These wings use a technique from the two geniuses behind the Ideas in Food blog, Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. In their new book, Maximum Flavor, Kamozawa and Talbot toss chicken wings in egg whites, baking soda and salt, creating a coating that seasons the meat while breaking down the proteins in the skin—resulting in super-crispy, tender wings.
There's no deep-frying here, meaning no mess and more time to watch the game.
To learn more, read "TT Culinary Institute: Buffalo Wings."
Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip
Recipe adapted from "Maximum Flavor: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook," by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus chilling time
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes, plus chilling time
For the Blue Cheese Dip:
2 ounces (about ⅓ cup) mild blue cheese, crumbled
¼ cup buttermilk
⅓ cup sour cream
⅓ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the Buffalo Wings:
Canola oil, for oiling rack
2 pounds whole chicken wings, separated into two pieces
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup Frank's Red Hot Original
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Assorted vegetables (such as carrots, celery and radishes)
1. Make the blue cheese dip: Whisk together the blue cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper. Make ahead: The dressing can be made 2 days before, then covered and chilled until ready to serve.
2. Make the wings: Oil a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Place the egg whites, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and stir to disolve the baking soda and salt.
3. Toss the wings in the egg white mixture. Remove the wings, allowing the excess egg to drip off, and transfer to the the wire rack. Refrigerate the wings uncovered overnight to dry out.
4. Remove the wings from the fridge 30 minute before cooking.
5. Preheat the oven to 450°. Place the wings, still on the wire rack, in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the wings and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown.
6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and hot sauce and stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is warm, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside and keep warm.
7. Remove the wings and toss them in the the sauce. Serve the wings hot with blue cheese dressing and vegetables.