Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings with Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
These Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings are Paleo and Whole30 friendly. They’re perfect for upcoming Super Bowl festivities or any time. Serve with Paleo Ranch Dressing and celery sticks.
The Super Bowl is just a couple of days away and as usual I haven’t planned my recipes out very far ahead. I actually would’ve had this recipe completed a couple of days ago, but I had to tweak the recipe after my first attempt.
The trick is to buy the tiniest and meatiest chicken wings and drums you can find. The first wings I tried were too big and had zero meat on them. The lack of meat on wings is my biggest complaint about them, plus they can just be too hot and messy.
I have to admit, I’m not a huge football fan, but I participate in the Super Bowl parties and like to watch the commercials, even though I think most of them are really dumb, probably because I’m usually the only sober one–they’re obviously created for people who’ve had a few drinks.
The reason I’m not a football fan is I’ve never had the patience to sit though a game. I don’t understand it (that goes for most sports) and didn’t grow up with it as I’m English. I’m more partial to hockey, basketball, and tennis.
If I had to say I have a favorite football team, it’s the Broncos. I lived in Denver for 8 years and my son works for them. He actually got to go the the Super Bowl (all expenses paid) in San Francisco a couple of years ago. I wanted him to take me, but he took a friend instead. They rented an expensive convertible Jaguar sports car and had a blast driving around the city. I guess I can’t blame him for not wanting to party with his mom.
Back to these wings, they’re hot and crispy, so serving them with some cool ranch dressing (homemade is better than the nasty store-bought ones) helps balance the heat.
The trick to making these wings as crispy as fried wings is a technique originated by Cook’s Illustrated, which involves coating the wings first with baking powder. However, baking powder contains cornstarch, so if you’re avoiding it because you’re on the Paleo or Whole 30 diets, either leave it out or substitute 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar instead.