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Keto Crispy Chicken Wings

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These Keto Crispy Chicken Wings are some seriously crispy and damn delicious wings!

Crispy wings tossed in a sticky flavoursome sauce is my kind of meal. You can give me bonus points for a cheap and easy meal too.

Read on for a few great pointers on how to get the best wings you have eaten.

chicken wings in a bowl

Keto Crispy Chicken Wings

These wings are baked not fried. You will be surprised to know it is not flour or frying that gives you the glassiest, crispiest chicken wings. 

The secret ingredient is baking powder and salt. Yep that stuff that is in just about every household the world over. I use the aluminium free variety, preferably Bobs Red Mill Brand, which is also a double acting baking flour.

Why does baking powder and salt make chicken skin crispy? When chicken is coated in the mix it dries out the skin, land when baked leaves the skin super crisp and crunchy. Apparently the baking powder raises the pH level in the chicken which helps make it crispy.

Trust me this is the BEST baked crispy chicken wing recipe!

Chicken Wings in a coconut bowl on grey napkin

The Ingredients

Aside from the magical baking powder ingredient here is my list of the very best seasonings for finger licking chicken. haha!

Its as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Garlic Powder
  2. Onion Salt – rather than regular salt I use onion salt. It adds flavour and helps dry the chicken skin out.
  3. Chinese five-spice. Seriously I used to hat this stuff. I have no idea why. With chicken or pork this stuff is perfecto! Truly! It adds a subtle Asian flavour and makes chicken taste amaze balls.
chicken in a bowl

Oh Hang On! What is the Best Sauce for Chicken Wings?

This is my very favourite sticky sauce… like EVER! Make it just as it is and you come back and comment below what you really think. 

Just check out that perfect keto glaze on the wings below. 

Just to answer a possible couple of substitution questions before you ask the, The coconut aminos can be swapped for gluten free tamari, or gluten free soy.

And, the sweetener can be any granular sweetener you prefer.

glaze on a chicken wing

Sticky Chicken Wing Sides

Great keto sticky wings need some equally fabulous low carb sides. Here are a few delicious recipes from our friends as well as couple of our own.

  1. Easy Lemon Gremolata | Simple Keto
  2. Char-Grilled Zucchini Salad
  3. Blue Cheese Dip for Everything
  4. Smoky Ranch Chicken Salad – Keto | LCHF | Low Carb
  5. Bacon Ranch Dressing and Dip
Chicken wing with half bite out of it

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Keto Crispy Chicken wings in a coconut bowl
chicken wings on a great plate

Keto Crispy Chicken Wings – Sweet and Spicy

It’s no secret I love chicken wings and these Sweet and Spicy Keto Crispy Chicken Wings totally hit the spot. Less than 10 minutes prep time, and an easy bake in the oven.
4.77 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons aluminium-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice

SWEET AND SPICY SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons Shaoxing or sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 -2 teaspoons chilli flakes

TO SERVE

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoons green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 long red chilli thinly sliced

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 220℃. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Cut each wing at the joints, discarding tips (or use for broth). Combine baking powder, garlic powder, onion salt, and five-spice in a bag or large bowl. Toss chicken wings in seasoning to evenly coat.
  • Place a single layer of wings onto prepared baking tray. Bake 50-60 minutes, turning half way, or until wings are golden and crispy.
  • Meanwhile prepare sauce. Place sauce ingredients into a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook stirring until sauce reduces and becomes thick.
  • Toss wings in sauce and serve with a sprinkle of green onions and red chilli slices.

Notes

1. Drumstick or thigh cutlets could be substituted for the wings.
2. Shaoxing wine can be found in the Asian aisle in the supermarket.
3. Sugar free apricot jam is available from low carb specialty store, otherwise substitute sweetener or 4 blackberries.
4. Coconut aminos can be substituted with gluten free tamari or sauce sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 901mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 28mg | Net Carbs: 2g
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    40 Comments

  • Demeter says:

    5 stars
    These are going to be game day perfection! Such a great idea to bake them for a healthier twist.

  • Sara Welch says:

    I know what I will be having for dinner tonight! This looks amazing and packed with flavor!

    • Megan says:

      They are Sara, So good!

      • Jaquie says:

        5 stars
        One question baking powder ,what is its role in mix for wings got asked question sorry I couldnt answer

      • Megan says:

        Hi Jaquie, Please read the blog post for the answer. Every new recipe has all the informations, ingredients and “the why” included so hopefully every question is answered. I like to do this so you are better informed. The information included in the blog post is always specific to each recipe.

  • Shona T says:

    Hi Megan,
    Looking forward to trying this recipe! I noticed in the notes you mention the sugar free apricot jam. I’m assuming it’s used to make the sauce. Do I add to taste or is there a specific amount?
    Shona

    • Megan says:

      Hi Shona, I had the jam as an alternative to sweetener in the original recipe but due to it not being readily available in the local supermarket I took it out. It is a 1:1 with the sweetener if you prefer.

  • KJ says:

    How can this be keto when the coconut aminos has 5-10gm carbs for every half tablespoon?

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Hi KJ, Sorry not sure where you are getting your nutritional. Cococnut aminos are only 1g per teaspoon net carbs. There is 6g carbs of coconut aminos in this recipe over a serve for 4 people.

  • Cherry says:

    Megan do we need to oil the wings or are the dry baked???

  • Jen says:

    Seriously didn’t like the baking powder content way too over powering!😩

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Did you use Bobs Red Mill Jen? It is only a light dusting over all the wings and should have absolutely no flavour just crispiness

  • Jemimah says:

    5 stars
    Made these for my friends who aren’t low carb, they couldn’t tell and loved them! I made a double batch and they didn’t last long at all. This will definitely be on regular rotation for me 😋

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      They are so good aren’t they Jemimah. These are a regular for us too. So easy and just so tasty.

  • Kaylene M says:

    Made these quite a few times now but this time round I left off the baking powder. Worked out fine. Yummy sauce.

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Hi Kaylene, yes it will work fine. The baking powder however does give a glass like snap to the skin.

  • Jaimie says:

    5 stars
    These look delicious! I’ve never tried baking powder and salt to crisp up wings, looking forward to giving it a go.

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      YItt is awesome Jaimie. Just try and get hold of the aluminium free baking powder.

  • Nerrilie Squires says:

    5 stars
    Made these wings tonight for the first time but only used 1 teaspoon of the baking and they were deliciously perfect! I also just realised that I forgot the coconut aminos in the sauce but it was delicious anyway without it!

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