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How to Bake Chicken Wings That Are Just as Crispy & Juicy as Fried

It is possible to learn how to bake chicken wings that are just as crispy, crunchy and delicious as fried chicken wings. It’s also really simple! The secret to really crispy baked chicken wings lies in one ordinary ingredient that you probably have sitting in your pantry all the time…

How to Bake Chicken Wings

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The secret for how to bake chicken wings is…

Baking powder! It might seem strange, but trust me. Tossing those chicken wings in baking powder before baking dries out the chicken skin so that it cooks to a perfect, crispy perfection without all the mess and oil of frying. 

I picked up this method of baking chicken wings from America’s Test Kitchen a couple of years ago, and it’s been one of the most impressive little kitchen tricks I ever learned. It is incredible how just a couple tablespoons of baking powder can turn home-cooked chicken wings into the most crunchy, savory, impressive chicken wings to rival any restaurant. 

Baked Chicken Wings

Every single bite is flaky and crunchy, while the chicken meat inside remains soft and tender. It’s a little kitchen miracle! 

This handy little trick will really up your entertaining game. These perfectly baked crispy chicken wings will be the hit appetizer at every party, no matter what else is on the table.

How to Bake Chicken Wings That Are Crispy and Oh So Tasty

If you want to save a little time, you can buy your chicken wings clipped and ready to go straight into the oven. If you want to save a little money, you can buy the ordinary chicken wings and take the time to split them and clip the wing tips yourself. I normally opt to save a little money because it only adds an extra 5 or 6 minutes onto the already quick and easy prep time. 

And, once you’ve figured out how to bake chicken wings in the oven and achieved home baked crispy wing perfection, don’t forget to serve them with an outstanding sauce. Smother them in your favorite hot sauce or barbecue sauce, but make sure you’ve got a really delicious sauce because wings this good deserve it! 

My favorite wing sauce is the simple honey-Sriracha sauce recipe, below, that whisks together in minutes. Now, get cooking — chicken wings this good can’t wait! 

How to bake chicken wings

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse ground sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place a wire baking rack over the foil on the baking sheet. Lightly grease baking rack.
  2. Prepare chicken wings by splitting at the joint and trimming off the wing tips. In a large zip-top bag, combine the prepared wings, baking powder and sea salt. Toss to coat evenly.
  3. Remove wings from bag and place them skin-side up on the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 425 F. Move oven rack to upper middle. Bake until the wings are golden brown and crispy, about 45 more minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with wing sauce. 

Honey-Sriracha wing sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pinch (or more) black sesame seeds

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. 

 

11 Comments

Linda ybarra

Delicious!

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K

Looks like a REALLY long cooking time at a REALLY high temperature. But I’ll try it anyway. #lovecraftsy

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Karin

That does seem like a really long time. Is it 45 minutes total or 45 minutes after you raise the heat?

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James Chadek

I did 5 pounds. I upped the amounts appropriately. My gas oven is exact on temp but I find I need more time. I will do 25 minutes and 55 next time. the edge ones were nice and crispy. The ones in the middle of the sheet were still soft. They all tasted great. And with no pre-seasoning All the sauce desires were easy to meet. Nice having them all done at once rather than frying multiple batches.
Definitely will do this again.

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Aish

Sounds easy ang delicious..
Gonna try this the soonest..

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Marlynne Smith

Tried it once I need to perfect the cooking time is unclear. Is it a total of 45 minutes or is it 25 minutes plus 45 minutes? Still with me new dietary restrictions that my husband and I have to follow it is a great alternative. Also how long do you have to cook chicken parts like legs, thighs or the larger breast?

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lorne noftall

I did this recipe yesterday and it was a huge hit with my family. I baked the wings for about 55 minutes after the first 30 minutes ( @ 250 ) and not only were they crispy;they were also fall off the bone tender & juicy..This will be mygo to for wings ( and other parts ) from now on. The sauce was also a huge hit and my kids want me to make it and have on hand all the time. Even my wife loved it. I added a little bit of unsalted butter to slightly cutdown on the heat. (For my wife and daughter’s sake–it worked !! ) BRAVO !! To a fantastic recipe.

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Peg

Tried this and my nephew (very picky about his wings) said they were the best homemade wings he
had ever had! I had 4 different sauces to pick from and I think everyone was in love with these wings.
I will absolutely keep this recipe and use it again!

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Wing lover

Best oven fried wings ever ive tried alot recipes this by far easiest no oil is the way to go

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plasterer bristol

These sound really yummy! gonna give this recipe ago thanks for sharing.

Simon

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Heather

That baking powder trick is genius! I love healthier takes on wings – it’s so much flavor for fewer calories. Thanks for sharing!

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