How to Season Chicken Wings

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Chicken wings remain one of the most versatile appetizers, as the seasoning possibilities are endless. Whether it's a finger-licking sauce or fiery dry rub, you can create a custom seasoning to appease even the pickiest of eaters. Forgoing the traditional breading technique for a flavorful combination of herbs and spices will help to cut down on the carbs of this delicious dish.

Saucing

The debate between the best seasoning method for chicken wings often falls into two categories: to sauce or to dry rub? The saucing technique will help to protect the fragile layer of chicken skin throughout the cooking process to ensure a juicy and delicious wing.

  • Remove wings from packaging and place into a large freezer bag.
  • Pour your favorite BBQ sauce or chicken marinade into the bag. 
  • Squeeze the bag gently to release any trapped air.
  • Allow your wings to marinate in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes. 

Dry Rub

The dry rub technique will allow you to create perfectly seasoned wings without the messy cleanup. Create a simple homemade dry rub with a combination of herbs and spices, including chili powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Kick up the heat with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

  • Remove wings from packaging and pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Place wings in a large mixing bowl and toss with extra-virgin olive oil. 
  • Pour half your dry rub onto the wings and toss. 
  • Sprinkle the remainder of your dry rub onto the wings. 
  • Massage the wings gently to ensure they have been evenly coated with the seasoning.   

After Cooking

You can enhance the flavor profile of your wings by adding an extra layer of seasoning after removing the chicken from the grill or oven. Create a delicious flavor combination by pairing your sauced buffalo wings with a tangy twist of ranch.

  • Place your cooked wings into a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle a few tablespoons of ranch seasoning mix over the wings. 
  • Toss the wings gently to evenly distribute the ranch seasoning. 
  • Taste one of the wings and add seasoning mix, if necessary. 

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