Okay let’s talk chicken wings... I like ‘em extra crispy, fresh, and flavorful. Oh! And dunked in cool and creamy ranch. There’s nothing worse than going out to eat somewhere, ordering wings, and biting in to them to find they are mushy and not crispy in the slightest. A while back when I first discovered baked wings were a thing, I thought “how in the world can you get them crispy without frying them?” Well, I was totally wrong. It’s taken a few tries to get them just right, but I think I finally have.
The very first time I tried baking wings was during my first Whole30. (Side Note: the fact that you can still eat wings on Whole30 is amazing right?!) I kept it simple and went with a Buffalo Sauce to coat them in. I googled lots of buffalo sauces and found that they mostly consisted of hot sauce and butter. Being on Whole30 and knowing I couldn’t use butter, I used the closest alternative... Ghee! The sauce turned out amazing. Just enough spice, but not too much that I couldn’t handle. (Yes...I’m the girl in the restaurant sweating and panting from eating the MILD wings!) My husband and I dipped the buffalo wings in my homemade ranch and We loved them so much, they basically became a bi-weekly meal in our house.
The buffalo wings are amazing, but my all-time favorite wing sauce is Parmesan Garlic! On Whole30 you cannot have dairy, so I knew the Parmesan was out. The second time I made wings, I decided to get a little more creative and figure out how I could re-create a similar flavor without the Parmesan. I looked around in my fridge, and saw I had half a bottle of Tessemae’s lemon garlic salad dressing. Hmmmmmmm.... I poured it into a sauce pan, dumped in a bunch of black pepper, and some minced garlic and wah-lah! That’s when the Lemon Pepper Garlic wings were born! They were a perfect mash-up of lemon pepper wings with Parmesan garlic....but they were made with clean ingredients and Whole30 compliant.
I figured that although it’s delicious, I wouldn’t always have a bottle of Tessemae’s in the fridge. It can get pricey and is sometimes hard to find at grocery stores near me. I remembered that my grandma used to a make a similar tasting salad dressing that we loved. I called my mom, and she told me that it consisted of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Sounds easy enough! So that’s what I tried next. Put some olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper into a sauce pan, and it was fantastic! So, there ya have it. And thanks to my grandma for making an awesome simple salad dressing that helped me figure out this wing sauce.
Since then, I have re-created it several times, made lots of buffalo wings, and also experimented with Bbq flavored wings using The Defined Dish bbq sauce recipe. So delicious!
I have put together two recipe versions of these Crispy Baked Wings for y’all... one with Buffalo Sauce and one with Lemon Pepper Garlic sauce! Hope you enjoy!
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Hey y'all! Growing up in the South, the traditions, lifestyle and personality have always spoken to me. I am dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the holistic food, drink, and culture of the world through the eyes of a true Southern belle.