Oven 'Fried' Chicken Wings

One of my mother’s (and my) favorite food is fried chicken. If we see fried chicken and waffles on a menu, we’re most likely to get it. There’s something about the crispy chicken skin paired against the sweetness of the maple syrup on the waffles that you just can’t beat! Regardless of how delicious though, fried chicken is not always the best choice for your health or skin. So when Mother’s day came around, I was inspired to put together an acceptable baked ‘fried’ chicken alternative. Give it a shot, it’s mother approved!

 

Ingredients:--Makes about 4

  • 3 lbs chicken wings, separated into sections with tips discarded (or saved for stock later)

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

  • 2 Tb ground paprika

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 C flour

  • ⅛ C melted butter

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a baking rack with oil (or rub down with butter) to prevent chicken from sticking. Place rack in a baking pan.

  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium size bowl

  3. In a separate medium sized bowl whisk eggs.

  4. Coat chicken wings in flour mixture, then egg mixture, and back into flour mixture. Then place on prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in preheated oven in center rack until golden brown, about 35 minutes.

  6. Remove baking pan (with chicken and rack) from the oven  and raise temperature to 500 degrees.

  7. Lightly brush chicken with butter (specifically any areas that are not super golden or where flour did not stick to egg mixture too well) Raise temperature to 500 degrees and bake for about 10 more minutes until color on chicken is evenly golden.