Friday, April 12, 2013

Game Day Paleo Hot Wings

We don't really watch football.  Well, we don't really watch TV.  One of the ways we are saving money right now is by not having even basic television channels.  We have a TV that can play a few DVDs, and we watch a few of our favorite TV shows online here and there, but overall, we're a no TV house.
But I never pass up an opportunity for wings, which is why I love the Super Bowl.  I can EAT wings.  Lots of them.  And the spicier, the better.  When I was pregnant with my second, I requested that for Mother's Day, my husband take me out to the finest biker bar just west of Boston and buy me the biggest platter of hot wings they had.
(He happily obliged.)
These wings get the job done, and unlike eating wings out at restaurants, I can control every ingredient that goes in them, and so I know I'm getting a quality end product that won't hurt my stomach or make me feel badly.  There's a bit more prep with them, but serving wings from your CrockPot is a no-brainer when you're having a party: you can just leave it on WARM and they'll hold up for an hour or two, easily.
The Tools:
Baking sheet
Wire rack
6 qt crockpot
3 lbs. chicken wings or legs (or combination thereof)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
The Process:
Set oven to BROIL.  Let it heat up for about 10 minutes, then place your chicken on an oven-safe wire rack and broil on each side for about 5 minutes until it's crispy.
While your chicken is broiling away, go ahead and microwave your butter until it's all melted.  Add the hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, paprika and black pepper.  Put aside.
Butter the bottom and the sides of your crockpot.  When the chicken is crispy on both sides, go ahead and plop it in the crock.
Dump your sauce over the top and flip your wings around until they get nice and sauce-y.
Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, making sure chicken is thoroughly cooked before serving.  You can even break the cardinal crockpot rule with this one and carefully stir up the sauce and wings once or twice during cooking time, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER to use a fresh spoon every time.  No re-using utensils with raw or semi-cooked poultry, please!
Serve them out of the crockpot stoneware on WARM.  Enjoy!  And if I knew who was playing tomorrow, I'd insert some comment about it here.  But I don't.  So.... Go Football!  (Thank you for making it socially acceptable for me to eat a pound of wings in one day!!)

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