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!
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.