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Crowd Pleaser: Secret naked wing recipe revealed

Lemon Pepper Naked Wings, made by Michelle Madden, will be a hit at home, at parties and at potlucks.
Lemon Pepper Naked Wings, made by Michelle Madden, will be a hit at home, at parties and at potlucks.
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Craving a flavorful, crunchy and comforting snack? Want a practical go-to dinner protein option? Or looking for a dish to wow your co-workers at the company potluck?

Lemon Pepper Naked Wings are a great option for any occasion. This recipe will always get you rave reviews. Although simple, I found this recipe was not easy to perfect.

My search began with an alternative to the typical buffalo wing. I loved the flavor, but I found the chewy, rubbery texture of the unbattered fried chicken skin unpalatable. In 2007, I was intrigued by a documentary showcasing — you guessed it — Buffalo wings.

The history of Buffalo wings gave me the idea for my famous naked wing recipe.

Using my friends and family as willing test subjects, I perfected my awesome naked wing recipe in 2008. In 2015 I launched my catering business, and demand for my Lemon Pepper Naked Wings was high. It was a great feeling.

Everyone wonders how I get my naked wings so crunchy and flavorful, but I have never shared my secret recipe — until now.

Demand is so high for my naked wings that I thought it was time to let everyone in on my secret. Who knows, maybe someone will be inspired to take them even further, like I did with the Buffalo wing recipe.

These crunchy, citrusy, delicious bites of satisfaction are so versatile you can make unlimited flavor options. This naked wing recipe can be baked or barbecued and still hold its crunchy character. The possibilities for sauces are immeasurable. These little yummy bites are easy to make, great for almost any occasion, versatile and just plain delicious.

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These wings can be prepped weeks in advance. Just follow the preparation portion of my recipe and freeze in freezer bags. The key is to have a light-crispy and crunchy outside and yummy, juicy meat on the inside without the heaviness of the batter competing with the already succulent “yard bird.”

Even beginning cooks or the culinary challenged can create masterful flavor combinations and recipes with these Lemon Pepper Naked Wings.

Pair them with celery and carrots for a night of sports with friends, as the main dish for dinner with family or just have a plateful set out for the kids for an after-school snack. You could even kick your next social event up a few notches by creating an assortment of naked wings on a buffet for an inexpensive crowd favorite.

I’ve made a variety of naked wings over the years. The most popular are lemon pepper, garlic Parmesan and the ever popular hot wings. Of course, I’m still coming up with more sauce combinations to complement these already delicious wings, and I encourage you all to do the same.

Now it’s time to reveal my secret recipe.

LEMON PEPPER NAKED WINGs

1 bag wingettes

1 cup hot sauce

1/4 cup flour

Dry seasoning to taste: Italian seasoning, paprika, lemon pepper, garlic powder and cooking oil

Instructions:

Wash, dry and season wingettes. Add in hot sauce and mix well, then add flour; mix well. Set in refrigerator while you heat the oil in your fryer (about 10 mins.)

Fry wingettes until golden brown and juices run clear. Then drain wingettes on paper towels and dust them with lemon pepper immediately. Enjoy.

l Michelle Madden of Cedar Rapids has a catering business called Tastefully Made Creations (www.facebook.com/TastefullyMadeCreations).

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