Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fry n' Baked Chicken Wings


I was craving fried chicken wings, but I don't have a deep fryer. ): Lesson learned: the first time I tried, the oil was too hot and the chicken got burnt on the outside and wasn't cooked all the way through.  Second try I decided to pan fried these drumettes for 6-8 minutes then bake them.  Result: they were definitely cooked through and moist, but the outside wasn't as crispy after I baked them.  Next time, I will have to bake them on a wire rack so the oil will drain through or double-fry the drumettes.  Nevertheless they were tasty! 

Fry n' Baked Chicken Wings
Serves 2-3.

10-12 chicken drumettes
1/2 qt. buttermilk

1 egg
2 T. sriracha or any hot sauce

1 t. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper

1/2 t. cayenne pepper
vegetable oil, for frying
1 c. flour

1/4 c. cornstarch
2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. paprika
1/2 t. ground black pepper


1.  In a large bowl combine the chicken drumettes with 1/2 qt. buttermilk, 1 egg, 1/2 t. cayenne pepper, 1/2 t. ground black pepper, 1 t. salt, and 2 T. of sriracha.  Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or overnight. 

2.  In a seperate bowl combine the dry ingredients: 1 c. flour, 1/4 c. cornstarch, 1/2 t. garlic powder, 2 t. cayenne pepper, 1/2 t. paprika, and 1/2 t. of ground black pepper.  Set aside for later.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees.

3.  In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, pour a 1/2-3/4 inch of cooking oil.  Let the oil heat up and test to see if it's ready by dropping a little of the chicken batter.  If it immediately sizzles then it's ready.  You don't want the oil to be too hot or warm.

4.  Dredge the drumettes into the flour mixture and set aside on a plate, let it sit for a few minutes.  Return to the skillet, lower the heat to medium.  With tongs place the drumettes sparsely around the skillet.  Don't over crowd the pan or it will lower the temperature of the oil.  Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and place them on paper towels to soak up the oil. 

5.  Place the fried drumettes onto a baking sheet pan or better yet a wire rack and bake them for 10 minutes or until the juices run clear. 

Serve with ranch.

Enjoy! (:


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