You know those days when you’re craving hot wings, but you’re too lazy to put on pants and go in public? Yeah, I had one of those days last week. So to satisfy my craving and not have to “people”, I made this instead – Crispy Buttery Buffalo Baked Chicken. Let me tell you something. It was so amazing!! A buttery and spicy, crispy yet still juicy chicken baked until it’s all pretty and gorgeous!
Crispy Buttery Buffalo Baked Chicken
This is so seriously easy to make, and seriously easy to eat! You could side these delectable buffalo butter chicken pieces with some carrot and celery sticks with ranch dressing if you really wanted more of a pub experience. But honestly, a side of fries, or even hash browns would be perfect. AND.. get this!!! – If you’re following a low carb way of eating, try these Low Carb Hashbrowns I made! They are sooo good and would be perfect with this chicken!
I started with chicken thighs and legs, basically because those are my favorite pieces of the bird and I find the pieces that retain most of their lovely juiciness when cooked. (Usually, I’d think it’s weird to mix the words lovely and juicy in the same context, but here, it fits.) Season them up with seasoning salt (or regular salt is fine), garlic powder and pepper – (optional). Put them in the oven to bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.
Now comes the exciting part. In a bowl, melt a few tablespoons of butter. You gotta use butter here, because nothing else will compare or measure up to the taste of it. So if you have margarine, put the chicken away till get you buy some butter. Lol. OR.. you can always make your own butter, like I did here, in about 5 minutes if you have some whipping cream hanging around! HOMEMADE butter is the crème de la crème (cream/butter.. see what I did there?) of all butter!!
Ok, back to it. Melt the delicious butter. Add the hot sauce. Now, word of caution here – the butter doesn’t temper the hotness of the hot sauce, so only use what you think you can handle. I prefer the spicy vinegar sort, like Franks Red Hot or others like that, and I only use a few teaspoons for a quarter cup of butter, but if you like the super-hot, fire up your insides until they melt, then by all means, use your favorite sauce and as much as you want!
In the last ten minutes of baking, the skin should be crispy and nice. Begin basting the chicken. Brush the sauce all over the chicken. Bake the chicken for a few more minutes or until the skin starts to get crispier and the sauce is snuggling up onto the chicken. Flip it over, brush on more sauce, and again, bake it until it crisps up more. Lastly, take the buttery chicken out, flip it back over again, and SLATHER what is left of the sauce on the top of the chicken. Put it under the broiler to REALLY get its crisp on! Watch it like a hawk people, because it will go from crispy to burny in seconds.
Take it out the crispy chicken when it’s done and let rest for about 3 – 5 minutes. Trust me, it will still be hot and delicious, you just want the inside juices to relax and redistribute through the chicken pieces.
So when you’ve tasted this amazing Crispy Buttery Buffalo Baked Chicken, you will see how ridiculously easy it is to quell that hot wing craving without even having to put your pants on. However, I’d suggest you do, even if it’s just for cooking part of this. More protection that way.
- 4 chicken legs
- 4 chicken thighs
- 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
- ½ c Butter, melted
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- as desired seasoned salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 350
- Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper and garlic powder
- Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes
- In a bowl, mix together the butter and the hot sauce
- remove the chicken from the oven and baste with the butter mixture
- return to the oven for 5 - 6 minutes.
- remove from the oven again, turn over and rebaste. Bake again for another 5 – 6 minutes
- Lastly, remove from the oven, baste with remaining butter mixture, and broil in the oven until it gets very crispy. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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