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I don’t know if you picked up our big, bad guide to summer-fun-in-Toronto in The Grid, but one of the Bunchkins whose day we made was  Kylee, age 7, who loooooves chicken wings.

We shared our recipe for boneless chicken wings (the secret: Paprika!) – scroll down.

Heads up, Kylee. Today is National Chicken Wing Day. 

In case you think it’s just another one of those made-up days, National Chicken Wing Day was originally proclaimed in 1977 by Buffalo’s then-mayor Stan Makowski. And to mark this auspicious occasion, our friend Abdominal has shared a brand new video: ‘A Brief History of the Chicken Wing’

Peep it below, Bunchkins

And while Abdominal clearly has his own recipe, here’s our kid-tested recipe for the “boneless” variety — though we recommend you get crazy and try it with regular ol’ bone-in chicken wings! It is National Chicken Wing Day after all.

Bunch Family’s ‘Boneless’ Chicken Wings (kid directions)

(adapted from Love To Be in the Kitchen)

Downsize boneless wings for your kid-sized mouth by having your grown-up cut chicken breast into bite sizes. Or have your grown-up wash and prepare the chicken wings. While this happens, measure out the following ingredients.

• 3/4 cup flour

• 1 teaspoon paprika

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 1 egg

• 2 tablespoons milk

Hey, kid. Your job is to whisk the flour, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne. Don’t worry about “whisking.” It just means stir it together with a whisk (your grown-up will show you what that is) which is pretty fun.

1. Dunk chicken into egg-and-milk mixture
2. Coat the dunked chicken piece or wing with the breading: that’s the flour/paprika mixture
3. Dip in egg again and coat once more for good measure!
4. Bake in a cast-iron pan 10-12 minutes (maybe a quick splash of cooking spray to prevent sticking)
5. Your grown-up can crisp them up under broiler for the last minute or so.
Kid, you can also make the sauce yourself. Only three simple ingredients:
• 1/4 Cup Buffalo Wing Sauce such as Frank’s
• 1-2 tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons water
Are you ready?
1. Combine the buffalo wing sauce with 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of water, mix well
2. Microwave on high until the mixture begins to bubble.
3. Take it out and add that extra tablespoon of butter.
Mix it up and serve piping hot with your wings! Also yum with Ranch dressing if you have any.

Hey, you’re young!

happy national chicken wing day

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