A closeup of chicken wings.
Pouring Boiling Water Over Chicken Wings Is A Major Game Changer
There are plenty of tips for achieving crispy skin when making chicken wings, but it turns out that the best way to get skin crispy may lie in boiling water.
People like Chicago-based chef Mohammad Yasin swear by the practice of pouring boiling water over uncooked chicken wings before cooking them in various ways.
The technique almost seems too simple. You don’t need any special equipment, no fancy ingredients, and almost no extra time is spent prepping your chicken wings.
Yasin showcases the simplicity of this technique in a TikTok video, where he first places uncooked chicken wings on a baking rack sitting over a pan.
He then pours boiling water directly on the chicken, which is lying skin side up. You can see the skin immediately begin to retract and shrink.
Next, he dries the wings well, seasons them with a mixture of spices and a bit of oil, and tosses everything together so that the wings are coated.
Finally, he lays the wings flat on another baking rack set over a pan and places the wings in the oven to bake. The result is golden brown wings with crispy skin.