Healthier Super Bowl Snacking

Super Bowl snacks are as much a part of the annual event as the football game itself. But those snacks can be calorie-bombs…laden with sugar and fat.

Here’s a healthier alternative to traditional Buffalo wings:

(I didn’t have chicken wings on hand when I made this, but I had some drumsticks…they’ll do just as well!)

First, mix together a dry seasoning mix. I make a large batch at a time, because I like to have something pre-made that I can use for a dry rub when grilling poultry and meats. Making dry-rubs and seasonings yourself is a great idea as you know exactly what’s in the end product — no fillers, MSG, preservatives, gluten, etc.

Dry Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Combine all the above (I use a mini food processor). The result will keep in an air-tight jar or container for later use.

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For the chicken, you’ll need only the following (plus a hot oven, a rack and a baking sheet):

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Oven-Fried Chicken Ingredients

  • 10 chicken wings (or other pieces), cut into flats and drumettes.
  • 1-2 Tbsp dry seasoning (BBQ rub)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce


  1. Discard the wing tips or save them for another use. Sprinkle wings with a combination of seasoning and baking powder in a large bowl. Let them marinate overnight in the fridge. The baking powder will help make the wings really crispy.
  2. Set oven to 450°F (232°C), place the wings on a wire rack set on a baking pan and let them cook for about 40 minutes or so, turning them once halfway through.
  3. Take the wings out and let them sit for 5 minutes. Coat with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce and serve.

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