This Spicy Miso Chicken Wing Recipe Will Wow Even The Pickiest Eaters

Football season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy a good game than with some chicken wings? Learn our secrets for lighter – but still crispy – wings in our newest cooking video.

  • By Jackie Sun
  • November 4, 2017

Fried chicken wings are a football season favorite. Okay, maybe more like an everyday favorite! But there’s something special about enjoying them during game days . . .

It’s similar to having turkey on Thanksgiving – you can have turkey any time of the year, but it’s even more special during Thanksgiving.

So even though it’s always a good time to have chicken wings, it’s even better to sit down on the couch with a big platter full of crispy wings and a few bottles of ice cold beer with a game on the tv.

While we like to indulge on fried foods every now and then, if we can find a healthier and just as delicious alternative, we’ll definitely go the lighter route. And we’re happy to share that we have found the secret to crispy chicken wings without all the deep-frying!

The secrets are 1) tossing them in baking powder, which draws out excess moisture, and 2) baking the wings with space in between to allow air to circulate for maximum crispiness. See how it’s done with this video here:


How to Make Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Fried chicken wings are a game day favorite and make for a fun meal. Bake them in the oven for a lighter twist and serve in a delicious spicy and savory sauce!

These lighter, baked chicken wings are seriously our new favorite thing. Tossed with a simple, savory, garlicky, spicy miso sauce, these wings demand to be made whether you’re watching a game or not.

The good thing is that since this recipe is part of our meal plan service, you can dip into the Archives any time you want to make these for a fun weeknight meal. Our Meal Plan Archives dates back to 2013, so there are plenty of meals to choose from that will suit your tastes. (See all of our meal plan features here.)

When you sign up below (for free!) to taste test these amazing Spicy Miso Chicken Wings, you’ll also get to look at our full Archives for more healthier versions of fried classics like Cajun Shrimp Po’Boys, Carnitas Waffle Fry “Nachos”, and Crispy Fish Sandwiches with Kale Chips.

Now let’s get on with the games! What game will you be enjoying with these chicken wings? Let us know in the comments below.

Weeknight Recipe: Spicy Miso Chicken Wings with Quinoa Fried Rice via @cooksmarts


Fried chicken wings / drumettes are a football season favorite, but whether you’re watching a game or not, they make for a fun meal. We bake our version in the oven for a lighter twist and serve them in a spicy and savory sauce, alongside a simple quinoa fried rice for more veggies and heartiness.

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Prepping Smarts

  • Make sure to pat the wings dry with paper towels! You’ll want to remove as much moisture as possible for crispier wings. Then toss with baking powder and salt and set aside for 20 minutes to remove additional moisture.

Equipment Smarts

  • Sheet Pan – makes it easy to transfer chicken wings to and from the oven all at once
  • Cooling Rack – placing chicken wings directly on a cooling rack allows air to circulate to more surface area, which means more crispiness
  • Saucepan – used to cook the spicy miso sauce that gets tossed with the wings

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Weeknight Recipe: Spicy Miso Chicken Wings with Quinoa Fried Rice via @cooksmarts


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