Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crispy Paleo Oven Chicken Wings

I love when I learn a new cooking tip or trick that works so well, I swear I'll never use a different method again. Last night I had one of those moments, when I made the best chicken wings EVER. In the oven. Without deep frying. Delicious enough that the caveman actually used an expletive to describe them (in a good way).

I read a tip online to par-boil chicken wings prior to baking them; it's a technique I've used for oven-baked sweet potato fries, but would never have thought up in a million years for meat.

Boiling the chicken first released a little excess fat, and really allowed the skin to crisp up in the oven. I prepared last night's wings in the traditional Buffalo fashion, but you could doll these babies up any way your heart desires.

Crispy Paleo Oven Chicken Wings

2-3 lbs. chicken wings/pieces
salt
1/3 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup Kerrygold butter or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 450. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; drop in chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes.
Remove to wire racks and allow to drip-dry, then pat dry well with paper towels.

Season the chicken with salt and bake for 30 minutes at 450. I chose to put my wire rack right on top of a baking sheet for this step. After 30 minutes, flip chicken and cook for 10 minutes more.

During last 10 minutes of the chicken baking, heat hot sauce and butter or coconut oil in a small saucepan until melted. Pour into a large bowl. Place cooked chicken in bowl and toss to thoroughly coat with sauce. Serve immediately.


18 comments:

  1. OMG...these look so good! I think I am always hungry when I come to look at your recipes!! :)
    ~Lisa

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  2. Aw Lisa, you're the best! Definitely try these, they were such a huge hit with us.

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    1. Hi Christiaan, the one I use has only peppers, vinegar & salt, no xantham gum, sugar etc. I think if you read labels there are several options that would qualify as pretty clean.

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  4. I made these tonight...my first attempt EVER at making hot wings. They were AMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe and the tip to boil the chicken first. Delicious!

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    1. so glad they worked out for you Michelle! Funny I just made them myself on Friday night, and have been enjoying the cold leftovers...

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  5. These look amazing! I can't eat any dairy, but was wondering if there is a strong coconut flavour to the wings after you make them? I'm picky with coconut and I don't think I'd like it with chicken.

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    1. great question! I will admit I have actually not made them with the coconut oil... I imagine the hot sauce was help cover up the coconut flavor, but unfortunately can't comment from experience. I would think you could also experiment with less coconut oil if you're worried about the flavor... perhaps try 2 tbs. and see how it works for you. Let me know if you try it!

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  6. Just made these. They are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. I just tried these wings tonight and they are seriously the best wings I have ever had! I followed the recipe as is and it was perfect! I also don't have a wire rack so I just used a regular baking sheet and they were still great.

    I definitely recommend them!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Beth. I'm glad you liked them! (and good to know they came out well without the wire rack).

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  8. I used coconut oil in the recipe and these are my favorite! I don't miss the breading at all. Perfect.. Thanks!

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    1. so glad you liked them & thanks for letting me know!

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  9. Ok I am new to the Paleo family!! What kind of chicken wings do you buy....cause I have never seen organic chicken wings anywhere!!

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  10. These sound really good. I am glad they are oven baked.

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  11. Mine never turn out brown like your oven picture. What gives?

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