How To Make Crispy Keto Chicken Wings
Whether you need a crowd-pleaser for the gathering, or you just want to enjoy some restaurant food at home for dinner – crispy keto chicken wings are where it’s at! These oven-baked wings taste as good, or maybe better than from your favorite venue. I first tested them on a group of our friends, and they were gone in minutes. Beware – you and your family will love them so much, it’ll disappear fast.
Are chicken wings keto?
Chicken wings are most defiantly a keto-friendly dish and can be eaten on the Keto diet, Carb value in chicken wings are naturally low, so you can enjoy your favorite chick wing treat when on the keto diet. however, you need to prepare these homemade chicken wings in the right way — follow our recipe to find out how the best keto wings!
How many carbs in Keto Chicken Wings
Our Keto chicken wing recipe is low carb with the total carb amount at 1.2 grams of carb! Other nutritional value includes: 419 calories, 32 g fat, 1362 mg sodium, 1.2 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g sugar, 30.2 g protein, Vitamin A: 10%, Vitamin C: 49%, Calcium: 14%, Iron: 11%
How to Make Keto Chicken Wings?
This Yummy Keto Cooking wings recipe is not only tasty, but they’re also super easy to make. First, you’ll separate and dry your wings. Then, you’ll mix up some baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and toss that with the wings. You can also place the wings on a baking sheet, and rub the baking powder mixture on top – either way works.
For the baking portion, you’ll put them in for about a half-hour, pull ‘em out and flip them, then continue to cook. All in all, you’re looking at around 50 minutes of cooking time, but it’s well worth the wait!
Tip: using a little baking powder actually helps get the wings crispier when you bake them in the oven.
Breaking Down Chicken Wings
If you’re just buying chicken wings for the first time, you might be surprised that they look different from your usual restaurant wings. But worry not, you’ll just need to break them down yourself, which is very easy.
Chicken wings are made up of three parts:
- Drumette – This is the part that attached the wing to the animal, and looks like a mini drumstick.
- Flat (or wingette) – This is the middle part of the chicken wing, and looks a bit like a flat oval.
- Tip – This is the very end of the chicken wing, and is pointy.
I personally only split mine into two sections – the drumette and the flat/tip. I like leaving the tip connected to the flat because you can get some crispy chicken skin on there (though there’s not much meat underneath). If you prefer cutting the tip off, that’s fine too!
Why Does Baking Powder Help Make Crispy Keto Chicken Wings?
This was a family trick I learned a while back, so I really wasn’t sure why we started making them with baking powder. While I can’t find any conclusive evidence, my guess is that it’s related to how baking powder might change the pH of the chicken skin.
At a quick glance, it looks like chicken is slightly acidic with a pH of 6 (neutral pH is 7). Baking powder combines both a base and an acid, and when adding it to the skin, it may affect the pH, helping the skin brown and crisp better.
I honestly have no idea if this is correct, but that’s the best guess I’ve got for ya! 😉 Chef friends or chemistry peeps, feel free to weigh in if you’ve got more information for me.
Two quick tips related to using baking powder:
- Use aluminium free baking powder, as some people may note a slightly bitter taste if the baking powder has aluminium.
- Do not – for the sake of delicious wings – substitute baking soda for baking powder. Baking soda is straight-up sodium bicarbonate, while baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and an acid (usually cream of tartar). You’ll still get brown crispy wings with baking soda – but they’ll have an unpleasant bitter taste because of this difference.
Dip Your Keto Chicken Wings In These Sauces
For this recipe, I went with a standard buffalo wing sauce, mixing Frank’s Red Hot and butter to create the perfect buffalo flavor, but you can also do other sauces or flavor combos too! Here are a few ideas:
- Use keto BBQ sauce for BBQ wings
- Get some cheesy flavor with garlic and parmesan chicken wings
- Make a low sugar Thai sweet chili sauce for your wings
- Try the sauce listed in here for low carb General Tso’s chicken wings
Crispy Keto Chicken Wings
- 3-4 lbs chicken wings separated into the drumette and the flat/tip
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot
- 3 tbsp butter
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Prepare the chicken wings by separating them into the drumette and the flat/tip portion. Dry them well with a paper towel.
- Combine the baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Toss this with the chicken wings.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet, and place the chicken wings on the baking sheet. (You’ll likely need two baking sheets).
- Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Take the baking sheets out and flip the wings over. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
- Once the wings are done, melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave. Combine the butter and the hot sauce in a large bowl, and toss the wings in the sauce.
- Serve as-is, with crumbled blue cheese on top, or with an appropriate blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.
Share: Drumette vs. flat – which do you like better? If you tried these wings, what’d you think? What’s your favorite kind of wing (buffalo, bbq, etc)?
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