Wings, Hot and Otherwise #easyrecipe

One of the troubles with cooking something that is “real good” is it’s gone before you have the time to take a nice picture. Chicken wings is one of those recipes that is so simple anyone can do it well. Bags of frozen wings, sans coating, are available in most supermarkets in the US. We’ll have to try next time we’re on the other side of the pond.


  • Wings, raw, frozen, and without a coating or preparation. Let them thaw in the refrigerator, or in a bag in water, or in the microwave.
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Hot Sauce, Tabasco style (vinegar-based)

Preheat your oven to about 425F (225C). Meanwhile dry the raw defrosted wings and place them in a plastic bag with about a tablespoon of salt. Shake to coat. At this stage remove any that you don’t want to be very spicy Add about one tablespoon of powdered cayenne pepper. This is very hot (D’oh), very good, but I repeat very hot. You could add a pinch of powdered garlic as well, but I’m a purist. Shake the bag to coat the wings.

Place the wings on a rack over a pan to catch the drippings. (Unless you like a really really filthy oven, then have at it.) Bake in the hot oven for 30-45 minutes until brown and crispy. Drying the chicken first helps it crispen.

When done remove from the oven. Place the spicy pieces in a bowl and coat with the hot sauce. Let it soak for about 5 minutes.

Eat and enjoy. We served it with tortilla chips, carrots and ranch dressing. Oh, and Gewurztraminer.

Author: rharrisonauthor

International man of mystery. Well not really, although I can mangle several languages and even read the occasional hieroglyphic. A computer scientist, an author and one of the very few people who has both an NIH grant and had a book contract. An ex- booktrope author and a photographer.

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