Wings are such a quick, easy, and often very cheap way to make everyone happy. They’re frequently labeled at the butcher counter as “party wings” and are already split up into the flat wing and the drumette, which is perfect for me because Nick prefers the drums and I want nothing to do with them – all flats for me please. For a little while, I was preparing a new recipe each time we wanted wings, but I finally figured out my “go to” or what we now refer to as The Default. If you love wings, but you and your meal buddy want different flavors, this is the recipe for you. The Default delivers perfectly crispy wings every time, ready to be eaten as is or drenched in your sauce of choice. The best part is that The Default is naturally keto/paleo/Whole30 and you can keep it that way depending on what sauce you choose, so it works no matter who you need to feed.
You Will Need:
- Oven or toaster oven
- Large pan or sheet tray
- Silicone baking mat or foil, to make your life easier
- 18-20 “party wings” (1.5-2 lbs)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil or animal fat of choice
- salt, such as Diamond Crystal
- granulated garlic and/or onion powder
Preheat oven to 375*F. Grease one or two pans with your fat of choice, using a silicone brush or other preferred utensil to coat the whole bottom of the pan and up the sides. (You may need two pans depending on how many wings fit; if they are too close together, it can overcrowd the pan and they won’t cook as nicely). If you are using a silicone mat, you can skip the oil altogether, since the silicone is naturally non-stick.
Lay the wings in the pan with the skin side facing down. Season liberally with salt and granulated garlic. Using your hands or tongs, flip the wings over so that the skin side is now facing up. Season again with salt and garlic. I find that this approach usually gets a more even coating than trying to toss the wings in a bowl or zip-top bag, and makes less of a mess too.
Roast wings in the oven at 375*F for 30 minutes. Once they are done, change the oven setting to broil at ~ 425*F and broil for 3-5 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved (keep an eye on this though, you don’t wanna burn ’em!)
The wings are ready to serve as is, or you can toss, dip, or just straight up drench them in your favorite sauces. Some of our favorites include the Honey Aleppo Sauce from Trader Joe’s, The New Primal’s Medium Buffalo Sauce, and sometimes, I’m just down for a bit of mayo and hot sauce. Dig in!
This post was originally published in 2017. While the photos and some of the text have since been updated, the recipe / cooking method are the same. Some links are affiliate links for which I earn a small percentage of any sales at no additional cost to you. This post is not sponsored.