How Do I Drain the Blood Out of Chicken Wings Before I Cook Them?

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Things You'll Need

  • Colander

  • Paper towels

  • Knife

Fresh chicken wings need to be drained of blood before they can be prepared.

People often prefer to prepare their own chicken wings at home instead of purchasing them cooked. However, fresh chicken wings purchased form the store may contain blood or other liquids in the packaging. The blood makes the chicken look unattractive and it can interfere with seasoning the chicken wings. Draining the blood from the chicken wings and rinsing them properly helps to improve the flavor and appearance of the wings. The following steps will demonstrate how to properly drain blood out of chicken wings.


Step 1

Place the chicken wings into a colander. Place the colander in the kitchen sink.

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Step 2

Run cold water over the chicken wings. Move the chicken wings around with your hands to allow the water to rinse away the excess blood.


Step 3

Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels to remove the excess moisture. Cut the chicken wings at the joint where they connect and remove the wing tips if you desire.

Step 4

Prepare the chicken wings according to your recipe.


Store the chicken wings in their original package until you are ready to prepare them.


Wash your hands before and after handling the raw chicken wings. Use an antibacterial soap and warm water to kill harmful bacteria.



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