I've searched the internet for low carb chicken wing recipes that have so much flavor, adhere to the low carb diet, and the whole family will love. I will share some of the best recipes I found to try in your kitchen.
Whether you're searching for the perfect party wings (think Super Bowl!) or just want to add some of these to your favorite recipes, this recipe round-up has you covered.
What are low carb chicken wings?
Keep in mind that chicken wings themselves have zero carbs. That means I pay close attention to ensuring that the seasonings and sauces are low in sugars and carbs, focusing on natural spices, herbs, and sugar-free alternatives.
You may find that some of these recipes use a little bit of baking powder, which is not typically classified as a low carb ingredient. The quantity is usually under a tablespoon for about 2 lbs (1kg approx) of chicken wings. Of course, it's up to you to determine if this is the best way to use your daily carb count.
Preparing Chicken Wings:
To achieve a crisp skin, the chicken wings must be blotted with paper towels to remove excess moisture before cooking. Then, the wings are either added to a large bowl to be combined with spices or put in a single layer on a wire rack over a sheet pan to be cooked in the oven.
Whatever preparation method you're using, remember that although the cooking time may vary by recipe (a fresh wing will require at least 20-25 minutes of cook time), the internal temperature of the wing must reach 165 degrees F or 75 Celsius. The temperature can be checked with a meat thermometer.
Traditional Spices Used with Chicken Wings:
Many of the low carb chicken wing recipes you will find listed below have some similar ingredients, simply because chicken tastes great with these! Here's a quick list:
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese
- Cayenne Pepper
- Lemon Juice
- A little baking powder
Typically, these ingredients are combined in a small bowl to make a dry rub for the wings. Some are used to create a sauce in a small saucepan to be poured over the chicken wings. However they are used, the intent is to create a deliciously flavored chicken wing.
Cooking Chicken Wings:
Each recipe will walk you through how to cook the chicken wings, with the majority of the cooking style falling into the following categories: Air Frying, Baked, Grilled and Fried. I'll walk you through each style so you can choose appropriately.
Air Frying Chicken Wings:
Air frying is a fantastic way to achieve crispy skin on chicken wings without the excess oil of deep frying. This cooking method circulates hot air around the wings in an air fryer basket, rendering the fat and crisping the skin to perfection. Many people find air fryer buffalo wings an incredibly convenient way to cook wings that may be quicker than traditional methods. Most air fryer wings are cooked first and then tossed in your favorite sauce (perhaps a buffalo sauce or a parmesan sauce, for example).
Baking Chicken Wings:
Oven-baked wings are straightforward and can create deliciously tender and crisp wings. There are many methods to baking chicken wings, from using the slow cooker followed by a blast in the oven to coating them in baking powder and broiling them on a baking rack. However you choose to cook them, they should turn out golden brown, and you'll find that this method is a great way to serve a crowd.
Grilling Chicken Wings:
This is a relatively easy method to cook chicken wings in bulk. It produces a smoky flavor that's hard to replicate with other cooking methods. Perfect for outdoor cookouts or parties, grilled wings are typically marinated or seasoned before cooking to enhance their natural flavors. The high heat of the grill creates a crispy chicken skin while keeping the inside moist and tender. This is my favorite method for cooking wings.
Frying Chicken Wings:
For this method, you can use a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot filled with cooking fat. I do not recommend using olive oil as it sometimes has a bitter flavor, making the wings taste less than great. Opt for an oil with a high smoke point and a more neutral flavor, like vegetable oil. Deep frying may be for you if you love extra crispy wings. Remember, if you have not deep fried before, this method needs extra caution in the kitchen.
Storing, Freezing, and Reheating Chicken Wings:
Proper storage and reheating are important for any remaining wings that escape being eaten.
To store, let the wings cool to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they'll last for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the wings on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag, where they can be kept for several months.
Reheating is simple – for best results, reheat in an oven or air fryer to maintain crispiness, ensuring they're heated through and as delicious as when they were first cooked. Using a microwave will result in rubbery reheated wings. Using a covered non-stick pan with water, any crispy skin will turn mushy.
Delicious Sauces to pair with Low Carb Chicken Wing recipes:
If you are looking for delicious dipping sauces, look no further because you've found them. Try my delicious Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing or amazingly tasty Garlic Parmesan Dipping Sauce. They're both delicious recipes that are easy to make and pair perfectly with wings.