Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday: Crispy Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings
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Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday: Crispy Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Now that the Patriots and the Falcons have made it to the big game, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite Super Bowl snack: buffalo wings! Traditional chicken wings are fried before being drenched in butter and hot sauce, but if you prefer to opt for a lighter, healthier version this SuperBowl Sunday, try baking the wings instead. They're super crispy, sticky and just as spicy as anything you’ll get at a sports bar, with less mess in your kitchen. And because wings aren’t complete without the blue cheese, try lightening it up using low- or non-fat Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk. Simply to make, healthy to eat—there’s no reason to skip on your new year’s resolution to be healthier come game day. 

For the chicken wings:

  • 3 pounds chicken wings (about 18)
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

For the blue cheese dressing:

  • 1/2 cup low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, preferably Maytag blue
  • kosher salt, to season
  • celery stalks, as desired

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

In a saucepan over medium heat bring the hot sauce and olive oil to a simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Pat wings dry and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour half of the hot sauce-olive oil mixture over the wings. Using gloves, toss the wings to coat in the sauce. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 15 minutes.

Line a sheet pan with non-stick aluminum foil or a silicone mat. Remove the wings from the refrigerator and place them on the sheet pan. Brush any remaining sauce from the bowl over the wings. Discard any sauce left over from the bowl. Bake the wings for 30 minutes before flipping the wings over and cooking for another half hour.

To make the blue cheese dressing, combine the yogurt and blue cheese crumbles in a bowl, mix evenly and adjust the seasoning. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Remove the wings from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with blue cheese dressing. 

 

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