Sunday's are for Snacking: Wings

As much as I cringe when I hear someone proclaim a certain day of the week are for a given proper noun, I can't deny that watching football on Sunday and eating is integral to the defunct man life.  When I am watching football the food of choice is almost always Buffalo wings.  The downside of wings do not equal the many upsides, however these little limbs are best served when seated at a local dive bar and the last thing I want to do is leave the safety of my couch whilst fighting off the Sunday scaries.  Most of us don't have access to a commercial deep fryer and cooking with hot oil over an open flame is an invitation to the burn unit.  The smart move here is to preheat your oven, turn your television to RedZone and let the soothing voice of Scott Hanson bring you back to normal. 

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lbs of chicken wings, will feed one out of shape 25-35 year old man

Marinade:

  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 2 oz. soy sauce, this was in a take-out condiment cup
  • 3-4 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbs lemon zest, should be the zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon juiced

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  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes

Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix in no particular order, other than making sure the butter is melted.

Throw in the wings, cover and let marinade for at least an hour or up to 24 hours in the fridge.

One of the best ways to survive adult life as a defunct man is to make cleanup as easy as possible, this is why we use a glass (Pyrex) dish.  There's no reason you can't use a metal pan but I would use a couple overlapping layers of aluminum foil.  Set the oven to BROIL on HIGH, move a rack to the top rung and place the wings in the center of the rack for about 25 MINUTES mixing the wings periodically (about every 5 minutes).  Beware this isn't a 'set it and forget it' type of recipe and requires a fair amount of manual labor.  

***Follow the next step if your wings start to brown or burn more than you desire:

There is plenty of sugar in the marinade which doesn't work great with broil on high in some ovens but you have a few options; move the dish to a lower rack with the oven still set to BROIL on HIGH, or turn BROIL to LOW at the top rack, or switch the oven to BAKE to 350°F with the dish in the original position (warning this last option will take a while).  

When your wings are done you will notice the end of the bones will look dark towards the center, which is the cooked bone marrow, once you see that they should be ready to eat.  If you're a coward you can always stick a thermometer into the thickest part of the leg, avoid touching the bone with the tip of the thermometer.  These are safe to eat at an internal temperature of 165 °F.