Dear Home Ec 101,
I am having a dinner party and I want to have chicken wings as part of the meal. How long should I bake them for to make them taste perfectly tender?
Winging it in Wyndham
Actually I have a couple of answers for you depending on how you picture your chicken wings.
Do you want tender fall off the bone chicken wings, or are you thinking more like the wings you find at restaurants with the slightly crispy outer texture?
For moist, falling apart chicken wings cook them low and slow in the marinade of your choice, you’ll want them swimming in the sauce.
You have two options, you can do the slow-cooker 8 hour option OR in the oven at 375°F for at least an hour (depending on the size of your dish and number of wings). If you time and oven space, you can also cook the wings low and slow 250°F for at least two hours (the wings should be in a single layer and start fairly close to room temperature, do not attempt low and slow wings from frozen and always use a meat thermometer to be sure your chicken has reached a safe temperature.)
For chicken wings that more closely resemble what you’ll find in restaurants, broiling or grilling are your go-tos.
See How to Grill Buffalo Wings for classic grilled buffalo wings or broil your wings for about 25 minutes, brushing and turning often to prevent burning. It’s going to be touchy if your sauce contains a lot of sugar.
Be sure to cook your wings on a broiler pan so the fat can drip away from the wings.
Don’t forget to leave your oven door ajar while broiling.