Craving wings that are a bit different? These creamy garlic parmesan chicken wings is it! Made with a secret ingredient that makes them crispy on the outside and oh-so juicy on the inside. Served with a garlic parmesan wing sauce make a dish that will earn you rave reviews.
Crispy garlic parmesan wings make a tasty variation on chicken wings! They're dipped in creamy Caesar and parmesan sauce that's super delicious.
Serve this chicken wing appetizer at your next party, on game day, or anytime you have a craving for some amazing wings and you can expect RAVE reviews!
You're going to be blown away by how easy these creamy garlic parmesan wings are to make, not to mention the secret ingredient that will make your baked wings extra crispy.
What's the Secret to Crispy Chicken Wings?
It all started at a local restaurant we frequented that made the most delightful extra crispy chicken wings without deep frying them. What was their secret? I just had to know.
Once I learned that baking powder was the magic ingredient that made chicken wings extra crispy , I got to work. Turns out, there's a science behind it.
Baking powder liberates a type of gas forming protein bubbles that dehydrate. This drying process leaves behind a crisp surface resulting in the most wonderful extra crispy chicken wings you'll ever make!
At the same time, baking powder also helps dry out the skin and turns those wings into a beautiful brown color.
Why You Will Love Parmesan Garlic Wings
- A great appetizer for game day, parties or anytime.
- Healthier alternative to deep frying.
- Unique flavors. The garlic and parmesan flavor combination is amazing and a bit different from what you usually expect in chicken wings.
- Budget-friendly. Making them at home is more affordable than purchasing wings from a restaurant.
- Easily customizable. Change up the recipe to suit your taste!
Only a few ingredients are needed to make these crispy oven-baked chicken wings. You probably have most of them in your kitchen already.
- Chicken wings: Buy wings that are already cut at the joints and trimmed with the wing tips discarded to make the prep for this dish much easier.
- Baking powder: The secret ingredient for crispy wings!
- Seasoning: We will be using a blend of garlic powder, pepper, and salt to season the wings before baking.
- Garlic parmesan sauce: Caesar salad dressing and parmesan cheese are the two simple ingredients to make the wing sauce.
Don’t have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change this garlic parmesan wing recipe.
- No garlic powder? Use a couple of minced cloves of garlic or use garlic salt. If using garlic salt, be sure to use less of the salt called for in the recipe.
- Swap the dressing. The Caesar dressing can be swapped for a creamy Parmesan dressing.
Want to personalize this baked wing recipe? Here are some of my tips for changing it up.
- Seasonings: There are a lot of different seasonings you can use while still using the baking powder baking method. Lemon pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, and parsley are all good choices.
- Spicy: Add some heat with seasonings like cayenne pepper and chili powder or add hot sauce to the garlic parmesan sauce.
- Sauce: Coat or toss wings in barbecue sauce or Buffalo wing sauce.
- Extra garlicky: Add minced fresh garlic to the garlic parmesan wing sauce.
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings
These garlic parmesan chicken wings are very simple to make. Here's the main steps but be sure to check the details in the recipe card.
PRO TIP: Setup your oven! Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat the oven on to 250 degrees F.
Step One: Prep and Bake the Chicken Wings
- Rinse the wings and pat them dry with a paper towel and place them in a large resealable bag. Add the baking powder and shake the wings around to ensure they're lightly coated in baking powder.
- Transfer the chicken wings on rack of baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper.
PRO TIP: For easy cleanup, line your rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Use a rack on top coated with cooking spray to cook the wings.
- Bake the wings for 30 minutes on the lower-middle rack.
- Remove the wings from lower-middle and move to upper-middle rack and turn the temperature up to 425 degrees and cook for 40-45 minutes at the higher temperature.
- Remove the baking powder chicken wings from the oven and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
PRO TIP: The timing may vary depending on the size of the wings. Ideally you want to cook the wings until they have an internal temperature of 165° F. For more even cooking, turn the baking sheet halfway through baking.
Step Two: Add the Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
- Transfer the wings to a medium or large bowl.
- Add the Caesar salad dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese to the wings and toss to coat.
Refrigerator: Store prepared chicken wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Freezer: The wings are best frozen without the salad dressing. Undressed wings can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. While you can freeze the wings with the Caesar dressing, the dressing may separate once defrosted.
Reheat: Thaw wings in the refrigerator. Place on a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack and reheat on 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a baking rack on top of your tray. It helps the air circulate around the chicken wings and the extra fat to drip off the chicken wings as the cook. This leaves the wings crispier.
- Slow roast first. Cooking first at a low temperature and finishing them off by turning the oven up higher makes juicier chicken wings.
- Make sure you're using baking POWDER! Not baking SODA!
- Serving ideas: If you're looking for a terrific sauce or dip for your chicken wings, take a look at ALL of our favorite dips!
Yes, they can. Coat the slow cooker with cooking spray. Season the wings (no baking soda needed) and cook covered on low for 4-5 hours. Finish the wings in the oven on broil. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and broil until skin is crispy, about 15 minutes. Flip the chicken halfway through. Here are some helpful information on how to broil chicken wings.
Cook on a baking rack rather than directly on a tray. Then let the wings sit for 5 minutes when they come out of the oven, before you toss them in the sauce.
Tossing wings in baking powder (not baking soda) before cooking will give the wings an extra crispy skin. Don't worry, you will not taste the baking powder.
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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
Coating Your Baked Wings
- 1 cup Caesar salad dressing
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated or shredded
- Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and coat its rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Wash and pat wings dry with paper towel and place in a large resealable bag.
- Sprinkle baking powder all over them. Adjust and shake the wings around to ensure they're lightly coated in baking powder.
- Place chicken wings on rack of prepared baking sheet.
- Season with salt, pepper, and garlic, and bake for 30 minutes on the lower-middle rack.
- Remove wings from lower-middle to upper-middle rack and turn the temperature up to 425 degrees.
- Bake until wings are a nice golden brown color; between 40 to 45 minutes. Timing will depend on the size of the wings and cooking time could take a little bit longer. Turn baking sheet halfway through baking.
- Remove wings from oven and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
- Transfer wings to a medium or large bowl.
- Toss with Caesar salad dressing and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
This post was originally published in January 2017. It has been updated with new images and content.