I only eat chicken wings on rare occasions, mainly because there is no place that is “safe” for me to eat them. Unless a restaurant has a dedicated gluten free fryer, which never happens…. I’ll be honest, most of the time when we make wings, I have my husband set up his fryer pot, that we use to deep fry our turkey’s (and yes it’s as amazing as it sounds). There is nothing quite as satisfying as fresh out of the fryer, crispy chicken wings. But sometimes its just not that convenient to do this, so I figured out a way to “oven fry” the wings and make them crispy. The trick is a super hot oven, a little bit of oil and salt and pepper. Another tip, do not overcrowd your sheet tray. The wings will start to steam rather than crisp up and then you will end up with a soggy wing (bleh!).
Another secret I am going to share is my tasty glaze recipe. I’m telling you, it’s so good and good for you. That’s right, I said it, wings are good for you. Fresh ginger is key to making your wings flavorful.
Sticky Honey Ginger Wings
- 2 dozen chicken wings
- olive oil and salt (for coating)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1-2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger*
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat your oven to 500.
- Coat your wings in olive oil and season with kosher salt.
- Lay wings in a single layer on your sheet tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn your broiler to high.
- Cook another 5 minutes or so until golden in color. Flip once during the cooking time so both sides get good color.
- Meanwhile, while your wings are cooking, prepare your glaze: Melt together your butter and honey. Whisk in the fresh ginger (starting with 1 teaspoon*) and salt.
- Immediately toss hot wings into your sauce in a large bowl, generously coating them.
- Garnish with freshly chopped scallions.
*fresh ginger can range in spiciness, each ginger root is a little bit different… so I suggest starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more if needed. Also if you have the chance to deep fry your wings, do it! It’s ok to indulge every once in a while :)
*the wings pictured are “oven-fried” chicken wings