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Chicken Fried Wings - How to Make Chicken Wings Fried Perfectly Every Time

Updated on July 18, 2011

If you love chicken fried wings, but don't quite know how to do it right, here you go. Learn how to make chicken wings fried perfectly every time by following the following steps.

Preparing Chicken Wings for Frying

If you didn't buy precut chicken wings, then cut off the tips of the wings and throw them away. Then cut the wings into two pieces at the joint.

If you're using frozen chicken wings or jf you prefer your wings 'naked', of course you will skip this next dredging in flour step.

If, however, you like your chicken fried wings breaded, place the wings, enough flour to coat them, salt, and pepper in a sealed plastic baggie. Shake the wings up well to get the flour coated all over them. Any other spices or herbs you add in with the flour mixture will depend on if you add a  sauce after the wings are fried and/or the flavor you want.

If you're frying chicken wings that are fresh or that have been thawed, be sure to pat them dry before adding to the hot oil. This will reduce the possibility of a nasty splatter when you first put the wings into the deep fryer or skillet.

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How Long to Deep Fry Chicken Wings?

When deep frying wings, try to keep the oil temperature somewhere around 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit. If frying chicken wings that are frozen, it takes about 8-12 minutes. Fresh chicken wings need about about 7-10 minutes to get done.

It also depends on the size of the wings. Bigger wings will take longer to fry. The way to tell if chicken wings are done is to wait until they float to the top. And the frying time for wings also depends on how crispy you like them. After they start floating, wait an extra minute or two if you like them extra crispy.

But keep a close eye on them so that they don't burn! Shake the deep fryer basket every once in a while to keep the chicken wings from sticking together.

To be certain that your chicken fried wings are done, pull one open after frying. If the meat is white, it's done even if the bones still have some pink in them.

How Long to Fry Wings on the Stove?

If you're frying wings on the stove, use an oversized deep skillet. Cast iron skillets are best for fried chicken wings.

Be sure to use enough oil, at least 2 inches. Don't put too many chicken wings in the pan at once. They shouldn't be too crowded. Only add enough chicken wings at a time to cover the bottom of the skillet without touching.

Cover with a lid and fry wings on medium heat. The last five minutes or so, remove the lid to make the wings nice and crispy. Turn the chicken wings at least twice with tongs.

Cooking time on the stove will be longer- about 15-20 minutes for frozen wings and 10-15 for fresh chicken wings. Again, check one of the wings after removing it from the skillet to make sure it's done.

Last Steps for Chicken Wings Fried to Perfection

Drain well on paper towels.

If you're adding sauce to your fried chicken wings, now is the time. Simply throw the chicken fried wings into a large bowl. Add your favorite chicken wing sauce. Toss the wings with the sauce like you would toss a salad until all of the wings are well coated. Then serve to your soon to be appreciative diners!

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      MacAllister Bishop 

      5 years ago from Bonne Terre, MO

      I put mine in a crock pot with BBQ sauce after frying for crispy BBQ wings.

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      Kate and Sean 

      9 years ago

      Put them in a large pot on the stove....mix up your hot sauce put them in the oven put hot sauce on...waaaalaaaah!

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      9 years ago

      great basics. Such info is hard to find with all the overly creative recipes online.


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