Buffalo Chicken Wings: Ligtened up!

by Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Big Game Day is fast approaching.

I personally don’t follow football, it’s just not my cup of tea.  BUT I do love a good Super Bowl party!  I may not really know what’s going on in the game, but I can totally get down with the yummy food and a cold drink with friends.

I wanted to figure out a way to make one of the decadent game day food favorites a little healthier and a little less guilt ridden.  I went with chicken wings, because I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like a chicken wing (other than my vegan pals).  It’s fun, messy finger food and somehow it just seems to go well with football right?

Typical buffalo chicken wings are deep fried in oil and then tossed in butter (as well as buffalo sauce)….so they are pretty damn fattening and a major calorie bomb.  But I’m not ready to avoid them all together… I healthified them without losing any of the crispy, delicious flavor.

I bake them- under the broiler- to get them crispy on both sides.  The sauce and spice combo really packs a flavor punch, you’re not even going to miss all the butter and oil!

If you are throwing a big party- double the recipe!! These babies go fast…


Buffalo Chicken Wings


Ingredients:

2 lbs (about 10-12) chicken wings, wing and drumette separated
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Franks hot sauce, or any hot “buffalo” sauce you prefer
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
3 tsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder
fresh black pepper, to taste

 

Optional:

celery sticks
carrot sticks
blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce

 

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine chicken, 2 tbsp of the hot sauce (the rest is used later), vinegar, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and good amount of pepper. Mix well to coat all of the wings evenly.  Cover the bowl and let the wings marinate in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.

Heat the broiler in your oven.  Place wings on a wire rack over a baking sheet- make sure they aren’t too close together!  Broil on low for about 12 minutes on each side (flip them after 12 minutes or so).  Check them occasionally- all ovens are different and you want to make sure the wings are crisp, but not burnt.  If they start to burn, remove them from the oven and flip them.

While the chicken wings cook, heat the remaining hot sauce in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it is warm.  Once the chicken is cooked, toss the wings in the hot sauce to coat them completely.  Arrange them on a platter with some dip, carrots and celery…Enjoy!

XO Katrina

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