Peppery Pesto Baked Wings

Ingredients Serves 8

4 lbs. chicken wings

   2 tbsp. olive oil

   1 tbsp. salt

   1 tsp. pepper

   Glaze1 cup refrigerated pesto

1/4 cup grated Parm ,

Toped with Crushed red pepper


1. Position a rack in the top third of the oven; preheat to 450°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack inside the baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.                   

2. Cut off and discard the wingtips from 4 lbs. chicken wings; separate the flats (the parts that don't look like drumsticks) from the drumettes and pat dry. In a large bowl, toss the wings with 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper; arrange on the rack in a single layer. Bake until the skin is crispy, about 45 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, add 1 cup refrigerated pesto. Transfer 1/4 cup of pesto glaze to a small bowl and toss the wings in the remaining pesto glaze to coat. Arrange the wings on the rack in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup grated Parm. Bake until the glaze is shiny and browned in spots and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes; season.

4. Transfer the wings to a platter; dab with the reserved 1/4 cup glaze. Sprinkle with the crushed red pepper.