Baked hot wings

Baked hot and naked wings

As part of our #BeNormal cooking campaign, Chris Brown of Cooper Brown Studio and I are making my favorite snack - hot wings. Because of their cornerstone status of American bar food, we thought everyone should be able to whip them up in their kitchen without the hassle of grilling. I am a huge hot wing fan, seriously, it will be the last thing I order if I'm able to make a request. It's a dish I enjoy to make for company for a lot of reasons, first, the tang of vinegar and spiciness are a hook for me - I love anything pickled, salted, or both. But it's also the casualness that is comforting, as the eating off of a bone makes even the most gourmet of recipes feel like an informal snack, wouldn't you say? So, grab some wet wipes and celery sticks and follow these easy steps.

Baked buffalo wings

  • Franks original hot sauce. 12 oz. will be good for a dozen wings. For more wings get the 23 oz.  bottle
  • One white onion
  • Unsalted butter. 1/4 cup per 12 oz. of Frank's sauce
  • Jalapenos 
  • Salt + pepper
  • Canola oil
  • As many wings as you'd like, certified humanely treated chicken that is.
  • The ingredients for my ranch dressing if you so wish for it.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop your onion. Don't worry about chopping too finely, it's just going into give the sauce for taste.
  3. Grab your butter and put it in a pot over medium heat
  4. When that has melted, add your onions. Stir occasionally throughout these next steps.
  5. This may be a beer break. Every list of steps needs one, right? 
  6. Unpack your chicken. These came with the nub, which I tuck under the drummette to transfer heat evenly throughout the wing while baking.
  7. Salt and pepper both sides of your wings to taste. This is helpful if someone claims to "not like spicy things" as my mother-in-law-to-be claimed, even though she opted for the hot ones after all, You can leave some wings sauce-less, or naked, for those guests with milder pallets guests if you don't show them the door.
  8. On a cookie sheet, arrange your wings with enough space so that they aren't touching. Then drizzle canola oil over those guys.
  9. Pop the sheet in the oven and wait unit golden brown, approx 45 minutes or 3 beers time.
  10. Chop and add your jalepenos and Frank's hot sauce to the simmering onions. They should be browned and caramelized.
  11. Get your ranch dressing in order if you plan on serving it.
  12. Check your chicken, and when it's ready pull it out of the oven. 
  13. Toss your chicken with the sauce and serve!
pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Chop one white onion
Making hot sauce
Chopping jalapeños
Prepping chicken wings
Salt & peppering the wings
Arranging wings
Baked wings
Fresh dill from the garden
Fresh ranch
Naked and hot wings
Hot wing consumption
Well wing-fed faces

Shot by Chris brown