Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

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Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings: If you want the perfect crispy baked hot wings, but want to skip the fat of frying, look no further than this baked chicken wings recipe.

This post has all the tips for how long to bake chicken wings, how to get truly crispy wings in the oven, and how to get finger licking good hot wings with minimal work! These wings come out crispy every time, the fat renders, and they are ready to be sauced with your favorite hot wings sauce recipe, or something from a bottle.

Chicken wings on a cooling rack, close up photo

How do you make chicken wings crispy in the oven?

How do you make crispy chicken in the oven? For years I thought it was impossible, and I settled for the chewy, slimy skin on the outside of the chicken in order to cut the calories by avoiding frying. But why would anyone want to make a sacrifice like that when it comes to chicken wings?

So, I did some research, and tested and tested, and now I can share with you how to get baked chicken wings that are truly crispy, from the oven not a fryer! There are some key steps that can’t be missed if you want crispy baked wings.

The basics of how to make chicken wings crispy in the oven are:

  1. Pat the chicken wings dry. You don’t want them to steam in the oven. The surface water has to evaporate before they will crisp up, so do your chicken a favor and get rid of as much of it as you can. This is why it is so important for baked wings that you do not make them from frozen!

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  2. Coat wings with baking powder…don’t worry I will explain why. The science geek in me loves this stuff!

  3. Cook at a low heat on a rack so the fat under the skin can render.

  4. Turn the heat up to crisp up that skin. When it is done you will have crispy baked chicken wings.

  5. Now, let’s coat those baked wings with your favorite hot wings sauce.

Alternative methods:

Parboil the Wings: While I was doing my research for this post, and this cooking method, I came across the idea of parboiling your wings before baking them. This essentially means putting them in a pot of simmering (almost boiling) water, and cooking them for 6-7 minutes to help render out the fat before baking them.

The smaller layer of fat under the skin means a crispier wing.

I loved that this meant I could cook from frozen as well. So if your wings are frozen this might be a good solution for you.

I found this method to work well for a crispy skin, but not so well for my life and house. A big pot of boiling meat that you have to really pay attention to the time on not to ruin was a bit too fussy for me. So while it worked awesome, and the skin was super crispy. I still much prefer the baking powder alternative for ease.

Of course, feel free to use whatever method works best for you! The key is simply to reduce the fat under the skin, and dry the skin well so you can get a crispy exterior.

Crispy Baked chicken wings in a basket with butcher paper liner

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Why Coat Oven Baked Wings in Baking Powder

The first thing I have to warn you about is to use Baking Powder, not baking soda! If you use baking soda, just plan now to toss those wings now. It will ruin them, while the baking powder makes them awesome.

The baking powder is a key factor in making these oven baked wings crispy. Like not joking, seriously crunchy, crackly, crispy wings. Like you pulled them out of the deep fryer, only way less fat–crispy!

In a nutshell this is because the baking powder will help to draw moisture to the surface of the skin, and the heat of the oven will cause it to evaporate, and then the skin will be left moisture-less, and thus become far crispier.

Oven baked and crispy wings on a cooling rack

How long does it take to cook chicken wings in the oven at 400?

The easy answer is until cooked through and crispy. It really depends on the wings and the oven. But the idea here is that you will have already started cooking them at a lower heat, and rendering the fat out, so when you turn the temperature up to 400, it should take about 45-50 minutes to get a nice crispy skin!

  • You can move the rack up so they are closer to the heating element too if you want to speed things up a little.

  • You could bake them at 450 and it will cook faster, but after a lot of testing, I like the slightly longer cooking time at 400 degrees.

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Crispy, golden brown baked wings

As you can see from this pre-sauce picture, the skin is crispy, and golden brown, and ready to be sauced or eaten as is. I love that these wings are reduced fat because it melts away and you discard it. And that they can be paired with whatever sauce you want!

I love making my own sauces, but I also know that sometimes I just need a quick solution, so a bottle sauce or dip is also great.

So for your next tailgating party, or football watching weekend, or just when you want something extremely tasty and delicious, make these awesomely crispy baked wings!

A big cooling rack covered in crispy baked chicken wings

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Perfect Crispy Baked Hot Wings Without The Fat Of Frying!

Course: Chicken, Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Chicken Wings, Crispy Baked Chicken Wings, Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 816kcal

Ingredients

 

  • 5 pounds chicken wings

  • 2 Tbs baking powder

  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil

  • 1 Tbs kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

Ginger Soy Glaze:

 

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsps minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup water

 

Instructions

Wings instructions:

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Use a paper towel to pat the totally

defrosted wings dry. This will not work

with frozen wings

  • Place wings in a large bowl or in a ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt and pepper, and  toss to coat evenly. Note: Some have complained the wings are too salty, adjust to preference, but remember salt is needed to help dry out the skin and get crispy wings. 
  • Drizzle with 1 Tbs vegetable oil 
  • Line a tray with foil, and set a wire rack inside the rimmed baking sheets.
  • Brush rack with remaining vegetable oil, or spray with cooking oil. Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer with the skin side up. It will be a tight fit, use two sheets if needed.
  • Bake wings at 250 for 30 minutes to help render the fat.
  • After 30 minutes, increase temperature to 400 degrees, and bake an additional 45-50 minutes until cooked through and skin is crispy, and wings are golden brown. Optional: Flip once during baking
  • Once baked, remove wings from pan, and toss in a bowl to coat with sauce of choice
  • Return to baking sheet rack, bake for 5-6 minutes until glaze is lightly caramelized.

Ginger Soy Sauce:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve honey. Taste, and adjust as desired, such as adding sweetener. 
  • Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/4 cup, 7–8 minutes.

Notes

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Full defrost wings, or they will not cook up well. 
 
A few readers commented they were too salty, you can reduce the amount of salt used and add more later, but the salt helps to dry out the skin and give you the crispiness. 
 
For even crispiness, flip the wings half way through the second cooking time. 
 
For a nice sauce glaze, return wings to oven on broil for a few minutes after saucing the wings.

Nutrition

Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 2477mg | Potassium: 1113mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 3% | Calcium: 29.7% | Iron: 20.6%
 

 

 

 

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