Crispy oven “fried” chicken wings

2 Feb

Alex and I decided to throw a Super Bowl party for ourselves this year. What does that mean? Basically, we are going to cook a bunch of party food and eat it ourselves. It’s really the best kind of party. There is no need to dress up or put on makeup. We know exactly what we want to eat, how much to cook and we don’t have to worry about someone taking the last chicken wing which we secretly wanted for ourselves.

So what’s first on our menu tonight? Crispy oven “fried” chicken wings. We are HUGE fans of extra crispy deep-fried chicken wings and it’s seldom that I enjoy eating a baked chicken wing. But the fact is, deep frying at home can be messy. So a couple of years ago, I spent quite some time researching the best way to bake a crispy chicken wing and I finally came up with a fool proof method that requires zero oil! I know there are probably a lot of skeptics out there but I promise you these wings will not disappoint. (Alex is a picky wing eater and he loves them – or at least that’s what he tells me).

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Thoroughly wash the chicken wings, lay them on paper towels and pat dry. It’s important to make sure the skin is dry to ensure crispiness. Then mix 1 tbsp baking powder, 1 tbsp salt and 1 tsp garlic powder in a small bowl.


The baking powder, which has no taste, is composed of an acid and an alkali. this helps draw moisture to the surface of the chicken skin, where it can evaporate. The acid helps break down proteins within the skin, and the alkali accelerates the browning process, meaning that the skin can crisp more quickly.


Then rub about half a teaspoon of the baking powder mix on each wing, ensuring that it is coated evenly.


Place the wings on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Then, without opening the oven, increase the heat to 450 degrees and bake for an additional 45 minutes. Take out the wings and immediately toss them in your favorite dry rub or sauce while it is still hot. We like Garlic Habanero BBQ and Dry Cajun Spice (recipes below).


Garlic Habanero BBQ

1/2 stick salted butter
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/2 cup habanero hot sauce
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (see below)
1/4 tsp habanero powder (optional)
2 tbsp minced garlic

Heat butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir in remainder of the ingredients and cook for 5-8 minutes.


Dry Cajun Spice

2 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a spice grinder until evenly blended. I like to grind it into a powder consistency.


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