This is a super simple Maple Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Wings recipe! You really don't need many ingredients for this, and most of the work is done in the oven. This is a great no-fail beginner-cook recipe.
Like this Easy 3-ingredient Baked Potato Wedges recipe and these Baked Beer-Battered Onion Rings, it's great to make for your father on Father's Day AND it will make a great Super Bowl dish. I personally make these when I'm lazy. I keep some chicken wings in the freezer and, when I don't feel like cooking, I cook wings from frozen. Plus, they get all the flavor from the Worcestershire sauce and the maple bacon, so there is no need to prepare complicated sauces or marinades. Easy peasy!
- Chicken Wings: use split wings. Drumettes and wingettes. If you buy whole chicken wings, you can easily split them by cutting the joints between the wing tip and the wingette and then cutting again between the wingette and drumette.
- Worcestershire Sauce: I love using Worcestershire sauce in this recipe because it includes so many ingredients that provide flavor. There is no need to add salt, or sugar, or any other flavor-enhancing ingredients because they're all in the sauce. There is salt, sugar, vinegar, garlic, cloves, anchovies, chili pepper extract and other ingredients, all proportionately combined in one sauce!
- Ground Black Pepper: adding a little ground black pepper or some chili flakes will add a little spice that works great with the sweetness of the maple bacon.
- Maple Bacon: maple flavored bacon is usually available at any grocery store. I used the one pictured below, but there are many different varieties available.
What if Maple Bacon is not available?
If you can't find maple bacon in your local grocery store, it's an easy fix:
Place regular (not flavored) bacon on a cutting board and brush both sides of the bacon slice with maple syrup, before wrapping each chicken wing. You will need about 4 tablespoons of maple syrup per 12 bacon slices.
In short, here are the super simple steps:
- Season wings with Worcestershire sauce and ground black pepper or chili flakes.
- Wrap with maple-flavored bacon
- Bake in 425°F pre-heated oven until browned
- Increase to 450°F and flip the wings over to brown and add crispiness to the other side of the wings.
We love chicken wings with grilled corn on the cob and these easy 3-ingredient baked potato wedges, or our oven-roasted potato cubes. A simple vegetable salad is great with chicken wings as well! Or, try this Simple Corn and Marinated Mushroom Salad or this Sweet Carrot Salad Recipe.
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Maple Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Wings
- 1 lb. chicken wings split, tips removed
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes for more spiciness
- 1 package about 1 lb. maple-flavored bacon
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or foil, and place wire rack inside, or on top of the baking sheet.
- Place chicken wings in a large mixing bowl and pat dry with paper towels. Add the Worcestershire sauce and ground black pepper. Toss well.
- Place the bacon slices on a cutting board and slice the bacon into halves. Wrap each seasoned chicken wing with the bacon half and place on the rack, in a single layer, making sure the chicken wings are not touching each other.
- Bake wings in the oven at 425°F until the bacon has browned, about 30-35 minutes. Take the wings out of the oven and, using tongs, gently flip over each wing. Return wings to the oven and increase heat to 450°F. Bake for another 15 minutes, until the bacon has browned and become crispy.
- If maple-flavored chicken wings are not available: Place regular (not flavored) bacon on a cutting board and brush both sides of the bacon slice with maple syrup, before wrapping each chicken wing. You will need about 4 tablespoons of maple syrup per 12 bacon slices.
- As an option, you may also like to add some extra maple syrup glaze even if you have maple-flavored bacon. Using a pastry brush, or a silicone brush, brush the chicken wings with maple syrup after taking them out of the oven.
- Every oven is different, you may need a little less or a little more time in the oven. The wings should be browned and crispy.