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Tik Tok Wings

I met Jay Janous when he was a senior in high school, and I had moved to Belzoni, MS to be a State Farm agent. After college, he moved back home to raise catfish with his dad on their family farm. We became close friends. He and his wife Carrie have children the same age as ours. Jay and I don’t see each other often, but we talk or text almost daily. Jay is one of my very favorite humans, and he’s always ready for some laughs and good times. I love it when we get together. A few weeks ago, Jay shared a Tik Tok video of a guy making wings. I was intrigued by his use of potato starch because I had never even heard of the stuff. After checking at Kroger and Walmart, I ordered some off Amazon. The potato starch makes the crispiest batter I have ever had. It’s not heavy at all. Jay and Carrie came to visit FNPP this past weekend, and we cooked these wings together. Isn’t that what all friends do on Friday nights?

Tik Tok Wings


1 12-15 count package of wings cut into wingettes and drumettes

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup pickle juice

Buffalo Sauce:

1 small bottle of your favorite hot sauce

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch of salt


2 cups potato starch (I ordered mine off Amazon)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Marinate the wings in the buttermilk and pickle juice for at least 30 minutes before frying. Set aside. Combine all of the Buffalo sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until combined. Set aside. Heat frying oil to 325 degrees. You will need about 1 inch of oil in the frying pot. In separate bowl, make the batter by combining all the dry ingredients. Drain the wings. Dredge the wings in the dry batter and transfer to a platter. Fry the wings in the oil for 8 minutes. Turn the wings about half way though. Remove wings from the oil to a paper lined platter. Increase the heat to 375 degrees. Fry the wings a second time at the higher heat for 2-3 minutes. The wings should be brown and crispy. Again, remove the wings to paper lined platter. With tongs, dip each wing into the buffalo sauce before placing on your serving platter. Allow to cool a bit before serving. We like to serve ours with some garlic ranch.

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