Pesto Chicken Wings on a black rectangular serving tray with lemon wedges and basil leaves and football themed flag toothpicks

Pesto Baked Chicken Wings

These Pesto Baked Chicken Wings are a healthier alternative to fried chicken wings and they are excellent to serve for Super Bowl.

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Pesto Chicken Wings on a black rectangular serving tray with lemon wedges and basil leaves and football themed flag toothpicks
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Pesto Baked Chicken Wings

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 9
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 4 pounds (1.8 kg) chicken wings, separated into drumettes and flats
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups (120 g) fresh basil leaves
  • cup (45 g) pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 lemons , divided


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on the foil-lined pan and cook for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, make the pesto.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and juice of 1 lemon. Pulse until finely chopped. Stream in the olive oil with the machine running and process until fully blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve about ½ cup for serving and put the rest into a large mixing bowl.
  • After 25 minutes of baking, remove the wings from the oven and add to the bowl with the pesto. Drain off any cooking liquids from the baking sheet. Toss the wings with the pesto and place back on the baking sheet. Spread any remaining pesto on top of the wings. Put back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until the wings reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Cut the remaining lemons into wedges and serve with the wings and the reserved pesto for dipping.


Nutrition Facts
Pesto Baked Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 283mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 732IU15%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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