There are a lot of really good recipes with twists and turns, but when I want wings that have that classic, original restaurant-style flavor , I always turn to these. This is my own stand-by recipe. Enjoy!!
In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder. Place chicken wings in a large glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them and toss until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. (This sets the flour.)
Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep pan to 375 degrees. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in large bowl, add hot sauce mixture and toss and stir together til coated. Pour onto large serving platter.
2For blue cheese dressing:
In a medium bowl, whisk together ingredients, until the dressing is creamy but still slightly lumpy from the blue cheese. Garnish with extra crumbled blue cheese if desired.
3A higher quality can be subbed for the Maytag Blue if desired, such as Roquefort or Gorgonzola, but it isn't really necessary for this and Maytag is really quite good.
4Serve platter of wings, hot, with lots of napkins, blue cheese dressing for dipping, and celery sticks with the tops chilled in a glass or small vase with ice water.