out, letting the excess sauce drip off into the bowl, and arrange them on a serving platter.
Tips & Warnings
- Wash your hands after handling raw poultry, and sanitize any items or surfaces that come into contact with it.
- Chicken must be kept below 40 F or over 140 F to remain safe from bacterial growth. Don't keep the wings out at room temperature for longer than two hours or longer than one hour if you're outdoors and it's over 90 F. Keep the wings in the refrigerator until you're ready to make them and use or freeze them in airtight packaging within two days.
- Rinsing poultry isn't recommended, as it easily results in bacterial cross-contamination, notes the USDA. Proper cooking kills any bacteria, so washing serves no purpose. Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F.
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