Perfectly Simple Salt and Pepper Wings

Sometimes you need to get something on the dinner table and no one feels like making a thing.

Perfectly Simple Salt & Pepper Wings | EmmaEats


This is your answer.

This non-recipe recipe is so simple, it nearly never made it here. After careful consideration though, it seemed unfair to not share such a perfectly effortless, yet tasty treat.

Until we made these, it had been years since G and I last chose to eat wings. They’re usually sticky, saucy, breaded and fried — so unhealthy, not to mention the dirty hands afterwards! These wings don’t paint the picture of perfect health but while they taste finger-licking delicious, they seem much less evil than their deep-fried counterparts.

The girls frequently request these when we’re planning meals for the week. Meal planning at our house?! It’s a habit we started over a year ago. It suddenly became obvious in our mad-dash between school and classes that we were cycling through the same handful of quick-to-prepare dishes. They love being a part of the planning and I love knowing what we have coming so it’s easier to prepare before the rush to music/dance/gymnastics/insert-appropriate-extra-curricular-here. Now that we’re more mindful of what we’re planning for the week and while the girls still try to squeeze in our one-pot Macaroni and Cheese weekly, they also happily ask for Grilled Lamb LollypopsEasy Tilapia Fish Cakes or Pasta with Tuna and Capers and these wings. Make them for movie night, make them for Super Bowl, make them whenever…you decide when, but just make them. You won’t be disappointed.


Perfectly Simple Salt and Pepper Wings

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ~36 chicken wings and drumettes (about 3 pounds)
  • garlic powder
  • coarse salt
  • black pepper

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425F.

Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel. Place half the chicken pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Leave a bit of space between each piece. Repeat with the second half of the wings on the other baking sheet. Generously sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper over the chicken.

Reduce the heat to 400F and bake the wings in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Serve as is or with your favourite sauce.

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