What does your game day spread look like? Mine is crispy chips, sour cream dip, cinnamon rolls, pizza, and perfectly prepared and cooked chicken wings. Chicken wings, with their flavorful goodness, are a staple of the American game day diet, and they deserve proper treatment.
No matter what seasonings and extras you plan to add to your chicken wings, this simple brine recipe and the following tips will ensure that your wings are moist and flavorful. After you have treated them, you can grill, bake, fry or smoke them. The measurements provided make enough for about 15 chicken wings. Simply scale it up or down to match the amount you are making.
The best thing about this brine recipe is that it is completely flexible, allowing for an infinite number of variations. See the Tips and Ideas section below to read more about how you can tweak, change, and add to your chicken wings to make them as unique as you want them to be. Happy brining!
Step 1 – Make the Brine
The brine is very simple to prepare. For best results, make it the night before so that the ingredients can fully integrate before coming in contact with your wings. Dissolve the sugar and salt in the water. Then, add in your apple cider vinegar and chopped dried red pepper. Mix well and cover your brine to keep in the fridge overnight.
Step 2 – Put your chicken wings in the brine.
Put the wings in a container. Anything big enough to hold the wings and brine that is not metal will do. Pour the brine mixture that you made the previous night into the container. Make sure that your chicken wings are completely submerged. Put them in the refrigerator after you have covered the container. Leave them to soak in the juices for three to four hours.
Step 3 – Take them out.
After they have soaked for three to four hours, take your wings out of the brine and rinse. You can throw out any leftover brine. Dry your chicken wings with a paper towel. Now they are ready for any seasonings that you want to apply. After you have seasoned according to your preferences, cook and enjoy!
Tips and Ideas
Remember that you can customize your brine with a lot of different fun ingredients like beer, apple juice, and different types and amounts of pepper. If you want to add a Mexican flair, then I suggest chopping up some jalapenos and using those instead of the red pepper. If you’re feeling inspired by Greek cuisine, then adding a little picked olive juice can bring some complexity to your chicken wing flavor. Feel free to be creative!
After you have treated your chicken wings with brine, you must decide what method is best to prepare them. There are so many delicious chicken wing recipes out there that it’s hard to know where to start. First, there’s a variety of dry rubs and seasonings. Then, we have an endless number of possibilities for sauces.
One of my favorite rub recipes is a garlic, chili, onion and red pepper rub. If you’re a fan of spicy food, then this rub will give your wings a delicious heat. Grilled chicken wings served with a delicious Thai-inspired cilantro, chili pepper and lemon grass sauce are also great for spicy food enthusiasts. If spicy isn’t your thing, a teriyaki blend or BBQ sauce combined with broiled wings makes adds a fun twist.
As you can see, there are an infinite number of options when it comes to making chicken wings. I hope you enjoy this easy recipe and come up with a few variations of your own in the near future! Comment below with any thoughts or fun twists that you’ve experimented with.