John Legend Shares His Best Entertaining Secret

When John Legend shares some wisdom, can you blame us for listening? The Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter revealed his number one entertaining must, and we couldn't agree with him more. Watch to hear Legend talk about his secret for having guests clamoring for more, then scroll to get the lowdown on preparing his own personal party favorite: fried chicken wings. 


5 lbs. chicken wing drumettes or chicken wings


6 cups 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

About 1 gallon canola oil


4 cups flour

2 tbsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

2 tbsp. cayenne pepper


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.  

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°F.

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.

Fry the chicken until a nice golden brown.

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