Spicy Pesto Wings

For the peppered oil: 

For the Pesto (See note below):

For the Wings:

  • 2 -3 lbs chicken wings
  • Coarse Sea Salt & Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne (red pepper)
  • 1/4 tsp dried orange peel

Make peppered oil: Combine the Chipotle Olive Oil, red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat to infuse the oil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly. 

Make the wings: Using large resealable plastic bag, place the wings in the bag. Season with salt & pepper; add other seasonings into bag. Then drizzle with about half the peppered oil-toss. Refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours or longer. 

Make the pesto: Combine the basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse to make a paste. Slowly drizzle the olive oil unitl desired consistency is achieved. Season with salt & pepper. (Note*: If you don't want to make your own pesto, you may use freshly prepared pesto. We sell Bella Cucina Fresh Basil Pesto. It is delish!)

Wings continued: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the wings on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook until brown and crispy, about 45 minutes. Transfer wings to a platter, drizzle with pesto and gently toss. Sprinkle with parmesan and drizzle with remaining peppered oil.


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