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Mel's Red Hot Baked Wings

September 17, 2010
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  • Makes 16-18 wings
Author Notes

My mom has made these wings for years, but instead of wings, she uses bites of chicken, and serves in a bowl with a fork, swimming in juicy wing sauce. The sauce for these is fairly basic, but the technique is what sets them apart. Baked (not fried) these wings are seriously tender and good. The Franks hot sauce, melted butter, and brown sugar coating caramelizes on the wings, making them gooey, sweet, spicy, and chewy. Almost like chicken candy…is that weird? —Loves Food Loves to Eat

What You'll Need
  • 16-18 chicken wings
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup Franks Redhot Sauce (original)
  • 1/3rd cups melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Sprinkle cayenne (or chili powder) directly on uncooked wings. Bake/roast wings, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 45-55 min, until they're cooked through and golden brown. (My wings were frozen... and I just stuck them in frozen at 400 for about an hour and 10 min, it’s variable). Mix together 1/2 cup Franks Redhot sauce (original), 1/3rd cup melted butter, and about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Pour over hot wings and coat evenly. Stick back in the 400 degree oven for 10 more minutes, turning often. About half way through, sprinkle a little more brown sugar on top, and mix in. Cook until the sauce gets gooey. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes, sauce will continue to goo up a little. Enjoy, preferably with celery, blue cheese dressing, and of course, beer.
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20 Reviews

Tiff June 30, 2016
So...."turning often" is that referring to turning/rotating the whole pan 180 or flipping the wing over?
Paul June 30, 2016
Turn the wing over.
Cookie1775 July 15, 2015
Ok, I made this tonight with a slight modification. When I mixed the sauce, I added about 5 drops of Dave's Insanity Sauce.
Also, each time I flipped the wings ( with sauce, I cooked them 3 minutes, flipped, 3 minutes, flipped, 4 minutes) I basted them with more sauce and added more brown sugar. I used a flour sifter for the sugar.
The end result was awesome! Great caramelization, and they were sweet, mild, hot, and spicy all at the same time. Really good! My new favorite! Thanks!
Myra S. September 21, 2014
Has anyone tried baking the wings directly in the sauce and what was the outcome?
Paul September 21, 2014
I would think you would lose some spice from the hot sauce. But I work with a guy that deep fry his as normal, adds the hot sauce, bakes then for 5 minutes, then shakes then in blue cheese and bakes then for another 5-10 minutes and he says they are outstanding.
Angel C. September 19, 2014
Hey am I suppose to mix red hot, melted butter and sugar on a pan? Or just melt the butter, and then mix sauce with sugar in it?
Loves F. September 19, 2014
I melt the butter, then stir in the sauce & sugar. :)
Paul August 13, 2014
I'm from Buffalo, here these are called sliders, I prefer just hot sauce on my wings but thats just me, some people really like these The only difference is we deep fry our wings in Buffalo. When I make wings at home I do a half fry, half bake method so you still get the crispness and there a bit better for you then being completely deep fried. Lastly, get your wings fresh from a butcher, they're bigger and meatier.

Loves F. September 19, 2014
Hey Paul, thanks for the background and advice! I do love some deep fried wings every now and then!
Rachelle August 11, 2014
how must the chicken wings be before sprinkling cayenne ? do u add lemon vinegar etc? specify please.I really love it too
Loves F. August 11, 2014
Hi Rachelle, just sprinkle the cayenne directly on the raw wings, sort of like a dry rub :).
Ebonyb26 September 19, 2012
I just made these Sunday for me and my daughter (2yrs old) we loved them!!! Very easy and not too spicy!
lapadia September 21, 2010
A Northwest thing!!! I think so, I was just telling my husband about your recipe and those were the first words out of his mouth. BTW - I love checking in to read your blog, it reminds me of my "20 something to early 30yr old days", single, living in Seattle...all the NW adventures and cooking parties with co-workers. I love those memories, and your blog brings them back, so thanks for the memories and thanks for sharing your recipes too!
Loves F. September 24, 2010
Thank you so much!! I love to hear that people are reading and enjoying my blog! =)
vvvanessa September 19, 2010
chicken candy! sold!
Loves F. September 21, 2010
Baking the wings directly in the sauce, versus dipping the sauce on right before serving is really what makes the difference... it's soooo gooey and caramelized and really is like sweet, spicy chicken candy. Maybe I should have named them Chicken Candy Wings!
lapadia September 17, 2010
This is my recipe to a "T"...love it!
Loves F. September 21, 2010
Must be a Northwest thing!?
mrslarkin September 17, 2010
Loves F. September 21, 2010
Thanks! I do too! I dream about these wings...