These garlic parmesan wings are crispy golden brown chicken wings coated in garlic, butter, herbs and cheese. A quick and easy appetizer that is sure to satisfy!
I love to serve an assortment of snacks when I’m entertaining, including options such as smoky chipotle salsa, pepperoni pizza pockets, hearty chili cheese fries, a zesty jalapeno cheddar cheese ball, elegant bacon wrapped water chestnuts, and these delectable garlic parmesan wings.
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with chicken wings, especially for game day. They’re the perfect handheld snack that are fun to eat, and the flavors can be customized in endless ways. These garlic parmesan wings are packed with bold flavors, and require minimal work.
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Garlic Parmesan Wings Ingredients
The ingredients for this crispy chicken wings recipe are minimal, and you probably already have many of the items in your fridge and pantry!
- Chicken Wings: I use party style wings, which is where the drumette and flats are separated. If you have full sized wings, you’ll want to cut them in half crosswise at the joints to achieve the same effect, and also remove the wing tips.
- Baking Powder: This may sound like a strange ingredient to use on chicken wings, but the baking powder makes the wings get extra crispy in the oven without all the hassle of frying. Do NOT use baking soda, it’s important to just stick with baking powder.
- Seasonings: Add flavor to your wings with a blend of salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
- Butter: The butter is the basis for the sauce. I prefer to use salted butter so that I don’t need to add any extra seasoning to the sauce.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic will have the best flavor here, avoid the jarred garlic if possible.
- Fresh Parsley: You can use either flat leaf or curly parsley with a similar result.
- Parmesan: Since the sauce just has a few ingredients, it’s important to use a high quality cheese. Skip the shelf stable can of parmesan and choose a tub of grated cheese from the deli section, or grate it yourself!
How To Make Garlic Parmesan Wings
Start by coating your wings in a mixture of baking powder and seasonings. Place the wings on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet, then bake until they are crisp and golden brown. Add butter and garlic to a bowl, then microwave to melt the butter and cook the garlic. After the butter melts, let it cool for a few minutes, then stir in parsley and grated parmesan cheese. Drizzle the garlic-parmesan sauce mixture over the baked wings, then serve and enjoy.
Tips For The Perfect Wings
- These wings are best when served hot from the oven. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat leftover wings in the oven at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until warm.
- Baking the wings on a rack helps to ensure that they get crispy on all sides. If you don’t have a rack, you can simply place the wings on the foil, but be sure to coat the foil with cooking spray first. If you’re not using a rack, you can also flip the wings halfway through the cooking process.
- I don’t recommend making this recipe in the air fryer, simply because most air fryer baskets have a limited capacity and you’d have to air fry the wings in many batches.
The wings will need to bake for 45 minutes, or until they’re crisp and a light golden brown color.
The best way to reheat chicken wings is to cook them in the oven or a toaster oven until just warmed through. For a recipe like this where there’s a sauce, you may need to make some extra sauce to spoon over the reheated wings so that they’re not dry.
I find that this recipe is best when eaten fresh from the oven. That being said, you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can coat chicken wings in a variety of sauces. Some of the most popular include buffalo sauce, BBQ sauce or garlic butter and parmesan cheese.
This recipe is great as-is, but you can add other flavors to the mix to customize the wings to your tastes.
- Cheese: Instead of parmesan, try another grated hard cheese in the garlic butter sauce such as romano, asiago or even an aged white cheddar.
- Herbs: Swap out the parsley in the sauce for a different herb such as thyme, basil, chives or even dill. If you’re an herb lover, you can even add a teaspoon or two of dried Italian herb seasoning to the wings before they go into the oven.
- Spices: If you’re a fan of hot and spicy food, feel free to add hot sauce to the butter mixture, or alternatively you can add a pinch of crushed red chili flakes. You can also add a sprinkle of paprika to the wings before they go into the oven.
- Chicken: While this recipe works best with party style wings, you can also use the same technique on whole wings or even chicken drumsticks, although drumsticks may take longer to bake.
I serve these garlic parmesan chicken wings for parties, potlucks, or even as a light dinner, and there are never any leftovers!
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Garlic Parmesan Wings
- 3 pounds party style chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon baking powder do NOT use baking soda
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a non stick oven safe rack on top of the pan.
- Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. Add in the baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Toss to coat the chicken evenly with the baking powder and spices.
- Place the wings on the rack in a single layer.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until wings are golden brown and crispy.
- Place the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until the butter is melted.
- Let the butter cool for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the parsley and parmesan.
- Pour the butter mixture over the wings and toss to coat. Serve immediately, with a dipping sauce of your choice if desired.
- Party style chicken wings are pre-cut with the drumette separated from the flat. If you can’t find this type of wing, you can simple cut regular wings in half crosswise for a similar effect.