How to Make Crispy Baked Chicken Hot Wings

Skip the oil and fryer and make easy baked chicken hot wings instead. Jump to the Crispy Baked Hot Wings Recipe or watch our quick, straight-forward video showing you how we make them.

We love hot wings, but the last thing we want to do at home is get out a deep fryer. That’s why we’re such big fans of this easy baked chicken wings recipe. Our recipe makes chicken wings that are crispy and delicious. They are also perfect for serving a crowd. There’s no hovering over hot oil. This simple recipe lets you make big batches of wings with little work from you.

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How to Make Perfectly Crispy Chicken Wings in the Oven

Baking chicken wings at home is so easy. Below we share how to bake them and a simple restaurant-style hot sauce to coat them in. There’s also a quick recipe for our favorite blue cheese dipping sauce.

How to Make Perfectly Crispy Baked Chicken Hot Wings in the Oven

There are three things to keep in mind when baking wings:

  1. It’s up to you whether you separate the chicken wings. Some grocery stores sell them separated. If the wings you buy are not, you can do it yourself. Or, just leave them unseparated. The recipe will work both ways.

    WATCH: How to cut a chicken wing.

  2. Bake the wings on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. By baking the chicken wings on a wire rack, fat drips away from the wings while they bake and helps keep them crispy.
  3. Bake chicken wings at a high temperature — we choose 400º F. The wings bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

How to Make Restaurant-Style Buffalo Wing Sauce

While the wings bake, you can make the buffalo wing sauce. It’s easy. Melt butter in a saucepan then stir in hot pepper sauce (we love Frank’s). Then season the sauce with garlic powder and salt.

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How to Make Oven Baked Wings

Coat the crispy baked wings in the sauce and serve with celery as well as your favorite dipping sauce. For us, that’s a chunky blue cheese dressing. Here’s how we make it:

5 Minute Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Add equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream to a bowl then stir in lots of blue cheese, fresh parsley, and salt. Done! 

5 Minute Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

This makes a delicious salad dressing, too. Thin out the dip with a splash of milk or buttermilk, and then use over salad greens. Delicious.

How to Make Crispy Baked Chicken Hot Wings

For more chicken wings recipes, see our Sweet Chili Baked Chicken Wings (with recipe video), our Brown Sugar Barbecue Baked Chicken Wings and our Pho-Inspired Grilled Chicken Wings.

For more Buffalo chicken inspired dishes, see our Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip, Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks and our Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, review it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #inspiredtaste on Instagram. Happy cooking!

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

How to Make Crispy Baked Chicken Hot Wings

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Spicy with a kick of vinegar, these will leave the plate in no time. To serve, make sure you have lots of blue cheese dip (store-bought or the dip below) and celery. Easily double, triple, or quadruple for a crowd.

Makes 2 to 3 servings

You Will Need

Chicken Wings

1 pound chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/3 cup hot pepper hot sauce (suggested brand: Frank’s Red Hot)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt

Celery, for serving

Blue Cheese Dressing

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

6 ounces crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon minced parsley

Salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions

  • Bake Chicken
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet.

    Season wings with salt. Spread out in one layer on wire rack. Bake until cooked through and crispy, 35 to 45 minutes.

    • Make Wing Sauce
    • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove saucepan from the heat, and then stir in hot sauce and garlic powder. Season with salt, to taste.

      Toss the baked chicken wings in the sauce and serve with celery and blue cheese dip.

      • Make Blue Cheese Dressing
      • Stir mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, and parsley together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • If you do not have a wire rack that will fit inside a baking sheet (here’s one online), you can still make wings. Arrange them on the baking sheet, without the rack and rotate a few times during baking.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. 1 pound of wings will be 8 to 12 wings, depending on size. We did not include the blue cheese dipping sauce in our calculations.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/2 the recipe / Calories 487 / Protein 29 g / Carbohydrate 0 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 41 g / Saturated Fat 20 g / Cholesterol 222 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Ken Blair October 6, 2017, 10:26 pm

    I love hot wing and Frank’s Wing sauce is perfect. I make mine a bit different. I used 1 cup of Franks, 1/2 cup Kraft’s Spicy BBq sauce, 1/2 stick of butter mixed together. I cook mine at a lower temp of 380 for 35 minutes and then put the chicken into the sauce mix and shake it up in a closed container. Then back into the oven at 350 for 15-20 mins. Folks love them here, A little zing and a slightly sweet taste but nothing the overpowers the other’s flavor. (The reason for my way is that I believe it allows for the juices to caramelize together and the sauce to soak in. Think it is better than using it as a condiment such as ketchup or mustard.

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  • Jenn P. April 3, 2017, 5:56 pm

    I have made wings like this for a long time. Out here in Southern California, we have these awesome stores called Stater Brothers and they have one of the best meat departments in the country. One of the butchers that works there told me about baking wings and I was a bit doubtful at first but it really, really works. One of the nicer things about this market too is that they will pre-season your meats for you. I have them season the wings with a light dusting of their Malibu seasoning (it’s a little salty, a little spicy, and a little sweet – perfect for chicken) so that I don’t have to season before baking. The only change I would suggest is that, about halfway through the cooking process, kick the heat up to about 475. It really makes a difference as far as as the wings’ crispiness as the skin will get nice and caramelized. We usually do Ranch (I have a picky, “NO BLUE CHEESE” person in my family, but I have made this homemade dressing before for myself and it was so so tasty.

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  • Jennifer October 22, 2016, 6:58 pm

    Hey there! Thanks for the recipe! First time making hot wings and this was easy and delicious! Husband and I loved them!

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    • Donna Dupre February 5, 2017, 6:53 pm

      I did. Last minute thought on superbowl today! Not a pack of wings to be found in the county. That would be Scottsbluff, NE. Anyway found some small drum stix. Cooked a little longer to compensate for size. Thanks for this easy, Less fat recipe…

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  • Sandy September 22, 2015, 2:23 pm

    Love the wingspan! Where did you get the measuring spoons?

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    • Joanne September 23, 2015, 11:07 am

      Hmm, I think those might have been from Target or Walmart (bought a long time ago).

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