What could better with football than a bucket of deep-fried chicken wings? If you enjoy crispy, fried chicken wings at bars and restaurants, it’s time you learn how to make some at home. It’s actually fairly easy, especially if you own a deep fryer. If you don’t have one of those, don’t fret. You can use your stovetop to make fried chicken wings that are just as delicious. Just follow the steps below to learn how to deep fry chicken wings with or without a deep fryer.
How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings with a Deep Fryer
1.Gather the ingredients
You’ll need chicken wings, oil, and your sauce of choice.
2. Prep the raw chicken wings
If the chicken is frozen, thaw it by running the wrapped / packaged meat under warm water. To save water, you can fill up a bowl and leave the chicken submerged in the water to thaw for about twenty minutes. Once thawed, remove the packaging and any leftover ice that may be clinging to the chicken. Pat the chicken dry.
3. Prep your deep fryer
It’s now time to set up your deep fryer and propane. Make sure to follow any directions that came with the fryer, and proceed with caution. Add oil to your deep fryer and begin heating the oil. Allow it to continue heating until it is 350 to 375 degrees. You should try to maintain this temperature range as you fry the wings.
4. Add the wings to the deep fryer
Fry for about eight minutes. Then remove the wings, pat them dry with paper towels, and lay them on the serving dish.
5. Add sauce and enjoy!
Some of the best sauces to add to deep-fried chicken wings are barbecue, red hot sauce, sriracha, jerk, orange-glazed, chipotle, and pineapple teriyaki. For the sriracha sauce, you can blend the sriracha with butter, cilantro, and lime for a delicious twist. To make jerk chicken wings, you should rub the fried chicken with garlic, thyme, and onion, and then add a buttery jerk paste. Just be careful–they will be spicy!
Fried chicken wings also go well with Asian-inspired sauces such as curry, soy glaze, and Thai. To make a curry sauce, just buy green curry paste and toss it into the fried wings. For soy glaze, just add soy sauce, brown sugar, a bit of water, rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, and ground ginger into a pan. Stir and bring to a boil, then cook in medium to low heat for about 30 minutes. Once the sauce is ready, toss it in with the fried chicken wings.
How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings on the Stove
- Gather your ingredients
You’ll need chicken wings, oil, and sauce (same as above). Peanut, soybean, and sunflower oils tend to work well for this purpose. You’ll also need a deep pot and probe thermometer (make sure the thermometer can measure at least up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Add the oil to the deep pot until it is half full, making sure to leave at least four inches between the oil and the top to avoid any spillage. You should also be able to submerge the chicken in the oil completely.
- Preheat the oil to 375 degrees. Use the thermometer to test the temperature.
- Thaw the chicken wings by taking the steps noted in Section 1. Make sure the wings are at room temperature when you start frying them. It’s important to pat dry them before frying. Otherwise, the water / moisture can do crazy things when it comes into contact with the hot oil (e.g., splattering). And of course, take proper precautions in dealing with the hot oil, such as staying a safe distance, using long tongs, and possibly using a frying basket. Have some baking soda, a fire extinguisher, and a damp towel nearby in case you need to put out any flames (do NOT use sugar, flour, or water to try to put out the fire!).
- Fry the wings in the deep pot. You will have an easier time frying and evenly cooking if you’re using smaller wings.
- Once fried, blot out the excess oil with paper towels before serving. This will take away some of the fat and make the chicken wings less messy to eat. Just be careful not to remove all the oil, or you will lose much of the flavor.
- Add your favorite sauce. Enjoy!