Garlic Pepper Chicken Wings


Garlic Pepper Chicken Wings

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Now I know that this may not be traditional Christmas Eve food, but after your fill of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing I bet you will want something a little different come Saturday. In keeping with the appetizer theme that I mentioned yesterday, today I thought I would present a variation on another favorite: Chicken Wings. Whenever you hear the words “chicken wings” you probably imagine something like this. The red hot spicy wings that they have challenges for. These wings however, are a little different. They are still quite addictive but instead of a spicy hot sauce they are coated in a tangy sauce full of fresh cracked black pepper and fresh chopped garlic.

One of the first dinners that Ryan ever made me was chicken wings, because he knew how much I loved them. It was really sweet. I went over to his apartment after work and he was in the kitchen frying the wings. The first thing he said was “These are messy!” And he was right, grease was everywhere.  But despite nearly burning his hands off as he tried to turn the chicken wings with a fork, he kept cooking them for me. After we finished the wings, I offered to do the kitchen clean up and from that point on I have always baked my wings. Not only do they require less clean up but they are also better for you. And don’t worry, they will still be crispy.

  • Serves 2 - 4
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  • 1.5 to 2 lb chicken wings, tips trimmed and cut at the joint (Note: Sometimes you can find “party wings” at your local store, or the frozen drumettes, you can use them if you prefer), rinsed and pat dry
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk together egg and milk. In a resealable plastic bag combine flour and seasoning salt. Dip wings in egg mixture then transfer to plastic bag and shake to coat. Transfer to a plate and allow to set for 15 minutes.
  3. Place chicken wings on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with canola oil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn and cook for another 15 - 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, while your wings are cooking, in a large bowl whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, minced garlic, pepper, kosher salt and garlic powder. Let sit at room temperature for about 25 - 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle.
  5. Once wings are cooked, use tongs to transfer hot wings to bowl with garlic pepper mixture. Toss to coat. Serve hot.

Don't forget the wet naps, despite the fact that they are missing the traditional red sauce, these can be quite messy. Or maybe its just when you pick up the left over garlic pieces with your fingers like I have a tendency to do. Enjoy!

  • Jenn

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Des! Thanks for all your yummy recipes you’ve shared this year!

  • Jessie

    Merry Christmas Des!! I’m so excited that I found your blog earlier this year. Those chicken wings sound really delicious and loaded with lots of flavor, I’d be picking up the garlic pieces as well!

  • Memoria

    O-M-G! These wings look so good! Wow.

  • Deseree

    Merry Christmas to you all too! I hope you have a wonderful holiday :)

  • Julie

    This is definitely next “to make” recipe when I’m in the mood for wings.
    If you’re in the mood for another type of wing, try these:

    Have a happy New Year!

  • chocolate shavings

    Am I weird for wanting on of these before 10 AM? They look so good!

  • deana @ lostpastremembered

    These look so much better than buffalo wings… awesome good! Great recipe.

  • tigerfish

    Yum! I just watched a pgm about making Salt and Pepper Chicken (a famous Taiwanese street snack) yesterday. And now, you made Garlic Pepper Chicken. Oh, I want some now.

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  • hiram

    may use this recipe without the salt.

  • The Hungry Teacher

    These were so delicious! I was totally skeptical about how crispy they would turn out, as I have only used crumbs before to bread, never milk and flour. But wow!! These were crispy and oh so good!

  • Deseree

    Thank you Hungry teacher! It is nice to hear that you enjoyed them :)

  • Ayesha

    Can I replace the white wine vinegar with something else?

  • Deseree

    Hi Ayesha, are you looking to avoid vinegar all together or just white wine vinegar? If you are open to still using vinegar you can use white distilled vinegar. If you want to avoid vinegar you could sub lemon juice that way you will still get the acidity.

  • Cheller’s

    Looks so good!! I’m not crazy to eat raw garlic, I’m going to brown the garlic and put in there in last min with sauce and wings while garlic still crispy ;)

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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