Baked Buffalo Wings
Baked Buffalo Wings are crispy, tender and healthier than traditional wings because they’re baked not fried.
The other night I made Baked Buffalo Wings — one of my all-time favorite snack foods. However, Baked Buffalo Wings are on my list of foods I rarely make. Not because they aren’t delicious, because they absolutely are, but because they are not kid friendly. Not only are they spicy but they have bones, two things my kids aren’t fond of. And while I encourage my children to try new things, some things just aren’t worth it. But alas, I had a craving for this yummy finger food. And boy am I glad I decided to make Buffalo wings again.
This recipe doesn’t make a lot, just enough for 2 to 4 people depending on what else you’re eating. But it can be easily doubled or even tripled. I make a small batch because it’s just my husband and I. But like I said I always encourage my children to try new things. And to my surprise our 7 year old daughter loves Buffalo wings! I was shocked. She’s always been the leader of the anti-bone movement in our house but she’s going through this wonderful phase where she is up for trying all sorts of new foods. It is so awesome! Because really one of my least favorite aspect of parenting is begging a child to, “try just one bite” of dinner. So, while my husband and I had fewer wings for dinner that night, I now feel like it’s a little more worth the cooking effort with 3 out of 5 of us enjoying the meal. And maybe eventually my little boys will like them too. A mom can only hope.
But I still can’t get over my excitement. I just love that our daughter is up for trying new things without complaint. I made barbecue turkey burgers for dinner the other night, and she surprised me by trying them with grilled onions and lettuce. She said it was the best burger she’s ever had. For years I have been trying to convince her burgers and sandwiches taste so much better when they aren’t taken apart. I’m so glad she finally decided that I may know what I am talking about.
Anyway, back to these Baked Buffalo Wings. These wings are better than the restaurants and definitely better than the ones in the freezer section. Plus, they’re super simple to make and a lot healthier because they are baked, not fried. But if you slow cook them for an hour all the fat drips off and then when you turn up the heat for the last bit of cooking the wings crisp up nicely. The result is a tender crisp wing. I promise you won’t fry wings again.
After baking, I prefer to dip the wings in a mix of Frank’s Hot Sauce, and butter. The ratio of 1 part butter to 1 part hot sauce leads to a medium spiced wing. But if you prefer a hotter wing, just mix less butter or add more hot sauce. Or if you’re not a fan of Buffalo sauce, dip the wings in your favorite barbeque sauce.
Baked Buffalo Wings are great on their own, but if you prefer you can dip them in blue cheese dressing or Ranch dip. They’re a great snack food for movie and game nights.
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