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Dry salad dressing mix is the secret ingredient in these wings.
Wings Are Always A Hit
We’re coming up to that time of year when the mother of all football championships will be played.
Since snacking is a must for football, or any sport for that matter, you’ll want plenty on hand for the big-game day. This year, a lot of Super Bowl parties might just be your immediate family or a reduced guest list from former years, but that doesn’t mean that the party food should be in any way diminished!
And at the forefront at such parties, wings take center stage and with good reason. They’re finger food and they’re totally delicious!
Dry Salad Dressing Mix But Not Ranch
These wings get great flavor from a dry salad dressing mix, but this time, it’s not ranch!
This one uses standard Italian dry salad dressing mix. You don’t use much, but it’s enough to give a great blast of flavor. Start with the amount I give, then taste to see if you want more flavor. If you do, add a bit more, but don’t let it get overpowering. Too much will hide the other flavors; you want them to meld.
Using the store-bought dressing mix is fine, but if you prefer to save money and make your own, I have a terrific copycat Good Seasons recipe.
And here’s another use for that dressing mix–my brother-in-law adds an envelope of it to 1 1/2 pounds/675 g of ground beef to make burgers. It’s awesome!!!
These wings use a mayonnaise mixture to coat them prior to cooking. This may sound strange, but it works wonders especially if you plan to cook the wings in an air fryer. It’s also a great way to secure the breading on anything that’s coated with crumbs. It also eliminates having to spray anything with oil that goes in the fryer.
Good Seasons Wings
- 2-3 lbs fresh chicken wings cut in flats and drums
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp dry Italian salad dressing mix
- 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese plus more for topping
- 2 tbs finely minced garlic
- 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- Preheat the oven or air fryer to 400F/200C. Pat the wings dry. Season the wings with garlic powder, cornstarch and mayonnaise and coat very well.
- If using the oven, line a large baking sheet with parchment. Place the wings on the top rack and bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
- If using an air fryer, the cooking time may vary and may require less time, approximately 25-30 minutes.
- As the wings cook, prepare the sauce. In a large bowl, mix the salt, salad dressing mix, parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley. Whisk in the warm melted butter until well combined. Whisk again right before adding the wings.
- Add the wings to the mixture straight from the oven while they are still hot. Toss until they are all well coated. Place the wings back in the oven or air fryer and bake again for an additional 8-10 minutes. This will allow the chicken to absorb all the flavors and make them extra crispy.
- Garnish with a light dusting of parmesan cheese and a little parsley if desired.