In honor of football season, we’re talking all about chicken this week—and not the boring variety, but the juicy, skin-cracklin’, finger-lickin’ stuff. In the world of the bird, we’re partial to wings and there are good reasons why. Whether you like them hot, tangy, drenched in buffalo sauce, or coated in a layer of fried crisp, wings will never fail you on game day. Ditch the fast-food or store-bought variety for your own homemade versions with these five awesome ways to make wings.

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