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Jay Leno's Uncle Louie's Chicken Wings Marinara

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


Frugal Celebrities' Recipes

I keep stumbling upon this Italian marinara chicken wing recipe attributed to Jay Leno on the Internet. The recipe is everywhere. However, no one has cited the Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook, published in 1996 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra, as the original source of the recipe. Another high-five for Frugal Café!

Talk show host and comedian Jay Leno said in the Sinatra cookbook that this recipe was a creation of his Uncle Louie's, hence the name. The recipe can easily be multiplied for large family dinners or parties—just be sure to use extra pans as needed so as not to crowd the wings while roasting. Making these wings are going to save you a big chunk of money instead of ordering take-out wings.

Strangely enough, and a weird oversight, there is NO recipe for the marinara sauce itself from Uncle Louie. It's not even included in the original cookbook. Keeping the family recipe secret, Jay?

Therefore, we've inserted a link below to our own frugal recipes for three great tasting and inexpensive marinara sauces. If you have your own special marinara sauce recipe, go ahead and use that instead.

I'll keep looking to see if Jay or his Uncle Louie ever divulged what marinara sauce was used for these wings.


Jay Leno's Uncle Louie's Chicken Wings Marinara


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

If using whole chicken wings, disjoint the wings and remove tips; you should have 24 drumettes.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Arrange on a rack in a baking pan. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven until done, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the marinara sauce, hot sauce, and raw garlic in a blender and blend to purée the garlic. When the wings are done, remove from the oven and toss wings with half the sauce. Leave oven on. Return the wings to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the wings with parsley. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side to dip the wings into.

Yield: 24 pieces.


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Source: Sinatra, Barbara & Frank, The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook: Barbara, Frank & Friends , Wimmer Cookbooks, Nashville, TN, 1996.