These salt and pepper chicken wings are a perfect addition to your menu this week. This easy to bake version makes them healthier than traditional fried wings, and the light seasoning keeps them perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Chicken wings are always a great easy to make and eat food that pairs well with any sides. Another great part of this recipe is how it works for lunch, dinner, and appetizers!
Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
This is no ordinary chicken wing recipe. Not only is it a bit healthier because it is baked versus fried, but the addition of garam masala gives it a unique kick of flavor. I love adding different spice blends to kick things up a notch, and this paired beautifully for this recipe.
I love this recipe for parties because I can prep everything then toss them into the oven just before company arrives. That way, they come out of the oven hot and fresh and can be served right away with the best flavor.
Even though chicken wings can be a bit messy at times, this recipe is definitely one that is well worth the mess.
For a bit less healthy option, you need to try this recipe for sticky Thai chicken wings. Such a delicious version of wings that is ideal for any party or event. I also like these barbecue chicken wings and the incredible honey sriracha chicken wings. So many different ways to create such a simple protein! Any of these wings recipes will go great alongside this seasoned cottage fries recipe.
Are These Suitable for a Keto or Low Carb Diet?
This recipe does include 1 teaspoon sugar in the spice mixture. That would make it not a keto-friendly recipe, however, you can substitute that sure with your favorite sugar substitutes like Swerve or Lankato monkfruit sweetener.
The result would be the same with flavor, but you would have zero guilt about eating them while following a carbohydrate-restricted diet plan.
If you are following keto strictly, then you may prefer these buffalo flavored keto chicken wings instead.
How Many Carbs are in Baked Chicken Wings?
For this recipe as listed with sugar included, the carbs are 3.5grams per serving. A single teaspoon of sugar spreads out very thinly in this recipe so you really don’t create much if any real added sugar or carbs to the nutritional information once spread out over 5 servings.
That said, if you choose to use a sugar substitute, I recommend putting your ingredients into a nutritional calculator to verify updated carbs for a serving of these wings.
- Chicken wings
- Black pepper
- Garam masala
- Baking powder
- Olive oil
- Sugar or sugar substitute
Optional: lime wedge and diced scallions for garnish
How to make Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
If you purchased whole chicken wings, start by cutting them apart to make a drumette and wingette from each wing. Then, you will pat them dry with paper towels and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 210ºC/410ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garam masala, baking powder, and sugar or sugar substitute.
Add the chicken wings to the bowl and drizzle the top with olive oil. Now you will mix and toss the mixture until all wings are coated in the seasoning mixture.
Lay the chicken wings on the baking sheet in an even layer making sure they aren’t touching. Depending upon the number of wings you are cooking, you may need a second baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, then take them out to flip them over and place back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
If the skin isn’t crispy enough when the time is up, you can blast them under the broiler for a few minutes to add that crispy skin texture wanted.
Chicken wings are tons of fun to eat, but that is best done when they have been cut into sections before cooking. Cut at the joint to create a drumette, and wingette. I also recommend removing the tip as it is nothing more than cartilage and usually just gets in the way. Take the wing tips and place in a bag to freeze, then you can add them to water and vegetables to help create chicken broth later.
- 2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½ tbsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp salt
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1.5 kg (3 pounds) chicken wings
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Optional: lime and diced green onions for garnish
- Pat chicken wings dry using paper towels. Make sure that they are as dry as possible. If you have any extra time, leave wings to dry out in the fridge for around an hour, uncovered.
- Preheat the oven to 210C/410F. Line baking sheet with foil, or use parchment.
- Mix salt, garam masala, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add chicken wings into a bowl, drizzle olive oil on top and mix everything, making sure to cover the wings evenly.
- Layer wings on a baking sheet, making sure they are not touching.
- Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Serve with lime wedges, topped with chopped scallions.
This recipe also works in an air fryer if preferred. Just add the wings in a single layer and cook on the highest heat setting for 15 minutes before flipping, and again for another 10- 15 minutes to finish cooking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 579Total Fat: 25.9gSaturated Fat: 6.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 3033mgCarbohydrates: 4.3gNet Carbohydrates: 3.50gFiber: .8gSugar: .8gProtein: 79.1g