Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings are baked, not fried and are full of flavor! The perfect easy oven baked chicken wings for game day!
Now that the weather is starting to change and football has returned, it seems that a lot more family and friend BBQs/parties are coming indoors!
Fall brings cool temps, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters and hoodies, and the best part…football and tailgating, game day parties and some of the best food! Game day food is my kind of food.
I love finger foods, dips, and all the delicious food that you can find on the table for game day. These Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings are some of the best wings you will ever eat! They are baked – not fried, so you can feel a little better about eating all of the other unhealthy stuff that game days offer!
THE CHICKEN WINGS
I love boneless chicken wings (which lets be honest are really just a chicken nugget), but the Butcher Man loves him some good ol’ bone-in wings. We use a mix of wings, and drums.
Boneless wings are yummy as well. You can try my homemade nuggets by clicking here. The homemade nuggets make great boneless wings and the parmesan garlic sauce on them makes them amazing!
It can be tricky to get your wings crispy in the oven instead of frying them. But I am here to tell you that I figured it out, and it is simple! I have tried many recipes to get the perfect oven baked, crispy chicken wing.
You will find some people steam the wings ahead of time or boil the wings for a few minutes to let some of the fat cook off the wings before baking. I have tried them all and they work, but who wants the extra steps.
I bake mine, without steaming, boiling or any other steps and they are delicious! They turn out crispy, juicy and full of flavor!
Making the BEST Wings
First, make sure the wings are patted as dry as possible before baking. Just use a paper towel and get them good and dry. Then, you will toss them in some canola oil (olive oil works great too) and then some salt and pepper. SIMPLE! BUT SO GOOD!
You absolutely MUST use a wire rack that is placed on top of a baking sheet/cookie sheet.
The wire rack lifts the wings off of the pan so they have room for the heat to circulate around the entire wing, making them more crispy. With the wire rack, there is no burning on the bottom which makes the wings so perfectly crisp!
I cook the wings about 25 minutes, then flip them and let them cook for another 25 minutes. After the 50 minutes, I turn the oven to broil and bump up the heat to 450 degrees. I let them broil for 3-5 minutes, then flip them and let them broil for another 2 minutes or until they are a crispy.
You can leave them in longer or shorter as they broil to your liking. Now time for the best part…the sauce!
PARMESAN GARLIC SAUCE
I love anything that is parmesan garlic and this wing sauce is absolutely delicious. We love a spicy buffalo sauce but this garlic parmesan flavor is more of a creamier, mild flavor.
This sauce is made with some interesting ingredients but each one is needed. It is a slightly sweet sauce, with a bit of kick (the heat can be totally customized) and you get the parmesan garlic flavor that is perfect on crispy chicken wings.
The sauce is made with some sautéed garlic, mayo, light corn syrup (sounds weird but is needed for consistency and the sweet factor), parmesan cheese (bottled works great and is what I actually prefer for the wings), and some seasonings. A little bit of heat comes from dried red pepper flakes, which you can leave out, or add to taste to how spicy you want it.
I whip up my sauce while the wings are baking. You can double the sauce if you want some extra sauce for dipping or reheating the wings.
TIME TO EAT YOUR PARMESAN GARLIC WINGS
Once the wings are done baking, you can gently toss the wings in the sauce and enjoy! I love my wings dipped in ranch or bleu cheese dressing! Extra parmesan garlic sauce is also great for dipping!
These wings can be frozen and thawed for eating later. You can freeze any leftovers and then thaw the wings completely before reheating them in the oven.
The wings have already been cooked so you just need to heat them until heated through. You can reheat them at 400 degrees.
Any leftover wings will also stay great in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the oven at 400 degrees or in the microwave.
Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings are baked, not fried and are full of flavor! The perfect chicken wings for game day!
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Parmesan Garlic Wings
- 3 lbs. chicken wings (I like a mix of wings and drums) see notes
- 1 tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- cooking spray for spraying wire rack for cooking
PARMESAN GARLIC SAUCE
- 1 tsp canola oil (or olive oil)
- 6 cloves garlic miced, or 3 tsp bottled minced garlic
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 3 tbsp parmesan cheese (bottled is great) *more to taste if desired
- 1 1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground oregano
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1-2 pinches dried red pepper flakes *optional, add more or less to taste
Sauce makes about 3/4 cup – perfect for 3 lbs of wings. Sauce can be doubled if you want sauce for dipping or heavily sauced wings.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this is not necessary but it makes for easy clean up so the wings drip on the parchment paper). Place an oven safe wire rack on the baking sheet. Spray wire rack with cooking spray.
- Using a paper towel, pat the wings to get them as dry as possible.
- Drizzle canola oil over the wings and toss to make sure they are evenly covered.
- Mix your kosher salt and pepper together. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the wings with oil and toss gently. Try and get the wings as evenly covered with the salt and pepper as you can.
- Line the wings up on the wire rack, trying to make sure they are not touching each other for even cooking. You can also bake them wings in batches if you don't have enough room all at once on the wire rack.
- Place the wings in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip the wings and bake for another 25 minutes.
- After the 50 minutes of baking, keep the wings in the oven and turn the oven temperature up to 450° and set your oven on broil. Let the wings broil for 3-5 minutes, then flip them over and let them broil for another 2-3 minutes or until they get crispy and browned to your liking.Remove from the oven when done.
PARMESAN WING SAUCE
- While the wings are baking, in a small saucepan add the canola oil and garlic. Saute the garlic on medium heat until the garlic becomes fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl add all of the sauce ingredients. Add in the sautéed garlic. Mix the ingredients well. Add more or less parmesan cheese to taste. Add more or less red pepper flakes to taste.
- After the wings have baked and broiled, toss the wings in the Parmesan Garlic Sauce and enjoy!
- We love our wings dipped in ranch or bleu cheese dressing.