dude food :: episode 3 :: chicken wings

When you think of chicken wings, there’s no doubt that Hooters comes to mind. Their founder once said that Hooters is to chicken wings what McDonald’s is to the hamburger. But sometimes you simply want them in the comfort of your own home. Today, we’re making chicken wings that not only rival those found at Hooters — but possibly better.

Start with 1-2 pounds of chicken wings. Cut them up according to my directions in the video, and season with salt and pepper. Then prepare the “fry station” as follows:

Primer Flour
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Egg Wash
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten

Finishing Flour
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Fry in canola oil (or vegetable oil) at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Coat with wing sauce, and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.  Enjoy on their own, or with blue cheese, ranch dressing (that’s for you, Baub) and celery sticks.

Wing Sauce
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup Louisiana hot sauce (Red Rooster, Crystal, Frank’s Red Hot, Tobasco, or your favorite sauce).