Crispy oven Baked Chicken Wings are so easy to prepare and you don’t have to bother with all the grease from frying! A healthier yet delicious way to enjoy wings!

Baked chicken wings fit in the party category in my mind and I love to bake them alongside some vegetable dip, BBQ Meatballs, and a Classic Cheeseball!

Baked chicken wings in buffalo sauce on a plate with a side of ranch and celery.

It’s football season and what appetizer is better with game-day then crispy baked chicken wings?! Seriously, these little guys are the bomb.com!  They’re baked to crispy perfection, and then tossed in the most delicious sweet and spicy buffalo sauce. They’re totally addicting and perfect for game day! Make them ASAP, and then thank me later! 🙂

What I LOVE about these Baked Wings:

  1. Healthier- without the deep frying, you get wings that are lower in fat and total calories!
  2. Crispy- I’ve got tips to help you ensure you still get that nice crispy chicken wing texture.
  3. 5 minute prep!

How to make Baked Chicken Wings:

  • Dry the wings well with paper towels. This is essential to getting a crispy coating.
  • Toss with dry spice rub. Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and baking powder in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the seasoning over the wings, tossing to evenly coat.

Wings in a bowl with dry spice rub and then baked on a wire rack.

  • Bake. Arrange wings, skin side up and bake, turning every 20 minutes until wings are crispy and browned. The total cook time will depend on the size of the wings but may take up to 1 hour.
  • Toss in sauce. Remove from oven allow to rest for 5 minutes before tossing in desired sauce. I made a quick buffalo sauce with Franks hot sauce, sugar and water.

Buffalo sauce in a skillet and a bowl with baked chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce.

For Crispy Wings, DO THIS:

  • Dry them well!  After removing your wings from the packaging, be sure to dry them REALLY well.  Use paper towels to blot away any moisture, pressing firmly on the wings.  The less moisture left in the skin, the more crispy your wings will be!
  • Use Baking Powder. Baking powder will help ensure that your wings brown nicely and it also helps create that desired crispy coating.

Close-up of a baked chicken wing with hot sauce on it.

Baking Temperature Matters!

We all want our oven baked chicken wings to taste like they were fried, right?  Or at least have that delicious crispy texture. Aside from the tricks listed above, it’s also important to get the correct oven temperature!  The ideal oven temperature for crispy baked wings is 425°F.

Sauce for Chicken Wings:

This is the fun part…We love to have several different sauces available to try, including:

A plate with baked chicken wings and one wing dunking in ranch sauce.

Serve wings with:

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Recipe

Baked chicken wings in buffalo sauce on a plate with a side of ranch and celery.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 50 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 pounds chicken wings , halved at joints, wingtips discarded
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder *aluminum free
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracker black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Buffalo sauce:

  • 1/3 cup Frank's Wings Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Other Sauce ideas: honey BBQ sauce, ranch, honey garlic sauce, BBQ sauce

    Instructions
     

    • Adjust your oven rack to the upper-middle position. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
    • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack (I use a cooling rack) on top. Spray the rack with non-stick spray.
    • Use paper towels to pat the wings dry and place them in a large bowl. It's important to dry them REALLY well!
    • Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and baking powder in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the seasoning over the wings, tossing to evenly coat.
    • Arrange wings, skin side up, in single layer on prepared wire rack.
    • Bake on the upper middle oven rack, turning every 20 minutes until wings are crispy and browned. The total cook time will depend on the size of the wings but may take up to 1 hour.
    • Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer wings to bowl and toss with sauce.

    For Buffalo sauce:

    • In a medium saucepan over medium heat stir together all sauce ingredients. Mix well until sugar has dissolved. 
    • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before adding to wings (or prepare the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate).

    Notes

    Have an Air Fryer? Try my Air Fryer Chicken Wings!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 22gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 586mgPotassium: 563mgSugar: 40gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 8.3mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 1.7mg

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    I originally shared this recipe September 2014. Updated January 2020 with process photos and instructions.

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    Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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    1. Love these wings and yes they are so crispy..I am alone so I don’t cook that much chicken but I do make the rub like I had that much chicken and then I put on what looks good. And they turn out awesome. I just keep the left over to season my hamburger that I cook on my little Georgie and they are great too. Thanks. Shari

      1. Miss Sandra, haven’t missed on this one yet. I mix them by hand to make sure they’re coated. If I have some of the dry mix left, I don’t dump it on them. I’m guessing that may make them gritty. The other thing is they have to be extremely dry. Takes a good many paper towels.

    2. I wasn’t sure on the method to cook wings successfully so I used this one. My wings were frozen. I broke them up under cold water, dried as instructed, cooked them for around an hour, turning 4 times or so. Since I did not have the sauce mentioned I just used Diana’s brand of honey garlic bbq sauce to coat them after cooking, and it was great. Definitely making these again. Thank you Lauren!

    3. 5 stars
      I was a little worried about using baking powder, but turns out for no reason! My family said these were better than wings they’ve had in a lot of restaurants! Definitely my go-to wing recipe from now on. Thank you!

    4. 5 stars
      My chicken wings came out golden and crispy and recipe was so easy. I left some of them whole because that’s the way hubby likes them.

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