I’m going to be out of town for the better part of a week starting tomorrow, and realized that if I didn’t do a blitzkrieg of shopping and cooking today the husband would most likely be eating fast food for the next 8 days. Now, I know he is not helpless, on the contrary he can make any dish that I can provided he has good instructions to follow. I just don’t usually cook with a recipe start to finish, measure my spices exactly, or make things the exact same way twice, so hubby really only cooks when necessary.

Anywho, in trying to be a good wifey I made a meal plan for the week as usual, with things that could be made in advance and that would heat up well so that good, real food without unpronounceable ingredients would be within easy reach. One specific request from hubby was chicken wings. My go-to recipe for chicken wings is simple, easy to make more or less spicy, and most of all Delicious. Now before you start anything else, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees farenheit.

The sauce is ridiculously easy:

1 cup butter (the better the butter the better the sauce)
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons paprika (I used spanish paprika)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Lots of garlic, at least 3 tablespoons
Chili flakes to taste (I used 1 tablespoon for 5 pounds of wings)

1. Melt the butter
2. Press the garlic into the butter, then dump the rest of the spices in the butter and mix together

Now, one important step before you put the sauce on the wings is to pat them dry with Β paper towels, as it will help the wings crisp up a bit more. Spread the wings onto a baking sheet (I like to put parchment paper down to keep the skin from sticking too much to the metal…I’ve tried it both ways, and I highly recommend the parchment!), then pour/spread the sauce over the wings.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, then flip the wings over, and bake 25 minutes more. Once you take them out of the oven transfer to a serving dish, and make sure to pour all of the lovely spicy butter left in the pan over the wings! They won’t be like your typical Buffalo Wild Wings (B-dubs if you please), or any other really saucy wing, but let’s face it…those are usually gross. Puny, dry wings with really messy sauce, that just leave you wanting a real meal. These are meaty, buttery, spicy wings that will definitely make it onto your must make list for football games, barbecues, baby showers, first dates…you know the usual times you’d need wings.

You can always make your own blue cheese or ranch dressing as well, but I think the sauce stands up on its own for these wings.

P.S. they heat up really well, so you’ll definitely want to make a big batch! Well, they’ll heat up really well if there are any leftovers that is. Enjoy!