Pickle Brined Crispy Chicken Wings

Serves: up to 6 | Cooking time: 30 minutes

Recipe developed by Chef Michael Symon
exclusively for Farmer Focus!


  • 2 pounds Farmer Focus Party wings

  • 1 large jar of your favorite pickles


  • 1 c cornstarch

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • Your favorite seasoning, like smoked paprika or cayenne

  • 4c Neutral frying oil


  • ½ c cornstarch

  • ½ c flour

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp. celery salt

  • 1 tsp. cayenne

  • inch of salt

  • ¼ c pilsner

  • ¼ c water

  • ½ c vodka

  • Thinly shaved jalapeño rings, for serving

  • Lime wedges, for serving

  • Cilantro leaves, for serving

  • Hot sauce, for serving


  1. The night before, drain all of the pickle juice from your pickles in to a bowl or air-tight container. Submerge all of your chicken wings in the liquid and brine overnight in the refrigerator.

  2. The next day, remove the wings from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Let the chill come off of the wings for about 20 minutes before cooking. Discard the brine.

  3. Place a heavy-bottomed Dutch -oven over medium-high heat. Add about 4 c of your frying oil and heat until 375 degrees.

  4. In a mixing bowl or gallon-sized bag, mix together 1c cornstarch, 2 tsp. baking powder, a pinch of salt, and some of your favorite seasonings-like paprika or cayenne. Add your wings to the flour mixture. Coat the wings well but be sure to shake off any excess flour. **At this point-the wings can sit for 2 hours or overnight, coated in the dry dredge.**

  5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry batter ingredients, then add all of the wet ingredients, stirring to smooth out any lumps.

  6. When the oil is up to temperature, dredge the cornstarch-coated wings into the batter, letting any excess drip off, and lay them into the oil. Do a handful at a time so the temperature of the oil doesn’t drop, and fry until golden brown on both sides.

  7. Remove to a paper towel-lined tray then serve with some jalapeño, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and your favorite hot sauce.

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