Does anyone else ever have just appetizer’s for a meal? We do this sometimes, generally on a Friday night, often when we have company. It’s a fun meal where everyone eats way too much, with far too much unhealthy food that we really, really enjoy. We don’t do it often. Not healthy.
BUT, when I can have those appetizer nights with awesome food that is as good as a restaurant but healthified a bit? That’s most definitely a win.
These crispy baked wings are one of the best healthified versions of junk food I’ve ever made. We make them pretty much every time we do the appetizer’s for a meal thing, and they always go pretty quickly. And if we have company they invariably ask for the recipe. I think that makes it a winner!
Now don’t get me wrong, I still don’t think you can classify this as a health food, but if you’re going to have wings anyways, these are a whole lot better than the deep fried version you’d get at a restaurant. And not a whole lot harder either. They are super fast to throw together, toss the wings with some oil, toss them with some flour and seasonings, and toss them in the oven. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
And they actually ARE crispy. I’m not just saying it to get you to try them. They’re super crispy and amazing. And they’re baked, not fried. So next time you have a craving for hot wings, try these. Crispy, perfect hot wings – at home!
- 2½ pounds (1.1 kg) chicken wings/drumettes (2-3 dozen wings)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- sauces to toss them in - we like buffalo and honey garlic, but anything you like would do!
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Toss the chicken wings/drumettes with the oil in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Add to the chicken and toss until evenly coated.
- Spray the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray. Place the wings on the parchment lined baking sheet, spreading them out as much as possible. You may need two baking sheets to allow a bit of space between the wings.
- Bake for 50 minutes, turning halfway through, or until golden brown and crispy. Toss the crispy, cooked wings with your favourite sauce and serve immediately. We like buffalo sauce or honey garlic. The wings will reheat well in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.