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How to Make Easy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

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The best baked chicken wings

The best baked chicken wings

Tired of Hot Wings? Try These Baked Chicken Wings

Buffalo hot wings are the traditional way to serve chicken wings, but the first time I tried the baked garlic Parmesan flavor, I was hooked. 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.

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Six 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

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Brush butter over all of the chicken on 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

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

Four or five servings of hot garlic parmesan wings

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 farmers' markets.

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 breadcrumbs. 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 homemade 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.

Prepare a side of vegetables for a healthy meal!

Prepare a side of vegetables for a healthy meal!

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 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 them artfully on a fancy plate that has a hollow dip in the center for the dressing. Enjoy!

© 2012 Lela