Chicken wings are one of my two favourite foods (the other is potatoes). I love Cheap Wing Tuesdays, and the saucier the wings the better! But when you’re doing the Whole 30 challenge you’re pretty limited when it comes to wings. Most are deep fried and covered in sauces that have sugar in them. You will likely be hard pressed to find any at the local pub that you can eat. So last time I was craving them I decided to be resourceful – you really learn how to be resourceful when you’re doing Whole 30 – and came up with these spicy beauties. Behold, Whole 30 Buffalo Wings!
FAIR WARNING! These suckers are spicy, so if spice isn’t your thang you may wanna axe the hot sauce all together and go for a dry rub. Just increase the amount of ranch spice mix you use when following the directions below. I have a soft spot in my heart for dry rub wings because they’re always so crispy and flavourful. If you haven’t tried them before now would be a great time to!
Personally, I’m a big fan of hot sauce. Franks has the best hot sauce around (I really do put that shh- on everything, as their slogan says). Their original hot sauce has no sugar in it so it’s entirely compliant, plus really easy to find at the supermarket. But these baked wings are so good I bet you’ll love them whether you’re doing the Whole 30 challenge or not. You can adjust the amount of hot sauce you use which will significantly affect how spicy they are (of course). Feel free to use less for less heat, or more for more heat.
No matter how you choose to dress these wings, they will hit the spot in more ways than one, all the while assisting you in maintaining your Whole 30 compliance. Score!
- Chicken wings (around 25)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup Whole 30 Ranch Spice Mix
- 1/3 cup Franks original hot sauce
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Add your wings to a medium sized mixing bowl with olive oil and ranch spice mix. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix the wings with the sauce and spices until evenly coated. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature to marinate. If you do not wish to use hot sauce, you may wish to increase the amount of spice mix you use.
- Set the wings on a wire rack over top of a large rimmed baking pan. Use aluminum foil to catch drippings for easy lean up.
- Bake for 45 - 60 minutes or until skin is crispy on the outside.
- Toss wings in hot sauce until evenly coated, and place back on wire rack. Stick the wings back in the oven for another 3 - 5 minutes, then serve.