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Garlic Parmesan Wings - Dinner at the Zoo

These garlic parmesan wings are crispy golden brown chicken wings coated in garlic, butter, herbs and cheese. A quick and easy appetizer that is sure to satisfy!

I love to serve an assortment of snacks when I’m entertaining, including options such as smoky chipotle salsa, elegant bacon wrapped water chestnuts, and these delectable garlic parmesan wings.

A pan of garlic parmesan wings garnished with parsley.

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with chicken wings. They’re the perfect handheld snack that are fun to eat, and the flavors can be customized in endless ways. These garlic parmesan wing are packed with bold flavors, and require minimal work.

Garlic Parmesan Wings Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are minimal, and you probably already have many of the items in your fridge and pantry!

Ingredients including chicken wings, butter, seasonings and parmesan.
  • Chicken Wings: I use party style wings, which is where the drumette and flats are separated. If you have full sized wings, you’ll want to cut them in half crosswise to achieve the same effect.
  • Baking Powder: This may sound like a strange ingredient to use on chicken wings, but the baking powder makes the wings get extra crispy in the oven without all the hassle of frying. Do NOT use baking soda, it’s important to just stick with baking powder.
  • Seasonings: Add flavor to your wings with a blend of salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Butter: The butter is the basis for the sauce. I prefer to use salted butter so that I don’t need to add any extra seasoning to the sauce.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic will have the best flavor here, avoid the jarred garlic if possible.
  • Parsley: You can use either flat leaf or curly parsley with a similar result.
  • Parmesan: Since the sauce just has a few ingredients, it’s important to use a high quality cheese. Skip the shelf stable can of parmesan and choose a tub of grated cheese from the deli section, or grate it yourself!

How to make garlic parmesan wings

Start by coating your wings in a mixture of baking powder and seasonings. Place the wings on a rack in the oven, then bake until they are crispy and golden brown. Add butter and garlic to a bowl, then microwave until the butter is melted. Let it cool for a few minutes, then stir in parsley and parmesan cheese. Drizzle the garlic butter mixture over the baked wings, then serve and enjoy.

Step by step process shots showing how to cook chicken wings and make garlic butter.

Tips for the perfect wings

  • These wings are best when served hot from the oven. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can serve your wings as-is, or offer a dipping sauce such as marinara, ranch or chipotle mayo.
  • Baking the wings on a rack helps to ensure that they get crispy on all sides. If you don’t have a rack, you can simply place the wings on the foil, but be sure to coat the foil with cooking spray first.
A brush coating chicken wings in garlic butter.

Recipe FAQs

How long do you bake chicken wings?

The wings will need to bake for 45 minutes, or until they’re crisp and a light golden brown color.

How do you reheat chicken wings?

The best way to reheat chicken wings is to cook them in the oven or a toaster oven until just warmed through. For a recipe like this where there’s a sauce, you may need to make some extra sauce to spoon over the reheated wings so that they’re not dry.

How long do garlic parmesan wings last in the fridge?

I find that this recipe is best when eaten fresh from the oven. That being said, you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What is the best sauce for chicken wings?

I like to serve my garlic parmesan wings with a sauce on the side for dipping. Some of my favorites include hot sauce, marinara sauce, or classic ranch dressing.

A plate of garlic parmesan wings served with ranch.

Flavor Variations

This recipe is great as-is, but you can add other flavors to the mix to customize the wings to your tastes.

  • Cheese: Instead of parmesan, try another grated hard cheese such as romano, asiago or even an aged white cheddar.
  • Herbs: Swap out the parsley in the sauce for a different herb such as thyme, basil, chives or even dill. If you’re an herb lover, you can even add a teaspoon or two of dried Italian herb seasoning to the wings before they go into the oven.
  • Spice: If you’re a fan of hot and spicy food, feel free to add hot sauce to the butter mixture, or alternatively you can add a pinch of crushed red chili flakes.
  • Chicken: While this recipe works best with party style wings, you can also use the same technique on whole wings or even chicken drumsticks, although drumsticks may take longer to bake.

I serve these wings for parties, potlucks, or even as a light dinner, and there are never any leftovers!

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A pan of garlic parmesan wings garnished with parsley.


Garlic Parmesan Wings

These garlic parmesan wings are crispy golden brown chicken wings coated in garlic, butter, herbs and cheese. A quick and easy appetizer that is sure to satisfy!

Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a non stick oven safe rack on top of the pan.

  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. Add in the baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

  • Toss to coat the chicken evenly with the baking powder and spices.

  • Place the wings on the rack in a single layer.

  • Bake for 45 minutes or until wings are golden brown and crispy.

  • Place the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until the butter is melted.

  • Let the butter cool for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the parsley and parmesan.

  • Pour the butter mixture over the wings and toss to coat. Serve immediately, with a dipping sauce of your choice if desired.


  1. Party style chicken wings are pre-cut with the drumette separated from the flat. If you can’t find this type of wing, you can simple cut regular wings in half crosswise for a similar effect.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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