Anthony Stewart

Perfect Flavor Wings!  How to do chicken wings right every time.

This was actually the first recipe I wanted to master.  I mean who isn’t a fan of chicken wings? Whether you eat them now or not, most of us have a soft spot in us from when we did.  Since I am now somewhat of a health conscious person I didn’t want to make wings that had white salt or white sugar and I did not want them to be fried. 

Of course that leaves baking and or grilling.  Not being able to grill as consistent as I would like I chose baking.  Now most wings I’ve had up to that point were never baked.  In fact, I couldn’t remember ever having any wings that were baked that tasted good enough to remember.  I wanted them to be juicy, sweet and a bit spicy.

 

So with the challenge being set I chose, as I usually do, Leila Spice as the primary seasoning.  Leila Spice is made up of Himalayan Salt, Paprika, Garlic Granules, Basil, and more.  You can use your own seasoning spice to get to the flavor you want.  I came up with this one because of my desire to avoid the white salt and also I wanted to increase my intake of herbs and spices that increase my health like the ones mentioned above.

 

I went to Whole Foods to find the best wings my money could buy.  This worked out to be about $15 bucks for 12 to 14 whole wings.  I rinsed them, added two table spoons of Leila Spice as a rub and let them sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.

I then set the oven to preheat at 350 degrees.  I grabbed a cooking sheet and covered it with some Olive Oil and water.  This is how I keep the chicken from sticking to the pan.  I never use non-stick spray… there is no need plus I don’t like the chemicals that are in it.  Next, I laid out the wings and placed them in the oven and let them bake for 25 minutes.

 

The Leila Spice took care of the salt and spicy taste I wanted, but I would also use another invention of mine called Leila Crunch to sweeten and flavor it a bit more when they come out of the oven. Leila Crunch is made up of Turbinado Sugar, Oregano, Parsley, and a few more spices to make it the perfect addition to this recipe and many more.

After the 25 minutes were up, I took the wings out of the oven and covered them lightly with Agave then I sprinkled them with Leila Crunch.  Agave is like syrup without all the sugar.  It’s in its natural state so it has all the nutritional value nature intended and it sweetens foods just as well as syrup.

 



I placed the wings back in the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes, then took them out and flipped them over and did the same thing with the Agave and the Leila Crunch and placed them back in and turned off the oven and let them sit for another 10 minutes.

 

When they were done… voila, Perfect Flavor Wings!  No white salt, no white sugar and they were baked and still juicy, sweet, and spicy.

 

 

 

Anthony Stewart

The Mixologist

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