Easy Old fashioned Crispy Fried Chicken Wings. First brined, then deep fried in my heavy cast iron skillet.
When I think of good old fashioned comfort food, fried chicken is one of the first food that come to my mind. Seriously, nothing is better than fried chicken for dinner. My favorite part of the chicken has to be the wings. I love a plate with crispy golden chicken wings with a side red beans and rice, collard greens, and buttery cornbread. I swear, It’s the best meal!
In this post I’m going to show you how I make my easy old fashioned crispy fried chicken wings. This recipe is quite simple. The hardest part is waiting on the brining, which takes 4 hours. DO NOT skip out on the brining, otherwise you’re cheating yourself out of some seriously moist and flavorful chicken.
Watch me make these super flavorful crispy fried chicken wings!
Old Fashioned Crispy Fried Chicken Wings
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 lb chicken wings
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups of corn oil for frying
- Wash the chicken under cool water, then place it in large bowl or container.
- Combine 4 cups cold water, 1 tbsp salt, and 2 tbsp sugar.
- Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve.
- Pour the brine ( sugar/salt/water) into the bowl or container with the chicken.
- Make sure that the chicken is covered with the brine.
- Cover the bowl/container, then place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.
- Drain the brine from the bowl, but do not rinse the chicken.
- Season the chicken with the poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
- Combine the all purpose flour, cornstarch, and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Pour the flour mixture into a large freezer bag, then toss in the chicken wings.
- Shake the bag, until the chicken is well coated with flour.
- Remove the chicken from the bag, and shake off any excess flour.
- Pour the oil into a large skillet, and let it heat up over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Carefully add in the chicken, and fry until golden brown.
- Place the chicken on a paper towel lined plate.
- Serve and enjoy!
Oh! My! Gosh!!! I almost went through the computer screen when you showed the finished chicken!!! Rosie, this is one fantastic dish. Will definitely use the brine and check my poultry seasoning. The addition of cornstarch is genius. Love the video. Pinned. Thanks.
Hi Mary! Yes definitely check your poultry seasoning. I noticed that a lot of them are mainly salt, which will result in extremely salty chicken. I’ve been using Trader Joes poultry seasoning. It’s great 🙂
Excellent tasting….. not a big fried food person but this was very good and simple. Thanks Rosie!!
I’m glad that you like the recipe. I’ll upload a baked chicken recipe soon, so stay tuned 🙂
I gain weight every time you post… lol
LOL! Stay tuned, I’ll be uploading some healthier stuff in a few days. XOXO
This fried chicken recipe was a big hit tonight! My boyfriend went for seconds! and he doesn’t even like fried chicken until tonight, I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing, lol. I finally found the perfect fried chicken recipe. This WILL be my go to fried chicken recipe whenever I fry chicken. Thank you so much Rosie.
YAY!!! So glad that you both liked the recipe!! Isn’t it amazing what a little sugar & salt water brining can do? Thanks for trying my recipe Adriane! XOXO
Shadena Lutin says
Hey Lady This chicken be jamming for real can a sister get a rang [email protected]
I just discovered you a few minutes ago. I have watched some of your great chicken recipes and this fried chicken wing video. FANTASTIC! You have renewed my faith in trying to fry wings. Thank you so much! I too will check my poultry seasoning.
Hi there! I’m glad that you found me!
I tried this for Easter Sunday and it was a HIT. I didn’t have cornstarch so I omitted it and my family still loved it. Next time I will make sure to have the cornstarch because these were amazing even without it!
Hi hun! I’m glad that you liked the recipe! XOXO
Just wanted to ask can this be put in the oven instead of fried?
the results won’t be the same. Hang tight, I have a oven fried chicken recipe coming
Can I do this with fried pork chops
You sure can! 🙂
Tracy Miller-Cook says
The chicken was sooooo moist and tasty. Thank you for this recipe. I will never cook chicken again without this recipe.
I’m glad that you liked it!
I’m gonna try this tonight. Thank you for sharing your blessing..
Your recipe says to cook until golden brown but do you have a time estimate on how long the wings will take to cook? I am always afraid I’m going to under cook fried chicken. Thank you
plasterer bristol says
been looking for a nice recipe like this to try for chicken. Thanks for sharing.
Glad that you found my recipe!
Rosie this recipe is “the best”. The best from all the rest. Keep sharing, my family is thankful and so am I.
Thanks so much Val! I appreciate you trying my recipes!
This recipe sounds so good I wanna try this recipe but I do not have cornstarch, will that mess up the recipe? Does the salt and sugar water make the chicken salty or sweet?
Hi Shinqualla. For best results, I suggest using all the ingredients listed. The salt & sugar brine doesn’t make the chicken sweet nor salty. It flavors the chicken perfectly.
Hi, I went and bought some corn starch. This is the best chicken recipes I’ve tried. I got my husband who does care for fried foods to eat this and he loved it.
Glad that you both like the recipe!
I don’t have corn oil, can I use peanut or vegetable oil instead?
OH Rosie! These Wings are Fantastic! THANK-YOU! For sharing n teaching me how to make Great Wings! I have 4 lbs prepped n ready to make for Super Bowl to nite! This is a keeper!
Thanks for trying my recipe!
Omg excellent recipe! I added a little more salt and pepper to the flour. …turned out great thank you! !!
Thanks for trying my recipe!
Hi Rosie I’m new to your site and I swear you are my food bff I want to make the chicken can I use a deep fryer instead of cast iron skillet? Thank you
Hi there! You sure can 🙂
Just tried this and OMGEEEE! My family were sucking on the bones!
Hi do you think this recipe will work in an air fryer? Also I noticed you have another brine on the southern fried chicken recipe (using buttermilk). Which do you prefer?
I actually never used a air fryer, so I’m unsure. I prefer this brine, BY FAR! XOXO
Thank you for your reply. I made this, the sweet potatoes and the greens for Easter and everything was wonderful! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes!
What can I sub the paprika for?
For best results, use the listed ingredients 😉
Ebony Jackson says
Hi, I am cooking for a big gathering. Would this come out the same if I used a big out door fryer?
Hi Ebony. Absolutely!
Linda Conley says
Best fried chicken I have ever made! Still dreaming of them wings… thank you for this marvelous, finger-licking good recipe!
Glad that you liked the recipe!
I love your site. Will this work in a regular skillet?
Hi CJ. Absolutely! 🙂
Hi Rosie…. so glad…. my chicken finally came out good due to your great recipe… my boyfriend is impressed and I can not stop talking about how good this chicken was. Mmmm mmm!!!
Thanks for trying my recipe Chynna!
bradley grant hawthorne says
Hi Rosie, I’m trying your recipe tonight. I have always been a believer in the wet brine. I wet brine my pork chops as well…….If these wings will turn out to be at least half as good as you look, then they will be super fine!!! 🙂
LOL!!!!! Thanks for Bradley
bradley grant hawthorne says
Hey Miss America, the flavor turned out to be phenomenal! The cornstarch/flour combo is a big-time tip and definitely proves you’re no rookie! One other ingredient in your recipe I believe is significant is the smoked paprika….. I use that as one of my secret ingredients when I make my baby back rib rub. I would be glad to share it with you or the World, whichever comes first? 🙂
I did make two small modifications to your recipe…One was before placing the wings in the flour, I dredged them in a mixture consisting of two eggs and cup of buttermilk. The other is that living in Louisiana my whole life, we must have spice..Therefore I added to egg/buttermilk mixture 2 T of hot sauce, 1 T of red pepper flakes and 1 t of cayenne pepper….Hello!!!! thanks again for sharing!
Thanks for coming by Bradley 🙂
I’m trying my wings your way today. I’ve never brined before xo
Daisy Goodwin says
Hi Rosie – can you please help me prepare this wing recipe to serve 50 – 75 people (2-3 wings each person)
You’re PROBABLY going to want to make everything 10x. It’s a huge amount, and I’ve never made that much at once, so I’m just guessing.
WOW! Thank you for your ‘tried & true’ chicken frying recipe! Your recipe (as all recipes I find online) always get modified a little by me…Along with your spices, I added celery salt (was going to just add sea salt, but decided on the celery salt as I always add that to my chicken pot pie broth) and fresh ground pepper – Tremendous flavor! When I read your recipe and spotted the poultry seasoning, I knew the seasonings were on target…The flour/corn starch/salt dredge is in perfect proportion…Thank you Rosie for a FABULOUS fried chicken recipe; it’s the best!
Mary Easley says
I was so very glad you added how much oil to add because that’s where people run into problems when frying. Who really knows what an inch of oil means. Must of r recipe junkies lol. Thanks again will be tying this soon
Mary Easley says
On the fried chicken wings when flying do you want to fry covered or uncovered. How do you do yours?
I fry uncovered.
Mary Easley says
Just a complement- I never grew up cooking this way. But now I found your sight and after following your recipes my cooking has become a lot better. Haven’t poisoned any one lately lol. So since I have diabetes I have a learn to cook healthy do will be tying the chickrn wings on my chest day. A girl has to have her wings lol
Hi Rosie. I’m new to your site. I used this recipe to cook part of my daughter’s birthday dinner and it was a total hit. I didn’t have poultry seasoning so I used a chicken rub that I had made. Everyone commented on how flavorful the deep fried chicken was and wanted to know what I’d done differently. I’m not a natural cook and need good recipes to help me put together a meal. This is one I will use forever?
This is the first time I tried making fried chicken wings at home and I’m so glad I found ur recipe! It came out so well, thank u so much.
Can I brine the chicken overnight?
You sure can 🙂
I had to ballpark on the cooking time because it wasn’t clear but at 13-15 minutes they came out Delicious !
Trish Parker says
I never usually comment on recipes I try but this recipe is awesome and I thank you for sharing it
Erlene Johnson says
I don’t know where to find the brine recipe? I’m slow
Hello Erlene. The brine is the first 3 ingredients listed in the recipe. 😉