If you’re wondering, “why the hell would I make my own wings?” you probably live in a city with easy chicken wing delivery options or you like to go to sports bars. So, the answer is you wouldn’t. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live near an Atomic Wings or who hate even the idea of sports bars (looking at you, bro), it’s DIY or nothing — especially if you’re prepping for a Super Bowl party and want a quick, easy and cost-effective way to feed a crowd.
Here’s the good news: you absolutely do not have to stand over a pan of boiling hot oil, laboring over batch after batch, trying not to splatter self or surroundings. Yes, the pros deep fry their Buffalo wings, but that’s why they’re pros. You know what else they have? Deep-fryers — and someone else to clean it all up. You, on the other hand, have an oven. Use it.
“Making wings is definitely safer in the broiler, plus it’s healthier and there’s less cleanup after,” said Gina Homolka, cookbook author and founder of the blog SkinnyTaste. “Having all your wings in the oven and all on one pan rather than frying them in batches is quicker because you can only do so many at a time in a fryer,” she said. This is how she does it. And here’s an even easier chicken wing recipe.
Mix your marinade, toss the wings, spread them out on a baking sheet and BOOM: 20 minutes later you’re on your way to Buffalo heaven. And not that you care, because wings, but these are even plausibly guilt-free(ish).
“When making wings in the oven — you’re not making a health food dish but it’s not unhealthful,” said Emma Christensen, managing editor of Simply Recipes. “And you’re probably not eating a ton of them, but, if you are, no judgment.”
What she said.