Neely’s Spicy Chicken Wings AT MID-WEEK MIXERS

THIS WEEK ON MID-WEEK MIXERS WE’RE BRINGING YOU NAOMI BLACKBURN’S SPICY CHICKEN RECIPE…This one is so tasty, you’ll want it on the coffee table for every game. Whether your team is on top or in the celler, this tailgating recipe is a sure fire winner!

MID-WEEK MIXERS by Naomi Blackburn of

The Neely’s Spicy Chicken Wings

A standard for sofa tailgating in the Blackburn household are chicken wings. We love these little things and there are numerous ways to make them instead of just Buffalo wings. I stumbled across this recipe from The Neely’s and jumped right on them. They were fantastic. Now, the Neely’s served them with a horseradish sauce that left a lot to be desired (in fact, we ended up throwing it out), so we just ate them plain. That won’t stop me from coming up with another sauce next time we make them.

The key is to let these sit in the refrigerator to get those seasonings to settle in. Also, do not cook more than 3 at a time. These are awesome with the crispy coatings which occur when they are not overcrowded in the deep fryer! So, here we go!:


1 tablespoon seasoning salt

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, discard tips


2 large eggs

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for frying (I used a bottle and a half in my deep fryer)


1) Combine all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl

2) Place wings in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the seasoning mix. Refrigerate covered for 1 hour.

3) For the batter, mix eggs and seasonings. Put the flour in a shallow dish. Preheat oil.

4) Dip the wings in the egg batter and roll in the flour.
5) In a large deep fryer or Dutch oven, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Place the wings, THREE AT A TIME, in the hot oil and fry until golden, 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Make sure the oil returns to 350 degrees F before adding the next batch. My wings took about 10 minutes per batch.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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