Simply Baked Chicken Wings

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The Story

I really fucking love chicken wings. I'm sorry. I don't want to curse here, because I know young children could be reading these, but my god. I really love them. When I got knee surgery in high school, I lost my appetite for a lot of foods. I couldn't have things I grew up eating because the medicine made me nauseous from everything. I legitimately, at one point, only wanted to eat baked beans from the can. Yeah, you read that 100% correctly.

But chicken wings from this place in a very, very bad neighborhood were my favorite thing. They were so fun to eat, and I could put away close to 24 wings in a sitting. After my physical therapy sessions, my mom would surprise me by stopping at this place on her way home from work. It was right by JFK, and she knew how happy it used to make me. So I fell in love, and when I got to college my love stayed. But now I'm a half-adult, so it's time to tackle my own.

Baking them is something I tried back in the day, but they always came out in more of a "roasted" chicken wing kind of deal. They never got crispy, but I didn't want to fry them. I decided to add baking powder to my recipe, and it was incredible what happened. The wings were crispy on the outside, but still moist on the inside. And I really felt better knowing that I used just 2 tbsp oil in the entire recipe, and let the chicken itself be the star. The best part of these wings is that they hold sauce really well, so if you use this recipe as just a base, I will not take offense. In fact, I strongly encourage it.

SIMPLY BAKED CHICKEN WINGS

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Yield: 12 wings

Non-Paleo Version

  • 1/2 lbs chicken wings or wingettes
  • 3-4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Paleo-Version

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings or wingettes
  • 3-4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp paleo baking flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  1. Slice lemons and place in a bowl with chicken wings and apple cider vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken wings from vinegar, pat completely dry, and place in a mixing bowl. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together baking powder or flour, salt and pepper. Toss chicken wings in oil and season with dry ingredients until well mixed.
  4. Use parchment paper or nonstick spray and spread chicken wings in an even layer across a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for 9 minutes.