Poultry Essentials: Night Wings and Creamy Dip

Andy Anderson !


Did not go to bed last night… Nothing special. It was just one of those nights where you know if you go to bed you are not going to get any sleep, so why bother.

Anyway, I was working on my computer when around 1:00a, I decided it was time to eat something. Found some wings in the walk-in and performed a bit of improv.

Nice thing about having a big house is that you can knock about in the kitchen in the middle of the night without waking anyone up.

I do not have a lot of images, but enough to steer you in the right direction.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
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  • 12
    chicken wings (flats and drumettes)
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored variety
  • 1/2 c
    flour, or finely ground breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    salt, kosher variety, or to taste
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    white pepper, freshly ground

  • 1/2 c
    plain mayonnaise, i prefer duke’s
  • 2 Tbsp
    dijon, smooth variety, i prefer grey poupons
  • 1 tsp
    hot sauce, i prefer frank’s
  • 1 tsp
    apple cider vinegar

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Night Wings and Creamy Dip


  2. You will need a parchment-lined baking sheet fitted with wire rack (if you have one).

    In addition, you will need a mixing bowl and possibly a large Ziploc bag to do the Shake-and-Bake thing.

    YEE HAA!!!
  3. Homemade Mayonnaise
    To be sure, there are some good store-bought mayo’s on the market (my all-time favorite is Duke’s) If you live in the South, you have probably seen it on the shelves of your local grocer; however, as you travel North, it becomes as scarce as hen’s teeth.

    If you would like to take a stab at making your own (it really is not all that difficult), check out this recipe:
    Mayonnaise Essentials: Faux Duke’s Version
  4. Cooking Times
    All the times listed in this or any other recipe are relative to the equipment you are using. For example, if I instruct you to put the item into a preheated 375f (190c) for 50 minutes, or until golden brown, in your oven it might only take 45 minutes, or it could be 60 minutes. The problem is that household ovens can be off by 20 degrees or more.

    I am using Wolf ovens that get professionally calibrated once a year. So, if your oven display is displaying an accurate temperature, then the times I give will probably work for you.

    And the same holds true for a stovetop. Medium on one stovetop might be seriously different on another.

    I guess what I am trying to say is that do not blindly trust the temperature suggestions of any recipe. Watch your food as it cooks or bakes, and stop when it is ready, regardless of the time.
  5. Do not throw away those wing tips; instead, freeze them and use for making things like stocks.
  6. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 380f (190c)
  9. Add the wings to a bowl, along with the oil, and toss to thoroughly coat.
  10. Add the dry spices to a Ziploc bag, toss in the chicken, and shake to evenly coat the wings.
  11. Lay the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  12. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  13. After 20 minutes carefully flip the wings and bake until golden brown and crispy, about an additional 10 – 12 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven.
  16. The best time to make the dipping sauce is while the wings are happily baking away in the oven.
  17. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. That is it… really.
  19. You can serve these up one of three ways:
    1. Naked with the sauce served on the side.
    2. Served with the sauce drizzled on top (pictured)
    3. Wet, with the wings tossed in the sauce.

  20. If I am going to toss the wings in the sauce, I will add a bity more apple cider vinegar, to thin it down a bit.
  21. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials: Night Wings and Creamy Dip

Course/Dish: Poultry Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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