This easy appetizer recipe for baked chicken wings uses a tried and true method that results in an ultra-crispy buffalo wings recipe. You'll hardly believe that these chicken wings are baked in the oven and not fried.
Prepare a baking sheet by covering it in foil and then placing a wire rack over the top of it. Oil the rack to prevent sticking.
Pat the wings dry using paper towels or a lint-free flour sack towel. It's important to get the wings as dry as possible. This ensures that they will be extra crispy.
Add the wings to a large bowl or a Ziploc bag. Add the salt and pepper and the baking powder. Toss to coat.
Place the wings on the wire baking rack. Bake on the bottom ⅓ of the oven for 30 minutes.
Increase the temperature to 425°F and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the wings are golden brown and crispy.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Melt the butter in a sauce pan or in the microwave. Mix the hot wing sauce and the butter together.
Remove the wings from the oven and put them in a large bowl or in a baking dish. Pour the buffalo wing sauce over the baked wings. Use tongs to toss.
Serve with blue cheese dip and celery.
How to make extra crispy baked chicken wings
Pat the wings dry. Getting as much moisture as you can off of the skin is the key to crispy wings. That and tossing them in baking powder, which is the secret ingredient in this recipe.
Season the wings well with salt and pepper. Make sure to use a generous amount of salt and black pepper to season your wings.
Use an oven-safe wire rack over your baking sheet. The wire rack allows the hot air in the oven to circulate all around the wings ensuring that they will be crispy on every side.
Bake on a low temp for 30 minutes. Baking the wings at 250℉ on the lower rack of your oven removes even more moisture from the skin on the chicken wings. Trust me, don't skip this step.
Finish baking at a higher temperature. You'll finish baking these wings at 425℉. The higher temperature allows them to get really crispy and a nice golden brown.
Storing TipsStore leftover wings in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. How To Reheat Preheat your oven to 350℉. Spread your wings on a baking sheet in a single layer. Put the wings in the oven and reheat for 10-20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer stuck in the meatiest wing reads 165 degrees. Serving RecommendationsThese chicken wings are tasty enough to be eaten without any dipping sauce. But if you're all about dipping sauce, serve these with a side of blue cheese dressing.Nutrition InfoThe nutrition info is calculated by dividing this recipe into 8 approximately equal servings. Since wings and drumettes vary in size this is the most accurate way to approximate the nutrition information.