After I posted our hot wings recipe, Princess pointed out that not everyone likes hot wings.
I didn’t want to believe her but the proof was standing right in front of me: Princess doesn’t like hot wings.
To be honest, when I was her age I didn’t like hot wings either.
In the interest of fairness I decided to post our not-so-hot wings variations.
Not-so-Hot Wings Recipes
Usually when Teacher makes hot wings he also makes Parmesan Ranch and barbecue wings. They’re both super-simple to make because he starts with store-bought sauces. Not that he couldn’t make sauces from scratch; he just doesn’t for wings.
If you want to make Parmesan Ranch or Barbecue wings, first start at the beginning of the hot wings recipe, but after putting your chicken into the oven come back here to find out how to finish them off.
Barbecue wings are super-simple; just toss the baked chicken in your favorite barbecue sauce, place in a shallow baking dish, and bake for 5 minutes.
Ta-da, you’re done!
For these wings Teacher used the girls’ favorite barbecue sauce: Mississippi Sweet Apple sauce, but sometimes he “doctors up” the sauce with molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce or liquid smoke, depending on what flavor he’s going for.
Parmesan Ranch Wings:
Parmesan wings require a little more work but they’re well worth it!
Combine a good brand of Ranch dressing with some mayonnaise – it’ll cut the sweetness of the Ranch. The ratio should be not quite 50/50; more Ranch than mayo. Taste and adjust until you’re happy with it. Add a whole bunch of grated Parmesan cheese, until it tastes good to you. Be sure to use real Parmesan cheese, not the powder stuff that comes in boxed spaghetti mixes.
Toss the baked chicken in your concoction, add more grated Parmesan cheese on top, and bake 5 minutes. That’s all there is to it!
For these wings we used Hidden Valley Ranch Cracked Peppercorn dressing to make Parmesan Peppercorn wings, so in addition to the Parmesan Teacher added freshly ground black pepper to the sauce.
It’s really easy to make almost any kind of wings you want, all you have to do is find a sauce that speaks to you and add your own touch.
Sesame ginger? Start with a store-bought sauce, add a little fresh ginger and toasted sesame seeds. Yum!
How about Teriyaki? It’s super-simple with the variety of Teriyaki sauces on the market today.
In the mood for citrus? Try an orange marmalade, thinned down with a little orange juice.
Let your imagination go wild and see what it comes up with, then be sure to stop back and let me know what your favorite creation is – I’d love to try your recipe!