Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings

Forget the scallop linguine and bacon-wrapped filet. Impress your dinner date with Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings.

Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings

These baked garlic chicken wings nail the date-night situation on multiple levels:

One: They are deceptively easy to make. Stir together marinade; pour marinade on chicken; bake chicken. Done!

Two: Despite their simple prep, Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings seem impressive. Chicken wings are often thought of as a restaurant-only food (impressive), so by baking them yourself (easy), you bring the dining-out experience in for your special guest. Swoooon.

Three: Wings tell all. Serve Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings, and you’ll know immediately whether or not your date is willing to get down and dig in. I don’t know about you, but I want a date who’s not afraid to get a little sauce under his finger nails and a lot on his chops.

Easy Baked Garlic Black Pepper Chicken Wings

The fourth factor here is the garlic. It is sweet, abundant, and the perfect flavor to complement the spicy black pepper. It also will impart its signature aroma on your breath and that of your date. If the goodnight kiss happens anyway, it’s true love.

Easy Garlic Chicken WingsIn the event you are a bit skeptical as to Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings’ role in the game of love, consider them for a different sport: football! The Big Game is Sunday, and whether or not you are a fan of football or your team made it through the playoffs (Aaron Rodgers, I still love you), football FOOD is a player for whom we can all cheer. When it comes to a winning game-day spread, Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings dominate.

Easy Oven Baked Garlic Chicken Wings

Although most restaurant wings are fried, I opted to bake Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings at a high temperature instead. It’s easier, less messy, and better for you too. The skin becomes beautifully brown and crisp, the honey garlic glaze sweet and sticky, and the black pepper adds the finishing kick.

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Whether it’s date night or game night, Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings are a sure victory!

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Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings

An easy recipe for baked garlic chicken wings made with a fast black pepper and honey marinade. These have so much flavor and are so simple to make!


Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes, plus overnight marinating

Ingredients:


  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar (light or dark)

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds chicken wings

  • Chopped green onions, for garnish

  • Prepared Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, for serving (optional)



Directions:

In a mixing bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and black pepper. Set aside.


Prepare the wings: Start by cutting off the wing tip by wiggling your knife edge at the joint “soft spot.” It should separate fairly easily, but if not, put the blade in place, then carefully but firmly hit the top of your knife to apply extra pressure. Repeat at the other wing joint, cutting through the skin to separate the small drumstick from the flat portion of the wing. This joint will require more pressure than the first—again, feel for the “soft spot.” Place the wings in a zip-top bag, then pour the marinade into the bag and seal it tightly, removing as much air as possible. Squish the marinade around the wings so that all sides are coated. Place the bag in a baking dish, then let wings marinate in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, turning the wings periodically to redistribute the marinade and keep the chicken evenly coated.



To bake: Place rack in center of the oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top. Lightly coat the rack with cooking spray, then arrange the wings on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes, until the skin is crispy and dark brown. The skin  will start to shrink away from the ends of the bones, and the wing juices will run clear when pieced with a fork. Sprinkle wings with chopped green onions and serve with Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip.


Recipe adapted from Big Small Plates


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22 comments

  1. Can you believe I’ve never made wings? I’ve got to change that! and I’m starting with these!

  2. I love that you used soy sauce for the marinade. I use it in so many recipes and I bet it adds a killer flavor to these. LOVE!! 

  3. These look amazing and so simple to make! Definitely pinned them for Sunday. Beautiful photos, too!

  4. I LOVE how simple these are. My guy is a wing guy and I know he will dive in a get dirty for these garlic-y wings! Pinned!

  5. Thank you Erin for the nice recipe.

  6. See, this is why we are friends! Can you bring these to Deer Valley? K. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for baking these. Now I can eat 2x the amount. That’s how it works, right?

  8. Next time you make wings, you should try Larry’s method of grilling, basting, then baking them! It also leads to nice, crispy wings. Yours look fabulous!

  9. Yes, garlic and pepper kisses. The unmistakeable sign of true love. :) These wings looks awesome, Erin! 

  10. Wings + Garlic = Love. That’s my definition, anyway! Pinned!

  11. Wings were made for football events.  Well thats my opinion.  These look great.

  12. This is a really nice mix up on the traditional buffalo wings that many of us will be enjoying this weekend. Thanks for posting this!

  13. Have seen lots of wings on here from everyone, but I must tell you these are the best looking wings of all……and I will be making these for sure……maybe not this week-end, but for sure soon……keep up the good work …..your wings will be a hit at your party this year….so you better make extra…..you can almost taste these in this picture :)

  14. My husband is constantly asking me to make wings – he would loveeeee these (and who are we kidding I would too!)

  15. i love me some good wings and these look wonderful. 

  16. Wings are our favorite! I love that these are baked, they look finger lickn’ good and perfect for game day! 

  17. Forget about impressing anyone else. I’m impressed enough that I know I’ll polish these off without sharing much. Looks fabulous!

  18. I think I need a video on how to separate the wings. 

  19. I read somewhere that Americans will consume 1.3 billion wings today, guess if they are served like this, I totes understand why. :)

  20. Made these yesterday and they were delish! I’ll definitely be making them again and again. Thanks, Erin!

  21. It just so happens I have a package of wings in the fridge that never got made this past Sunday for Superbowl!  I now know their destiny!  These wings sound amazing!  Love the garlic black pepper combo!

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