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Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings: A Flavorful Twist on Family Night

Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings

Calling all budget-conscious cooks and lovers of bold flavors! Today, we’re bringing you a recipe for succulent, oven-baked turkey wings seasoned with a fiery Cajun kick. This dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner, a casual get-together, or even a game day spread.

Turkey wings deserve a spot on your regular meal plan, not just Thanksgiving or special occasions:

  • Budget-Friendly: Turkey wings are a fantastically affordable cut of poultry. They offer a delicious protein option without breaking the bank.
  • Flavor Powerhouse: Dark meat, like turkey wings, is packed with flavor. They readily absorb marinades and seasonings, making them perfect for creating a wide variety of tasty dishes.
  • Versatile Ingredient: Turkey wings are incredibly versatile! Bake them, roast them, grill them, or even slow-cook them for fall-off-the-bone goodness. They can be the star of the show or a flavorful addition to soups, stews, and gumbos.
  • Nutritious Choice: While higher in fat than white meat, turkey wings offer a good source of protein and essential nutrients like iron, selenium, and B vitamins.
  • Easy on the Cook: Compared to a whole turkey, turkey wings are much easier to prepare. They cook quickly and require minimal prep work, making them perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Leftover Magic: Baked turkey wings offer delicious leftovers. Shred the leftover meat and use it in sandwiches, salads, or wraps.
  • Beyond the Meat: Don’t forget the wing tips! They’re a fantastic option for making homemade stock or broth and adding rich flavor to soups, sauces, and rice dishes.

So ditch the misconception that turkey wings are just for special occasions. These flavorful, affordable, and versatile protein powerhouses can be a delicious and nutritious addition to your regular meal plan!

Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings
Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings

Tips for buying turkey wings:

  • Location: Turkey wings can be found at most grocery stores in the meat department. Look for them in the same general area as chicken wings, whole turkeys, and other poultry products.
  • Fresh or Frozen: Turkey wings are typically available fresh or frozen. Fresh turkey wings tend to have a shorter shelf life but may offer superior taste and texture. Frozen turkey wings can be a more economical option and can be stored for longer periods.
  • Variety: Turkey wings may be sold whole (uncut) or pre-cut into wingettes (the flat part) and drumettes (the round part). Whole wings are typically less expensive per pound but require some butchering skills to cut up yourself.
  • Price: Turkey wings are generally a budget-friendly cut of poultry. Expect to pay around $2-$4 per pound depending on whether they are fresh or frozen and whether they are whole or pre-cut.
  • Quantity: A good rule of thumb is to estimate about 1/2 to 1 pound of turkey wings per person. This will vary depending on appetites and whether the wings are the main course or part of a larger meal.

What You’ll Need for the Baked Wings recipe:

  • Turkey Wings: 4 turkey wings, conveniently pre-cut into 8 pieces, or you can separate them yourself. Save those wing tips! They’re perfect for adding extra flavor to homemade stock.
  • Seasoning symphony:
    • Noubess Cajun Seasoning (no salt): 2 teaspoons. This pre-made blend is a fantastic way to infuse your dish with the complex flavors of Cajun cuisine.
    • Noubess Garlic Seasoning: 1 tablespoon. Garlic adds a savory depth to the wings, and this pre-mixed option is a convenient time-saver.
    • Dried Parsley: 1 ½ teaspoons. Parsley adds a touch of freshness to the dish.
    • Ground Cloves (optional): ¼ teaspoon. This warm spice adds a subtle complexity to the mix, but it’s entirely optional.
  • Other essentials:
    • Salt: ½ tablespoon. You can omit this if you are on a low-sodium diet.
    • Olive Oil: 1 tablespoon.
    • Chicken or Turkey Broth: 1 cup. This liquid helps keep the wings moist while they bake. You can also use low-sodium broth.
    • Aluminum Foil: This covers the baking dish during the initial cooking phase.

Bringing it all Together:

To prepare the wings for baking, first wash and dry them. Then, mix the olive oil, seasonings, and spices into a Cajun rub. Thoroughly coat the wings in the rub and marinate them for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and place a rack in the middle. Pour broth into a baking dish and arrange the wings in it. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. Finally, remove the foil and bake for another 15-30 minutes, or until the wings are crispy and golden brown, reaching an internal temperature of 165°F.

Tips for Success:

  • Spice it Up: Feeling adventurous? Increase the amount of Cajun seasoning for an extra kick.
  • Veggie Medley: For a more well-rounded meal, toss in chopped vegetables like potatoes, onions, and bell peppers with the broth before baking.
  • High and Dry: If you prefer your wings extra crispy, broil them for a few minutes after removing the foil, but keep a watchful eye to avoid burning.

Storing and Reheating:

Leftover baked turkey wings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat leftover wings in a covered baking dish with a splash of broth until heated through, then crisp them up under the broiler if desired.

Perfect for Low-Sodium Diets:

This recipe is ideal for those watching their sodium intake. Here’s how to make it low-sodium friendly:

  • Low-Sodium Broth: Use low-sodium or sodium-free chicken or turkey broth.
  • Focus on the Spices: Noubess Cajun Seasoning is naturally low in sodium, while the Garlic Seasoning has some salt. You can omit the salt altogether if preferred. The herbs and spices add plenty of flavor without relying on added sodium.
  • Salt to Taste: Want more control? Taste the wings after baking and add a touch of salt if desired.

Tips for Cooking Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings:

  • Skip the Soak: No need for extra oil, turkey wings are naturally fatty.
  • Broth Control: One cup of broth is sufficient to keep the wings moist without making them soggy.
  • Crisp It Up: For extra crispy wings, broil them for a few minutes after removing the foil during the last stage of baking. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Wing Size Matters: The cooking time in this recipe is a guideline. Since turkey wings can vary in size, the actual cooking time may differ slightly. Be sure your wings reach an internal temperature of 165°F for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the thickest part of the wing near the bone.
  • Spice Up Your Life (or Not): Love heat? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the rub for an extra kick. On the other hand, if you’re sensitive to spice, reduce the amount of Cajun seasoning or omit it altogether.
  • Noubess Seasoning Adventures: Noubess offers a variety of seasonings beyond Cajun and Garlic flavors. Feel free to experiment! Baharat Seasoning, Jerk Seasoning, or Adobo Seasoning could all add delicious twists to this recipe.
Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings
Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings

Here are some delicious side dish ideas to complement your Cajun-spiced baked turkey wings:

Classic and Comforting:

  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes: A timeless pairing, creamy mashed potatoes soak up the flavorful drippings from the wings. Consider adding roasted garlic or chives for extra flair.
  • Haitian Djon Djon Rice: This Haitian classic and famous rice contains the exotic flavors of the Caribbean. Add a side of steamed or Salad Russe for a hearty and flavorful meal.
  • Veggie Coleslaw: Creamy or vinegar-based coleslaw adds a cool and refreshing counterpoint to the spicy wings. How about our Chayote and Carrot Coleslaw?

Veggie Delights:

  • Roasted Vegetables: Toss together colorful vegetables like broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and onions, drizzle with olive oil and Cajun seasoning, then roast alongside the wings for a convenient and healthy side dish.
  • Cajun Green Beans: Elevate your green beans by adding chopped tomatoes, garlic, and Cajun seasoning for a flavorful twist.
  • Chickpea Flour Pancakes: a nutrient powerhouse! Chickpeas are a fantastic source of plant-based protein and fiber, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, folate, and phosphorus

Southern Staples:

  • Mac and Cheese: Baked mac and cheese is a decadent and delightful side for any occasion. Consider adding jalapenos or smoked paprika for a touch of smoke and heat.
  • Hushpuppies: These deep-fried cornmeal fritters are a Southern staple and pair perfectly with the wings.

Light and Refreshing:

  • Quinoa Salad: A light and healthy quinoa salad tossed with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a citrus vinaigrette can help balance the richness of the wings.
  • Cucumber Salad: A simple salad of sliced cucumbers with a light vinaigrette adds a refreshing touch to the meal.

When choosing side dishes, remember to consider the overall balance of your meal. If your wings are heavily seasoned, you might want to opt for lighter sides. On the other hand, if you prefer a more robust meal, richer or spicier side dishes can beautifully complement the wings.

Enjoy your flavorful Cajun-spiced baked turkey wings!

Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings

Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings: A Flavorful Twist on Family Night

Ditch takeout and elevate your weeknights! This recipe for Cajun-Spiced Baked Turkey Wings is bursting with flavor, budget-friendly, and perfect for a casual get-together or easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean Fusion
Servings 8
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 turkey wings cut or separated into 8 portions (save the wing tips for stock)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Noubess Cajun Seasoning no salt
  • 1 tablespoon Noubess Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth or turkey broth

Instructions
 

  • Prep the Wings: Clean those turkey wings thoroughly and pat them dry with paper towels. This ensures the seasoning adheres well.
  • Craft the Cajun Rub: In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, Noubess Cajun Seasoning, Noubess Garlic Seasoning, dried parsley, and ground cloves (if using).
  • Marinate for Maximum Flavor: Generously coat the turkey wings in the seasoning mixture, making sure every piece is well covered. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight in the refrigerator for the most intense flavor.
  • Preheat and Arrange: Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F) and position a rack in the middle.
  • Broth Bath: Pour the chicken or turkey broth into a baking dish. Carefully arrange the marinated turkey wings in the liquid.
  • Covered Comfort: Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. This traps steam and helps the wings cook through evenly.
  • Bake it Up: Bake the covered wings for 30-35 minutes.
  • Crisp to Perfection: Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown and crispy. The internal temperature of the thickest part of the wings should reach 165°F for safe consumption.

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Notes

Tips for Success:

  • Spice it Up: Feeling adventurous? Increase the amount of Cajun seasoning for an extra kick.
  • Veggie Medley: For a more well-rounded meal, toss in chopped vegetables like potatoes, onions, and bell peppers with the broth before baking.
  • High and Dry: If you prefer your wings extra crispy, broil them for a few minutes after removing the foil, but keep a watchful eye to avoid burning.

Storing and Reheating:

Leftover baked turkey wings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat leftover wings in a covered baking dish with a splash of broth until heated through, then crisp them up under the broiler if desired.

Perfect for Low-Sodium Diets:

This recipe is ideal for those watching their sodium intake. Here’s how to make it low-sodium friendly:
  • Low-Sodium Broth: Use low-sodium or sodium-free chicken or turkey broth.
  • Focus on the Spices: Noubess Cajun Seasoning is naturally low in sodium, while the Garlic Seasoning has some salt. You can omit the salt altogether if preferred. The herbs and spices add plenty of flavor without relying on added sodium.
  • Salt to Taste: Want more control? Taste the wings after baking and add a touch of salt if desired.

Tips for Cooking Cajun-Spiced Turkey Wings:

  • Skip the Soak: No need for extra oil, turkey wings are naturally fatty.
  • Broth Control: One cup of broth is sufficient to keep the wings moist without making them soggy.
  • Crisp It Up: For extra crispy wings, broil them for a few minutes after removing the foil during the last stage of baking. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Wing Size Matters: The cooking time in this recipe is a guideline. Since turkey wings can vary in size, the actual cooking time may differ slightly. Be sure your wings reach an internal temperature of 165°F for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the thickest part of the wing near the bone.
  • Spice Up Your Life (or Not): Love heat? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the rub for an extra kick. On the other hand, if you’re sensitive to spice, reduce the amount of Cajun seasoning or omit it altogether.
  • Noubess Seasoning Adventures: Noubess offers a variety of seasonings beyond Cajun and Garlic flavors. Feel free to experiment! Baharat Seasoning, Jerk Seasoning, or Adobo Seasoning could all add delicious twists to this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 18gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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