Friday, March 6, 2009

Man Food: Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings

This is great happy hour food! I call it "Man Food" only because Jim loves this stuff and I don't care for this kind of snack very much - although I'm NOT judging the ladies out there who eat this on occasion or scarf it down at Buffalo Wild Wings. You know who you are...and to each her own.

The weather. Oh gosh is it gorgeous in Austin, TX. We've seen 80 degrees this week, how awesome is that? The temperature is rising so I'm also turning up the heat in the kitchen with these Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings that your MAN or woMAN will really enjoy!

The recipe comes from the back of the Franks Red Hot Sauce bottle, and I found it to be simple and surprisingly CHEAP. I couldn't believe these little chicken drummets were so inexpensive at the grocery store.

I rinsed the chicken and then patted down with a paper towel.

You could use any seasoning you like, I stuck with a simple salt, pepper and onion powder combo.

Give the chicken a moderate sprinkle of each.

I'm a tad grossed out here, I'm not a fan of chicken on the bone and these little guys... uggg. BUT, I'm not making these for me... but for a crowd of men who like this sort of barbaric food.

Next, put a little canola oil in a deep skillet (about an inch to an inch and a half) and heat to medium-high.

Meanwhile, in another sauce pan I dump a bottle of Franks Red Hot Xtra Hot Sauce.

Then throw in a stick of butter and heat over medium heat to melt.

Don't forget the minced garlic.

And add as many shakes of tobasco as you dare. That's why I call them "Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings."

Next, I tossed each chicken piece in some plain flour. I took this picture intentionally capturing the henna tattoo on my arm. Pretty cool huh? Makes me feel hard. (Tattoo wears off in a week)

Roll each one around to get a good coat of flour.

Then (carefully) add each one to the hot oil. You can't tell by this pictures, but I'm using tongs...not my bare hands.

It took me about four batches to cook the entire bag I purchased.

Once they were cooked through, about 10-15 minutes they should be golden and crunchy. I moved them to a paper towel to drain just a bit.

The fun part is dunking them in the spicy-garlic sauce we've created. I just roll them around a bit to cover evenly.

Pictures are awful, sorry I was in a hurry...but after they are "dressed" in sauce I put these in my crock pot so they stay warm.

What goes best with chicken wings? Ranch! I used one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing mix and combined with 1/2 cup milk.

Then in a bowl I added 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 cup of mayo.

Combined the two, and voila - ranch! A perfect accompaniment for Spicy Garlic Wings. Like blue cheese better? Simply crumble some blue cheese into your ranch and you have blue cheese dressing. Serve with carrots and celery sticks! Man Food!


  1. YUMMY! I haven't had wings in a long time! These look really good, I like how you use garlic in the sauce! Bravo!

  2. I love how you make man food (meat), and I like the henna on your arm. These sound good, we used to make a sweet and sour chicken wing that we had to fry first. Wonderful, but a lot of time.

  3. Mmm, looks yummy. We love wings although I've been too terrified to actually try making them. Cool henna tat!

  4. YUMMO! This will be a great addition to my "party food" appetizer's list. Can't wait to test it out.

  5. Mandy- wings are for girls too! :)
    I can't seem to get enough of them- they go great with ice cold beer and a big outdoor patio!


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