Poultry Unit: Hot Wings

I always ask my students what they would like to make the first day of class in a survey. I hate teaching the same thing over and over again in exactly the same way….yawn yawn, it gets boring. So to change it up, I had one semester where students really wanted to learn how to make Buffalo chicken wings so I substituted cutting up a whole chicken and frying it for this lesson. I love customizing the class to the students even if it means extra work for me!

Time Frame: 1 block


  • 8.2.7 Demonstrate safe food handling and preparation techniques
  • 8.5.1 Demonstrate professional skills in safe handling of knives, tools, and equipment.
  • 8.5.5 Prepare various meats, seafood, and poultry using safe handling and professional preparation techniques.


  • I still show them how to cut up a whole chicken via a YouTube video. I also offer extra credit for any student who cuts one up at home.



  • Deep Fryer
  • Chicken Wings
  • Hot Sauce
  • Butter
  • White Vinegar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Garnishing Vegetables like celery & carrots
  • Blue Cheese Dressing

Background for Teachers

  • Simply making the chicken wings is not that hard nor does it take too long so I challenged students to present their Buffalo wings elegantly. Additionally you can have students make blue cheese dressing from scratch. You can also provide a recipe for barbecue sauce if students prefer sweet over spicy wings.


  • Make Buffalo wings, plate wings elegantly.
  • Work on poultry lab questions.




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