Our Mini Family: Gourmet Chicken Wings at Home!


Mar 2, 2015

Gourmet Chicken Wings at Home!

Adam and I LOVE chicken wings--no joke. We've been to so many local restaurants in and around Phoenix for wings that we've shelled out a bunch of money! But it occurred to me--why am I going out to eat when I can just make yummy wings at home?

And that is when my research and efforts began.


After weeks of trial cooking with different techniques and ingredients, I have finally found the foolproof way to make gourmet chicken wings at home!

First thing's first: you HAVE to clean your chicken. If you don't already do this, please do it! And if you don't know how, here is an article you can read about how to do it correctly. 


Once your chicken is cleaned and ready to go, grab some extra virgin olive oil and evenly coat the wings in some. Now you'll need your rub: for our rub, it's a combination of paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Your rub should be 1/2 paprika, 1/4 garlic powder, 1/8 salt, and 1/8 pepper.  Then, like the name suggests, you will powder on top of the chicken on both sides--then you want to use your fingers to massage the rub into the chicken skin as best as you can. 


Throw your coated and rubbed chicken wings into a large, stovetop pan and sizzle on medium-high heat. You don't want to actually cook your chicken; you just want to sear it. 


Sear on medium-high heat on both sides until it's crispy (see below).


Remember, your chicken isn't fully cooked yet--now we need to bake it. 

Throw your chicken into your oven at 350 degrees (F) for 15-18 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to confirm they are done; according to the USDA safe minimum, you need minimum 165 degrees F for safe-to-eat chicken parts.

Tada! All done and OH MY YUM--they are amazing!


Chicken wings are such a staple protein--they are great for so many occasions. I am just excited that pretty soon it will be picnic and BBQ season, so we can enjoy our gourmet chicken wings outside in the fresh air by the pool. 

These wings are legendary in our house! Adam said, and I quote, that my wings were "the best hands down" that he has ever had!! So, I'll definitely continue to prepare our wings this way for sure.




Do you remember the best chicken wings you've ever had?


40 comments :

  1. They also look like they have more meat on them than most places, as well as being less greasy! It looks amazing!

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    1. Yeah exactly! Restaurants seem to skimp out and serve the wings with less meat on the bone--I agree! And you are right, they are definitely a lot less greasy than most places serve them for sure!

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  2. Spring and summer are coming...perfect time for those wings. They look great!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes I am so stoked for the warmer weather!

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  3. Thank you for this recipe...I've never made chicken wings and have always wanted too! I'm pinning for later!

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    1. Aww my pleasure! They are rather easy--hope you make them and enjoy them! And thanks for pinning. :)

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  4. these look so yummy plan to try this recipe soon

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  5. First off, I'm starving right now. Secondly these wings look so good.

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    1. Ahh don't you hate that feeling when you're just SUPER hungry? And thank you so much!

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  6. I love chicken wings, yours look delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much! They certainly were!

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  7. Chicken wings are a favorite at our house, especially when spring time comes around, for some reason.

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    1. Definitely! I think it has to do with the warmer picnic weather :)

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  8. These look delicious! I admit, I always shy away from chicken wings because they are a little intimidating. This recipe looks wonderful though and not too hard to make. Can't wait to try them!

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    1. Chicken can be intimidating because it seems so easy but sometimes doesn't come out right. I can assure you after testing and finding the right way, that you will definitely love these wings!

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  9. Oh my word - these look delicious! YUM! I just pinned to make them soon... I know my boys would love these.

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    1. Thanks for pinning! Hope the boys love them!

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  10. These are gorgeous! They sound so good!

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  11. I'm so excited to try this! I love this idea!

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    1. Yay that is awesome! I hope you do!

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  12. I'm excited to try this out on my family. I am not a chicken wing fan, but they all are. THis looks great!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Hope your family loves it!

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  13. Wow - that's easy! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Yeah most definitely it's easy! And you're more than welcome :)

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  14. There is NOTHING like a fabulous chicken wing! Can't wait to make these for hubby!

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    1. I hear that! And I hope you like them!

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  15. Oh wow these look and sound so divine! I'll have to try this recipe at home with my family!

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  16. I've never cooked wings like this. Amazing...recipe and so easy to follow. Your wings look delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much--I hope you try them!

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  17. Oh my gosh, this skin looks so crispy and delicious on these. YUM!

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    1. Thank you, Aimee! It certainly was!

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  18. Oh man, these look awesome! Can't wait to try them. Also, really great photos. I'm a new food blogger and found you on a link party. I've followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Can't wait to read more of your blog. Becky from CookingWithVinyl.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Becky! It is nice to meet you--I am following you on Twitter. Stay in touch! :)

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  19. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

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