I am not a huge fan of wings. Like crawfish, I feel like the amount of meat you get isn’t worth the work put into eating them. But also like crawfish, I do enjoy wings when prepared well. Wings are a generally beloved food, especially around Super Bowl time. From a cook’s perspective, they’re great too. Wings are versatile in that they can take on so many different flavors through sauces. They are also good finger foods and can feed a crown without a lot of effort. The wings I made for this post definitely capitalize on all the things just mentioned. Below are recipes and instructions for basic wings ready to take on any sauce, as well as three different sauces: a sweet and spicy Honey Cayenne, a classic Garlic Parmesan Herb, and my Special Sauce, which I first shared as part of a stir fry a couple of weeks ago.
3 pounds chicken wings
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and black pepper to taste
Makes three servings.
Honey Cayenne Sauce
3 tablespoons honey (I use mesquite honey)
1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced or chopped
3 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
3 teaspoons soy sauce
A sprinkle of ground ginger
Sriracha to taste
Garlic Parmesan Herb Sauce
1 1/2 cups melted butter
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon shredded parmesan
3 teaspoons garlic, minced or chopped OR 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 teaspoons dried basil
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange wings in a non-stick pan and brush with olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and chili powder, and garlic powder.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, mix up your sauce. For whichever you choose, simply add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir. Once wings are done, remove pan from oven and let sit for about five minutes. Place wings in a large bowl and add your sauce.
Toss until wings are evenly coated (you may need the help of a spoon if using the special sauce). Repeat for each sauce if using more than one.
Which sauce will you try? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!