I once made these Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings with Everything Bagel Seasoning for my husband’s guys’ night. Word to the wise: three pounds of wings for six guys is NOT enough. I figured that since I made a huge pot of chili and some veggies/dip, that four wings per person would suffice. I arrived home and everything was decimated. There were a few lonely carrots left, but the chili was wiped out and these wings were long gone.
My husband, Longe, is really good at getting the guys together. He plans something once a month for a group of about 10 guys, like watching football at our place or going to see a movie that I don’t want to see (like ALL of the superhero movies). It’s a nice way for the guys to hang out, and it’s usually as simple as just extending the invitation. I’m always up for cooking for a group, so if they’re at our place, I’ll throw a few things together and then leave for a girls’ night of my own.
I made the Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings again to try for myself, and it was easy to see why they disappeared so quickly. The sweet and spicy combination of honey and sriracha is irresistible. The addition of Everything Bagel Seasoning adds a nice onion flavor and a little texture thanks to the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic & onion flakes.
I started by separating the wings. Each wing has three parts: the wingette or the flat, the drumette, and the tip. I used my fingers to locate the joint in between each part, and ran a sharp knife through each joint. The video on this blog post is super helpful if you’re looking for direction. I discarded the tips (you can also save them for stock) and kept the wingettes and drumettes.
The goal is to get the skin of the wings extra crispy—that’s what makes a good chicken wing! There are three techniques I use for that:
1) Place the wings on a sheet pan fitted with a wire rack
2) Toss the wings with canola oil and bake at 400°F
3) Wait to add the seasonings until the wings are crisp
A wire rack on top of a sheet pan (I use this one) ensures that air circulates around the wings, causing both the bottom and the top to crisp. The canola oil accelerates the browning process (its smoke point is 400°F). And finally, the honey and Everything Bagel seasoning can easily burn. I add them, along with the sriracha, for the last 10 minutes of cooking time once the wings are already mostly crisp.
I found the Everything Bagel Seasoning at Trader Joe’s. You could also make your own with just five ingredients from your pantry. Here’s the recipe: 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds, 2 teaspoons of dried onion flakes, 2 teaspoons of dried garlic flakes, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings with Everything Bagel Seasoning are perfect for a guys’ night, the Super Bowl or NFL playoffs, college football watching, or really any get-together where you don’t mind your hands getting a little sticky.
Serve with cold beer and plenty of napkins!
Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings with Everything Bagel Seasoning
Yield 24 wings
- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sriracha
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning (I used Trader Joe’s)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a sharp knife, separate the tips from the rest of the chicken wings. Then separate the flats from the drumettes. Discard the tips or save for making chicken stock.
Toss the flats and drumettes with the canola oil and the kosher salt in a large bowl. Place on a foil lined baking sheet topped with a baking rack. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the wings are beginning to brown.
Meanwhile, whisk together the sriracha and the honey in a small bowl. After the wings have cooked for 40 minutes, brush the mixture evenly over the top of the wings. Sprinkle with the everything bagel seasoning. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until the glaze is sticky and the wings are cooked through.
Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Tip #1: Use a sheet pan fitted with a wire rack (I use this one) so that the wings get crispy all over!
Tip #2: Make your own Everything Bagel Seasoning with this recipe: 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds, 2 teaspoons of dried onion flakes, 2 teaspoons of dried garlic flakes, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt
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