July 29th – National Chicken Wing Day
Thank you to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York for the creation of the spicy, crunchy Buffalo Wing. Up until that time, the poor wings were relegated to soup stock, not much of a claim to fame. All that changed in 1964, and we (the eating public) are forever grateful. The genius came in the form of hot sauce. Since its creation, many variations to the wing recipe have been made. The selection of sauces are limited only by your imagination. Mild, medium or hot, over 27 billion wings are consumed every year in the United States (have you ever been to a Superbowl Party without Wings??). For me, the more capsaicin (the heat in the pepper) the better…just follow it up with blue cheese and, of course, Beer!
Although there are no congressional records or presidential proclamation, back in 1977 the Mayor of Buffalo proclaimed July 29th to be Chicken Wing Day. Why not celebrate the food we love to eat, and keep the competition on their toes?
The good news is that you don’t have to “shuffle off to Buffalo” to get fabulous chicken wings. The recipe quickly spread and has become wildly popular in the United States. Every state boasts their best locations for chicken wings, but you don’t have to leave the house to enjoy this ultimate finger food (and who doesn’t love to eat with their hands)!
A Buffalo wing is simply an unbreaded chicken wing section (flat or drumette) that is generally deep-fried then coated in a sauce consisting of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter prior to serving. In other words:
- Heat oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Deep fry chicken wings in oil until done, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet or deep fryer and drain on paper towels.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet. Stir in the vinegar and the cayenne pepper hot sauce.
Or, if you are watching your weight (or someone else is watching your weight), you can bake the wings, but it takes much longer this way. I say, in honor of the day, don’t mess with the recipe do it the way the Anchor Bar intended! Not in the mood to cook? This link tells you the best place to get wings in your state: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/the-best-chicken-wings-in-every-state/ss-AAvG83A?li=BBnb7Kz
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