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The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

November 17, 2023
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Get ready for The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings--- Because, let's be real, garlic and Parmesan are the dream team of deliciousness.. Perfect as a snack or appetizer, brace yourself for a taste explosion that's seriously hard to resist!

The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Get ready to elevate your wing game with The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings recipe! These crispy, flavorful wings are a delightful blend of buttery savory garlic + rich cheesy Parmesan, making them an irresistible treat for your taste buds. Prepare to indulge in a finger-licking experience that's perfect for a party + holiday appetizer, game-day food, tasty snack, or basically any occasion! Air-fryer + Gluten-free option.

Up close shot of chicken wings with green garnish.

Let's keep it real—you've heard it from me before, and I'm saying it again. The best way to win me over? A good ol' plate of chicken wings. I'm forever tinkering with new flavors and cooking tricks for these bite-sized wonders--You can find all my wing recipes on Orchids + Sweet Tea. The combo of garlic + parmesan seemed like a no-brainer! So here is my latest wing love---The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings loaded with cheesy umami flavor that'll have you coming back for seconds! And I don't take saying anything is "the best" lightly, they are seriously the best I promise!

If you're a fan of chicken wings (Who isn't? Haha.), then you must try these Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken WingsSticky Gochujang Chicken Wings, and even these Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Wings and Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings/Bites for all of my meatless-loving peeps!

Succulent + juicy, with that perfect touch of garlicky goodness, it's hard to believe that oven-baked wings can be this delicious. They stay tender on the inside and beautifully sticky + crispy on the outside, thanks to a few simple tweaks. The best part? If you're not the biggest wing fan, you can use whole pieces of chicken with this recipe, making it a win-win for everyone.

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What Are The Two Types of Wings?

When it comes to wings, there are two types: Drums (a.k.a. drumettes) and flats (a.k.a. wingettes). The drums actually look like miniature chicken legs and have one single bone in the middle surrounded by meat, whereas the flats are “flat” and contain two smaller bones that run the length of the wing.

Chicken wings freshly washed in a silver bowl with seasoning.

How To Make The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

In just 4 simple steps, you'll have those garlic wings you've been craving. First, we prep + clean, and marinate then, we coat; and finally, we bake + toss the wings in a delicious sauce! These wings do not disappoint y'all!

Ingredients

CHICKEN WINGS:

  • Organic chicken wings, disjointed. The star of the show, providing the juicy and meaty base!
  • Garlic powder: Provides a savory garlic punch.
  • Onion powder: Adds a subtle, aromatic onion essence to enhance the overall taste.
  • Sea salt + Black pepper. Enhances the natural flavors of the chicken and other seasonings.
  • Smoked paprika: Imparts a smoky and earthy undertone.
  • Mustard powder: A hint of tanginess.
  • Cornstarch: It's the secret ingredient that adds extra crispiness to the wings by creating a crunchy coating when baked.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Adds richness and depth while promoting a golden, crispy texture.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce:

  • Unsalted butter: Provides a creamy and luscious base for the sauce.
  • Garlic cloves, minced: Infuses a strong garlic aroma and flavor.
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese: Delivers a rich and cheesy element.
  • Chopped parsley or green chimichurri blend: Adds a fresh and herbaceous touch, balancing the richness of the sauce with vibrant flavors.

How To Make Garlic Parmesan Sauce

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and let it melt. Then add in the garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add the chopped parsley or chimichurri and whisk everything together until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Add the crispy baked chicken wings in a bowl with the sauce and toss them until coated. NOTE: You can always spoon or brush that sauce atop the wings too!

SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BAKING, ESPECIALLY FOR THESE WINGS!

Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with these Garlic Parmesan Wings. Everything from my pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Tools I Used For These Garlic Wings

Seasoned chicken wings on a flat black skillet.

How to Prep + Season Wings

Baking these chicken wings is generally an easy process—in total just 45 minutes. You first start by cleaning and washing your chicken pieces to ensure that they are clean and ready to be seasoned. I like to wash my chicken wings with both vinegar and lemon to help keep things clean and sanitized.

Once your chicken wings are clean, then it’s time to pat them dry and season them! I’m all about seasoning every “layer” of my food, therefore, the chicken gets direct seasonings. Let everything marinate for 10-15 minutes or 1-2 days (or overnight tightly wrapped in the refrigerator) for the best results.

Do I Use Cornstarch or Flour for Crispy Chicken?

OK, so this is one of the hot debates as it relates to which one creates the crispier chicken or chicken wings. While cornstarch does add an extra layer of crispiness to your chicken, using flour still works too if you don't have any cornstarch on hand!

But to be honest, the best-kept secret is the combination of both cornstarch and flour, which creates the crispiest results. Of course, if you're looking to make this fried chicken recipe gluten-free, then substitute the cornstarch or flour with arrowroot starch or a great gf all-purpose flour.

Baked wings on a black skillet.

Why You Will LOVE These Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings!

  • Versatile snack, appetizer, or side option.
  • Boasts of a great dairy-free + gluten-free option.
  • Bold garlic + umami parmesan flavor combo.
  • The perfect crispiness on the outside + juiciness on the inside!
  • Addictively tasty + irresistible for the entire family.

Do You Bake or Airfry Parmesan Chicken Wings?

Of course, both methods of making these parmesan chicken wings are effective. However, if you’re wondering whether you’d be able to also make these wings in an air-fryer—-then yes!

To make your crispy chicken wings in an air fryer, it's very similar to doing it the oven. The only difference would be the cook time and adding them to a basket versus a baking sheet. Once you've seasoned and dusted your chicken wings, add them to your air fryer basket, spray with cooking oil, and cook them at 360 degrees for 10-15 minutes. NOTE: You might want to spray your basket with cooking oil to ensure that your chicken doesn't stick to it during cooking.

As you know, this chicken wings recipe is for baked wings and honestly, they’re just as crispy as using them in the air fryer--- so the choice is yours!

Garlic parmesan sauce in a silver saucepan.

Tips + Tricks to The Crispiest Garlic Chicken Wings

To make sure your wings get as crispy as possible without needing an actual "coating", follow these simple tips:

  • After rinsing your wings, be sure to pat dry completely until they are as dry as possible before marinating them.
  • Make sure each wing has plenty of space on the baking sheet or baking dish. The airflow helps things crisp up. 
  • When using a baking sheet, add a wire rack atop the parchment paper so that wings can crisp up nicely on all sides.
  • Broiling your wings for about 5 minutes or so helps to get them nice and crispy without burning.
Baked wings on a skillet with a side of bread and garnish.

Do I Have To Use Freshly Grated Parmesan?

Yes! Despite being a bit pricier than the cheese in the little green can, freshly grated Parmesan brings a SO MUCH of flavor to the dish. Its slightly higher moisture content also ensures a less dusty texture when sprinkled over the finished wings. However, if canned Parmesan is all you have, feel free to use it—these wings will still be delicious!

What Dips Go Well With Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings?

This parmesan chicken wings recipe is full of flavor all on their own. But who doesn’t love to dunk and dip?

Serve your wings with any (or all) of these tasty condiments:

Baked wings on a skillet with two forks.

What to Serve With Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings Wings

They're just perfect with anything, and I know that I might be biased because of my absolute LOVE for chicken wings as a whole. Haha. Although these wings make for the perfect handheld appetizer, I also love making these wings during the week along with my favorites like-

Grain/buddha bowls: Create a delicious Buddha bowl with all your favorite grains and vegetables, like this Fall Harvest Farro Bowl or this Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl

Salads: Pair with a refreshing salad like Roasted Cauliflower Green Goddess Salad or Fall Harvest BBQ Chickpea Kale Salad for a light and vibrant accompaniment.

Loaded fries: Create a more indulgent treat by serving the wings with a side of loaded cheesy fries or sweet potato wedges. Try these BBQ Quinoa Taco Fries and Learn How To Make THE BEST crispy seasoned French fries

Garlic bread: Elevate your wing experience with a plate of steaming hot garlic bread like this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread or this Homemade Texas Toast Garlic Bread, perfect for soaking up the delicious orange sauce.

Rice or quinoa: Consider serving the spicy wings with a side of basmati rice, brown rice or this Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice to absorb the flavors and provide a fulfilling base.

Common Q + A's For Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

How do you store + reheat these parmesan wings?

Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or microwave when ready to serve.

Can I make these wings gluten-free?

Of course! To make these wings GF, just ensure that all the ingredients are GF-friendly-- the best alternative to cornstarch is arrowroot starch or GF flour like Bob's Red Mill

Why are my wings not crispy?

After cleaning and rinsing your wings, if the chicken isn't dry by patting them dry then the chicken wings won't crisp up. As mentioned in my tips section of the post, using a baking sheet with a wire rack is key.

How can I make the wings spicier?

To add a kick, consider incorporating a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes into the seasoning mix OR try some adding cajun seasoning!

Can I use frozen chicken wings for this recipe?

Absolutely, you can use frozen wings, but ensure they are thoroughly thawed before cooking to achieve the desired crispy texture.

Baked chicken on a black skillet with two forks and garlic.

More Appetizers + Handheld Recipes to Try Next!

Now that you're on a snacking kick with The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings recipe, give these recipes that your entire family will love a try next.

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Baked wings on a skillet with a side of bread and garnish.

The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

November 17, 2023
5 from 3 votes
Get ready to elevate your wing game with The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings. These crispy, flavorful wings are a delightful blend of buttery savory garlic + rich cheesy Parmesan, making them an irresistible treat for your taste buds.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients

CHICKEN WINGS:

  • 2 lbs. organic chicken wings, disjointed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, organic
  • 2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil

GARLIC PARMESAN SAUCE:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or green chimichurri blend

Instructions

MARINATE THE CHICKEN WINGS:

  • In a large bowl, add your freshly cleaned + rinsed chicken wings along with the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, mustard powder, and cornstarch, mixing everything together until chicken is fully coated. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. NOTE: For best results, it's best to marinate chicken overnight in the refrigerator or for up to 2 days.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a greased skillet) and a wire rack for the best crispy results. NOTE: be sure to generously spray the wire rack to ensure that wings don't stick.

BAKE THE CHICKEN:

  • Lay each chicken wing side by side onto the baking sheet (about an inch apart). Repeat until all chicken wings are assembled. Bake chicken wings for 25-30 minutes or until crispy and golden.

WHIP TOGETHER THE SAUCE + TOSS WINGS:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and let it melt. Then add in the garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.Add the chopped parsley or chimichurri and whisk everything together until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Add the crispy baked chicken wings in a bowl with the sauce and toss them until coated. NOTE: You can alway spoon or brush that sauce atop wings also, if desired.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately with your favorite side or dipping sauce.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or microwave when ready to serve.
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION:To make these wings GF, just ensure that you use the best alternative to cornstarch is arrowroot starch or Gf flour. 
  • TIPS FOR CRISPY WINGS: See the post for all tips for making the most crispiest chicken wings.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg

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