Chicken Wings Made Two Ways

The sixth food we have for our Super Bowl Healthy Eats Series is chicken wings.  Chicken wings?  Yes, chicken wings, after all you cannot have Super Bowl food without the token chicken wing dish.  Healthy?  Yes, we hardly used any extra oil in our recipes, just good seasonings and cage free chickens.

spicy wing

There are a few tips for preparing your wings.  The first is, wash your wings and pat dry, very dry or your marinade will not stick.  I thought about removing the pointed tip of the chicken wing but then we would have drumettes, so I tucked the wing tip behind the fatty part of the wing.   As well it is kind of fun gnawing on the crispy chicken skin;  so much flavor gets tucked in there!  Both of these recipes are too easy.  Feel free to marinate them for as long as you like, but at least 30 minutes.  The healthy feature, they are baked, not fried in “fat”.  You could grill them as well, if you don’t mind getting the grill going.

Our first set of chicken wings have an Asian flair.  We marinated the chicken wings in a soy, aged black garlic, cilantro and miran mixture.  Our second set was inspired by this ketchup sauce my grandmother use to make to put over a meatloaf.  Instead of ketchup I used tomato sauce and seasoned it with brown sugar, shallots and garlic.  I wanted to spice up the sauce a bit, so I added that special Basque touch with by adding some piment d’Espelette .  As well I wanted a little Portuguese touch so I added some piri piri.  Both dishes were baked until crispy.  We did not want to drown out the flavorful seasonings by adding the big bowl of blue cheese or ranch dressing so we served them ….. simply by themselves.

basque wing

You may not know it but there is an art to eating chicken wings.  Our friend, Chef John, from Foodwishes made this great video (yes, we have permissions to share it with this post) on how to properly eat chicken wings – this is good to know if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty – Lenny loves this method!


  1. I like the idea: when I thought there could not be anything new I could learn from a chicken wing recipe, you managed to surprise me! This is different from the usual chicken wings I know and I am looking forward to give this a try. Ideally in summer while partying outdoor.

  2. Both versions look delicious! I always bake my wings too. I like them better that way. Thanks for the great tutorial too. I’ll have to try eating my wings that way next time.

  3. Crystal says:

    Ohh these look awesome! I’m so excited to try them for the Alabama VS LSU game this weekend.. Gonna be very tasty. My husband will be really happy that I’m doing a low fat food that tastes great. Thanks!
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