Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Wings Recipe
I often get email letters from people asking me for recipes for “kid food.” Personally, I never made a distinction in my home between kid food and grown up food – good food should be enjoyed by all.
But I do understand that some kids can be pickier eaters. If this is the case with your child then you need to find ways that make food more appealing to the youngsters.
Here are a few tips I have discovered for getting kids to eat.
It seems that kids like to eat things off a stick! Get some wooden skewers and tread pieces of fruit on them. Cut meat and veggies into bite sized pieces and cook on skewers shish kabob style.
It seems that kids will be more willing to try something if they can dip it into something. Make dips for veggies, meats, and fruits. Let’s face it, it is just fun to dip and eat!
Texture can be a big deal for kids. I have found that most kids like crunchy textures over mushy. Try coating foods in crispy cracker coatings before baking to add crunch.
Making food size appropriate is always a good tip. A child may not want to eat a whole chicken leg but very few will turn down a mini chicken “leg.” Chicken wing drumettes are fun and the wing has the most flavor of any part of the chicken.
Honestly everyone (not just kids) likes to eat with their fingers now and again. This is especially helpful when your child has not yet mastered the use of silverware. Cut food into bite sized pieces and let them use their hands.
This Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Wings recipe uses many of these tips. And in our family they are always devoured by both kids and adults.
I start with the drumettes part of the chicken wing (ask your butcher for them if they are not sold that way, they will be happy to oblige. I marinate the wings in a tasty sauce of gluten free barbecue sauce and honey for added favor and then coat them with a cracker crust before baking.
I like to use Crunchmaster crackers for the coating. First of all, their crackers are delicious and stay crispy and have exceptional crunch thanks to a proprietary baking process. When using Crunchmaster Multi Grain Sea Salt Crackers you also get to sneak in a little extra fiber, always a good thing in any diet. And the hint of sea salt compliments the savory/sweet sauce. Also Crunchmaster crackers are such an easy gluten free product to find; they are available in most regular grocery stores and even at Costco. Many of my friends who are not even gluten free like to use Crunchmaster crackers simply because they taste so darn good!
Choose a gluten free barbecue sauce that is not too spicy for the kids and I think you will find this recipe is a winner for everyone.
If you provide good food that is fun to eat for the whole family, you will find that you don’t have to make separate meals for the kids and adults and will have much better chances of getting the whole family to sit down for dinner!
Pour ¾ cup of the barbeque sauce and ¼ cup of the honey in a large plastic storage bag and mix. Add the chicken wings, close the bag and toss several times to coat the wings with the sauce. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray.
Grind the crackers in a food processor or blender to fine crumbs and pour onto a dinner plate. Remove a chicken wing from the marinade, roll in the cracker crumbs to coat and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken wings. Discard the marinade. Spray the tops of the wings lightly with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until browned and cooked through (registering 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the wing).
Combine the remaining ¼ cup barbeque sauce with the remaining ¼ honey and serve with the wings for dipping.
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