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posted: 02/13/22

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Making crispy Baked Chicken Wings isn’t hard, in fact it’s much easier than frying them. You just need the right combination of ingredients and oven temperature.

overhead of a basket of crispy baked chicken wings

Die hard chicken wing fans won’t take their wings any way but crispy, and I am here today to tell you that I have a baked wing recipe that is truly crispy. Getting a crispy texture without deep frying might seem like wizardry, but I promise it’s just a matter of science.

This technique comes from the culinary wizards at America’s Test Kitchen, and it is very simple to pull off. Pair this baked chicken wing recipe with your favorite wing sauce, and you have some killer chicken wings.

How to Bake Chicken Wings

  1. Pat the chicken dry. Nothing will ruin this recipe faster than chicken that has been thawed but not dried.
  2. Coat the chicken in baking powder and salt.
  3. Place the chicken on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.
  4. Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, and flip them over at the 20 minute mark.
  5. Broil the chicken for 6 minutes.
  6. Toss with your favorite wing sauce.
chicken wings on a wire rack that has been fitted in a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil

Why Baking Powder and Salt

I love getting into the science behind cooking, so let’s talk about it for a minute. Baking powder and salt act similarly in this recipe. They both pull water out of the chicken. Once it is pulled out of the chicken it can evaporate in the oven, leaving a nice crispy skin.

In this recipe we are using both baking powder and salt, so that we can double down on pulling out moisture. It is vitally important that you use baking powder and not baking soda in this recipe.

How Long to Bake Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings need to cook on that wire rack (so all the air can circulate) for a solid 40 minutes. While they will reach 165 degrees before that point, they will need that full length of time to get crisp.

After that they need another 6 minutes under the broiler to finish crisping. For best results, I even suggest doing four minutes under the broiler, then flipping them and doing another four minutes. Watch them closely so they do not burn.

pouring buffalo sauce over a bowl full of crispy chicken wings that have been baked in the oven

Wing Sauce for Baked Chicken Wings

You can use any wing sauce you would like for these crispy baked chicken wings. You can even use my amazing, five star BBQ sauce. Traditionally wings are tossed in Buffalo Sauce after they are deep fried. I have a great homemade buffalo sauce that is easy to whip up while the wings are baking.

Buffalo Sauce

This Buffalo Sauce sauce is a very easy 10 minute recipe that is perfect for wings, and so many other great Buffalo flavored recipes.
spoon dripping buffalo sauce into a mason jar full of it
baked chicken wing recipe in a big bowl coated in buffalo sauce

Wings in the Air Fryer

Chicken wings made in the air fryer is another great way to simulate frying without the oil. In this recipe we can skip the baking powder and salt and use a delicious chicken rub instead.

Air fryer chicken wings should cook for 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are a great way to make your favorite game day food a little lighter.
overhead view of chicken wings in air fryer

Wings in the Crockpot

Another great way to make chicken wings is in the crockpot. The wings can go in fresh or frozen. After they are cooked we put them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up.

Cook the thawed chicken wings in the slow cooker covered in 12 ounces of wing sauce for three hours on low. Remove them from the oven and put them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Crockpot Chicken Wings

These delicious Crockpot Chicken Wings are so incredibly simple to make and can be done in any flavor you want!
crockpot chicken wings in wax paper and a wire basket
side view of baked chicken wings in a basket

FAQ

How long does it take chicken wings to bake at 400 degrees?

For this recipe we recommend that you crank your oven up all the way to 475 degrees and bake them for 40 minutes and then broil them for 6 minutes.

Do you need to flip chicken wings when baking?

Yes. This along with baking them on a wire rack allows both sides of the wing to crisp up while the fat drips away below.

Are chicken wings healthy?

Baked chicken wings are significantly healthier than deep fried wings. In this recipe we aren’t using any oil at all and we are using the science of baking powder and salt to make the wings crispy.

close up of an oven baked chicken wing

Other Game Day Recipes

I think that chicken wings are the perfect game day recipe, but if you are looking for more, I have a whole post with my favorite Game Day Recipes. Some of the stand outs are:

If you make these oven baked chicken wings, or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

overhead of a basket of crispy baked chicken wings
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Baked Chicken Wings

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 46 minutes
Total: 56 minutes
Making crispy Baked Chicken Wings isn't hard, in fact it's much easier than frying them. You just need the right combination of ingredients and oven temperature.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 475. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire on it and spray generaously with cooking spray.
  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Place the chicken in a gallon ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt. Toss to combine.
  • Place the chicken on the wire rack. Bake for 40 minutes, turning the chicken over half way during baking. Put the chicken under the broiler for 6 minutes, watching closely so they do not burn.
  • Remove from the oven and toss with wing sauce, and enjoy.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
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