In our quest to try all of the different types of breaded chicken at Aldi — “red bag” chicken, “green bag” chicken, chicken cordon bleu, etc. — I recently came across a new favorite when I discovered some breaded chicken wings with a sweet honey barbecue sauce.
I often make chicken wings using a homemade mix of seasonings. The skins bake up crisp in the oven, and my family adds their own choice of sauce at the table. Because we like homemade chicken wings so much, I decided to try these fully cooked Aldi chicken wings.
Kirkwood Fully Cooked Honey BBQ Flavored Chicken Wings cost $6.75 for a 28-ounce bag at the time of publication.
The chicken wings are a Regular Buy, which means Aldi sells them all year.
These are sold frozen, and the bag describes these as “breaded and glazed chicken wing sections.” The package also states the chickens were raised with “no antibiotics ever!” on an “all vegetarian diet.” Chickens are omnivores, so a vegetarian diet is not really natural or especially healthy, but it’s a common claim on egg and poultry packaging these days.
These do have a few processed ingredients, including natural flavor, vague “spices,” soy lecithin, and xanthan gum. Besides being sweetened with sugar and honey, the wings also contain a small amount (2% or less) of the artificial sweetener sucralose (commonly known as Splenda). I generally avoid buying a lot of products with artificial sweeteners, but the amount in these chicken wings looks to be pretty small, and no one in my family could tell these have sucralose when we ate them.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain soy and wheat.
The bag contains about seven servings. One serving (a 3-ounce edible portion, or 84 grams) has 150 calories, 8 grams of total fat (10% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), 60 mg of cholesterol (20% DV), 580 mg of sodium (25% DV), 9 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 5 grams of total sugars, 4 grams of added sugars (8% DV), and 10 grams of protein (20% DV).
These wings can be heated in a conventional oven (the preferred method) or in a microwave.
To heat in the oven, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the wings on a foil-lined pan and lightly spray with cooking spray. (I sprayed the foil-lined pan first, then placed the wings.) Cook for 27-32 minutes or until the internal temperature of the wings reaches at least 165 degrees. Turn the wings over after 15 minutes of baking. Let stand outside of the oven for 3 minutes before serving.
To microwave, place 6-8 frozen wings on a microwave-safe plate. Place in the microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Let wings stand for 2-3 minutes before serving. Refrigerate leftovers immediately.
I baked our chicken wings in the oven for about 30 minutes. Some of the breading slid off when I used tongs at the 15-minute mark to flip the wings, so be careful when turning them.
These were a hit in my house. The chicken itself is tender, with plenty of breading, and everyone liked the sweet, zesty flavor of the sauce so much that even family members who don’t eat much meat loved these. The wings didn’t bake up quite as crisp as I might like them to, probably because they come with the sauce already added on top of the breading. That didn’t stop my family from eating them all, though. I’ll buy these again at some point, and I might try putting them in the air fryer next time.
Kirkwood Fully Cooked Honey BBQ Flavored Chicken Wings are ready to pop in the oven. They have a flavorful breading and sweet barbecue sauce, and they didn’t last long on our dinner table. These are great on their own as the main part of a meal, or you can serve them as appetizers or finger food for a party.