Want an easy idea for dinner on Valentine’s Day? Chicken wings! I was making wings just a couple of weeks ago, and was in a hurry so I left the first two pieces together, and just cut off the wing tip in an effort to save time. When I was coating them with my favorite wing rub, I realized they were all heart shapes!

Raw Chicken Wings with just the tips removed

That took just a few minutes, so all I had to do was use my favorite rub recipe (click here for that link).

Adorable and Savory Valentines for People you Love!

Notice I put them on a wire rack, OVER a baking sheet. This allows air to circulate around them as they bake, so they cook up crispier on the outside, while still being tender inside.

Aren’t these the cutest Valentine Hearts?

For super easy cleanup, line the bottom of your baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray coconut, olive or peanut oil on the rack. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

One of the great things about cooking chicken wings is how versatile they are! You can bake them at 375 for about 50-55 minutes, or at 400 for 40-45 minutes, or at 450 for 35 to 40 minutes. I prefer 400 degrees because I feel like that achieves the crispiness on the outside that I love, with the right amount of tenderness inside.

Yes! you can also brush them with bbq sauce if you want to make them a deep red color. At our house, we love the dry rub more than sauce – so we’ll serve them our way. I like mine atop a crispy salad with lots of veggies, Shawn just wants his with carbs. Bless his Valentine heart!

Shawn’s plate ALWAYS includes carbs.

Add some Valentine fun to your day without adding ANY MORE SUGAR – serve heart-shaped chicken wings!

And if you STILL don’t know what to write on your sweetheart’s card – here’s what I’m writing on Shawn’s:

If, for some reason your life functions ceased, my most precious one, I would collapse, I would draw the shades and I would live in the dark. I would never get out of my slar pad or clean myself. My fluids would coagulate, my cone would shrivel, and I would die, miserable and lonely. The stench would be great.  

From Beldar Conehead, in the movie – Coneheads

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Roslyn Graham