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Now that the AFC and NFC Championship games are behind us, that means there is only one game remaining this year. That's right folks, it is Super Bowl time, and even if your team came up a little short this year, it does not mean we can't cook up a bunch of appetizers and party food, root against Tom Brady and watch the commercials. Go Chiefs! Therefore we are going to be sharing one of our favorite game day recipes, just in time for the big game. It is time for Italian Style Parmesan Wings.
This recipe is a family favorite and is incredibly easy. These Italian Style Parmesan Wings are packed full of flavor, but not at all spicy, so even the kids will love this one. These wings are fantastic on the smoker or grill, but with this method they turn out nice and crispy if done in the oven as well.
Making the Italian Style Parmesan Wings
Our family really loves chicken wings and the method of cooking these wings has become a great base technique for making all sorts of wings. This is pretty much the same method we use to make Buffalo wings, Thai wings, etc. because it is easy and we do not need to mess with frying, yet it yields awesomely crispy wings every time.
The first key to perfectly crispy bite through wings is to use high quality chicken. I am not one that normally jumps aboard the organic hype train, but when it comes to chicken, organic or pasture raised chicken works a lot better. The skin tends to be a lot thinner, helping get that perfect bite. Factory farmed chickens tend to have a lot of fat right under the skin that makes your end product rubbery.
The second key to these crispy wings is to get the wings covered in a nice layer of oil. To do this, coat the wings with 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon Kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper and combine well in a plastic bag.
Place the wings on a foil lined baking tray that is sprayed with Pam/cooking oil.
Cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. This works even better with a convection oven but drop the temp to 400 degrees for this method.
Spray the top of the wings with the cooking spray and flip the wings. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Prepare the Italian Style Parmesan Wing Sauce
While the wings are cooking, prepare the sauce. Gather your ingredients. To make these garlic parmesan wings you will need garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic salt, black pepper, butter, Italian dressing, and shredded parmesan cheese.
In a large bowl, combine the spices and seasonings with the cheese, melted butter, and Italian dressing.
Finishing the Italian Style Parmesan Wings
At the end of the 40 minute cook time, remove the wings from the oven and add to the bowl with the Italian-Parmesan sauce. Mix well to combine and then put the wings back in the pan.
Top the wings with any remaining sauce and cheese. Bake the wings for an additional 5 minutes to set the sauce and melt the cheese.
Remove the pan from the oven and serve hot. We love these wings on their own, but have found a quick dip in some homemade pizza sauce has taken these wings to a whole other level.
To make these wings on the grill is our favorite way to make them and it is super simple. Just follow the initial directions as described in the oven method. Coat the wings in the vegetable oil, salt, pepper mixture. Preheat your grill or smoker to 400 degrees and set up for indirect heat.
We prepared these wings our Big Green Egg, but you can use your favorite grill or smoker. Be sure to check out all of our Big Green Egg recipes.
Place the wings on a well oiled grill grate and cook for 20 minutes. Spray the wings with cooking spray and flip them over. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Remove the wings from the grill, mix with the sauce in the bowl until well coated in the Italian Style Parmesan Wing Sauce. Place back on the grill and top with any cheese mixture left in the bowl. (Don't waste any cheese)! Note: the oil from the marinade may cause a brief flare up so be careful.
Bake the wings for an additional 5 minutes to set the sauce and melt the cheese then remove to a serving plate.
Serving the wood fired chicken wings
Serve the wings up as an appetizer for your Italian meal or as part of your next get together.
We love serving these grilled chicken wings with a little marinara sauce for dipping.
Looking for even more game day appetizers? Be sure to check out these other great sharables like our Fried Sausage Wontons, Best Fresh Guacamole, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, Smoked Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings, Pub Style Irish Nachos, or Asiago Cream Nachos.
Wood Fired Italian Style Parmesan Wings
Coating for Baking
- 2 Tab Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tab Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Pounds Chicken wings: Drumettes and Flats about 24
- ½ Cup Butter melted
- ½ Cup Shredded Parmesan
- ¼ Cup Italian Dressing
- 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- In a plastic bag, coat wings with 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
Prepare the Sauce/Coating
- Melt the better and combine with all of the other sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees or 400 for a convection oven.
- Place the wings on a foil lined baking tray that is sprayed with Pam/cooking oil.
- Cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. This works even better with a convection oven but drop the temp to 400 degrees for this method.
- Spray the top of the wings with the cooking spray and flip the wings. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Remove the wings from the oven and add to the bowl with the Italian-Parmesan sauce. Mix well to combine and then put the wings back on the pan and bake for an additional 5 minutes to set the sauce and melt the cheese.
- Preheat your grill or smoker for 400 degrees and set up for indirect heat.
- Place the wings on a well oiled grill grate and cook for 20 minutes.
- Spray the top of the wings with cooking oil and flip them over. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
- Remove the wings and add to the bowl with the Italian-Parmesan sauce, coating the wings in the sauce and place back on the grill. Top with any remaining cheese/sauce mixture. Cook for 5 minutes to set the sauce and melt the cheese.
- Serve warm.
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