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Don’t Wing It, Here’s a Recipe Instead!

Appetizers and snacks are what we’re all about at Johnny’s Bar & Grill! In order to satisfy your hunger, we thought we would share a recipe that anyone can make from home. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own baked buffalo wings. These are easy to bake in your oven without having the mess of a fryer. Just add a side of celery sticks and ranch and you’ve got yourself a delicious homemade meal. Continue reading to find out what you need for this spicy snack!

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. It’s recommended to refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking!
  3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and crispy on the outside. Cook for about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

Share Your Wings on Social Media

Follow us on our social media pages and post a picture to show us your wing meal! We would love to see how your wings turned out. Our customers can also place an order for curbside pickup for wings, burgers, and more. Call us at (815) 626-7767 or visit our website today!

These Wings Are Lit, Literally

Hot wings are a staple food of any sports bar. While the vast majority of people enjoy wings for their delicious zest and signature kick of spice, most don’t venture in the mysterious shadowlands of its-so-hot-I’m-hallucinating-oh-my-goodness-how-am-I-buzzed-from-a-piece-of-chicken type of experience. Perhaps you’re curious about what this feels like, or maybe you’d prefer to experience it vicariously through an unwitting friend. Either way, one can be overcome with a fog of exhilaration after exposure to spicy food due to a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is the natural ingredient in chili peppers that make them hot. It is considered an irritant to humans, producing a burning sensation on any tissue it comes in contact with. Capsaicin is the compound used in pepper spray and other riot control agents because it produces pain and breathing difficulty.

Pain Begets Pleasure Begets Pain

Why then do hot wing aficionados always seem to want the sauce that will scorch the most? Incidentally, the hottest wings also have the most concentrated capsaicin. When it comes right down to it, spiciness is not really a flavor. It is a sensation interpreted by your brain as pain. In response to this searing discomfort, your brain releases endorphins and dopamine to block the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. Large amounts of intensely spicy food can trigger a sense of euphoria and even hallucinatory effects in the person eating them. As one becomes more adjusted to a spicy sensation, they need higher and more concentrated levels of capsaicin to achieve the same euphoric result. So if you ever happen to see someone sweating profusely and crying while scarfing down ghost chili’s like popcorn, just remember they’re the epitome of serenity and bliss on the inside!

One should always take precautions before eating a hot wing that could alter your perception of reality. Some restaurants will even require you to sign a waiver before you’re allowed to try the said chicken. Whatever your threshold for the spicier wings your local sports bar has to offer, don’t forget: it’s all in your head. If you feel buzzed afterward, thank the capsaicin.