How To Cook Chicken Wings

Deep-fryer

  1. Heat canola or peanut oil to 375 F.
  2. Pat wings dry.
  3. Fry 8-10 wings at a time, 5-6 minutes per side or until chicken is done.
  4. Remove to paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread wings out on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes.
  4. Flip wings and bake another 15-20 minutes or until chicken is done.

Grill (Direct sear)

  1. Fire up a gas or charcoal grill for two-zone (direct and indirect) cooking.
  2. Sear wings on both sides over direct heat.
  3. Move wings to indirect heat and cook until chicken is done.

Grill (Reverse sear)

  1. Fire up a gas or charcoal grill for two-zone (direct and indirect) cooking.
  2. Place wings over indirect heat until done.
  3. Move wings to direct heat and sear for 2-4 minutes.

Grill (Vortex)

  1. Fire up a chimney of charcoal. Once it is completely ashed over, transfer to a Vortex placed small opening up in the center of your charcoal grill. Add the top grate.
  2. Arrange chicken in a circle around the perimeter of the Vortex. Place flats with the meat side facing up, and drumettes with the meat side away from the Vortex.
  3. Adjust grill vents so that the top vent is completely open, and the bottom vents are only open by 1/3rd. Add the lid.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, then rotate the lid 90 degrees. Cook another 15 minutes and again rotate the lid 90 degrees.
  5. Check the wings for crispness. If getting crispy, flip wings and cook another 5 minutes. If still soft, close lid, rotate 90 degrees, and check again in another 15 minutes. Then flip the wings and cook another 5 minutes.

Char-Broil Big Easy (roasted)

  1. Preheat your Char-Broil Big Easy.
  2. Spray the Big Easy basket (I recommend using a Bunk Bed Basket or the Wingin’ator 3000) with non-stick spray.
  3. Add wings and cook 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  4. Note: If you want a little crunch to your wings, transfer cooked wings to a grill over direct heat and cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and little charred, or deep-fry in 375 F oil for 1-2 minutes.

Char-Broil Big Easy (crispy)

  1. Rinse the wings and pat them very dry with paper towels.
  2. Place on a sheet pan or plate and cover with more paper towels. Refrigerate for 2 hours to further dry out the skin.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  4. Transfer wings to a re-sealable baggie or container. Add in 2 tablespoons of baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt. Seal, and shake or toss to coat well.
  5. Spray a baking rack with the non-stick spray and put it over a baking sheet that is lined with foil.
  6. Place wings onto rack but do not crowd them.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. While baking, fire up your Big Easy.
  8. Transfer wings to the Big Easy and cook another 10-20 minutes or until done.

Smoker

  1. Fire up your smoker for cooking between 225-250 F.
  2. Apply your favorite rub to the wings, if desired. I usually just use salt and pepper.
  3. Smoke the wings for 2 hours over a light wood such as cherry or apple.
  4. Note: If you want a little crunch to your wings, transfer cooked wings to a grill over direct heat and cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and little charred, or deep-fry in 375 F oil for 1-2 minutes.

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