|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: Makes 7 cups (serves 16)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Chicken wings have become a mainstay of game day. These little morsels of heaven deserve to be treated right and that's not difficult if you have the right recipe. No matter how you plan to finish or cook your wings, starting them off with a great brine will only make them better.
This brine recipe plays off the natural flavors of the chicken wings. It adds flavor, a hint of heat, and extra moisture that will prevent your wings from drying out. Once the wings are prepared, they can be grilled, smoked, baked, or fried.
The recipe will create enough brine for about 3 pounds of chicken wings (about 16 wings). You can easily increase it to cover more wings.
- 6 cups water (cold)
- 1/3 cup table salt (or 1/2 cup Kosher salt)
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- 3 pounds chicken wings
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this wing dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation.
Prepare the Brine
Gather the ingredients.
Combine vinegar and pepper flakes.
Thoroughly dissolve the salt and sugar in water.
Add the vinegar mixture and black pepper.
Stir to mix and cover.
Store in the refrigerator overnight.
Brine Your Chicken Wings
Place chicken wings in a large non-metal container.
Pour the brine mixture over the wings, making sure they are completely covered.
Cover and place in the refrigerator. Allow the wings to brine for 2 to 4 hours.
Remove wings and rinse well. Discard any remaining brine.
Pat chicken dry with paper towel.
Apply a seasoning or rub if you like and cook as desired.
Serve and enjoy!
- While the brine is easy to prepare, it is best when it's mixed up the night before. This allows the flavors to marry fully and ensures it's ready for your wings.
Ideas for Cooking Your Brined Wings
Now that you have brined wings, it's time to decide how you want to serve them. They can be cooked as is and served with a variety of dipping sauces, or you can add a little more flavor.
There are many great chicken wing recipes that you can use for inspiration. For example, a dry rub of pepper, onion, chili, and garlic can really give them a nice kick. You can also grill your brined wings and serve them with a zesty lemon sauce.