Have you ever tasted a chicken sandwich and thought to yourself, “What makes this so tasty and tender”? The answer is almost always because it was brined. I love a good buttermilk brine ala fried chicken but for a quick brine to create that tender flavor, it is pickle juice.
My family loves pickles and they know better than to toss that brine away once the pickles are done. I have a huge jar in the back of the fridge where it all goes. Quietly awaiting its turn to be the star of a recipe. Today, pickle juice, is the day.
Developing a recipe for to represent Kansas City in the Super Bowl should be easy, right? Of course, I was thinking ribs, which I probably will also make for my own party, but wings are a bit more accessible and they can be cooked in doors. I tried to capture a KC style bbq sauces flavors with this dry rub. Adding some baking soda for a gluten free way to crisp up the skin a bit.
You can still make this recipe! Using your oven at 400 degrees, you might want to bake them a bit longer. You can also use the convection option on your oven which creates the air fryer effect.
I always enjoy a dip alongside wings. I have included my blue cheese dip for your convenience but you can serve them with ranch dressing or all by themselves
A salty-sweet combo dry rub that is crisped up in the air fryer.
Dressing: Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Add salt to taste. You can thin out with a bit of milk or heavy cream if you prefer a thinner dressing.