Forget the scallop linguine and bacon-wrapped filet. Impress your dinner date with 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.
About this Baked Garlic Pepper Wings Recipe
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.
In 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, these chicken wings dominate.
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.
What to Serve with Garlic Chicken Wings
- Fries. The ultimate game day pairing! Baked French Fries or Grilled Sweet Potato Fries would be tasty.
- Veggies. For a healthy meal, serve these wings with a side of Easy Sauteed Zucchini with Parmesan.
- Mac and Cheese. Please everyone at your table with a side of Adult Mac and Cheese.
More Chicken Recipes for Game Day
- Grilled Chicken Tenders
- Grilled Chicken Kabobs
- Lemon Pepper Wings
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes
Whether it’s date night or game night, garlic chicken wings are a sure victory!
Black Pepper Garlic Chicken Wings
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar plus 1 teaspoon, light or dark
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper plus 1 teaspoon
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- Chopped green onions for garnish
- Prepared Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip for serving (optional)
- 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.
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