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How to Make Easy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired blood banker and laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

Easy Baked Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

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Love Em? Or Do You Prefer Traditional Hot Wings?

Buffalo hot wings are the traditional way to serve chicken wings, but the first time I tried the garlic Parmesan flavor, that was all she wrote.

Garlic lovers know what I mean. Garlic is the flavor that makes my salivary glands weep for joy. Combined with Parmesan cheese, there is no other taste sensation I would rather try.

I've tried a few different versions of this wonderful football-watching snack, and this simple and easy recipe is the best so far. I also use it for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenders. This baked method is so much healthier than the fried version.

Are These the Most Fantastic Baked Chicken Wings Ever?

Only Five Simple Ingredients!

  • 16-20 fresh chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, (more is better)
  • 3/4 cup garlic and herb bread crumbs, Progresso is great
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Prepare This Recipe

  1. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Brush butter over all of the chicken, both sides.
  2. In a square container with a lid, add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add the buttered chicken to the dry ingredients, a few pieces at a time, secure the lid and shake to coat the wings with the garlic Parmesan mixture. You can also do this in a gallon zip type plastic bag.
  4. Spread the coated chicken out on a foil lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle any remaining coating on top of the chicken.
  5. Bake the coated chicken at 375 degrees F. for about 30 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken and the type of chicken pieces. 30 minutes is just about right for wings.
  6. Chicken is done when the crust is lightly browned and the meat is tender with a fork or taste test.

Cook Time at 375 degrees F.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

Four or five servings of hot garlic parmesan wings

About the Ingredients...

Fresh Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are not particularly healthy, but there are some ways to improve their nutritional value.

Find a local market that sells free-range chickens. USDA certified organic chicken is the healthiest kind you can buy. This clean and tasty meat is raised from the egg to the plate without pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, or other artificial additions.

Once you find the holy grail of natural meat producing farms, spread the word to others. Eating stressed out chickens full of antibiotics and chemicals is bad for our health. Support local farmers and farmer's markets.

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Garlic

Growing your own garlic is not difficult. Everyone should have an herb garden these days. Fresh, pungent garlic can't be beat.

Using a good bottle of dried garlic powder is essential for this recipe.

Parmesan Cheese

I use the Kraft brand of powdered Parmesan cheese, but you can add your own fresh grated Parmesan cheese to the top of the chicken. It's delicious!

Seriously, some people make their own bread crumbs. That's a bit labor intensive for me. Baking the bread, waiting until it is several days old and drying out might be worthwhile if you are a purist, but I love the Progresso bread crumbs. They come in many flavors, have just the right consistency, and require no waiting!

Butter

Along with buying fresh chicken from a local farmer, try using home made butter from a certified organic cow. The difference in taste is amazing.

Margarine just won't do for this recipe. Use real butter and organic butter is preferred.

The best flavoring for chicken wings...

Make This Recipe Healthier With Vegetables

Make a Raw Vegetable Plate...

Garlic Parmesan wings are best served with a raw vegetable plate. Look for organic finger veggies when you are shopping for the organic meats and cheeses.

The wings do not need a dip, but you might want to serve a light ranch style dressing with the vegetables. Serve the dressing on the side as a dip.

The best raw vegetables for a plate are (in no particular order):

  • celery sticks
  • cherry tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • radishes
  • carrot sticks
  • strips of bell peppers
  • cucumber
  • mushrooms
  • jicama sticks
  • turnip sticks
  • cauliflower florets

Use the vegetables you like and arrange artfully on a fancy plate that has a hollow dip in the center for the dressing. Enjoy!

© 2012 Lela

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