One of the things I use to enjoy having when I was going out to bars and such were Buffalo wings. My friends and I, in our early twenties, use to head off to Buffalo to go to the Anchor Bar for Buffalo wings. It's about an hour and a half from here and we could eat the best wings around. They had live music- mostly rhythm and blues singers. The bar, though not in such a great neighborhood, was always a great place to go.
I dont have wings so much anymore. I really had a craving for them without the fried oil part though. Then I saw this great article on Serious Eats for baked Buffalo wings. I tried it. I was rewarded with pretty stellar wings. The key is to be patient enough letting them brown in the oven before finishing up. If you like wings but could do with out the oil- try these. They are worth all the effort.
Oven Fried Buffalo Chicken Wings
from Serious Eats, recipe found here.
4 pounds chicken wings
1 tablespoon baking powder (I use Rumford- aluminum free)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup of your favorite wing sauce (the classic is a half and half mixture of Frank's Hot Sauce and melted butter)
Blue cheese dressing for dipping
Celery sticks for cooling your mouth off
1. Toss wings with salt and baking powder. Place on grill over a baking sheet that has been lined with foil.
2. Place baking sheet with wings in refrigerator and allow to rest, uncovered, overnight
3. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Add chicken wings and cook for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 25 minutes longer. Transfer to large bowl, add sauce, toss to thoroughly coat.And because I have kids and a husband that really doesnt dig hot stuff, I made garlic parmesan wings.
Garlic Parmesan Wings
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
24 chicken wings baked or fried
In a small glass bowl, melt butter in microwave.Whisk into butter the garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Arrange hot, fresh-baked wings on a serving platter and drizzle with butter mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.