March Madness Final Four is here! I hope those of you that are in bracket pools are doing a lot better than I am. I’m a much bigger football fan than I am basketball (GO BEARS!), but March Madness is always a fun time of year. You bet against your friends and family and have the perfect excuse to throw parties with lots of delicious food. Wings are a great go-to for any sports-related get together. I’ve made these for Super Bowl parties, potlucks, and am definitely making them tonight! They are always a hit and each time I make them I remind myself to make more next time since they go so fast!
Buy a 2.5 lb bag of frozen chicken wing sections (or two bags depending on how many people you’re serving) and let them thaw. Start out by making your sauce, which is a mixture of hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot Original), butter, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chili powder, and ground cayenne.
Bring the sauce ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
I love making wings in the crock-pot, because they just fall apart when they’re done. Yum! Add your thawed chicken sections to the pot and pour over your sauce. Mix with a large wooden spoon. Cook on high for two hours then on low for another two hours. While your wings are cooking, prepare a second sauce to brush the wings with. Mix together more butter, hot sauce, cayenne, and chili powder in the same saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until it thickens, about 10 minutes.
Once the wings are done cooking in the crock-pot, I like the crisp them up in the oven. Spray a baking sheet or dish with non-stick spray before adding the wings to it. Then drizzle the wings with the sauce and turn to coat. I add the sauce before baking them so the sauce bakes into the wings. This way you get the great taste of the sauce without them being as messy as they would be if you applied it right before serving. Bake at 400 degrees until wings are desired crispness. I bake mine about 30 minutes and flip them halfway through.
I serve mine with celery, carrot sticks, and ranch. Enjoy the games tonight and may the best bracket win!
- 2.5 lb bag of frozen chicken wing sections
- 1 12-oz bottle Frank's Red Hot Original sauce, divided
- ½ cup butter, divided
- 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, divided
- 2 tsp. chili powder, divided
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. oregano
- Thaw chicken wings sections.
- Melt ¼ cup butter in a medium saucepan.
- Add half a 12 oz bottle of hot sauce, Worcestershire, 1 tsp. cayenne, 1 tsp, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano and mix together.
- Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add thawed chicken wing sections to crock-pot.
- Pour sauce over wings and mix with a wooden spoon to coat.
- Cook on high for two hours then low for another two hours
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In the same saucepan melt the other ¼ cup of butter.
- Add the rest of the hot sauce and the other 1 tsp. cayenne and 1 tsp. chili powder.
- Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
- Once wings are done in the crock-pot, add to a greased baking sheet or pan.
- Pour sauce over wings, turning to coat.
- Cook for about 30 minutes or until crispy, turning once halfway through.