How to Make Super Easy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

This easy recipe for crispy oven-baked chicken wings is a simple and successful crowd-pleaser. You’ll be surprised by how crisp and tasty they are without frying and how flavorful they are without heat. So easy to make, they’ll earn a spot in your dinner rotation very fast.

Be sure to pat the wings dry before seasoning; this makes sure that each wing is perfectly crispy on the outside.

A plate of oven-baked chicken wings garnished with parsley, served alongside a bowl of ranch dressing.

Oven Baked Chicken Wings

This recipe combines a crisp texture with plenty of flavor. They're not spicy but still delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free

Instructions 

  • Prepare the Chicken Wings. Pat the wings dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps give the wings a crispy texture. Place the chicken wings in a large bowl.
    Raw chicken wings in a clear glass bowl on a white marble surface.
  • Season the Wings. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken wings. Add olive oil and aluminum-free baking powder to the bowl with chicken wings. Mix all the ingredients well until the wings are evenly coated with the spices, oil, and baking powder. Place the wings in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if possible.
    Two stages of chicken wings in a bowl; left side showing wings coated in dry spices, right side showing wings mixed with a reddish marinade.
  • Prep for baking. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the seasoned chicken wings in a single layer on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for easy cleanup
    Oven-baked chicken wings arranged on a wire rack above a foil-lined baking tray.
  • Bake the Wings. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the wings over. Continue baking them for an additional 20 minutes or until the wings are golden brown and have an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
    Golden brown chicken wings evenly spread out on a wire rack over a foil-lined baking tray.
  • Finish and Serve. Once cooked, let your wings rest for 5-10 minutes, and then serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.
    A plate of crispy oven-baked chicken wings served with a bowl of ranch dressing, garnished with parsley.

Notes

Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, chili, or crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat.
Before seasoning, pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps give the wings a crispy texture.
Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 1264mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 3mg

In my kitchen, oven-baked chicken wings are a staple for game nights and family dinners alike. I love deep-fried buffalo wings as much as anyone, but frying them sometimes feels like a hassle.. When I first tried this oven wings recipe, it was a game-changer! They come out so crispy and flavorful that they’ve become a regular request from my family and friends. The best part? They’re fuss-free, and I don’t have to deal with the mess of frying. These wings, paired with some fresh veggies and dipping sauce, make everyone happy without any compromise on taste.

A chicken wing being dipped into a bowl of creamy ranch dressing, with celery and carrot sticks in the background.

I’m thrilled every time I pop these in the oven!

Oven Baked Chicken Wings Tips

  • Check Your Oven’s Accuracy: Before starting, ensure your oven is correctly calibrated. An oven thermometer can help verify that it’s heating to the indicated temperature, crucial for getting those wings perfectly crispy.
  • Rotate the Tray: For even cooking and browning, rotate your baking tray halfway through the cooking time. This helps avoid hot spots in your oven affecting the crispiness of the wings.
  • Dry Well: Focus on drying the wings thoroughly. The drier the skin when they go into the oven, the crispier they’ll be. Don’t rush this step!
  • Don’t Crowd the Pan: Keep the wings spaced out on the wire rack so the hot air can circulate each one, promoting an even bake and texture.

Key Ingredients and Tools

A few key tools and ingredients play a crucial role. Here’s a quick look at some that are super important.

Ingredients for oven-baked chicken wings recipe arranged on a marble countertop, including chicken wings and various seasonings.
  • Wire Rack. Placing the wings on a wire rack in the baking pan allows hot air to circulate freely around the chicken, ensuring they bake evenly and come out crispy.
  • Aluminum-Free Baking Powder. This ingredient is essential for creating that light, crispy skin. It reacts under heat to form bubbles that elevate the texture of the wings’ exterior.
  • Paprika. Found in the spice aisle, paprika not only adds a subtle smokiness and beautiful color to the wings but also enhances their overall flavor profile.

These items are crucial for getting the best results from your chicken wings, and each spice is important.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks, creamy coleslaw, cornbread, and hot German potato salad.

Troubleshooting and Help

Can I prepare the wings ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can season the wings and let them marinate overnight in the fridge. This not only saves you time before cooking but also helps the flavors soak into the wings.

What if I don’t have a wire rack?

No problem! You can place the wings directly on a foil-lined baking sheet. Just be sure to flip them halfway through so they get crispy on both sides.

My wings aren’t browning as expected. What can I do?

Try placing them under the broiler for a few minutes at the end of the cooking time. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn, but this should give them a nice golden color and extra crispiness.

Is there a way to make these wings less messy to eat?

Serving the wings with plenty of napkins or wet wipes is one way to handle the mess. You could also use small forks or toothpicks to help pick them up without getting too messy.

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need further tips!

Storing Leftovers

Storing This:

  • Refrigeration: Place any leftover wings in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Freezing is not recommended for this recipe as the texture of the wings can become soggy when reheated.

Reheating It:

  • Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the wings on a baking sheet and reheat for about 10-15 minutes, or until they’re heated through and regain some crispiness.
  • Microwave: Although not ideal for maintaining crispiness, you can microwave the wings for quick heating. Use 30-second intervals, checking between each, until they are warm.

This way, you can enjoy your chicken wings almost as much as when they were freshly made!

Remember, the key to success is ensuring your wings are dry before seasoning and giving them space on the rack for even cooking. Give this recipe a try for your next meal, and enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of these homemade, oven-baked wings. Happy cooking!

A large plate of crispy oven-baked chicken wings next to a small bowl of dipping sauce and foil-wrapped baking tray in the background.
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  1. 5 stars
    These wings are delicious! I love that they are mild, yet so flavorful. Thank you so much for the recipe.