Do you get game day jitters when it comes to serving to a large crowd? I always find it intimidating when I have to provide food for a party. Not only do you want to have something for everyone to enjoy, but not break the bank, or your waistline. Well, now there is no need to worry, I have you covered. These “Grilled Guiltless Buffalo Wings” are the perfect finger food to serve at your next tailgating party.
Buffalo wings are the classic football party food. They are easy to make, great to share, and loved by everyone. But we all know the typical fried wings are full of fat and crazy amounts of calories. Over the years, my Dad and I have strived to find the perfect, healthier version of our favorite tailgating food. We have baked them, sauteed them, grilled them…tried everything under the sun, but they always seemed to come out super dry and tasteless. If I was going to eat and/or serve buffalo wings, I definately didn’t want them to be dry. Talk about a party foul!
Luckily, the wing “gods” shined down on us and we were able to create a moist, tender chicken wing without dropping them in a big pot of oil. (OK, my Dad gets most of the credit here. He is super creative in the kitchen, and loves trying new outrageous recipes. I would not be as crazy with ingredients if it weren’t for me watching him cook over the years.) The secret to creating our “Grilled Guiltless Buffalo Wings” is to boil the wings first, then grill them. Boiling will render out the fat, cutting down your calories dramatically, while keeping the chicken moist. You will basically cook the chicken all the way through in the water, then use the grill just to crisp up the outside. Doing so, will keep the chicken super moist on the inside, while the outside is grilled to perfection. The sauce is not added until the very end, after the wings are removed from the grill. You do not want to add the wing sauce while they are on the grill because they will burn easily, and you will be left with a bunch of overcooked wings. Remove the wings first, place in a large bowl, then pour your favorite sauce over the top. I prefer to use Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, but my Dad likes Frank’s Original Sauce. If you don’t like your wings to be too spicy, add some bbq sauce to the mix. It will sweeten up your wings and take the bite out of the heat.
Another added bonus to boiling the wings in water is that you can keep the stock you just created for a future soup recipe. It’s the perfect way to save money on stock! Let the stock cool and place it in a airtight container and freeze for a future recipe.
There are no false promises here! These wings are juicy, spicy, and perfect for your big game day party.
- 1 4lb bag of frozen all-natural chicken wings
- 1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce (or preferred wing sauce)
- 1/2 cup Kraft Mesquite BBQ Sauce (or preferred bbq sauce)
- Optional: Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing for dipping.
- In a large pot, bring water to boil and add chicken wings.
- Cook wings for approximately 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Place cooked wings onto grill. Cook for about 5 minutes or until wings have grill marks.
- Remove wings from grill, place in large mixing bowl.
- Pour 1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce and 1/2 Kraft Mesquite BBQ Sauce over the wings.
- Toss ingredients together. Make sure the wings are well coated with sauce.