Recipe: Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken Wings


[Originally written in 2009]

A while back, when she was scanning through the pictures on our camera, my tiny daughter found this one and exclaimed, "Chickens?! Mommy takes pictures of silly chickens."

I explained to her that I took it so I could share a chicken recipe on my blog. She maintained that the chickens -- and now Mommy too -- were still silly.

Anyway. If you are what you eat, my son would be one huge chicken -- with some pasta, rice, and an apple here and there.
Before you get all judgy-judge judgester on me, I've done everything with the exception of shoving vegetables down my son's gullet to get him to eat green stuff. But he won't -- for now. He plans to eat them when he's in Grade 2. I think I actually got it in writing somewhere.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, silly chickens.

Because it's about the only thing my kid will eat, I prefer to make my own healthier chicken wings/nuggets. But I couldn't find a simple oven recipe online. REALLY. Very disappointing. So, I came up with one myself. Here you are, Internets -- enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

15-20 chicken drummettes/wings (need not be of the silly chicken variety)
4 egg whites
4 tablespoons flour (wheat or rice)
1 tablespoon ground pepper/spices (you can get creative with this)
olive oil in a spray bottle
a bar of dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 385F.

- Mix flour and spices in one bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg whites.
- Spray cookie sheet with olive oil.
- Put all chicken pieces in the egg whites, and schmoosh around until all pieces are coated.
- One by one, take a piece of chicken, and dip into flour/spice mixture to LIGHTLY coat it. Shake off any excess and put it on the cookie sheet, making sure the pieces don't touch.
- Once all pieces are on the sheet, you may add one very light spray of olive oil over all. The chicken police won't come after you if you don't, so don't stress about this step.
- The chocolate? It's just nice to nibble on some chocolate while you cook.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

The end. Oh, wait -- dip in whatever. Ranch dressing's good. Now, the end.

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