You will not believe that these delicious crispy, saucy drumsticks are not had bad for you. Now of course, it depends on your definition of healthy, but to me, low carb, turkey bacon, and minimal sugar is the way to go.
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For the sauce:
- 6 slices turkey bacon, diced into small pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar ( can use sugar substitutes if preferred )
- ¼ cup whiskey
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 T onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (like 4 flakes!) red pepper flake
- salt and pepper to taste
for the chicken wings:
- 2 pound chicken drumsticks
- 2 T baking powder
- 2 T crunchy sea salt
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Pat chicken dry and leave it in the fridge for a few hours to dry out on paper towels. If you don’t have time for that step, pat dry very well with paper towels
- Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
- Line a baking tray with foil, then place a cooling rack on the foil. Spray the rack with cooking spray.
- Place wings in a large bowl or in a ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt, then toss to coat evenly.
- Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer with the skin side up.
- Place wings on the lower middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes.
- For the sauce, crisp up your bacon in a small saucepan and reserve about half for a garnish later. In the same saucepan, let your garlic cook on low for a few moments, then whisk in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer while your wings cook.
- Move wings up to the upper middle rack and increase the oven temperature to 425F. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes. Rotate the back side of the tray to the front halfway through cooking.
- Remove baking tray from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Taste sauce to see if it needs more salt, pepper, or any sweetener such as extra brown sugar.
- Drizzle sauce over wings. Garnish with crispy bacon. Serve with celery and blue cheese dressing.
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Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.” For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here. For the long version about how the site was born, read more.