It’s hard not to like chicken wings – crispy seasoned skin surrounding juicy morsels of chicken. Problem is, they’re bloody expensive to buy. If you want to eat them at home you can either order take out/delivery or buy a box of frozen ones and cook them. Takeout/delivery is almost always more than 50c/wing and are often too damn dry; while, should you get them from a box, there’s always a weird slimyness to them (you know what I’m talking about) and they’re not as good as you would have hoped [note; if you’ve had delicious wings from a box, please let me know the brand].
Simple solution — make them at home. Baked wings can still be crispy, they can be delicious, and they’re cheap.
Stuff you need:
Chicken wings (seriously. I can’t believe I just said that.. sigh..)
Garlic (fresh, powdered, granulated, frozen, whatever)
Hot sauce/wing sauce
An oven preheated to 375F
For about 10 unsplit wings I use 3 tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of chili powder, 3 crushed cloves of garlic -or- three frozen cubes of garlic -or- a tablespoon of garlic powder/granulated garlic, a teaspoon of ground pepper, a half teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of hot sauce or wing sauce. Depending on how salty your sauce is, you may decide to use less salt.
I leave the wings as they are, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can split them and remove the tip, just make sure you cut them at the knuckle or else you will break the bone and not the joint. I don’t know if this can do anything bad, but I have strange memories of always being told that chicken bones were bad for you.. anyway, mix the seasoning stuff together in a large container/bowl, mix with the wings, you will get something that looks like this:
Now that your greasy companions are all seasoned and ready to cook, toss them on a non-stick cookie sheet (or a regular one covered in tinfoil) and put them in the oven for an hour. If you’re feeling fancy you can flip them over after 45 minutes. If your oven is fancy you can put it on convection bake for the last 30 minutes.
Now enjoy these foodgasm pictures while I eat my delicious creation:
Freaking delicious. Seriously. They’re great on their own or with hot sauce/wing sauce/bbq sauce/whatever.