In these peppery chicken wings, the usual intensity of classic buffalo wings is tempered and usurped by a delicious, untraditional, easy blend of beguiling spices. Even better, the wings are baked, so they’re not only healthy but there’s no standing at the stovetop getting splattered with droplets of crazy hot flying fat.
Peppery Chicken Wings
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 2 H, 15 M
- Serves 4 to 8
Place the chicken wings in a big bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add all the other ingredients and give the chicken wings a massage to completely coat them.
Cover and refrigerate the chicken wings at least an hour or as long as overnight. (Trust us, marinating them for as long as possible makes quite the difference in terms of depth of flavor.)
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
Place the chicken wings in a single layer in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Roast until nicely browned and crisp, about 1 hour. Dive into the chicken wings when they’re hot, warm, at room temperature, even cold. Just don’t forget the napkins.
You can use the same seasoning and technique for chicken thighs, if you prefer, says author David Tanis. Simply use the same poundage of chicken thighs.
- Even Spicier Peppery Chicken Wings
If you crave a more intense flavor, simply double the amount of ingredients for the rub—both spices and oil—and marinate for the full 12 hours.
- Crispier Peppery Chicken Wings
If you like crazy crisp skin, let the wings in the oven 75 to 90 minutes.
- Juicier Peppery Chicken Wings
If you like your wings tender and moist, pull the chicken out of the oven just shy of an hour.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
We loved the pile of peppery chicken wings on the table! My testers—two grandsons and my husband—said this recipe is a keeper! These chicken wings were fast to prepare, moist, spicy and delicious. I served bowls of the traditional blue cheese dip (and lots of paper napkins), but they were also perfect without the dipping.
I lined my baking sheet with foil for easy clean up and the wings came out golden and crisp. It seemed hard to get the olive oil and spice paste all over the chicken pieces, so next time I’ll increase the recipe for the rub by half. I refrigerated my chicken overnight. This is the perfect hors d’oeuvre for the holiday buffet or that fast dinner when the shopping isn’t completed.
The flavors for these peppery chicken wings elevate them to a more elegant level than your sticky, messy, BBQ-sauce-covered wings. Great for a party. I took them to a holiday party of about 20 people and only about four wings were left. Of course, not everyone took 1, but the ones that did, ended up eating about 5 or 6 wings each. They raved. I marinated the wings for about 5 hours before cooking them. Absolutely delicious.