Ranch Hot Wings

Location: San Diego, CA

Do you ever take a bite into store bought hot wings, and think, “why is this so soggy and bready?”  Well, I do and I don’t like it.  It’s not what I grew up with and not what I know.  Restaurant versions are better, however, they’re usually deep fried, and that doesn’t make it super healthy.  The version I grew up with is baked and has Ranch seasoning sprinkled over it.  Give me some of that, a bowl of fried rice, and some Melrose Place, and it’s like the 90’s all over again!  Trust me – the feeling is ahhhhh-mazing.

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There’s not much to this recipe: Wings, Ranch Seasoning, Butter, Tobasco Sauce, Paprika, and Red Wine Vinegar.  Did that drive you a little crazy since I didn’t list the ingredients in alphabetical order?  Drove me a little crazy….

First, preheat the oven to 400ºF.  Grab a small saucepan and on medium-low heat, melt the stick of butter (don’t  worry too much about the whole stick of butter since it’s only to marinate and you’re not eating the whole thing), shake a whole bottle of Tobasco Sauce in, stir, then add the Red Wine Vinegar.  Stir again, careful to not boil the sauce.

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Take the saucepan off of the heat and start soaking the wings in the sauce a few at a time. I just do a quick dunk, but you can let the wings marinate for a couple of hours if you prefer. Next, place the wings on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle half of the Ranch seasoning over the wings. I don’t flip the wings in the oven, but if you plan on flipping them, then only sprinkle 1/3 of the packet. Next, sprinkle the Paprika over that, then place the tray in the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes (if you’re flipping the wings, then flip at about 27 minutes, and sprinkle with another third of the Ranch Seasoning and Paprika).

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Once the wings are done cooking, sprinkle with the rest of the Ranch seasoning and another dusting of Paprika.

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And that’s it.  Plate the wings, choose your dipping sauce, and add your sides. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  Until next time….

Ranch Hot Wings

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 1 hr
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2 1/2 lb pkg of Wings & Drumettes
1 stick of Butter
2 oz bottle Tobasco Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 pkg Ranch Seasoning
Paprika

-Preheat oven to 400ºF.
-In a small saucepan, melt Butter over medium-low heat.
-Stir in the whole bottle of Tobasco Sauce.
-Add the Red Wine Vinegar and stir just until it starts to boil.
-Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat.
-Dunk a few wings at a time being sure to coat the entire wing.
-Place on a foil or parchment paper line baking sheet.
-Sprinkle half of the Ranch Seasoning over the wings.
-Sprinkle enough Paprika to cover the wings.
-Place in the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes
-Take the wings out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the Ranch Seasoning over the wings.
-Add another dusting of the Paprika, and you’re done.


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