Buffalo wings are a staple snack food for social gatherings, whether it’s a sporting event or casual party. While the sweet spicy sauce might be the first thing that comes to mind, the cooking technique is just as important as perfecting the sauce. In order to have good buffalo wings, they must be fried just right. An improperly fried buffalo wing can be either soggy and chewy, or crispy and dry. With the right technique, you can make the perfect wings every time.
Things You'll Need
Add a cup of all-purpose flour to a mixing bowl. Mix in equal parts salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder and paprika. Add as much as you like, but 1/2 teaspoon is a good amount for most people.
Lay the chicken wings out flat in a glass baking dish. Do not pile them on top of each other. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the wings until they have an even coat.
Cover the dish and set it in the freezer for an hour. During this time, the flavors will soak into the meat.
Pour peanut oil in a deep fryer. Peanut oil is a good choice because it has a light flavor that won’t significantly alter the taste of the chicken. You need just enough oil to cover the chicken wings, so an inch of oil should be plenty. Set the temperature to 375 degrees. If you do not have a deep fryer, you can use a skillet. You will need to keep track of the oil temperature with a cooking thermometer if you use a skillet.
Put six to eight chicken wings in the fryer or skillet at a time. Let them cook for 10 minutes or until the skin starts to turn dark brown. Open up the meat of the largest chicken wing in each batch to make sure it is thoroughly cooked. The meat should be white and somewhat stringy. You should also be able to easily pull the meat off of the bones. Opaque and rubbery meat means that the wings need to cook longer. If the meat on the largest wing is thoroughly cooked, then the smaller wings will also be cooked. If they still appear to be raw, let them fry for an additional two minutes, or longer if necessary.
Remove the wings from the oil and put them on paper towel to help remove some of the excess oil. Coat the wings with the sauce of your choosing.