These skinny smokehouse almond chicken wings are perfect for Game Day or anytime you need a delicious appetizer, minus the guilt! This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds, thank you for supporting the brands I love!
Okay, I am going to be completely honest with you.... I don't get American football. I tried sooo many times to try and understand how it all worked. I thought that when I figured out football (soccer to the rest of America), then I could surely get some understanding of American football, but it hasn't been the case. It's like I have a mental block preventing me from comprehending the game. So, like many people I know, I end up going to the game day parties and keeping myself occupied with all the delicious food.
One traditional snack that appears at every party that I cannot get enough of is the wings. Oh my gosh, I can eat a whole platter of wings if you let me. If you've got some delicious dipping sauce to go with it - Game. Over. There will be no stopping me from devouring maybe 20 of those delicious babies right away. I can't think of any food I look forward to more during game day parties than those chicken wings.
Of course, after eating maybe 30 wings, I start to feel guilty because of how many calories I've just consumed with the fried chicken and sauce. So, with that being said, I knew I had to make a skinnier chicken wing and dipping sauce so we can eat a few and not feel so bad about it. Especially considering we haven't even made it to dessert yet! And these skinny smokehouse almond chicken wings are glorious.
I used smokehouse almonds from Blue Diamond because it gives the chicken a subtle bacon-y flavor that I am in love with. Chicken + bacon + garlic sauce = my happy place. I like to call this garlic sauce aioli, but it isn't really aioli at all because I used a reduced fat sour cream. It tastes exactly the same though!
Skinny Smokehouse Almond Chicken Wings & Garlic Sauce
- 25 chicken wings
- ½ cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 egg whites + 1 tablespoon water
- 2 6-ounce cans smokehouse almonds
- ½ cup panko
For the garlic sauce
- 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Pat the chicken wings until they are completely dry. Remove the skins if desired (I removed some, but not all of the skin off each wing).
- Get out three bowls. Fill one with the flour, the second with the egg whites and water mixed well. Crush the almonds and panko together in a food processor and place in the third bowl.
- Lightly coat each wing with the flour. Dip each wing in the egg mixture. Coat the wings with the crushed almonds. Gently press the almonds into the chicken to ensure it sticks.
- Place the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through.
- Put all the ingredients for the garlic sauce together in a food processor and blend for 1 - 2 minutes.
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Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen says
Yum!! this looks so delicious! I've pinned it to definitely make later!
Love this recipe! I must try these for me and my family!
Please let me know how it turns out if you get a chance to try it!!
These wings look absolutely amazing! I love everything about the sauce!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Luckily, we don't need to like football to enjoy these delicious chicken wings. I love the almond coating and that sauce looks amazing!
The sauce is my favorite part! You can use it with just about everything!
I've had football explained to me about a gazillion times, but I just can't get it. Or refuse to get it. But I'm okay with all the food! These look so perfect for Sunday!
Yeah, I don't know what it is but something just doesn't click for me when it comes to football I'm much better off just manning the food station!
Oooooo that crunchy layer!! I want a dozen please 😉
That garlic sauce looks so versatile!
It is!! You can easily add flavors to it and put it in literally everything!! I love using it in my sandwiches!
Yoly @ SavvyMujer says
Brilliand idea! I would have never thought of using smoked almonds for this.
Yes, it's really good. You can use just about any savory flavored almond if you wanted! 🙂
Ashley (QLCC) says
I love breading chicken in almond flour, this takes it up a notch for sure!
Yes this a step in another direction. And it definitely makes it more fun for game day!
Cookin Canuck says
After moving to the U.S., it took me awhile to get into American football, but now I can talk offense and defense with the best of them. 🙂 (Though, in the end, my heart will always be with hockey.) I love that you coated these wings with whole wheat flour and smoky almonds!
Ahhh, you will have to tell me how you learned. It just doesn't click for me!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
I love football season for the food! These wings look fantastic!
Thank you! I think football season has the best snacks compared to any other food day.
Marye Audet says
I love the idea of smoked almonds on these! I don't get football at all -- but I like the eating part...
Yes, the eating is the best part!