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Super Simple Teriyaki Chicken Wings (Paleo, AIP and Whole30)

My husband loves chicken wings. Me, not so much. But because he loves them so and I love him so, they are a *must* on our Super Bowl menu. I used to buy those Tyson wings in the bag in the freezer section. You know the ones I mean. They were so fatty and slimy and just gross. That’s what he wanted for this year’s feast, I mean game. I knew I could do better.

I just read an article in my local paper all about chicken wings. There was a side comment about America’s Test Kitchen and how they like to slowly cook the wings for a long time to render out all the water and fat before crisping them up. I thought this was a brilliant idea. It was all that extra moisture and fat that made most wings so ick.

A few hands-off hours in the crockpot and then a few minutes in a really hot oven, a simple sauce and you have the perfect chicken wings. I prefer a sweet-ish, Teriyaki type sauce over a traditional hot sauce, but you could sauce these up any way you choose.

What sort of sauce you choose is not as important as the cooking method. Don’t skip that crock pot part.

The sauce I chose for these wings is AIP friendly and also acceptable on a Whole 30 diet. If you want hot wings, I recommend Frank’s Original Hot Sauce combined with some ghee, the amount of ghee varying depending on how much you need to neutralize the heat of the hot sauce.

As you can see, even my little fellow chicken wing hater loved these! As soon as these came out of the oven, I suddenly had such generous and selfless taste testers available.

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Seriously, if you have a wing lover in your crowd, make these! The skin is crispy, not soggy. The sauce has just the right amount of sweetness. These are wings that even I will devour!

Super Simple Chicken Wings
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 4 hours
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 4 hours
Super Simple Chicken Wings
Print Recipe
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 4 hours
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
To cook the wings
  1. Check wings for excess fat or feathers. I don't know why, but whenever I buy wings, they tend to have feathers still attached! You don't want to eat those so pick them off.
  2. Add water to slow cooker and toss in the wings.
  3. Put the lid on, crank it up to low and forget it for 4-5 hours. The purpose of this step is to render most of the fat and excess water out of the wings, which will give you a finished product with crispy skin and without all that slimy, fatty yuck.
  4. At this point, you can refrigerate your wings until you're just about ready to serve them.
  5. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  6. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Lay out your wings on the rack so they are not touching.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, bake 10 minutes more.
  8. Turn your broiler on high, place tray of wings on the top rack of your oven and broil for 2-3 minutes per side. Watch them carefully as they will go from perfect to black very quickly. Once they are crispy on one side, flip them over.
  9. Remove from oven to large bowl and toss to coat with sauce.
To make sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine orange zest, orange juice, coconut aminos, fish sauce, ghee, garlic and ginger. Add red pepper flakes to taste if you want a little heat.
  2. Simmer this mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until reduced to a thick and syrupy sauce. This should take 5-7 minutes at a rapid simmer.
  3. Place sauce in a large mixing bowl and set aside until wings are finished. If making this ahead of time, which you totally can, refrigerate in a small covered container until ready to use.
  4. This sauce will taste salty all by itself, but because there is no seasoning on the wings themselves, it comes out just right once they've been married together.
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2 thoughts on “Super Simple Teriyaki Chicken Wings (Paleo, AIP and Whole30)

    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Hi Shannon! I thought the crock pot was an interesting idea as well and it worked beautifully. I will only make wings this way from now on. So good to hear from you!

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