There’s a fine line between fried wings and fried chicken. You know, the fried chicken your grandma would make that is brined in buttermilk, coated in seasoned in flour, and fried to perfection. These Grippo’s-crusted wings come close to crossing that line. But seriously, who cares? They’re just great tasting wings no matter what. You get just the right hint of that Grippo’s BBQ chip flavor. As addicting as the chips are, so are these wings.
Oh sure, you could use another potato chip if you wanted to. Or had to. Specially if you’re one of the unfortunate ones that live where they can’t get Grippo’s! They’re definitely great wings, and they make for the best crunchy coating on fried chicken wings too!
Combine all of the dredge ingredients (don't add the chips yet). Store in an air-tight container. You won't need all of it for a batch of wings, so keep the extra on hand for frying wings or chicken pieces.
When you are ready to make the wings, place just enough of the dredge into a bowl for the wings. Don't go crazy with it, less is more.
Add a good few handfuls of chips (to tastse) to a resealable bag. Seal and crush with the edge of your hand. Don't pulverize them, you want some texture, but you don't want any big pieces either. Add to the dredge and mix well.
To use, rinse your wings and pat dry. Place into a bowl or pie plate.
Sprinkle with coating as desired. Toss or roll to coat.
Transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle again with a small amount of coating. Again toss or roll to coat.
Return to the fridge for 30 minutes.
To fry, bring a few inches of oil to 350 F. Fry wings 9-12 minutes or until done, turning as they cook. Remove to a wire rack or paper towel-lined plate to drain.
I was a bit skeptical about a coffee and chicken. Sure, coffee often finds it’s way into my beef rubs or sauces, but it’s not something I thought would work so well with chicken wings. Rick’s coffee burn dry wings have so many great flavors it’s impossible to point to just one that makes them taste so great. You taste the coffee, the bouillon, garlic, onion… all of it. And there’s no lack of heat, either. Chipotle powder and jalapeno powder both pack a punch, but like everything else in the rub, they don’t drown out the other flavors.
I’m a huge fan of dry rubbed wings. Sauced wings are fantastic too. But you have to be careful that the sauce doesn’t become the only star of the show. You don’t want to hide the seasoning and the chicken. Rick’s coffee burn dry wings let me taste of all of the spices, and still I taste chicken. If you can’t taste the chicken, what’s the point?
Boy was I ever happy that I bought a sampling of the seasonings, sauces, and jellies from AlbuKirky Seasonings. Everything in the online store looked and sounded so good. I anxiously awaited the day my package arrived (which was very soon after I clicked ‘Check out’). I knew exactly what I was going to do first: chicken wings made with Kirk’s red chile rub and sauced with his red chile BBQ sauce. The perfect combination of southwestern flavors and a little kick of heat, the rub and sauce made for fantastic wings.
I’ve used the red chicle rub and BBQ sauce on many things since making these wings. Ribs, burgers, chicken, you name it, all came out great. But, oh, how I do love the wings. There’s no flavor like it to be found in any wing place around here, that’s for sure. There should be.