Halia’s Fried Chicken Wings with A.L. Herbert

1 tablespoon seasoning salt (such as Morton’s Season All)
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoons poultry seasoning
12 whole chicken wings
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons instant mashed potatoes
2 cups whole milk
4 cups Panko bread crumbs

Fill deep fryer with enough vegetable oil for wings to be completely submerged and heat to 350o.

Whisk together seasoning salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and poultry seasoning.

Sprinkle seasoning mix over both sides of wings and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Whisk flour, cornstarch, instant mashed potatoes, and milk until blended.

Dredge wings in the flour mixture and then into the Panko bread crumbs.

Let coated wings set at room temperature on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Cook wings, a few at a time, for 7 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

For best results divide Panko bread crumbs into two bowls as they tend to clump after a few wings are dipped in them.

Cooking times vary due to wing size. Use smaller wings for more even cooking.

12 Wings


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Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he’s alive–but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.

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