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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.