In honor of all you football fans out there, Chef Michael (see Bloody Mary recipe here and the perfect NY Strip Steak here) has once again whipped up an amazing recipe…Buffalo Chicken Wings. Because football & wings go hand-in-hand, right? But first a forward by moi:
It’s official: I’m missing the football gene. I want to care. I try to care. The sport just isn’t for me. Apologies to my Snapchat friends who receive countless “h8 football” snaps like the one below on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays (SERIOUSLY WHY SO MANY DAYS, NFL???).
Alas, football will always be in my life. My husband loves the sport and I need to respect that (although, if he tries to put a Michigan jersey on our unborn child on the day he/she is born, I will lose my sh*t). Even my parents probably wish I turned out differently…
I guess you can’t win ’em all. And now that’s off my chest…Chef Mikey’s recipe without further ado:
Happy football season! While I am sad to see summer come to an end, my next 20 or so weekends will be filled with football, wings and beer so it’s not all bad.
Nothing makes me happier than spending a Sunday in a sports bar following my favorite team, the NY Giants (NFL) and Second City (Fantasy) while drinking beer and chowing on Buffalo Wings. This was a nearly weekly occurrence before I had kids and has happened almost never since then.
Not to worry…..With some research as well as trial and error I have come up with an amazing grilled Buffalo Wings recipe. Coupled with some beer and NFL Sunday Ticket, I can almost replicate the experience.
First a quick note about chicken wings. A chicken wing consists of three parts: the “drumette”, shaped like a small drumstick, the “middle flat”, consisting of two bones, and the tip which is usually discarded. Traditionally bars and restaurants cut the drumette from the middle flat and serve them separately (an order of a dozen wings usually consist of 6 of each).
Prepackaged, fresh chicken wings bought at a super market are usually not cut meaning you’ll need a good pair of sheers to snip the tip and cut the drumette from the middle flat. This may be a bit awkward at first, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it. You can also buy frozen pre-cut wings at many stores including the 10lb bag at Costco (my favorite store).
Here is what you will need to make about 3lbs of wings
- Chicken Wings (most supermarket packages are around 3lbs)
- Franks RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
- Franks RedHot Medium Buffalo Wing Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Blue Cheese and/or Ranch Dressing
- Carrots and Celery Sticks
- First cut the wings, we’ve already discussed this above, if you bought them pre-packaged move on to the next step
- Mix together 1 cup of Franks Cayenne Pepper Sauce with 1/2 cup of Buttermilk
- Add 1 tsp of garlic powder
- If you like your wings extra hot (spicy) add about ½ tsp of cayenne pepper. If you like them atomic add more, if you like them medium do not add any
- Put the wings into a large Ziploc bag (you may need two) and add the mixture of hot sauce and buttermilk
- Place the bags with the wings and sauce in the refrigerator for no less than 1 hour (you can even do this overnight)
- Turn the grill on medium-high (you want it hot so the chicken get a nice char)
- Spray the grates with some sort of cooking oil so the chicken doesn’t stick
- Add the chicken to the grate and close the lid – Flip after about 10 minutes and then again after another 10. The chicken should be on the grill for about 25 minutes.
- Take the chicken off the grill and put them in a large metal bowl
- Next pour some of the Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce onto the wings and toss (start with a little, and add more if necessary)
- Transfer to serving plate and serve immediately with some Blue Cheese and/or Ranch Dressing and the carrot and celery sticks
- Crack open a beer, turn on the game and enjoy!
I know traditionalists will say that you can make your own wing sauce by using the cayenne pepper and some butter, but why bother. Sometimes it’s just easier and better to use store-bought! I hope you all have a great fall watching football and rooting on your favorite team, even if it’s a fake fantasy team!