Video:5 Tips for Making and Storing Chicken Wingswith William Richards
Chicken wings are a fun and easy appetizer for any party. But in order to avoid food-borne illnesses, follow these tips for making and storing chicken wings, so you can enjoy these delicious treats.See Transcript
Transcript:5 Tips for Making and Storing Chicken WingsHi I'm Chef William Richards for About.com. Chicken wings are a fun and easy appetizer for any party. But because you're dealing with poultry, extra care needs to be taken to avoid any food-borne illness.
Thaw Chicken Wings in a Refrigerator or MicrowaveIf you're purchasing frozen meat, thaw the meat in the refrigerator or in the microwave but never on the counter. Fresh chicken needs to be cooked or frozen within two days of purchase. You can freeze raw wings for up to nine months.
Safety Tips for Handling Chicken WingsBefore preparing any poultry dish, thoroughly rinse the chicken especially the skin which carries the most contaminants. Then pat dry the chicken using disposal materials only, such as paper towels.
After handling poultry, be sure to wash your hands before touching any other food. And clean anything that has come into contact with the chicken including counters, sinks, utensils and cutting boards.
Tips for Cooking and Serving Chicken WingsChicken wings can be baked or fried. The most popular method of cooking chicken wings is to deep-fry them, then dip them in a mixture of melted butter and liquid hot sauce. Remember when frying: allow meatier drummettes a little more time to cook.
Hot sauces come in a variety of flavors and heat levels. Just check your local grocer for your favorite flavors. And don't forget the celery, carrot and blue cheese dressing to cool the palette. When you're done feasting, be sure to refrigerate leftovers within 45 minutes. You can store leftover wings in your freezer for up to one month.
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