These Keto Adobo Baked Chicken Wings are an amazing umami-rich take on traditional baked wings. Perfectly crispy and juicy, this baked chicken wing recipe is perfect for any Sunday football game or for a delicious dinner.
With the Superbowl around the corner, I have officially declared it wing season!
Just like my Crispy Nacho Cheese Dorito Wings, this baked chicken wing recipe is the perfect twist to traditional buffalo wings. Crispy on the outside but filled with an umami-rich outer sauce, these keto baked wings could not be any easier.
Based on an adobo chicken recipe that I found in Food and Wine magazine, these keto baked wings are such a unique and delightful flavour.
These keto baked wings are based on a traditional Fillipino adobo chicken wing recipe.
- Chicken Wings - I used a combination of drumettes and flats. Since my wings came all in one piece, I used a kitchen knife to separate the drumette from the flat.
- Onion - I used a white onion but you could also a shallot or a sweet onion.
- Garlic - I LOVE to use my Homemade Garlic Confit (which I always stash individual portions in my freezer!) but you can use a garlic clove instead.
- Soy Sauce - Feel free to use coconut aminos or lower sodium soy sauce.
- Vinegar - I used rice vinegar but any type of white vinegar will work
- Salt, Pepper, Oil, and Bay Leaves - these all come together to help to complete the flavour for the abodo chicken recipe.
See the recipe card for quantities.
There are really 3 parts to this Keto Adobod Baked Chicken Wing recipe: Preparing the marinade, baking the wings, and finally, creating the delicious adobo sauce that is used to coat the wings.
Place the wings in a large container and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add in the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. place in the fridge for 8-24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly coat an oven-safe wire rack with cooking spray and set it on the baking sheet. Remove the wings from the marinade, scraping off excess, and pat with a paper towel.
Roast until browned and crisp, about 45 minutes, flipping wings at the 25-minute mark.
Pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 12-15 minutes or until sauce thickens and is reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Pour mixture through a sieve and discard solids
Add the keto baked wings to a bowl with reduced marinade and toss to coat.
Hint: To ensure that your keto adobo baked chicken wings are fully cooked, the internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat should register 165 degrees F.
Since this recipe is fairly straightforward with limited ingredients, there are only a few substitutions that will work.
- Soy Sauce - For a Whole30 or Paleo version, use coconut aminos.
- Oil - For Whole30 or Paleo, use avocado oil.
- Wings - Use chicken drumsticks instead of chicken wings.
If you want more information on the best ways to bake crispy wings, check out these 8 Tips for Crispy Chicken Wings
This recipe can be modified to suit your taste.
- For spicier wings - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or banana peppers
- For sweeter wings - add a couple of pinches of sweetener to the marinade or some sugar-free honey
- Kid-friendly - add a couple of tablespoons of sugar-free ketchup since we all know how much kids love ketchup!
And if you are looking for more finger food to serve alongside these Keto Adobo Baked Chicken Wings, check out these Bacon-Wrapped Mustard Chicken Bites, Keto Pizza Bites Appetizer Recipe, Prosciutto Shrimp with Hot Pepper Jam and Brie – Keto Appetizer as well as this Delicious Bay Scallop Hot Seafood Dip.
To make these easy keto baked wings extra crispy, take the time to pat dry the wings before baking. This reduces the moisture on the skin allowing the wing to get nice and crispy.
What is Adobo?
The adobo flavour can vary from region to region, but typically involve vinegar, salt and garlic as the main ingredients.
What are different types of adobo?
Philippine adobo has a characteristically salty and sour, and often sweet, taste, in contrast to Spanish and Mexican adobos which are spicier or infused with oregano.
What does the word "adobo" mean?
In English, the translation for adobo is "vinegar-braised".
- 2 lbs chicken wings, drumettes and flast, patted dry
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 small (6 oz) white onion, thinly sliced
- 14 garlic cloves, smashed
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup rice vinegar (or white)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2-3 dried bay leaves
- Add the chicken to a large container and sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the onion, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and bay leaves. Seal the container and toss the mixture to evenly combine. Marinate the chicken mixture in the fridge for at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly coat an oven-safe wire rack with cooking spray and set it on the baking sheet. Remove the wings from the marinade, scraping off excess, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Reserve the marinade.
- Arrange the wings on the prepared wire rack. Roast until browned and crispy, 45-50 minutes, flipping at the 25-minute mark.
- Meanwhile, bring the reserved marinade to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thickened and reduced to about 3-4 tablespoons, 12-15 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard solids and set reduced marinade to the side.
- Add the chicken wings to the bowl with the reduced marinade and toss to coat. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.
- wings are fully cooked when the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Snacks, Main Meals
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: ⅙ recipe
- Calories: 263
- Sugar: 1.5
- Fat: 10
- Carbohydrates: 5
- Fiber: 0.5
- Protein: 35
Keywords: adobo, baked, keto, low carb, Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, appetizer, snacks, game day