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Make perfectly crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with this easy method, including seven different flavor options for wings everyone will love.

A serving board full of crispy oven baked chicken wings

Mmmmm, chicken wings! They don’t call them finger lickin’ good for nothing. Every time we make them for dinner we wonder why we don’t make them more often! Chicken wings do not have to be consumed at a sports bar surrounded by big screens and local sports, promise. 

If you don’t think you love chicken wings, you probably just never found the right sauce. There are so many amazing flavor options, that you are sure to find one to love! Buffalo sauce or barbecue sauce is standard, but we are huge fans of honey garlic and salt and vinegar! No matter how you dress them, you’re going to love them! 

  • What does baking powder do for chicken wings?

    You definitely don’t want to skimp on this one. Baking powder is an essential ingredient in crispy baked chicken wings. Baking powder raises the pH of the chicken, breaks down the peptide bonds in the skin, and with that, makes the skin more crispy. Science, y’all!

  • Fresh vs. Frozen Wings

    We prefer to always use fresh wings, however, we know how convenient it is to keep a bag of frozen wings on hand at all times. If you’re going to use frozen wings, let them thaw in the fridge overnight before baking, and make sure to pat them dry really well. You don’t want that extra water content

  • What to serve with chicken wings:

    Traditionally, you would want carrot sticks and celery on the side, and we are not ones to mess with tradition. There is also a hot debate on ranch vs bleu cheese as a dipping sauce. Whichever you prefer, we won’t judge.

  • Short on time? Try our “cheater” method:

    If you are short on time making refrigeration for 12-24 hours impossible, we’ve got you covered. You can bake that at a super low temperature to dry them out before then blasting them with heat to finish cooking through.

    So, rather than refrigerating your wings at all, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. At that point, remove your wings from the oven, and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Once it is at temperature, add your wings back in and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes, following the standard baking time suggested in the recipe, or until your wings are to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious chicken recipes:

A hand dipping a chicken wing into ranch dressing

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, and honey.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Simple BBQ Sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  2. Whisk in tomato sauce, molasses, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and saute 90 seconds.
  2. Add in honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  3. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.
  2. Stir in water, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  3. Let simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Salt and Vinegar Wings

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together vinegar, water, salt, and pepper until dissolved. Add in raw chicken wings and make sure they are completely submerged.
  2. Let soak in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Pat completely dry, then proceed with basic crispy baked chicken wing recipe.

Lemon Pepper Wings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon pepper.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

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A serving board full of crispy oven baked chicken wings
Make perfectly crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with this easy method, including seven different flavor options for wings everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients

Basic Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions

Basic Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

  • Place a wire rack onto a baking sheet. Use paper towels to pat chicken wings as dry as possible and place into a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, stir together baking powder, salt, pepper, and paprika (and any additional flavor additions you'd like to use). Sprinkle over chicken wings and toss until wings are evenly coated.
  • Place wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate uncovered overnight, 12 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Take wings directly from refrigerator and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crispy and brown and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken wings.
  • Serve plain hot, or use desired flavor sauces and variations.

Buffalo Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, and honey.
  • Add cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
Notes

Lemon Pepper Wings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
 
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon pepper.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
 

Simple BBQ Sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
 
  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  2. Whisk in tomato sauce, molasses, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
 

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
 
  1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and saute 90 seconds.
  2. Add in honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  3. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
 

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
 
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
 

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove minced garlic
 
  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.
  2. Stir in water, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  3. Let simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
 

Salt and Vinegar Wings

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together vinegar, water, salt, and pepper until dissolved. Add in raw chicken wings and make sure they are completely submerged.
  2. Let soak in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Pat completely dry, then proceed with basic crispy baked chicken wing recipe.
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Wings
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Elizabeth Endicott
October 28, 2020 8:48 pm

5 stars
These wings are “the bomb,” according to my daughter. We were together for our weekly dinner, and we enjoy trying new recipes. The wings were very easy to make. We used the short-cut baking method. They were crispy and delicious! Be sure you have the right baking powder. It truly makes all the difference. I’m not a terrific cook, but Rachel makes her recipes very easy to follow and achieve success. I’m grateful. We’ll be making this again soon!

Pam Cross
October 26, 2020 11:24 pm

You have the best recipes! Thank you

Zeina
November 3, 2020 2:09 pm

👋🏻 Rachel, I made these today and they were DELISH. I will go the full 45 minutes next time since some had soft spots but other than that these wings with ALL the sauces are a 100% a keeper.

November 1, 2020 3:47 pm

I would suggest turning the wings halfway through the second bake, the sides facing the rack don’t crisp up.

October 27, 2020 2:59 am

5 stars
Nearly every single post by this chef is saved on my channel! These are mostly “simple and fast” recipes that are always delicious!

Zeina
November 17, 2020 6:21 pm

👋🏻 Hello there, my fam’s addicted to these wings and I wanted to ask about a cajun seasoning version, is it like the lemon pepper EVOO+ seasoning of choice or something else?
TIA

November 17, 2020 5:18 pm

5 stars
This is the absolutely best recipe for chicken wings. I have shared it so many times already.

Carol Topping
November 4, 2020 4:57 pm

This is a GREAT recipe! The wings were crispy and delicious. I made the hot sauce, lemon-pepper sauce and barbeque sauce and divided the cooked wings so we could try each flavor. DELICIOUS! Thank you!

Carmela
October 30, 2020 1:59 pm

Does it matter if I only refrigerate for a couple of hours?

November 2, 2020 11:12 am
Reply to  Carmela

Yes, you definitely want to refrigerate for the entire recommended time. If you are short on time, try this cheater method!: Rather than refrigerating your wings at all, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. At that point, remove your wings from the oven, and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Once it is at temperature, add your wings back in and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes, following the standard baking time suggested in the recipe, or until your wings are to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jeannette Justice
October 27, 2020 8:23 am

These look amazing! I will make some of these.

Jeffrey Horn
October 27, 2020 3:59 am

Recipes like fantastic. I will be trying those immediately. I needed some new ideas.

Jane Mcilmurray
October 26, 2020 7:33 pm

5 stars
They look soo good. I have been using my air fryer to cook my wings. I am going to cook them in the oven next time.

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