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Taking a turn for Savory - Garlic Basil Wings

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got to spend quality time with their loved ones, I know that I sure did!! SmileyI got back from Denver on Saturday after spending a whole 6 days with some awesome people who I am happy to call family! But since I was away for the holidays, and there were tons of us trying to cook in my cousins kitchen, I unfortunately do not have any fun Thanksgiving recipes to share with you. Although there is no turkey today, I have another great poultry recipe perfect for Game Day.

I may refer to football a lot on here, but really that is just because I live with a football fanatic and I am just along for the ride and honestly, don't know what the heck is going on half the time, so I play on my iPad make dinner or bake while the game is on. This is a glamed up chicken wing dish for those football days, yes I said days with an "S". Apparently football comes on more than just Sunday and Monday... he watches football all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. He is an addict.

But back to the wings. After we moved into the new house, we bought ourselves a little basil plant and have been nurturing it to life over the past few weeks. I wanted to make some sort of basil chicken wings because it just sounds awesome. After some internet searches, I came across this simple one from the Rookie Cookie. I did however add some jarred HOT jalapenos with the marinade cause wings aren't wings without having some spice!

Baked Garlic Basil Chicken Wings, adapted from Rookie Cookie

2.5 lbs chicken wings
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup of jarred HOT jalapenos (with the spicy juices!)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. chile powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

Final Tossing Sauce:
3 tbsp. olive oil
15 fresh basil leaves, minced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

(1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels.

(2) In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, jalapenos, thyme, oregano, chile powder, salt and garlic.

(3) Toss in the wings until coated and spread out onto a baking sheet, skin side up.

(4) Bake in the over for 25 minutes until the chicken is a nice light golden color.

(5) While the chicken is baking, prepare the final tossing sauce for these bad boys. It will appear to be more like a paste than a sauce but trust me, once your sauce is hit with the hot outta the oven wings, it will all come together nicely :)

(6) When the wings are cooked, while still hot, place all the wings in a large empty bowl. Pour in the final tossing sauce and give it a whirl until combined and you can smell the wonderful aroma of fresh basil and garlic blending with the hot chicken wings.

Boy oh boy these were delicious! We are garlic lovers around here so I adapted the recipe and made it more of garlic basil wing instead of parmesan. Adjust the recipe to your family's taste buds. Normally the wings are done by my bf outside in the fryer, but I tried to make these a little healthier by baking them, but they did not taste healthy so don't be fooled. I would definitely make these again. It makes a nice change from the traditional wings.

We enjoyed these yummy garlicy basiley wings for Sunday Night Football, and now you can enjoy them for your Monday Night Football. Too much football...sigh...Smiley


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