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Old Fashioned Crispy Fried Chicken Wings

This is a simple recipe for old fashioned crispy fried chicken wings. The brine gives these wings SO much flavor and makes tender, juicy wings that are perfect comfort food.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Crispy Fried Chicken Wings
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes



  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Chicken Wings

  • 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!