Cooking for Students Baked Chicken Wings with Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Baked Chicken Wings with Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Posted on May 26, 2015 by Cooking for Students

A home cooked meal is the main thing that college students miss. Ramen noodles, cafeteria food and anything served at the eatery closest to campus gets really boring after a while. Sometimes a delicious meal that is similar to one you would be served at home is all you need. When dinner time rolls around and you want a meal that is super easy to prepare and really comforting, try your hand at chicken wings with bacon and cheese potatoes. The ingredients list is incredibly affordable and the recipe is impossible to mess up. The chicken wings are baked to make the meal healthier and the potatoes are lightly smashed and loaded with bacon and cheese. You have your protein, you have your carb, what more do you need?

What’s in it?

  • ½ lb. chicken wings (about 7-10 wings)
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

*Serves 1

How’s it made?

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Grease the foil with oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks.
  4. Place into a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  5. As the water is coming to a boil rinse wings under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  6. Place wings onto the baking sheet.
  7. Drizzle chicken with a tablespoon of oil. Toss to coat.
  8. Season with salt and pepper on both sides as well as with the garlic and onion powder.
  9. Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Check the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  11. Drain the potatoes, add butter, season with salt and pepper.
  12. Lightly smash with a fork and stir in the cheese and bacon bits.
  13. Remove wings from the oven. Internal temperature should be a safe 165-170 degrees and wings will be golden brown.
  14. Adjust seasonings as needed and serve with the potatoes.

The final result in an inexpensive yet quality dinner that is full of flavor. The texture on the wings is excellent. They are nice and crisp. The onion and garlic powder used to season them combined with the salt and pepper is great. As for the potatoes, they complement the wings perfectly. They are buttery, cheesy and the addition of bacon gives them a hint of smoke.