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Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Air fryer or oven. EASY, 20 minute appetizer or dinner.

I didn’t think I liked wings, but these Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings won me over. I always thought making wings was complicated. But, these are so simple, delicious, and made with basic ingredients you probably already have!

Wings are a classic appetizer for a party or football tailgate. But, my boys love them for dinner. These can make a great fast main dish for a busy weeknight meal. 

Why We Love These Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings

First, they can be made in the air fryer or the oven. If you don’t know what air fryer I have and why I LOVE air fryer cooking, you can learn more here. Air fryer is king for juicy wings but the oven can make delicious wings too.

Second, I love that these are made with simple ingredients. Minus buying the chicken wings, you probably already have in your pantry everything you need!

   Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Air fryer or oven. EASY, 20 minute appetizer or dinner. 

Third, they are allergen-friendly. These Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings are also Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally nut-free and egg-free. 

Finally, they are FAST and EASY! I don’t know why I thought wings were complicated, as these are as simple as it gets. They only take 5 minutes prep and 15 minutes to cook, if using the air fryer. 

Ingredients

  • Chicken wings – I use a party mix of drummettes and flats. “Party” wings means that the wings are already split into drummettes and flats, with the tip discarded. If you can’t find that, you can always buy whole wings and cut them with sharp kitchen shears. This blog post shares how to do that.
  • Oil – Olive oil or avocado oil work well. Use whichever you have on hand or is accessible to you.

Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Air fryer or oven. EASY, 20 minute appetizer or dinner.

  • Baking powder – Why use baking powder instead of a flour? It’s not really for a breading. It makes the skin crispy! But be sure to use baking powder NOT baking soda – they are not the same and baking soda will leave a terrible aftertaste. 
  • Salt and pepper – Just basic table salt and ground black pepper here.
  • Garlic powder – Garlic powder or granulated garlic work equally well. Can omit if you can’t do garlic or don’t have on hand – it just makes for a more flavorful wing.

Instructions

  • Pat dry the wings. Toss in a large bowl with the oil until evenly coated.
  • Mix together the baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss mixture with the wings.
  • OVEN – Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. Use a wire baking rack set into the baking sheet, if you have one. Lay out the wings in a single layer. Spray generously with cooking oil. Bake at 475 for 15 minutes, then flip, spray generously again and bake another 15 minutes or until crispy.
  • AIR FRYER – Spread into a single layer in an air fryer. Spray generously with cooking oil. Air fry for 6 minutes, flip, spray generously with oil again, and air fry for another 6 minutes or until golden. 
  • We love them as is or dipped in my homemade budget-friendly Whole30 Ranch. 

Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Air fryer or oven. EASY, 20 minute appetizer or dinner.

Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
An EASY appetizer for a party or football game, or quick entree for a fun dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 308 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • If using the oven, preheat to 475 degrees.
  • Pat dry the wings. Toss in a large bowl with the oil until evenly coated.
  • Mix together the baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss the mixture with the wings.
  • OVEN - Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. Use a wire baking rack set into the baking sheet, if you have one. Lay out the wings in a single layer. Spray generously with cooking oil. Bake at 475 for 15 minutes, then flip, spray generously again and bake another 15 minutes or until crispy.
  • AIR FRYER - Spread into a single layer in an air fryer. Spray generously with cooking oil. Air fry for 7 minutes at 400 degrees, flip, spray generously with oil again, and air fry for another 7 minutes or until golden. 
  • We love them as is or dipped in my homemade budget-friendly Whole30 Ranch

Notes

See the "Ingredients" section of the blog post above for more details on any ingredients or substitutions. 

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1148mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 282mgIron: 2mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, kid-friendly, main dish, nut-free, paleo, whole30
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

 

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! These were great dry as well as tossed with different sauces. We loved them.

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    • I’m so glad you loved this recipe! Super easy and glad the flavor hit the spot. And, I agree – so many sauces you can dip or toss these in. Thanks so much for the review!

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  2. 5 stars
    These may be one of the BEST chicken wings we’ve ever had. My husband was blown away. My older two boys were actually sick and didn’t have an appetite but after trying one they loved them and went back for more EVEN with being sick haha. BIG HIT. We will be doing this recipe a lot and it’s fairly easy too! WIN WIN!

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    • Haha, I love that these are irresistible even when you aren’t feeling well. HOORAY that these were some of the best chicken wings you’ve had, and they are so easy to make. Thank you for the review!

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  3. 5 stars
    Usually a “wings must be smothered in sauce” kind of girl but these were delicious! Went with the Air fryer method for the Super Bowl and they were a win! Had to do a couple extra minutes for my specific air fryer. Will be adding to our dinner rotation cause so EASY!

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    • I’m so glad that these EASY wings won you over and you are ready to add them to the regular rotation – WAHOO! Thanks so much for the review!

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  4. 5 stars
    OMG! Easiest wings I’ve ever made! (the most time was spent cutting up the wings to their component parts) And they taste delicious. As good as any wing I’ve had out. I don’t think I’ll be going out for wings anytime soon….

    Reply
    • YESSSS to an easy at-home meal win! Glad to hear you found these easy peasy and delicious. Thank you for the review!

      Reply

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