Chicken wings are an essential part of any Super Bowl party. Whether you prefer yours to be the traditional Buffalo style with blue cheese dip or if you try something new with a honey-sesame glaze, chicken wings always score on game day. To make the perfect wings at home, we spoke to Chef Deepak Ballaney of International Wing Factory, a popular New York City eatery specializing in chicken wings.
Follow these tips to achieve the best chicken wings at home.
- Marinade: Chef Ballaney says that you must marinate the chicken wings overnight in a blend of spices and oil. Try putting the wings in a re-sealable plastic bag with a spicy Tex-mex spice blend with olive oil and refrigerate overnight.
- Prep Time: Start the cooking process at least three hours before serving. This way, you can ensure that the wings are perfectly tender and delicious once it’s time to watch the game. Bake the wings in their marinade at 250 degrees for about 2 ½ hours until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Then, remove them from the oven and let them rest for 20 minutes so the juices settle.
- At Service: After the chicken wings have baked and rested, Chef Ballaney recommends frying them in 350 degree oil just until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Do this just before serving the wings. Remove the wings from the oil and toss them in desired coating sauces. At International Wing Factory, Chef Ballaney uses tossing sauces like Vietnamese Chile Mango.
Make this Super Bowl one to remember with fantastic homemade chicken wings. Follow some of these tips and your guests are sure to cheer — for you!
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.