The other day, I was watching Diners, Drive Ins & Dives on Food Network and it was an episode exclusively on chicken wings…and yes, it was indeed the inspiration I needed to tell myself “Hey, those look easy!”.
Why have I never noticed how inexpensive chicken wings are??? I managed to score a pack of 25ish wings for under $8, and everything else I used to make the honey garlic sauce was what I already had in my pantry. Talk about +1000 convenience points.
Point is, I found that making chicken wings at home is very home-cook friendly and a great dinner option if you’re looking to lay loose for the weekend. I can’t wait to experiment with different rubs in the future, and even a few homemade sauce options for other batches. (!!) They are also perfect for nibbling on the patio/balcony/ porch during quarantine, just saying.
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper
- About 25-30 chicken wings. (Double the recipe if you have a larger quantity)
Honey Garlic Sauce
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 tbsp of freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of soya sauce
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1 tbsp of sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp of cornstarch
Start by patting your chicken wings dry with paper towel. Next, I placed the wings inside a large freezer bag and added the dry rub in 2 parts, sealing the bag each time for optimal mixing. I love this freezer bag trick –it’s super handy for marinades or dealing with raw meat and the mess is non-existent!
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Next, place your chicken wings on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil first, and parchment paper second. Spread out the wings evenly, and use two trays if needed. Bake for 35 minutes on convection mode, for all over crisp, even cooking. Or, for a regular bake, still cook for 35 minutes, but turn the wings halfway over at the 20 minute mark to crisp up the other side.
Begin to prep the sauce by combining all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Turn on the heat to medium, and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon evenly. Make sure to whisk often as the sugar from the honey can easily burn if you don’t watch it.
Once the sauce is ready, set aside to cool slightly. Remove the chicken wings from the oven and glaze the sauce over them, bake for another 5 minutes. Repeat this step one more time until the wings are as saucy as desired.
The picture says it all guys! Peace and good eats,