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Hot and Garlic Baked Boneless Chicken Wings

two boneless chicken wings covered in hot sauce and minced garlic with celery & carrot sticks with a side of blue cheese in the background

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 baked boneless chicken wings are for you!! My husband, who can’t get enough wings, loves when I make these.

plate of boneless chicken wings covered in minced garlic and buffalo sauce with a side of carrots, celery, and dressing


Hot and Garlic Baked Boneless Chicken Wings

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and done.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).


We like our buffalo sauce hotย but if you need to tame down the heat, add a few tablespoons of melted butter to the hot sauce.

Inspired by Ale House Zingers.

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28 comments on “Hot and Garlic Baked Boneless Chicken Wings”

  1. OH my gosh these look amazing! Love that you made them much healthier! Cute story about you and your husband ๐Ÿ™‚ I always love hearing how people met!

  2. Those look so good! I’ve been meaning to do some oven fried chicken lately, this is just a bit more impetus. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. These sound so much better than hot wings!

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

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

  13. 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!!

  14. Looks definitely delicious!

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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!!!!

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

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

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

  20. 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  22. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

  23. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) recipes!!!

  24. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  25. 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!!!

    • They are hot aren’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚ At the restaurant mild and medium always had butter added, where hot was straight Franks!
      Thank you so much for your comment!

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