Sunday, April 27, 2014

Roast Chicken Wings with Lemon and Cracked Pepper

For the past few months I've been completely obsessed with chicken wings.  It's like a never-ending addiction that just won't go away.  Fried chicken wings are delicious, but aren't necessarily great for the waistline so I've taken to roasting them in the oven instead.  I love this simple recipe because the chicken wings get all sticky and caramelized and they are ever so flavorful.  Slightly better for the waistline and every bit as tasty!

Roast Chicken Wings with Lemon and Cracked Pepper
Adapted from Kitchen Diaries
by Nigel Slater
also found on Kitchen Flavours 

12 large chicken wings
1 large, juicy lemon
5 bay leaves
1 heaped tablespoon black peppercorns
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt, to taste

Set the oven at 200C/Gas 6 or 400F.  Put the wings into a roasting dish, halve the lemon and squeeze it over them, then cut up the lemon shells and tuck them, together with the bay leaves, between the chicken pieces.
Put the peppercorns in a mortar and bash them so they crack into small pieces. They should still be knubbly, like small pieces of grit rather than finely ground.
Mix the peppercorns with the olive oil, then toss with the chicken and lemon. Scatter the salt flakes,without crushing them, over the chicken. Roast for 40-45 minutes, turning once. The chicken should be golden and sticky, the edges blackened here and there. Enough for 2.
Theme: What's In Your Picnic Basket?


  1. A very nice Sunday dinner. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  2. I might try to make this for dinner tomorrow!

  3. I bake my wings all the time. My husband is also "obsessed" with chicken wings. I have some in the oven right now! I cut mine in parts (not whole) and use the tips to make broth and bake the rest usually as follows. In a large bowl I dump the wings and squirt some olive oil on them and season them with creole seasoning (Tony Chachere's or Zatarains) everyone loves them. I prefer the baked.

  4. I am crazy for lemon and black pepper. These definitely look finger-licking good. ;-)

  5. Enough for two you say? I know someone around here could polish the whole lot off on his own!! Mind you, if I'm truthful, I could make a fairly good fist of it myself. I'm all for baking wings rather than frying them, and I can just imagine all that sticky, lemony, chickeny goodness - I totally want to come to your picnic xo

  6. Chicken is the winner in the picnic basket ;-) We don't eat chicken very often.

  7. I roast my wings also (when I do make them) and this recipe sounds delicious with the lemon and pepper - some of my favourite flavours.

  8. Bay and lemon...has my name written all over it! For the longest time I shied away from chicken wings. Then I made some and I want them all the time!

    These look really, really good. Putting them on my list!

  9. We sometimes forget how flavorful wings are. This looks so good.

  10. Hi Kim,
    I love, love, eating chicken wings! They are my favourite part of the chicken. And these wings are indeed delicious. Most people would cut off the wing tip, but I love chewing on them especially when they are really crispy!
    My family really enjoyed these wings too! :)


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