Friday night has long been “snack night” at my house. It’s where “clean out the fridge night” meets the opportunity for some really great appetizers. Sometimes fancy, sometimes creative, somtimes it’s just cheese, crackers and whatever fruit didn’t get eaten during the week. Sometimes though, it’s just plain ‘ol junkfood. One of my favorite junkfoods is chicken wings. It seems lots of other folks like them too. Here in Northern California, we have an entire chain restaurant devoted to just chicken wings.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
12-20 party wings
buffalo wing sauce (I use Frank’s Wing Sauce – I put that stuff on everything!)
1/2 cup bleu cheese or ranch dressing
Move rack to bottom position in oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat evenly with vegetable oil. Position chicken wings on pan so that they aren’t touching. Sprinkle wings with seasoning salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place pan in oven.
Cook wings for 20 minutes, turning them once every 5 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Let rest a few minutes. Place wings in a large bowl, then drizzle wing sauce around the edges of the bowl. Toss wings to coat evenly. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Also, if you don’t like your wings hot, instead of buffalo sauce, you can toss them with teriaki sauce, barbecue sauce, butter, garlic and parmesean cheese, sweet chili sauce, honey and mustard or even salsa verde. The seasonings and possibilities are limitless.