Cooked The Sh*t Wings

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There are no proportions for the ingredients in this recipe, only the technique. I figure on six to ten wings per person. I always make extra since we can usually eat a ton of these and even if we can’t finish them, we are very happy to eat them the next day. Make a sticky sauce and consider giving them a wee sprinkle of a little something crunchy when they come out of the oven like garlic chips, sesame seeds, bacon bits, and so forth (more ideas below).
Cooked The Sh*t Wings


  • Chicken wings
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Line a sheet pan with a Silpat, an equivalent silicone mat or well greased parchment paper.
  3. Do not wash the wings, but dry the wings with paper towels to remove excess moisture. You can leave wings out, uncovered, in the fridge overnight to dry out the skin to make them even more crispy.
  4. Place the wings on the sheet pan with outer part of the wing facing down so you can salt the underside of the wings first. Salt the under side of the wings evenly and turn them over. Salt and pepper the outer wing evenly.
  5. Cook for one hour or so, until the wings are browned and crispy. You can drain off any excess fat that accumulates as they cook. Flip each wings and brush the underside with the sticky sauce of your choosing, turn them over brush the outer side with sauce. Return them to the oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven, check the sauce coverage and add more, if needed. Sprinkle with crunchy component, if desired. Eat.
Total time:
Yield: As many wings as you make, provided you don't sneakily eat them when no one is looking because then there will be less.


Sticky Sauce Ideas

Mix approximately 3 parts sticky/sweet with 1 part acid with 1/2 part spicy in a pot, over low heat and reduce until it’s the consistency of BBQ sauce.

  • Brown sugar, ginger & soy
  • Balsamic & orange marmalade
  • Maple & Dijon
  • Gochujang, rice vinegar & palm sugar
  • Hot sauce & honey

Crunchy Component Ideas

  • Garlic dust
  • Crushed popcorn
  • Popped amaranth
  • Dukkah
  • Tortilla dust
  • Crushed chicharrones
  • Caramelized crisp rice
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Toasted shaved almonds
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Bacon bits
  • Duck cracklings