These Blackened Chicken Wings are tender and juicy on the inside. The blackened seasoning spice mixture almost forms a crust on the chicken to seal in the juices. Of course, you have to serve the chicken wings with homemade Blue Cheese dressing! This easy homemade blue cheese dressing is better than anything you can buy at the store.
My friend, Adam lives in Asheville, NC during one of this hikes he came across some Ramps, wild leeks. He dried and powdered the leaves and mailed Brian and I some to get creative in some of our recipes. I thought I’d sprinkle a 1/2 tablespoon into my Blackened seasoning, it was AMAZING! But don’t worry if you can’t find Ramps, the seasoning is still delicious!
I can not wait for football season so we can make these at our tailgate!
To make the blackened chicken, I mix all the spices together in a small bowl, and then generously coat the chicken wings with the seasoning on all sides, using my fingers to press the seasoning on to the chicken.
Heat your skillet until it is searing hot skillet (use your cast iron skillet if you have one!). Drop 4 tablespoons of butter into the skillet and allow it to melt and bubble. Then place the chicken wings into the HOT skillet and cook until the chicken is blackened on each side and fully cooked inside.
I used butter for this recipe to give the chicken a richer flavor, but you can certainly use a healthier oil, such as canola oil or coconut oil. I wouldn’t recommend olive oil because the skillet needs to be searing hot, and olive oil smokes at high temperature.
- 2 pounds of chicken wings
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons blackened seasoning, divided
- 4 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Combine all the spices and herbs in a small bowl. Mix well.
Place the chicken wings into the spice mixture on both sides to coat the chicken.
In a large skillet heat 4 tablespoons of butter.
Carefully place the spice-coated chicken wings into the butter, and cook over high heat for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
If the chicken is blackened but not fully cooked, just lower the heat and cover with a lid, cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
Serve the blackened chicken wings with blue cheese dressing.
BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
- 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 3 to 4 ounces Blue Cheese crumbles, chunky
- Milk, buttermilk or water to thin out the dressing, optional
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the blue cheese. Whisk until combined.
Crumble in the blue cheese and fold together.
Store in the refrigerator.