Baked crispy chicken wings. That’s right. Baked! These Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings feature a tasty combination of buffalo sauce and homemade blue cheese dressing.
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We were in there once, and there were 2 twins celebrating their birthday. They were turning 83. Holy chicken wings, Batman! You can share the wings with others at your table, but that’s 166 chicken wings. Even I wouldn’t know what to do with that! (We celebrated Laura’s mother’s birthday there a couple of years ago. 61 wings. 4 people. We struggled mightily, but we did it. We also didn’t eat again for the next week.)
At this bar, you can order wings in different flavors (minimum 10 wings per batch), and over time we’ve narrowed it down to our favorites. Medium (don’t mess with the classic!). Blue Heat. And perhaps we’ll use the odd number of leftover wings to try a new flavor (General Tso’s, anyone?). But back to Blue Heat. This flavor was added a couple years back, and at first we didn’t know what it was. However, one bite and we were hooked. I don’t exactly how they make the Blue Heat sauce, but we’ve decided that it’s basically a combination of medium buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing. Whatever it is, it’s amazing! Well, except for that time when we think they used hot buffalo sauce to make it. I like spicy foods, but umph.
Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings
Since I love recreating foods at home, I decided to take a stab at making these Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings here in my kitchen. Now at the bar, they fry their wings. I certainly don’t mind frying things on occasion, but I decided to go with the baked route thanks to Kelly @ Foodtasia. About this time last year, Kelly posted the most amazing looking baked chicken wings. I literally did a double take when I saw her post. No way are those baked! However, sure enough, they were baked…and they looked crispy. I decided to try this method out. One word: awesome!
As Kelly points out in her post, baking powder is the key here. The baking powder helps pull moisture from the wings as they bake. The result is a good, crispy wing. (Note: These wings are best consumed fresh. They won’t be as crispy if you reheat them. Then again, fried wings aren’t crispy if you reheat them, either.) Kelly did a fun test in her post where she compared 4 different methods of baking wings to see which yields the crispiest wing. Check out her post to see the results. It’s pretty cool!
These baked chicken wings start at a low temperature to render some of the fat, and then you boost the oven temp up to get those crispy nubbins that make chicken wings so darned tasty. Now we can’t exactly call these Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings healthy. Sure, there’s no added fat from frying, but these are still chicken wings. Consume at your own risk. Or just throw caution to the wing and do an extra workout later this week. 🙂
I hope you enjoy these Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings as much as we did. Heck, let me know when your birthday is and I’ll whip you up a batch of these baked chicken wings! Cheers, friends!
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Blue Heat Baked Chicken Wings
For the Wings
For the Wings
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Line a sheet pan with foil and then place baking rack onto pan. Spray rack with nonstick baking spray. Set pan and rack aside.
- Using paper towels, pat wings as dry as possible.
- Place wings in a large bowl. Add baking powder and salt; toss until wings are evenly coated.
- Arrange wings on the prepared baking rack. (Tip: The wings will shrink while baking, so they can be placed fairly close together.)
- Bake wings on lower rack of oven for 30 minutes.
- Increase oven temperature to 425°F.
- Move wings to middle rack and continue baking for 40-50 minutes, flipping once after 25 minutes. (Tip: This is a great time to make the wing sauce.)
- Remove wings from oven and place in a large bowl. Add wing sauce and toss until well coated.
For the Blue Heat Wing Sauce
- Using a small saucepan, add butter, hot sauce, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter melts. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly.
- Using a medium mixing bowl, add blue cheese and buttermilk; mash with a fork until only some larger pieces of blue cheese remain. Add remaining ingredients (sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, salt, garlic powder and pepper); stir until well combined.
- Pour hot sauce mixture into the blue cheese mixture; stir until well combined. Serve immediately.