Al Pastor Chicken Wings

If you have been following my blog for any time now you probably know that I love Mexican food. Who doesn’t right? You probably also know that I try and get  out to eat at least once a week for work, and I typically go to my nearest Mexican restaurant, El Rey. When I have time, I also do a bit of quick shopping and this past week I cruised through the spice aisle to find Al Pastor seasoning. I’m a huge fan of tacos al pastor. They are my go to tacos wherever I go, so I wasn’t going to pass up this spice blend. Now what was I going to make with it was the big question. This is where my love of chicken wings came into play as well. I wasn’t making these so much for myself as I was for making them for my oldest son who loves chicken wings. As he usually eats them plain, yes I said plain, I wanted to put him through the test and see how he would enjoy them with the al pastor seasoning. Well, I was interested as well.

Al Pastor Chicken Wings

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 3 tbsp al pastor seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Mexican crema, optional

That’s it. Very simple ingredients that make some of the best wings I have had in some time.

I kept the entire chicken wing in tact. If you want to split the wing and the drummie, feel free. I like the wing tip as well. Again, your call.

These wings are also baked. Baked until they are super crispy as that is how I personally love them.

Start by adding the chicken wings to a gallon sized ziplock bag. Add in the al pastor seasoning and seal the bag. Toss the chicken around in the bag ensuring that all of the wings get a nice coating. Place these in the refrigerator for at least four hours, but preferably over night.

al-pastor-chicken-wings-ingredients

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chicken wings onto the parchment paper and place in the preheated oven for roughly 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven, turn the chicken wings, and cook for another 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on the wings before 60 minutes as you do not want them to burn, however you want that skin to caramelize and get nice and crisp.

When the wings are done, remove them from the oven and place them onto a serving dish. Shower the wings with the fresh cilantro, and drizzle a bit of the Mexican crema over the wings.

Al Pastor Chicken Wings

Dig in. These wings were awesome. They were crispy with just the perfect sweet heat you would expect in some great al pastor. My son also loved them. I left him a big bowl of them on the counter and when he returned home from playing took a bit of caution as they were not the good ‘ol plain type, but after first bite he devoured the entire bowl.

So if you can find al pastor seasoning at your store, pick some up and try them on some wings. I hope you enjoy.

Al Pastor Chicken Wings
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizers
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 3 tbsp al pastor seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Mexican crema, optional
Instructions
  1. That's it. Very simple ingredients that make some of the best wings I have had in some time.
  2. I kept the entire chicken wing in tact. If you want to split the wing and the drummie, feel free. I like the wing tip as well. Again, your call.
  3. These wings are also baked. Baked until they are super crispy as that is how I personally love them.
  4. Start by adding the chicken wings to a gallon sized ziplock bag. Add in the al pastor seasoning and seal the bag. Toss the chicken around in the bag ensuring that all of the wings get a nice coating. Place these in the refrigerator for at least four hours, but preferably over night.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chicken wings onto the parchment paper and place in the preheated oven for roughly 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven, turn the chicken wings, and cook for another 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on the wings before 60 minutes as you do not want them to burn, however you want that skin to caramelize and get nice and crisp.
  7. When the wings are done, remove them from the oven and place them onto a serving dish. Shower the wings with the fresh cilantro, and drizzle a bit of the Mexican crema over the wings.
  8. Dig in. These wings were awesome. They were crispy with just the perfect sweet heat you would expect in some great al pastor. My son also loved them. I left him a big bowl of them on the counter and when he returned home from playing took a bit of caution as they were not the good 'ol plain type, but after first bite he devoured the entire bowl.
  9. So if you can find al pastor seasoning at your store, pick some up and try them on some wings. I hope you enjoy.

 

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.

Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

8 thoughts on “Al Pastor Chicken Wings

  1. this looks amazing. can you tell me where i can purchase the El Rey seasoning. I looked on line here and i dont see it. thanks.

    1. Hi Lee – Unfortunately I do not have an online store that sells it. Your best be is to check with any of your local Mexican grocery stores and check their spice aisle. The ingredients in mine were dehydrated garlic and onion, chili spices, vinegar powder, lime powder, and paprika. Good luck!

  2. totally drooling right now. I’ve made your basic wings recipe and it was so easy and yummy!! Can’t wait to try this one! I don’t have El Pastor seasoning, but I do have packets of Sazon. I’m in a wings mood, so I might just sub it for the El Pastor.

  3. Dax, I made these with the Sazon seasoning and they were soo good! I am bound and determined to find Al Pastor seasoning now! I made a second batch for apps for thanksgiving, 4# of them. They were gone in under 10 mins I swear! Thanks so much for the great recipes!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>