Crispy on the Outside Juicy on the Inside Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings are almost a staple appetizer for a party and especially for sporting events. Snacks and finger food appetizers are ideal when people gather.
Well these deep fried honey garlic chicken wings are delicious beyond belief. Having a variety of tasty temptations is more than just appreciated so expect your guests to be scouting around for this recipe. They are so good!
Don't be worried that deep fried wings are a complex cooking event because they aren't and they'll turn out great no matter how experienced you are in the kitchen. Just follow these easy steps and you'll have a batch of wings that will delight the crowd showing up for your event. Who doesn't like a delicious finger licking good appetizer?
The Downsize to Restaurant Chicken Wings is the Price
My lemon pepper chicken wings.
My husband and I love our wings. There is nothing like going out for all you can eat wings at a local pub or restaurant. Delicious and juicy wings in almost any flavor you can ask for. So what if you can make them at home and they taste just as good or better.
I've gone out for all you can eat wings but wherever you go it is the same story, the restaurant serving them is there for one reason and that's to make a profit. If the costs are low on the appetizers then you get hit in the pocket book on the other extras. Meal (very expensive) a beverage at the pub, or two, or three (we all know where there is one drink another is usually to follow. Those all you can eat wings get pretty darn expensive after all the nickle and dime-ing is done.
Other times you go and eat your first basket or two (depending on what they allow you to order your first round) and it takes so long for the second round to come that you have filled up either on a beverage or just decided that maybe you've had enough and just want to leave.
I've gone where you pay a certain amount per wing (say 15 cents a wing) and found my wings had come out so over cooked and dry that it made it impossible to fill yourself up on those nasty things. That adventure is very disappointing and so not cool.
Step One: Give Your Wings a Bath
I place all of my wings into the sink and fill it with cold water. This will clean your wings and if you are using frozen wings, will help thaw them out a bit before deep frying.
About 5-10 minutes before I am ready to start cooking my wings, I will let the water out so they aren't covered in water while doing the prep steps and cooking. Water and hot oil DO NOT mix well. You will end up with a hot mess all over and can potentially put yourself into the hospital with severe burns.
Depending on the size of your deep fryer (mine can handle about 25 wings each batch) take how many wings you are cooking for that batch and put them into a large ziplock bag with a few large spoonfuls of flour. Shake it about until all of your wings have a nice dust of flour onto them. You could also just use a big bowl and hand toss them but I find that the ziplock bag helps save a lot of the clean up work. Outside of the bag the flour will otherwise tend to wind up sprinkling over the counters and sometimes the floor.
Now Comes the Deep Frying
Things are going to smell really good in a minute or two when those wings hit the hot oil.
Place your wings one at a time into your oil until all of your batch has made it into the pot. Cook for roughly 10-15 minutes (depending on how hot your oil is). If you have a fryer with a chicken temp use that to keep things on schedule. I find that my wings are great from 10-12 minutes.
My deep fryer doesn't have the element right in the oil so I can cook without using my basket. I find that I can fit more into my deep fryer without using my basket, so I remove my wings using a large draining spoon and place them into a container. *Do not use a plastic container as it could melt from the heat of the oil.
Once your wings are out of the pot but still hot add your spices or sauce. Cover the container they are in with a lid and shake until the wings are covered. And that is basically all there is to it. It is now time to devour your home made chicken wings.
Homemade Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe
I make my own homemade honey garlic sauce and it seems to win the crowd over. It's super easy to make and doesn't take much time at all.
1. Take quite a few cloves of garlic (I use around 5 large ones as I am a garlic lover) and chop them up into little bits.
2. Take some liquid honey (enough to drench the garlic and cover the chicken wings).
3. Then comes the delicious secret sauce that makes the Honey Garlic all come together, Worcestershire sauce, add about 4 or 5 shakes.
This amount of sauce will nicely cover about 25ish wings. If you are making a bigger or smaller batch you'll have to adjust the amounts accordingly. You can also vary the ingredients to however you prefer the sauce on your wings.
For seasoned wings I simply dash the seasonings on either with the flour before cooking or sprinkle a little on after the wings have cooked but are still hot from the oil. It really is easy to make great wings at home in the deep fryer. It is nice to go out for them but homemade are often better than the restaurant style because you get to control the ingredients.
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