Baked Buffalo Wings

Today’s installment of 12 Days of Oscar is another of this year’s Oscar nominees.  Based on a comic book, Big Hero 6 is about Hiro Hamada who spends his time participating in back-alley robot fights until his older brother Tadashi brings him to the robotics lab at his college.  There, he meets Tadashi’s friends including Baymax, a personal healthcare robot created by Tadashi. This is the first animated Disney movie to feature Marvel characters.  Big Hero 6 is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and since The Lego Movie didn’t make it into the category, this is the one I hope will win.  Lane and I were lucky to see this onboard the Disney Fantasy on our honeymoon.

Hiro’s Aunt Cass makes  him special “melt your face off” wings to celebrate his first day at college.  These won’t quite melt your face off, but they have a nice spiciness to them.  These chicken wings are baked instead of fried but baking them on a wire rack makes them just as crispy as their fried counterpart.  I used Frank’s Red Hot for these but you can use any wing sauce you like.

baked buffalo wings

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 Tsp. cayenne pepper (you can omit this if you want less spicy wings)
  • 1 /4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 C. hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 2 1/2 lbs. (about 30) chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions:

Mix the melted butter, cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp. of ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt in a medium bowl.

Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes and then whisk in the hot sauce.  Keep the mixture warm.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil and place a wire rack onto the lined baking sheet.

Put the wings in a large bowl and add the vegetable oil, remaining kosher salt and remaining black pepper and toss to coat.

Divide the wings between the prepared baking sheets and spread them out in a single layer.

Bake the wings for 45-50 minutes until they are cooked through and the skin is crispy.

Put the baked wings into a large bowl and add the prepared sauce.  Toss to coat evenly.

Serve immediately.

Makes 30 wings.

Source: slightly adapted from Bon Appetit

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