Baked Chicken Party Wings + Sweet Potato Fries (with Creamy Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce)

Normally, I post a single recipe at a time—but this trio deserves to be shown together: crispy, subtly spicy (baked) chicken party wings, statement making sweet potato fries, and a creamy gorgonzola dip that is perfect for both the fries and the wings! Friends: I know the Super Bowl is like a month away, but look no further for your new favorite party recipe!

My husband and I love fried chicken and we love fries. But if we were to eat deep-fried chicken as much as we crave it, we would have some major health woes. So a few years ago, I experimented with baking chicken and baking fries - and the results were delish!

Fabulous photo from Cacey McReavy,  https://plumeriaphoto.com

Fabulous photo from Cacey McReavy, https://plumeriaphoto.com

This fabulous photo is by Cacey McReavy,  https://plumeriaphoto.com

This fabulous photo is by Cacey McReavy, https://plumeriaphoto.com

For The Wings

What You’ll Need:

Approximately 10 party wings (check your local grocery store in the meat department)

3 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

½ tsp. paprika

1 tbsp. flour

A good amount of salt and pepper—to taste

 

The Method:

Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.

Set out a medium-sized baking sheet.

Wash and pat dry the chicken wings. 

Combine everything in a large Ziploc bag. Shake the bag like you’re dancing at your best friends’ wedding. Once chicken has been thoroughly coated, arrange chicken in a single layer on the baking sheet. Cook in the preheated for about 1 hour, or until they wings are crispy and cooked through.

 

For the Sweet Potato Fries:

What You’ll Need:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1x3-inch wedges.

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

½ tsp. ground black pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. garlic powder

 

The Method:

Before preheating the oven, position the rack in the upper third portion. Preheat to 425-degrees F. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Place the sweet potatoes and oil into a large bowl and toss lightly, making sure to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. 

Arrnage the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake another 10-15 minutes—until potatoes are golden brown and crisp to your liking.

Cool about five minutes on the sheet before serving. Enjoy!

 

This fabulous photo is from Cacey McReavy,  https://plumeriaphoto.com

This fabulous photo is from Cacey McReavy, https://plumeriaphoto.com

For The Creamy Gorgonzola Dip

 What You’ll Need:

½ cup full fat sour cream

½ cup gorgonzola crumbles

¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp. full fat milk (or buttermilk)

½ lemon, juiced

A good amount of salt and pepper to taste

Optional: chives

 

The Method:

To make the dip, pulse the sour cream, cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, milk, and lemon juice in a good blender or food processor until combined but still chunky. Season with salt and pepper and top with chives. Cover and refrigerate until ready to sere.