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Greek Chicken Wings & More Wing Recipes For National Chicken Wing Day

July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day. America loves its chicken wings, but there is a debate over what types are best: bone-in vs. boneless and drumettes vs. the wingettes/flats*.

RTA Outdoor Livingfull survey).

The highlights for National Chicken Wing Day:

  • Boneless wings are more popular than bone-in wings, with 63.4% of respondents choosing boneless.
  • Drumettes are the winner, with 2 in 3 respondents preferring them.
    Now how about some chicken wings? Here’s something a bit different from Smithfield Culinary: Greek-style wings (photo #1).

    This recipe is easier than it looks because you purchase pre-smoked, pre-cooked chicken wings (photos #2 and #3, for example).

    You could also purchase the tzatziki, but the homemade version below is far superior.

    Just note that you have to drain the yogurt for the tzatziki sauce overnight. Opa*!

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    Ingredients For 4-6 Servings
    For The Greek Dry Rub Spice Mix

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    For The Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (strained overnight)
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated or puréed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 grated English cucumber
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional heat: chopped jalapeño
    For The Chicken Wings

  • 2 dozen smoked chicken wings
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon puréed or grated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Greek dry rub spice mix
    For The Garnish

  • Dill, snipped
  • Mint leaves, torn or snipped
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cucumber wheels

    1. MAKE the spice mix. Stir all of the ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.

    2. MAKE the tzatziki sauce, mix all ingredients thoroughly until incorporated. Set aside (or make in advance and chill in the fridge).

    3. MAKE the wings. If frozen, thaw completely. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    4. COAT the wings in the mix of olive oil, lemon juice, zest, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then coat with the Greek dry spice rub.

    5. PLACE the wings in a baking dish and heat in the oven until they are golden brown and heated through (see package instructions). Meanwhile:

    6. REMOVE the wings from the oven briefly and lightly toss them with 1 cup of tzatziki sauce. Return to the oven and bake until edges become slightly charred.

    7. TO SERVE: Top with the herbs and feta. Serve with the remaining tzatziki on the side.


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    *Drumettes are the portion of the wing that’s attached to the main part of the chicken. It’s shaped like the larger chicken drumstick, hence the name. There’s one main piece of bone in the middle, but there are some joints and cartilage on both ends. The wingette or flat is the middle part of the wing. The shape is flat with two thin bones that run parallel to each other down the length of the flat. It has tender dark meat and is completely covered with skin. Here’s a larger discussion of these.

    †In Greek culture, this is the expression that sometimes accompanied the traditional act of plate smashing. However, it’s also used to express enthusiasm in general: No dishware need be sacrificed. Here’s more on the Greek custom of smashing plates.


    Greek Chicken Wings Recipe
    [1] Smokin’ Greek chicken wings—the wings are purchased already smoked. The recipe is below (photo © Smithfield Culinary).

    Package Of Wegmans Smoked Chicken Wings
    [2] Wegman’s smoked chicken wings are ready to heat and eat (photo © Instacart).

    Package Of Walmart Pecan Smoked Chicken Wings
    [3] Walmart and other stores also sell cooked chicken wings. Here, Walmart’s pecan-smoked chicken wings (photo © Walmart).

    Tzatziki Yogurt Cucumber Sauce Tzatziki[/caption]
    [4] Tzatziki, a refreshing cucumber-yogurt dip and sauce (photo © Cava Grill).

    Pot Of Fresh Dill
    [5] Fresh dill (photo Wuestenigel | CC-BY-2.0 License).

    Bunch Of Fresh Spearmint
    [6] Fresh mint (photo © Good Eggs).

    Sheep's Milk Feta Cheese
    [7] Beautiful Essex sheep’s milk feta cheese from De Laurenti, from sheep that graze on the Isle of Lesbos (photo © DeLaurenti).





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