Our first recipe in honor of Twilight Zone Weekend is called "There's Something on the Chicken Wing!" and pays homage to the 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", written by Robert Matheson and starring William Shatner. If you haven't already seen this episode, I highly suggest you move out of the rock you've been living under and do that now (video below is the ENTIRE episode, no excuses!). It is a story of a man who is riding on an airplane for the first time since having nervous breakdown, obviously under a lot of pressure and anxiety. The man sees a monster on the wing of the plane, but nobody believes him and everytime he tries to show them, the monster disappears.
These hot wings will be a big hit with your friends! If you really want to sweat, add extra cayenne!
There's Something on the Chicken Wing!
Panko Crusted Oven Baked Buffalo Wings
What You Need:
- 3 lb. raw chicken wings, ends cut
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 bottle Franks Red Hot sauce
- 3 cups panko bread crumbs
What You Do:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Rinse and pat dry chicken wings.
- Mix flour and dry seasoning onto a plate or shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Mix eggs and 1/4 cup of the Franks Red Hot into a shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Place about half of the panko bread crumbs onto a plate or shallow bowl. This is now your work station.
- Start by placing the wings, one by one, into the flour mixture, then egg mixture, then finally into the panko crumbs and onto greased baking sheets. Make sure you coat every layer evenly, and be careful to let excess drip from the egg mixture before placing into the panko. Add more panko as you go, I find this easier since it will inevitably get messy and doing so will keep the wings consistent and fresh.
- Once all of the wings are coated, cook in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, flipping once about half way through.
- Meanwhile, heat the butter on medium heat until completely melted. Move from heat an mix with the rest of the Franks Red Hot sauce.
- Once wings have completed cooking, you can either take them out as is, or place them under the broiler for about a minute on each side (this will give your wings more of a crunch.)
- Wings without sauce: Serve as is with the Franks Red Hot/butter mixture for dipping. For wings with sauce, you want to pour a little bit of the sauce into a bowl, place a few wings on top, then cover with more sauce. Coat evenly using your fingers. (I recommend doing this a few wings at a time; it's just easier.) Serve with ranch dressing.