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.
There are three things to keep in mind when baking wings:
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake chicken wings at a high temperature — we choose 400º F. The wings bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
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.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Make a big batch of sauce and save up to 1 month, here’s our easy make-ahead buffalo sauce recipe!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
You Will NeedChicken 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
Celery, for servingBlue 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
- Bake Chicken
- Make Wing Sauce
- Make Blue Cheese Dressing
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.
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.
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.
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