Wing It

Wings are a favorite appetizer at restaurants and sports bars. Here’s my own recipe for a dish that recreates this fan favorite. So wing it and enjoy!


  • Three 1-pound packages of chicken wings (I prefer smaller wings like Perdue’s Wingettes)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I prefer 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 salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Blue cheese dressing (I opt for refrigerated blue cheese dressing)
  • Celery sticks


  1. In a very large saucepan melt the butter. Add hot sauce, turn off heat, and leave on stove for use later when you will add the wings.
  2. In a large plastic bag mix the flour and remaining ingredients.
  3. Add a few wings at a time to the bag of flour and shake. Remove wings from the flour, shake off excess flour, and set aside in large bowl. Repeat until all the wings are coated.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap then place wings in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  7. Place chilled wings in room temperature butter and hot sauce mixture that was set aside on the stove. Do not heat. Toss wings until coated.
  8. Transfer wings to baking sheet.
  9. Bake in oven for 20 minutes per side until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl.
  11. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.


To change the flavor of your wings, switch out your hot sauce with soy sauce, teriyaki, plum sauce, or apricot jam.

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