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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.
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 Wings, Sticky 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
To make sure your wings get as crispy as possible without needing an actual "coating", follow these simple tips:
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!
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Absolutely, you can use frozen wings, but ensure they are thoroughly thawed before cooking to achieve the desired crispy texture.
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