THE RECIPE BOX: Restaurant chicken wings don’t compare to homemade

Baked wings can be prepared just the way you like them. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Baked wings can be prepared just the way you like them. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Like a lot of families, we love wings at our home. But wings can be costly and you often need something else to go with them to help fill you up.

Kevin, my husband, got a great idea one day while grocery shopping, and he picked up some frozen wings, which led to today’s recipe — Kevin’s baked wings.

Some of you might say I’m a little biased toward the cook, but those were the best wings I’ve ever put in my mouth.

Kevin made two batches of wings, one batch flavored with lemon pepper, my personal favorite, and a batch made with Frank’s hot sauce, Kevin’s pick.

Not only did we save money making our own wings, but we were able to control how much seasoning was placed on the wings. Often, when I get wings from a restaurant, the flavoring overpowers the chicken.

Also, we could control how long they baked, making my wings crunchy and Kevin’s less so.

If you have kids in the house, they often like the drumsticks, and it is easier to pick those out for the kids by making them at home.

So purchase some wings, grab your favorite ingredients to make your own seasonings, and get to baking.

Kevin’s baked wings

4 pounds of frozen wings

Salt and pepper

½ cup of olive oil

Frank’s hot sauce, or lemon pepper seasoning, or a flavoring of your choice

Bake frozen wings in oven at 400 degree for 55 to 60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

Put the wings in a large bowl with sealable lid.

Pour olive oil over wings and add your desired seasoning.

Put the lid on tight, shake well and serve.

Tip: Use two different baking sheets for the different flavored wings.