How to Make Easy Oven Baked Wings | Crispy Baked Wings

An easy oven baked chicken wings recipe makes one of the best party appetizer foods and a delicious weeknight dinner idea, too.

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This post is all about how to make the best oven baked wings, an easy party appetizers recipe.

Baked chicken wings are one of the most popular party appetizers, and they are easy to make at home. Imagine having crispy baked wings for all your favorite occasions, from the year’s big football party to backyard barbecues and birthday celebrations.

Easy baked chicken wings make one of the best appetizers to bring to a party and one of the best party appetizers for dinner. If you’re looking for what food to bring to a party, then baked chicken wings are almost always a good appetizer for a casual dinner party.

If you are hosting a potluck or dinner party, then surprise your guests with tender and flavorful baked chicken wings at your next party or special occasion. Making crispy baked wings at home gives you the freedom to make your favorites, from classic buffalo wings to any number of wing sauce flavors that you come up with on your own.

This easy baked wings recipe describes how to make the best crispy party wings, plus it includes instructions on how to make a sweet and spicy homemade buffalo wing sauce. You can also toss the baked wings with other types of wing sauce, like garlic chili, garlic Parmesan, or lemon pepper wing sauce. If you’re looking for inspiration, here is a classic buffalo wing sauce that is well loved by many.

How to Make Crispy Baked Wings

Start with fresh chicken wings. A general rule of thumb is to purchase one pound of wings per person if the wings are being served as a main course, or half a pound of wings per person, if the wings are being served as an appetizer—but your mileage may vary.

This recipe is written to make 4 pounds of crispy baked wings, or to make about 4 main course servings or 8 appetizer servings. (But you may need more, depending on how much you and your family love baked wings!)

If starting with whole chicken wings, then cut the wings into sections—drummettes and flats—and remove the chicken wing tips.

The drummettes are the part of the wing that look like a miniature chicken drumstick or leg. The flat is located opposite of the drummette on a folded wing.

The wing tips are found at the end of the wing flat. The wing tips don’t have much edible meat on them, but they can be used to make homemade chicken stock.

Carefully cut the chicken wing sections apart at the joints. Keep the drummettes and flats for baking. The wing tips can be stored in a food storage container and frozen to use for making chicken stock later.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty foil paper.

Place a wire baking rack on top of the baking sheet. The baking rack allows air to circulate around the chicken wings, helping them to bake up crispier. The foil captures rendered chicken fat and drippings, helping to make clean up easier.

Coat the baking rack with nonstick cooking spray to help prevent the chicken from sticking to the rack.

Add vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), ground black pepper, and salt to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine the ingredients.

Place the chicken wings into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning blend over chicken wings, and then rub the seasoning blend over the wings to coat them with herbs and spices. Sprinkle baking powder over the chicken wings evenly, to coat.

Arrange the chicken wings on the cooling rack, leaving space between each wing to allow air to circulate while the wings are baking.

Bake the chicken wings for 25 minutes, and then carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven. Use a pair of heat resistant tongs to flip the wings over, so that the wings will bake more evenly.

Return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes longer, or until the chicken wings are fully cooked and golden brown. The chicken wings should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, as measured by an instant read meat thermometer.

Once the crispy oven baked chicken wings are fully cooked, transfer the wings to a large mixing bowl to coat them with a wing sauce of your choice.

To make buffalo wing sauce: While the chicken wings are baking, make the buffalo wing sauce by adding hot sauce, butter, honey, garlic powder, and onion powder to a small saucepan.

Cook the ingredients over low heat, stirring continuously, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are combined. Remove the buffalo wing sauce from heat, and set it aside.

Place the baked chicken wings in a clean mixing bowl. Pour the buffalo wing sauce over the chicken wings. Using tongs, gently toss the baked wings with the sauce to coat to serve.

Tip: You can also top the oven baked chicken wings with other wing sauce flavors, like garlic Parmesan wing sauce or lemon pepper wing sauce.

Popular side dishes to serve with crispy baked chicken wings include sliced celery and carrot sticks, wing sauce, and ranch dressing or blue cheese dipping sauce.

Tips

  • For the best crispy baked wings, place the chicken wings on a tray and store them in the refrigerator uncovered overnight, to help dry out the skin. But even if you don’t have time to chill the chicken wings ahead of time, the wings should still bake up deliciously.

Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Wings

Here is how to make crispy oven baked chicken wings. Serve the wings with your favorite toppings, such as buffalo wing sauce or garlic Parmesan wing sauce. Great side dishes for baked chicken wings include sliced celery or carrot sticks, ranch dip, and blue cheese dressing or dip.

Easy Oven Baked Wings

An easy recipe for how to cook wings in the oven. These crispy baked chicken wings make the one the best party appetizers or weeknight meal ideas for those who like to eat savory chicken.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer recipes, chicken recipes, party recipes, snack recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time (Optional) 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sweet Bacon & Pecans

Ingredients

For oven baked chicken wings:

  • 4 lbs chicken wings wing tips removed
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder

For the buffalo wing sauce:

  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil paper. Then place a wire baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Coat the baking rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), ground black pepper, and salt to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning blend over chicken wings, and then rub the seasoning blend over the wings to coat them with herbs and spices. Sprinkle baking powder over the chicken wings evenly, to coat.
  • Arrange the chicken wings on the baking rack, leaving space between each wing to allow air to circulate while the wings are baking.
  • Bake the chicken wings for 25 minutes, and then carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven. Use a pair of heat resistant tongs to flip the wings over, so that the wings will bake more evenly.
  • Return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes longer, or until the chicken wings are fully cooked and golden brown.
  • To make the buffalo wing sauce: While the chicken wings are baking, make the buffalo wing sauce by adding hot sauce, butter, honey, garlic powder, and onion powder to a small saucepan. Cook the ingredients over low heat, stirring continuously, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are combined. Remove the buffalo wing sauce from heat, and set it aside.
  • Place the baked chicken wings in a clean mixing bowl. Pour the buffalo wing sauce over the chicken wings. Using tongs, gently toss the baked wings with the sauce to coat.

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