Crispy Chicken Wings have got to be the best tailgating food around! Pick one up, dip it and eat it. How simple is that? This week, I am teaming up with my #SundaySupper friends and my friends from Gallo Family Vineyards. Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
I am a Texas girl. I live in Virginia, but my heart is in Texas and will always be. I wish I could tell you that I lived all of my years in Texas, but I can’t. About 20 years ago, we began moving due to Big’s job and we had to leave the state we both love.
I am telling you this because living in Texas is where I found my love of football. Oh yes, my brother played football in high school and so did a few of the other guys I knew. I wasn’t really interested in it then. I went to the games, but mostly to see what everyone was wearing or to hear the latest gossip.
It was only when I was in my early 20’s and living in Dallas, did I truly discover football. I mean really, who wouldn’t discover football when they lived in the city that was home to the one of the most popular teams in America?
During football season, the entire state of Texas was painted blue and silver! We all proudly wore our team’s jerseys, t-shirts, hats and anything else that was labeled with the team logo. Cars flew flags, had bumper stickers and license plates with the emblem on them. Texans are a proud group of football supporters, let me tell you.
Back then (I am aging myself a little bit) we didn’t really have tailgate parties. We did have a lot of get togethers though. I loved hanging out at a friends house cheering our team and booing the other team. It didn’t hurt that there was some great food either. Enjoying a cold beer or a great glass of Gallo Family Vineyards wine was a part of the tailgate experience.
Finger foods were plenty at all of the game day parties I went to. Dips, chips, mini hotdogs and more were spread over any flat spot in the house. I knew there would be many wonderful treats in store for me at these parties.
I want to tell you a little something about Southern (Texas) women. They love to show off. You all remember the big hair right? Texas women had the biggest hair ever. Every week we had a party, the food got a little more creative. The plates of food a little fuller. Each woman would walk in the door with her plate of goodies held high. You could see her scanning her eyes across the room to see what everyone else brought. If you watched her face close enough, you would see either a sly little smile or a little frown.
Speaking of food and tailgate parties. I want to share our favorite tailgate food. We love crispy chicken wings. Both Big and I find them to be the perfect tailgate food. You can easily grab one, dip it in your favorite sauce and get a big juicy mouthful without even taking your eyes off the game.
The recipe I am sharing is an easy one with only a couple of ingredients. Chicken wings are easy to transport to a tailgate party and are loved by everyone. These wings are baked and not fried, the fat is “melted” away by cooking them at low heat and then raising the heat. You will never try another chicken wing recipe again.
- 4 lb chicken wings
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- Oil spray
- Uncover the chicken wings and let them dry out in the refrigerator for at least one hour. If you don't have the time, use a paper towel to pat the wings dry.
- Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
- Preheat oven to 250°
- Line a baking tray with foil, place a cooling rack on top of the foil. Spray the cooling rack with oil spray.
- Place wings in a ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt, then toss to coat evenly.
- Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer with the skin side up. Don't worry if they fit tightly.
- Place wings on the lower middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes.
- Move wings up to the upper middle rack and increase the oven temperature to 425F°. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through.
- Remove baking tray from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes. Serve as is or toss in your favorite sauce.
Here is how to make the Honey Garlic Sauce – in a small bowl mix these ingredients:
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp white vinegar (or sub with any other vinegar except balsamic)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
I enjoyed a couple of different red wines with these wings. My favorites are Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot. Both are full bodied wines that I felt paired well with the wings. I love the mini bottles of wines. Check out the store locator to see where you can get your mini bottles.
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Who says you have to be at the stadium to tailgate? Here are Five Easy Tailgate Food Tips plus Football Party Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards. Need more tips on tailgate planning? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
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