At Casi di Fierce, we watch a lot of football. Plans are made from September to February well in advance. Saturdays & Sundays = football = chicken wings. (And beer, but that's another story. But it might explain why these photos are not that focused.)
You'll need at least dozen wings, a cast iron pan, and a hot oven. And some other stuff. But that's what these recipes are for.
Quick Cast Iron Chicken Wings
Adapted from myself, I mean, who hasn't made chicken wings? I think the Neanderthals probably were eating these so this recipe is not that hard.
12 chicken wings (or drumettes, or a combination thereof)
Enough Chiavetta's marinade to cover your wings in a happy bath of flavor (or 2 parts water to 1 part cider vinegar and lots of spices)
1 cup - 1 1/2 cups of your favorite hot wing sauce (we are partial to Frank's)
2 -3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, carrots, celery, what have you
Marinate your wings: Put the wings, as snugly-fitting as possible, in a shallow bowl/baking dish. Cover them with Chiavetta's or your marinade. You want the wings nice and cozy so that you don't waste any marinade. Let marinate for 30-40 minutes, but no longer.
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Put your cast iron pan (at least 10 inches) into the oven. Let it get nice and hot, at least 10-15 minutes. Once you start preheating the oven, take your wings out of their happy marinade bath. Dry them off as well as you can with paper towels.
USING A POTHOLDER OR TWO, remove the cast iron pan from the oven. Here comes the tricky part: put it on the stove. Turn the burner on to medium. One by one, add the wings to the pan. (They are going to sizzle so nicely and make you so hungry.) Sear each side for 2-3 minutes, until they get nice and brown. Then (another hard part!), put the cast iron pan full of wings back into the oven. Let them cook for another 20-30 minutes until a thermometer reads 165 F. Raw chicken is not your friend.
While the wings cook, melt your butter, and add it to the hot sauce in a big bowl. Add the cooked wings to this lovely combination and toss to coat. Put them on a plate with sauce and carrots and celery sticks. Eat them. Then watch your team beat the crap out of its divisional rival.