The brining process that I have added to this improved recipe will help you turn out wings that have flavor all the way through. The updated breading will give the wings the same color and texture as Outback’s version. You can make your wings mild, medium, or hot as in the restaurant by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper added to the sauce. If you love breaded chicken wings like those at Outback, this should be your go-to hack.

2 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
10 chicken wings

⅓ cup plain bread crumbs (such as Progresso brand)
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon chili powder
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
6 to 12 cups vegetable oil

¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Hot: ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Medium: ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Mild: no ground cayenne pepper

Celery sticks
Blue cheese dressing

Cooking method

1-Combine all of the brine ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the wings to the brine, then cover and chill for 3 hours. After 3 hours, rinse the wings and blot dry.

2-Combine all of the breading ingredients in a small bowl. Roll the wings around in the breading until each wing is lightly breaded. Let the wings rest for 10 to 15 minutes while the oil heats.

3-Heat the oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 300 degrees F. Fry the wings in the oil in batches for 8 to 12 minutes (depending on the size of your wings) or until brown and crispy. Remove to a rack or a paper towel lined plate.

4-Make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium/low heat.

5-Add the cayenne in the amount specified for hot or medium wings, or no cayenne at all if you like your wings mild. Whisk to combine when the butter has melted and heat just until bubbling, then remove from the heat.

6-Toss the wings in the sauce in a large bowl until coated and serve hot with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side for dipping.

7-OPTIONAL Get the smallest wings you can find for a clone most like the steakhouse’s original.

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