Wing It!


Wings usually taste better at a restaurant or on the grill, but here’s my very own recipe for wings that recreates this favorite appetizer. There are thousands of ways to make wings. I’m still searching for the best wings in town, but these are pretty darn good. So wing it and enjoy!

Note: just in case there are any sports fans reading my cookbook, a wingette is also a name for a team sport played on ice or a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader.

Servings: 6 – 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • Three 1-pound packages of chicken wings (I prefer smaller wings like Purdue’s Wingettes.)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I’m a fan of Cholula hot sauce.)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Blue cheese dressing and celery sticks (optional)


  1. In a very large saucepan melt the butter.
  2. Add hot sauce to the butter, turn off heat, and leave on stove for use later when you
  3. will add the wings.
  4. In a large plastic bag mix the flour and remaining ingredients.
  5. Add a few wings at a time to the bag of flour and shake.
  6. Remove wings from the flour with tongs, shake off excess flour, and set aside in large bowl.
  7. Repeat until all the wings are coated.
  8. Cover bowl with plastic wrap then place wings in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  9. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  10. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  11. Place chilled wings in room temperature butter and hot sauce that was set aside on the stove.
  12. Do not heat. Toss so wings are coated.
  13. With tongs, transfer wings to baking sheet with tongs.
  14. Bake in oven for 20 minutes per side until golden brown.
  15. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl.
  16. Serve with blue cheese dressing and fresh clean celery sticks. (I combine blue cheese crumbles with blue cheese dressing found in the refrigerated section of your supermarket’s produce aisle.)


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About Debbie

Influenced by my passion for cooking and entertaining, I wrote TASTOSTERONE: The Best Cookbook for Men to provide men with a road map of supplies, tips and recipes for navigating around the kitchen. Guys... get cooking!

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