Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
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Enjoy this baked chicken wings recipe at your next game party!!
Baked chicken wings are the quintessential game day food. The game, the guys, the beer and the wings. In other words, the ultimate man-cave gathering. Then of course, there is the yelling, screaming, cussing and the occasional, macho sucker punch or practical joke. Game day at its finest.
Take football, for instance.
I didn’t grow up with football. But I’ve been around during a few of these manly get-togethers, and I have to say that it’s a rather entertaining experience. There are few other times in life when you will see grown men doing the chicken dance as part of a victory strut across the living room floor. It’s rather amusing to say the least.
While football (or any other sport) is not a huge event at my house, I am fully aware that for some, these events are a huge deal. Particularly events like Super Bowl Sunday and a few others I can think of. So with this in mind, I thought I’d give you a hand at keeping your game day meal on the leaner side.
Here’s my version of this baked chicken wings recipe. They are similar to what you can buy in the stores, but far healthier and with a spicy kick!
I should mention that you can cut down on the nutrition data considerably by using boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of wings. But if you just plan on enjoying the game and not worrying too much about intake, then these are perfect!
ARE CHICKEN WINGS REALLY WINGS?
Yes and no. Sometimes legs are served as well as parts of the wing. But for the most part, what most people think of as wings can be any one of three portions of the wing itself. The drumette, the wingette or the tip.
HOW LONG TO BAKE CHICKEN WINGS AT 400?
If your oven is at 400 F., you should bake your wings for about 30 minutes
HOW LONG TO BAKE CHICEN WINGS AT 425?
For this temperature, you’ll want to lower your cooking time just slightly. The range would be 25-30 minutes, but check them at the 25 minute mark
HEALTHY BAKED CHICKEN WINGS
Chicken wings are actually white meat. The unhealthier aspect of them is all the skin and fat surrounding them. So I give you a healthier option below as well. The choice is yours!
MORE CLEAN EATING RECIPES:
BAKED CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE:
Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
- 4 lb. chicken wings
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (or any clean hot sauce you prefer)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- ½ cup honey (if you prefer a less spicy wing) or ¼ cup (if you prefer a more spicy wing)
- 2 tsp. molasses
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ½ cup barbecue sauce (see recipe options above)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- If you purchased your wings frozen, be sure to allow ample time for them to defrost.
- Line a large casserole dish (you may need 2 dishes depending on the size you have) with foil. You will be wrapping the chicken completely in foil, so allow enough to completely cover the chicken all the way around.
- Place your wings in the foil and be sure they are single layered.
- Pour the oil over the chicken and mix the chicken in the dish to completely coat it with the oil.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the garlic powder and onion powder.
- Pack the foil around the chicken so that it is sealed on all sides.
- Bake in oven for 50 minutes.
- While the chicken bakes, combine all sauce ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk. (Be sure to whisk again just before pouring over your chicken.)
- Remove the wings from the oven, open the foil (don’t burn yourself with steam), and pour off any liquid in the bottom of the foil.
- Pour your sauce over the chicken.
- Turn your oven to broil.
- Place the chicken back in the oven UNcovered, for 10 minutes. Watch the wings carefully. If they need to be removed in less than 10 minutes, do so. You just want to brown them a bit and get the sauce to sear just slightly on to the meat.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool and place in a serving dish, being sure to pour any sauce left behind in the dish over the chicken.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 1/21/11.
Thank you so much for posting this! The Clean Meat Eaters around me will absolutely do the chicken dance for these wings!
Lizzy – LOL! Glad to hear it!
Oh, my goodness. My husband would be one happy man if I made these for him.
Sarah – They’re pretty easy to make. I was surprised.
Like this recipe a LOT :~) But I’m not a fan of molasses. What would you suggest I substitute it with or could I just omit it?
Batrice – You can’t taste the molasses at all. But if you really don’t want it, just leave it out. The recipe will still turn out just fine.
I am making these asap!!!
Trude – Let me know how you like them!
Thanks so much for this great recipe, Tiffany – I was just talking about CE Superbowl foods with a friend. I will definitely direct him here!
Maura – Wonderful! Thanks so much!
how might these be made in a slow cooker? or would it just be easier to make them and then transfer them to a pre warmed slow cooker to keep them warm? (i’m attending a superbowl party at work and we dont have an oven, and i’m so tired of eating garbage food all the time, this is at least something clean i can eat that i won’t feel guilty about, and will taste delicous!)
Sara – I would make them first and then just keep them warm. I have no experience with cooking meat in a slow cooker, so I really can’t advise you there. Hope you enjoy them!
Made them using the chicken breast tenders and they were so good!! Everybody enjoyed them!!!
Lynn – That’s FABULOUS to hear! Thanks so much for your feedback!
Just thought I’d share that I actually steam my wings and a lot of the fat will drip out into the water below and then I BBQ them.. it seems to get rid of more fat than the tradional baking plus I am never worried about under cooked chicken but no nutrition stats.. sorry
Lodiloads – Interesting!! Thanks for sharing that!
Jeannie – No, it won’t. The skin would have to be exposed for that.
Kay – Happy to help!
can i do this without molasses?
Sure. It’ll change the taste a bit, but it should still be good.
Can you make this in the slow cooker, with say chicken breast and for how long would you say?
Sure. If the meat is raw, then cook for 4-6 hours. Not sure how the sauce will hold up in a slow cooker, but it’s worth a shot.
Can you recommend a clean BBQ sauce? I use the smokey one from Trader Joes but I am unsure about it
There is the one on my blog, but if you don’t want to make your own, Bone Suckin’ Sauce is incredible stuff, and it’s clean. 🙂
The sauce was pretty decent. But the wings themselves were soggy and slimy. I would suggest grilling them instead of baking them.
Hmm. Could be they had some water injected. Companies do that all the time. Grilling would definitely fix that though!
Fairly new to clean eating, although we do try to eat fairly healthy! My husband is a little spectical of clean eating so to prove my point that it can be tasty and clean I made these for him and his buddy, they absolutely loved them and could not stop talking about all the flavor they had! A true win/win our house, he got great wings and I showed that we can still eat good food while eating clean! Thanks so much for the recipe and all of the other recipes posted!
Kacee – My pleasure! Love it when it all works out! 😀
Tried the wing for Memorial Day and they were amazing!!! Will definitely make them again.
Theresa – So glad you enjoyed them!
I want to make the boneless skinless version. Do I still get 4lbs?!
Aricka – You could probably get away with 3 lbs. But 4 wouldn’t hurt if you want more.
Just made these. I don’t think I will ever order wings at the pizza joint again. OMG they are delicious!!! And so easy. I am embarrassed that I have not done it before now.
Denise – So happy you liked them!! 😀
These wings are amazing
Mish – Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! 🙂