A healthier alternative to fried hot wings! These baked hot legs are just as delicious, with great taste and a crispy skin. My guys prefer legs over wings, so that’s why we make “hot legs,” but you can use wings or a mix of both! Grab a value pack of chicken legs (or wings) from the store to maximize your savings. This is a family favorite of ours.
4 to 5 pounds chicken legs or wings (for a lighter version, remove skin)
1 cup all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 cup Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use butter or nonstick cooking spray to grease baking pans. I use glass Pyrex baking dishes, one 8×8 inch and one 9×12 inch. Melt butter on stove or in microwave for 1 minute. Stir in hot sauce and set aside. (If hot sauce is cold from the refrigerator and does not mix with the butter, heat them together for a minute.)
Mix salt, pepper and paprika with flour. You can have it in a shallow bowl, or use a plastic bag. Taking one piece at a time, coat with the flour mixture.
For the best crispy coating, refrigerate at this point for an hour. This is not always an option when you have hungry people pacing the kitchen.
Coat chicken with the hot sauce mixture. Place chicken in pans without overlapping. Bake for an hour, or until skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through. (The pictured batch were gargantuan legs and had to be cooked a bit longer.)
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