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Spicy Southern-Fried Turkey Wings


Get ready to impress your guests this Thanksgiving with this amazing Spicy Southern-Fried Turkey Wings recipe! Super delicious and moist, you're going to love it!

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  • 8 turkey wings separated at joints, tips removed, rinsed well and patted dry
  • 8 tablespoons Emeril's Essence seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons salt


Servings 4
Preparation time 180mins
Cooking time 240mins


Step 1

In a large bowl toss the wings with 5 tablespoons of the Essence. Place in a large plastic freezer bag. Add the buttermilk and hot sauce and seal, forcing out as much air out as possible and turning to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Fill a large pot halfway with peanut oil, and heat to 360°F.

In a clean large freezer bag, combine the flour, the remaining 3 tablespoons Essence, and salt.

Remove the turkey wings from the buttermilk, and transfer 2 at a time to the bag with the seasoned flour. Shake to coat and remove, shaking to remove any excess flour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place coated wings on a large wire rack set over a sheet tray and let rest, un-refrigerated, for 20 minutes. Add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and season with Essence. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

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