Baked hot wings make the perfect appetizer, afternoon snack or game day finger food. Whether you’re serving them to a crowd of hungry football fans, or as a Wednesday night meal, everyone will be delighted when you serve this tasty treat.
Many people are unsure of how to bake hot wings in the oven. This process is a multi-step process that includes a little preparation to get the perfect wing. When you know how to properly bake hot wings in the oven, you will be delighted with the results.
The first thing to determine when baking your hot wings is whether you will use whole chicken wings or wing drumettes. Wing drumettes are also referred to as wing dings. Whole chicken wings comprise of the entire wing portion, including the tip, which some people discard before cooking. Wing dings are separated portions of the wing, and are smaller in size. Wing dings are more practical when serving larger portions of wings, such as during parties or family gatherings.
The second step is to decide what type of sauce you will use for your hot wings. Although there are many pre-made, commercial sauces available, it is easy to make your own sauce to complement your tasty wing treat. Only a few basic ingredients are needed to make a delicious hot sauce for your wings. First you will need to determine how spicy your wings will be. If cooking for a crowd, it is a good idea to make some wings spicy and others mild, as not everyone can tolerate extremely spicy sauce.
Once you have determined the spice level of your wings, you will need to gather a few basic ingredients to start making your sauce. You will need the following ingredients
Dash of Salt
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 cup of Hot Sauce
½ cup White vinegar
Butter or Margarine
Pour one cup of hot sauce into a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently. Add one teaspoon of pepper and a dash of salt to the mixture. Add in vinegar. Gradually add butter, ½ teaspoon at a time until sauce is the desired flavor. Adding butter will cut down on the spice level. So if the sauce is too spicy, continue to add butter until you achieve the desired flavor. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.
After your sauce is completed, you’re ready to start seasoning and baking your wings. Wash your wings thoroughly and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Thoroughly coat your wings with a generous amount of seasonings. Some people use salt and pepper, while others use more exotic seasonings such as tarragon, Italian seasoning or cayenne pepper.
Transfer your seasoned wings into a shallow baking dish. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and allow to preheat for 10-15 minutes. Place the wings into the oven on the center rack and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn wings over and allow to bake for 10 minutes on the other side. At this point, spoon your sauce over your wings, making sure to coat each wing completely. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Wings are done when thoroughly browned inside with no pink flesh.
Baking hot wings in the oven is a great way to prepare this tasty treat. Whether you’re preparing wings for a large crowd or for a weeknight family meal, this dish is simple to prepare and makes a great meal. Hot wings can accompany a larger meal, or be served as the main dish. With a few simple steps, your hot wings will be a huge hit.