Hot Honey Wings

Look around this here food blog and you’re gonna find a fair number of recipes for chicken wings.

All of ’em tasty, Katie!

But this version may just be my fave.

Hot honey, hot sauce, a bit of crushed Ritz crackers worked into the breading all come together with, well, there is simply no way around it – ONE STICK OF UNSALTED IRISH BUTTER.

So much for “healthy” – though, at least the wings are baked, not fried, so, points?

•1 packet chicken wings
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper
•1/2 tsp paprika
•1/2 tsp dried parsley
•1/2 tsp garlic powder
•1/2 tsp onion powder
•1 tbsp crushed Ritz crackers (or flour)
•1 tbsp veggie oil

Hot Honey Sauce:
•1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce*
•1 tbsp Mike’s Hot Honey (or regular honey)
•1 tbsp brown sugar
•1 tbsp rice vinegar
•1 tbsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce – or your fave hot sauce, to taste
•1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
•1 tsp black pepper
•1 tsp Aleppo pepper
•1/2 tsp garlic powder
•1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt

*No Sherry Peppers Sauce? No Problem! Simply add a bit of decent sherry (none of that “cooking” stuff) and a dash or three of your fave hot sauce, to taste.

Note: to make these gluten free, substitute almond flour, or g-f cracker crumbs for the Ritz crackers.

Heat your oven to 400º and line a large baking pan with foil.

If you have one, fit a rack into the baking pan and apply cooking spray.

Combine the seasonings and the cracker crumbs in a gallon sized zipper bag, then add the chicken, close the bag, and shake to coat the wings.

Add the veggie oil, close the bag and shake again to coat the wings – some will be more coated than others, but no worries, all will come together in the end.

Arrange the wings in a single layer on the rack and bake for 45 minutes.

While the wings are baking, make the hot honey sauce by whisking all of the ingredients into the melted butter.

Once the wings are done, remove from the oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Pour the hot honey sauce over the wings and toss to coat well.

Rearrange the wings in a single layer on the rack in the baking pan and drizzle with any of the hot honey sauce left in the bowl.

Pop back into the oven for ten to fifteen minutes, until the wings are nicely browned and mebbe a bit crispity in places.

Remove from the oven and enjoy – Ranch dressing works a treat for dipping.

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