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20+ Paleo Chicken Wing Recipes

20+ Paleo Chicken Wing Recipes

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to watching sports, it’s just not the same without indulging in some delicious wings. With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, I’m planning to eat all the wings that I can get my hands on and my stomach can handle.

While spicy buffalo wings are my faaaaavorite, there are so many different sauces and spices that you can use to switch up the flavors. So I put together a variety of paleo wing recipes (22, to be exact!) that are delicious and healthy, and you’ll be prepared to celebrate like a champ whether you are hosting or going to a Super Bowl potluck this weekend!

So you ready to party it up? Let’s get started!:

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings from What Great Grandma Ate

Slow Cooker Red Curry Chicken Wings from Savory Lotus

Caribbean Jerk Wings from Plaid & Paleo

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

Orange Chocolate Chili Chicken Wings from The Primal Desire

Game Day Baked Chicken Wings from What Great Grandma Ate

Asian Style Chicken Wings from Divine Health From The Inside Out

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

Chimichurri Chicken Wings with Ranch Dressing from Real Food with Dana

Saucy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings from Beauty And The Foodie

Sticky Portuguese Paleo Chicken Wings from Eat Drink Paleo

Chipotle Strawberry Chicken Wings from The Primal Desire

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

Chili Lime Wings from Zenbelly

Instant Pot Chicken Wings from Dr. Karen S. Lee

Glazed & Baked Chicken Wings with Mango and Lime from Delicious Obsessions

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

3 Ingredient Paleo Buffalo Wings from Anya’s Eats

Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings from The Primal Desire

Spicy n’ Sweet Blood Orange Wings from Plaid & Paleo

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

Tahini-Glazed Chicken Wings from A Calculated Whisk

Dry-Rub Grilled Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Dairy-Free Tandoor Chicken Wings from Cavegirl Cuisine

25 Paleo Chicken Wings

My Crispy Chicken Wings from I Heart Umami

Peach Chili Chicken Wings from The Primal Desire

Chili Lime Chicken Wings from Real Food with Dana


Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)
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  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  3. Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  6. Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  7. Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  8. Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  9. Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings

Game Day Baked Chicken Wings

baked chicken wings

I’m one of those people who do not look forward to Fall. Fall means colder and darker weather which I despise. I’d rather it be hot summer all year long, even if it means excruciating heat and constant sweating. Yeah, I’m crazy like that. There’s a reason I moved to California, after all.

However, one of the redeeming qualities of this new season is football, my second favorite sport to watch after soccer (Any soccer fans out there? …Nobody?). Even when our favorite team isn’t playing (we have the unfortunate burden of being Jets fans), football is always on on Sundays because there’s something nice and soothing about just listening to the plays and the commentators in the background. Which is exactly what happened all day yesterday. Oh, glorious Sunday.

Also, most importantly, football means game day food means hot wings. Which are basically crack. If we see wings on the menu, we will order them 90% of the time, no joke. However, you never know what you are getting at restaurants, and they usually come breaded in flour (which I DEFINITELY cannot eat), deep fried in god-knows-what kind of polyunsaturated oils, and/or covered in sauces that contain soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, and other creepster ingredients. No bueno.baked chicken wings

These baked wings taste like what you’d get at a restaurant – crispy, tender, just the right amount of spicy, and seriously addicting. I made 3 lbs of wings for the two of us, because I got 2 lbs last time and it was not enough. We still finished almost all of it, save for 6 pieces. I don’t know whether I should be embarrassed or proud.
baked chicken wings

The trick to making the wings taste like they are fried is boiling them before they go in the oven. This takes out some of the fat, so the wings aren’t soggy at the end. Basically, they are baked already half cooked.
When choosing the hot sauce, make sure to look at the ingredients list. My current favorite is TJ’s Jalapeño Pepper Hot Sauce, which is made with: red ripened jalapeño peppers, distilled vinegar, and salt. So awesomely simple. Another Paleo-friendly hot sauce is Frank’s RedHot Original, but I’m sure there are many more.

I like my wings pretty spicy, but you can play around with the hot sauce to butter ratio. Add more butter for a less spicy sauce. I know… it’s like the easiest recipe for wing sauce. You’re welcome.
baked chicken wings

You can see that I didn’t cut off the tips. Feel free to do so if it creeps you out. I think the thin bones are delicious to chew on and it hurts for me to waste any part of the animal.

It’s a glorious massacre.
baked chicken wings

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  1. Bring a big pot of water to a boil.
  2. While the water is heating up, cut the chicken wings to separate the wings and drumettes. You can also cut off the tip if you don't like the way it looks. I like to leave mine on.
  3. Once the water is boiling, carefully dump the chicken pieces in the water, cover, and let it boil for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the chicken wings and lay them on a cooling rack over a baking sheet pan in a single layer. No need to grease the pan!
  5. Place in the refrigerator without covering for at least 2 hours so the wings can dry.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  7. Take out the wings and bake for 20 minutes, then flip, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. While the wings are baking, pour the hot sauce and butter in a big mixing bowl and microwave until the butter is melted.
  9. Whisk the mixture with a fork.
  10. Once the wings are done, dump them in the mixing bowl with the sauce in it.
  11. Toss the wings with a big spoon or a spatula so they are evenly coated with the sauce.
  12. Serve and eat!
If you want extra crispy wings, you can put the wings uncovered in the fridge for 1 hour or more after step 6 so they dry out even more. Take them out 30 minutes before you put them in the oven!

Play around with the ratio of the hot sauce and butter for the sauce depending on your spice level. More butter=less spicy.