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How Do I Choose the Best Breading for Chicken Wings?

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Chicken wings are a popular appetizer and snack food because of their relatively low cost and diversity of flavors. Wings can be prepared using different methods, but they are often breaded and baked or deep fried. Several ingredients can be used as breading for chicken wings, depending on the recipe and how the wings will be cooked. Deep-fried wings are typically breaded with seasoned flour and then tossed with sauce after cooking. Baked wings can be coated with a wider variety of ingredients, including flour, bread crumbs and crumbled crackers or cereal.

One of the most popular styles of wing wings is known as Buffalo wings, because they originated in Buffalo, N.Y. Though many Buffalo wing recipes do without breading, seasoned flour is most often used as the breading for chicken wings when Buffalo wings are breaded. Many recipes call for all-purpose flour to be mixed with garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Cayenne pepper may be added to taste, depending on whether the cook wants hotter or milder wings. This breading forms a base of flavor that can be built on by dressing the deep-fried wings in a spicy sauce.

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Oven-baked wings may use flour or various types of crumbled ingredients, depending on the recipe. Cooks often use crumbled crackers and various types of breakfast cereals as a breading for chicken wings. The crackers can be placed in a plastic bag and then crushed with the smooth side of a meat mallet, a heavy skillet or a rolling pin. The crushed cracker crumbs are then mixed with seasonings such as salt and pepper. Before baking, the wings are placed in the plastic bag and shaken to coat.

Regular and panko breadcrumbs are another possible breading for chicken wings. These ingredients can often be found on the baking aisle of a grocery store or made in the home with stale bread. The chicken wings may need to be moistened with butter prior to dredging to help the breadcrumbs stick to the skin. Like flour, breadcrumbs generally will need to be seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices to provide more flavor to the final dish.

Some well-known wing restaurants in the United States have begun selling their breading for chicken wings to customers who want to prepare these wings at home. These mixes contain all of the flour and seasonings necessary to make restaurant-quality wings in a deep fryer. Customers also may purchase bottled sauces to serve along with the wings to complete the experience.

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Spotiche5
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@heavanet- If you don't like store bought bread crumbs and you don't want to make your own, you should try using cornmeal as a breading for chicken wings. Mix it with herbs and spices, dip the wings in water, and roll them in the mixture before frying them. You will have crispy wings with great flavor.

Talentryto
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@heavanet- My mother taught a simple recipe for making bread crumbs at home. All you need are several slices of your favorite bread and your favorite seasonings. You can use as many or as few slices as you want, depending on how many chicken wings you are planning to prepare.

Next, put the slices of bread on a baking sheet and place them in your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Baking the bread slices to a nice, crunchy golden brown typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but the baking time depends on how well done you like your bread crumbs. Keep a close eye on the slices while they bake so you can remove them from the oven

as soon as they are the way you prefer them.

Once your slices of bread have baked, roll over them with a rolling pin until they turn to crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs with your favorite seasonings, and mix them together. You will have home made bread crumbs flavored the way you like them, and ready to use to bread your chicken wings.

Heavanet
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If I don't have bread crumbs or stale bread in my house, how can I make bread crumbs for breading chicken? I don't like the idea of using old bread to make them, and I am not found of pre-packaged bread crumbs.

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