Baked Chicken Wings
- A package of fresh chicken wings (about 12 to 14)
- olive oil
- (optional) garlic powder
- a large mixing bowl
- a large cookie sheet
- heavy duty tin foil
Position the oven rack on the inside so that your cookie sheet full of wings will be in the center and at the mid range height. This will ensure heat to flow around the wings evenly as they are baking. Now you are ready to preheat the oven.
Turn the oven to 375 degrees while you are preparing the chicken to bake.
Remove the chicken wings from their packaging and wash it off under cold running water. The basic seasoning is salt and pepper. I like garlic and so I am adding that to this batch of bird. I also like to use fresh rosemary from my garden in the summer months. I will use fresh sage from time to time. I have tried cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, chili powder, Tabasco and many other herbs and spices. That is one of the best things about this chicken wing recipe. You can doctor them up to suit your taste buds.T
The main thing about seasoning is DO NOT BE STINGY. Put a good dose of salt and pepper and, add your garlic or whatever spices you decide you are in the mood for, on all of the chicken wings. You want flavor and that means a good healthy dusting for all. Some of the seasoning will run off during the baking process so, make sure to cover all the chicken wings real good.
Cup one hand and fill it with olive oil then drizzle the oil across the chicken wings so that it is distributed evenly. Pick up a wing and rub the oil and seasoning around the meat to coat the wing with a somewhat even amount of oil. Repeat this step so that all the chicken wings in the bowl are well coated. This will only take a few minutes. You will be able to feel the seasoning and oil mixture and the idea is to try to coat it all about the same.
When you have the chicken wings all coated good you can lay each one out on the cookie sheet. Try to position them so that there is as much space as possible between the pieces. It is okay if they are touching each other but, best not to pile them up. You want to ensure that the baking process is even for each chicken wing.
When you have finished laying all the wings out you can visually inspect them for even coating and seasoning. If there are pieces with less seasoning you can rub them across the bottom of the empty mixing bowl. There should be enough oil and seasoning to take care of any pieces that might need that little extra touch. Your oven should be hot and the bird fingers are ready to pop in to the middle of the oven rack. Bake the chicken wings for about 50 to 60 minutes or until they are golden brown.