By peoplestaff225
Updated June 17, 2015 03:00 PM

While his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, “does most of the cooking” in their house as she develops her first cookbook, John Legend also has a few secret recipes up his sleeve.

The singer—who is sharing entertaining tips with Stella Artois for its “A to Z Guide to Hosting Beautifully”—says for any great party, it’s essential to have “one legendary dish that will have your guests clamoring for more.”

For Legend, that’s his spicy fried chicken wings.

“These fried chicken wings are my go-to recipe at barbecues and parties, not just because I love them, but all my guests love them, too,” he says. “When my friends and family know I’m serving these wings, they never pass up the invitation to come over and celebrate. That’s how good they are.”

The secret to mastering the wings—whose spiciness can be adjusted according to taste—is the deep fryer, he says.

“I always use the Emeril by T-fal deep fryer,” says Legend. “It’s one of the most awesome gifts Chrissy has ever bought me. It fries up the best party wings you can imagine.”

John Legend’s Fried Chicken Wings

5 lbs. chicken wing drumettes or chicken wings

About 1 gallon of canola oil


6 cups of water or enough to cover the chicken in a large pot or bowl

4 tbsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

2 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tbsp. cayenne pepper


4 cups of flour

2 tbsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

2 tbsp. cayenne pepper

1. Put the chicken and the brine ingredients in a large pot or bowl. Cover the bowl and brine the chicken at least 6 hours in the refrigerator.

2. Fill the fryer (I use the Emeril by T-fal deep fryer) to the max line with canola oil. This requires just under a gallon of oil. Heat to 356° .

3. When the fryer is ready, bread the chicken. To prepare the breading, simply put all the breading ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Then put each batch of chicken wings in the bag and shake it up until the wings are amply covered in flour.

4. Fry the chicken until a nice golden brown.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone