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Baked Hot and Garlic **Zingers**

by Aggies Kitchen on February 4, 2009

Now most of you already know that I went to school at the University of Florida.
I have very fond memories of my time in Gainesville, I met some really great people and had an overall awesome experience while living there . During my three years there, I worked at a very popular sports bar called the Gainesville Ale House. Looking back…how lucky was I? It was such a fun place to work (I’m sure I didn’t feel that way everyday back then) and the friendships I made while working there are priceless and forever.
Another reason I was so lucky is…I met my husband there! We both worked there and were always just friends… our relationship didn’t start until over a year after my graduation, and in a totally different city too. Anyway…that’s our story… 


One of our favorite things to eat at the Ale House is their zingers. They are boneless chicken wings…basically strips of chicken breast, breaded, fried and tossed in your favorite wing sauce. Since I’m not much of a chicken on the bone person, these are usually what I go for when I’m in the mood for “wings”.

Obviously fried and breaded chicken isn’t something I should indulge in often, so of course I took on the challenge of making my own healthier version. If you are having a craving for some wings, but are trying to stay health conscious, these are for you!! My husband, who can’t get enough wings, loves when I make these.

 

Baked Hot and Garlic **Zingers**
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen, inspired by Ale House Zingers

1.5 lbs chicken breast, sliced into strips
2 cups panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs, I use whole wheat panko)
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
olive oil
2 cups Frank’s Hot Sauce
butter, optional
2 tsp minced garlic (from jar)

You will need:
large cookie sheet
baking rack


Season chicken strips with salt and pepper, also drizzle a little olive oil over chicken and toss to coat. Pour panko in a large dish and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dip each chicken strip into dish, pressing chicken into panko to coat well.

Place your baking rack into a cookie sheet. Place breaded chicken strips onto baking rack. Spray breaded chicken strips with olive oil spray or non stick spray (this helps to give them that crispy texture).

Bake in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and done.

In small saucepan, heat up hot sauce and garlic. If you want to tone down the heat of the sauce add butter. Start with 1 TB and go from there.

Using tongs, gently toss chicken strips with hot sauce and serve with celery, carrots and your favorite blue cheese dressing (mine is Naturally Fresh Lite).

(for a printable version of this recipe click here)

 

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Erica February 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm

OH my gosh these look amazing! Love that you made them much healthier! Cute story about you and your husband :) I always love hearing how people met!

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Bob February 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Those look so good! I’ve been meaning to do some oven fried chicken lately, this is just a bit more impetus. :)

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Maria February 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I will have to tell Josh about the healthier version!! I don’t eat meat so I don’t appreciate wings, but he LOVES them!

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Helene February 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm

That must be so good with the panko. Love that story about you and your husband.

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Sara February 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm

These look great! I’m not one for the bone-in wings either and I love healthy spins on recipes.

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Cathy February 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Oh…how I miss Zingers!! Our Ale House closed a couple of years ago but I always ordered the Zingers. We would also order them ‘extreme’ and they would fix them with chopped green onion and cheddar cheese melted over the entire thing.

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Liz February 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm

These look fantastic. My kids typically love anything when it’s breaded w/ panko bread crumbs. I love the healthier alternative to wings.

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Maris February 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm

These sound great. I usually avoid wings since they’re so bad for you but I like the idea of making them healthier but still tasty!

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biz319 February 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I am definitely going to make these over the weekend – I heart wings! I can handle the bones though.

Although I did recently find out that both my sister and brother cannot eat any meat off the bone – bone in pork chops, bone in chicken breasts – how weird!

Yum yum!! I love panko bread crumbs too!

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Barbara Bakes February 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

These sound so much better than hot wings!

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Pam February 5, 2009 at 12:58 am

I have to make these for my husband. He loves Franks Red Hot. Tasty recipe Aggie.

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Susan February 5, 2009 at 2:32 am

Oh these look great- my husband and I love hot and spicy with that zing! I have to try these.

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Carrian February 5, 2009 at 2:48 am

I also love hearing how people met. So fun! I might die eating these chicken “ZINGERS” since I struggle with spicy, buuuuuuut my husband said, ” you can just make those for me as a suprise!” haha thanks for the recipe! You have wonderful ones!!

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Selba February 5, 2009 at 2:49 am

Looks definitely delicious!

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Paula February 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

YUM! I love this. Love, love, love it. Hot wings are one of my favorite things, and your recipe is not only healthier, I bet it’s easier to serve and eat. I want me some hot zingers!!!

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Leslie February 5, 2009 at 4:00 am

Oh yes..I love me some Ale House Zingers. I didnt know you once lived in Gainsville. I am sure your are fimiliar w/ Burrito Borthers??!! I have driven from Tampa to Gainsville just for a Primo Beef Double wrapped with tomatoes!!!!

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Girl Japan February 5, 2009 at 8:19 am

These do look amazing.. they really do!! YUM, oh goodness do I love wings.

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Katherine Aucoin February 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm

These look so mouth-watering! There’s something about recreating bar food…these wouldn’t last long at our house.

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luckytastebuds February 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm

wow your blog is fabulous! Your recipes look so amaazing and so much better modified than the “original”!!

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Tiffany February 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Thank you so much for the post on my blog! It was so sweet! I will definitely be trying these zingers to Kick Off next year’s Steeler Season!! :)

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Mandy February 9, 2009 at 3:53 am

Love this post! And I’m NOT a chicken on the bone person either!

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Lindsey June 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I’m a huge fan of your blog (was just scouring for ideas for 4th of July) and just now saw you are a Gator! I am a Gator too – Class of ’07! Go Gators. Makes me enjoy your blog even more now. :)

The Ale House was a great place to grab a drink/watch a game – the Chicken Nachos are insane and delicious, but I too loved the zingers. Yum.

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Lex August 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I just discovered your blog and was enjoying the recipe but this post finished winning me over. I finished my PhD at UF last Fall ’10. Go Gators!!!!
Thank you for sharing all those awesome (and healthy ;) ) recipes!!!

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Aggies Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

you just made me smile! :) Go Gators!! So happy you found my blog, thanks so much for the comment!!

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Erika September 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I came across your blog for the very first time a few weeks ago, I have NO idea how I found it. But, I found this recipe and pinned it to ‘pinterest’ 10 days ago :) And, just made it tonight. I must say.. this ROCKS. Period. SO much easier than wings, healthier and the taste was fantastic. I LOVED the garlic in the hot sauce/butter (I did use butter). Will make these again and again.

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Chris Vaile February 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

These are AMAZING, and taste exactly like the one’s at Millers Ale House. If you don’t add butter, they’re VERY hot, but some of us like that. Hehehehehee. Great job, and thank you SOOOO much!!!

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Aggies Kitchen February 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

They are hot aren’t they? :) At the restaurant mild and medium always had butter added, where hot was straight Franks!
Thank you so much for your comment!

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Cathy June 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

Oh my! These look really good! You need a ‘save to cookbook’ function! lol

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