My Dad’s side of the family always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. We’d get all dressed up and head to my Nanny’s home. She was my grandmother’s twin sister who lived just down the block from my grandma. The whole family would descend upon her house for a feast & the opening of Christmas presents. I always remember there being so many people there that tables were set up in every room in the house. One thing Nanny was always known for were her Chicken Wings. She would marinate them overnight then serve them up hot that evening. Throw these next to a big veggie platter, pop some bubbly, and you are all set to ring in the New Year!
Nanny's Chicken Wings |

The marinade itself is very simple & easy to whip up. It requires you to open a bottle of white wine for just a tablespoon of it for the marinade. Whatever will you do with the remainder of the wine!?! You can make the marinade & cook the wings right away, but you won’t get as much flavor. It’s best if you marinate the wings overnight. I did these for about 24 hours to let the flavor really soak in.
Nanny's Chicken Wings |

My easy cooking tip is to mix up the marinade in a gallon plastic bag. Add in the chicken wings, then seal it up tight. Then shake the bag well to make sure every wing gets fully coated. Toss the bag in the refrigerator & go on with your life. Whenever you happen to think about the wings, pop back over to the fridge, pull the bag out and give it another good shake. I have also made these using the much classier version of soaking the wings in a shallow dish & using a big spoon to toss the wings every so often. Both methods work, but to be honest, shaking the bag is so much more fun than having to gingerly handle a big bowl & worry about spilling the sauce in the marinade bowl!
Nanny's Chicken Wings | Nanny's Chicken Wings |

Nanny’s Chicken Wings


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package of chicken wings (about 12)


  1. Combine soy sauce, wine, chopped clove of garlic, ginger, sugar, and water.
  2. Add in chicken wings.
  3. Marinate overnight.
  4. Bake at 350, turning several times.
  5. Serve hot!

How do you like your wings? Buffalo style or BBQ style?

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