While the rest of the world is off eating skinless chicken breast, we’re here to tell you the best part IS the crispy skin! Know where to find the most of it? Crispy Chicken W A N G S! Chicken wings also happen to be the least expensive cut for us, our kids love them, they are FANTASTIC to serve as finger food at gatherings (like potlucks & par-tays) – not to mention, DELICIOUS!
Rumor: You need to batter and fry chicken wings in order to get a crispy shell.
Fact: That rumor is a lie.
We perfected a method for oven-baked chicken wings when writing Real Life Paleo, and in light of it being Super Bowl weekend, thought it would make for perfect timing to share this household favorite. We seriously make them all. the. time. Like, for example, on Friday nights with waffles. That’s right, your Chicken & Waffle night just got a whole lot BETTER!
Keep in mind, if you like this recipe you’ll likely love ALL 175+ recipes in the cookbook where it debuted, Real Life Paleo. Which is all about making food taste delicious without being overly complicated. That’s right, a book of easy, amazing paleo recipes. It’s legit.
So lets get to the crispy perfection, shall we?!
We have found the method below to be the best for making crispy chicken wings in the oven. You will find oodles of preparation recommendations out there, but we can tell you with absolute certainty that is the ONE to try. Even our non-paleo friends and family ask us to bring these wings to events. They’re THAT good.
Baking at a high temperature for a long time is the key, and a guaranteed way to avoid those gross chewy, soft chicken wings. You might wanna clean your oven first. And as always, they won’t be done until the smoke alarm goes off! ♥
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Using a paper towel, dry the chicken pieces thoroughly.
- Place a rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and lay the chicken pieces in a single layer on the rack. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place in the oven and roast for 1 hour.
- Toss the baked chicken pieces with the sauce of your choice in a bowl and serve.
While we offer 4 amazing sauces in Real Life Paleo (Sweet BBQ, Carolina, Lemon Garlic, and Spicy), if you don’t have the book or want something quick and easy we recommend you try these wings with our go-to sauces: Tessemae’s mild buffalo sauce, honey mustard, and lemon garlic sauce. Here’s a map of where you can find Tessemae’s in stores; we love that it’s an ethical, sustainable, whole-foods, local company to us!
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And if you enjoy these wings, which we are fairly certain you will, we remind you that more recipes just like it are in Real Life Paleo which we think is just perfect for everyday happenings and celebrations! Not that we’re biased… For more details on Real Life Paleo (including a full look at the kind of recipes you will find), see here.