Brining chicken wings is an optional but highly recommended step.
Brining involves soaking the chicken in a solution of salt, sugar, and sometimes other seasonings or aromatics.
Brine helps infuse chicken with flavors. This is particularly useful for wings, which can absorb the flavors more effectively due to their smaller size.
Brining is beneficial when you're deep-frying or cooking the wings at high temperatures, as it contributes to a juicier end result.
Boil water. In the pot, add salt and sugar. Stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat. Cool slightly, add ice, stir until melted, reaching room temp.
Place wings in a container. Pour brine, ensure submersion. Refrigerate 4+ hours. Remove, rinse, and pat dry before cooking.