These barbecue baked chicken wings are sweet, smoky and just sticky enough to make us very very happy. Jump to the Brown Sugar Baked Chicken Wings Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.
We love getting a little dirty, it’s just more fun that way! Not so dirty that you need to bring out the Stain Master, but dirty enough to require more than one napkin. The sauce for these brown sugar barbecue baked chicken wings recipe is a cinch. There is no cooking needed! All you do is stir a few things together then coat the wings and bake.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: This Easy Baked Chicken Hot Wings Recipe. Skip the oil and fryer and make easy baked chicken hot wings instead. Then toss them in a restaurant-style buffalo wing sauce. Or, try this 3-ingredient Sweet Chili wing recipe.
Barbecue Baked Chicken Wings – Make the Sweet and Spicy Sauce Everyone Will Love
These baked wings are very simple and we love this sauce! No cooking required. Just stir and slather over your baked wings!
See it in the back of the photo? That’s what your looking for, we buy ours at our local grocery store in the international section, but you can find it at Asian or International grocery stores, too. Get a bottle, you’ll love it! You could even make a double batch and save it in the fridge up to one week. Dip fries, veggies or chicken nuggets in it and you’ll be happy.
How to Bake Wings
We’ve seen chicken wings sold two ways. First, everything has been done for us – the drumette and wing are already separated. It’s great to find this, but sometimes we don’t and instead have to do some light butchering before cooking. Separating the wing and drumette is really easy, just hop on over to our video to see how. It will only add 5 minutes to your prep time, no biggie! Or, leave them unseparated. It’s completely up to you!
WATCH: How to cut a chicken wing.
- Toss the wings with half of the sauce. (Save the rest for later so you can dip!)
- Line them up on a baking sheet. Notice that we inset a baking rack inside our baking sheet — if you have this option, do it. We find that the chicken gets just that little bit crispier. We do this for bacon, too!
- Bake the wings until cooked through, about 30 minutes, and then serve with some of that saved sauce from earlier. (Remember, never use the same sauce that you tossed with raw chicken, once the chicken has cooked).
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: These Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings. If you’ve never tried grilling wings, you need to start and this grilled wings recipe is here to help.
Recipe updated, originally posted April 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Brown Sugar Barbecue Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Sweet, smokey and just a little spicy, the sauce for these wings comes together in 5 minutes and is crazy good. We’ve seen chicken wings sold two ways. First, everything has been done for us – the drumette and wing are already separated. It’s great to find this, but sometimes we don’t and instead have to do some light butchering before cooking. Separating the wing and drumette is really easy, just hop on over to our video to see how. It will only add 5 minutes to your prep time, no biggie! Or, leave them unseparated. It’s completely up to you!
You Will Need
1 cup ketchup, try our homemade ketchup recipe
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 pounds chicken wings, wing and drumstick separated
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. If you have one that fits, lay a cooling rack inside the baking sheet, this helps get the chicken extra crispy – see note below. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Sriracha, cumin, and soy sauce. Taste and adjust with additional soy sauce or sugar. Set aside 1/2 cup of sauce for tossing raw chicken and save the rest for dipping once the chicken has cooked.
Toss the chicken wings with the reserved 1/2 cup of sauce then add to the prepared baking sheet. Bake the chicken wings, turning once during cooking, until an internal thermometer registers 165 degrees F, 35 to 45 minutes.
Serve the baked wings with the sauce you set aside earlier, either on the side or tossed with the chicken.
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.