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

  • PREP
  • COOK

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


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


  • 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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39 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Diane July 15, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Just made this, got the teenager approval! Very simple and tasty!

  • daina July 13, 2013, 11:51 am

    i love your measuring spoons … Recipe looking so yummy

  • Holly July 23, 2012, 10:22 pm


    Great recipe! I will try this soon! I made your portobello mushroom fries and they were a hit! 🙂 I was wondering, where/what brand is your cooling rack? I’m trying to look for one that is oven safe.

  • Rachelle May 26, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Just a question, Any SUGGESTION for replacing the BLUE CHEESE as I am extremely allergic to it (swollen tong etc). Thanks

    • Joanne May 26, 2012, 1:18 pm

      Hi Rachelle — Try feta cheese, instead.

    • Steven Hall December 29, 2013, 3:49 pm

      I usually just go with ranch dip.

  • rajee April 15, 2012, 7:20 am

    I can only see big chicken drumstick, not like the small drumstick above. Please let me know how to look for the small drumstick pieces to try your recipe above

    • Joanne April 16, 2012, 8:51 am

      Hi Rajee, When you go to the store, you should see wings next to where they sell other poultry. Most likely you will find them with the drumette and wing attached, not separated. You can see our tutorial for how to separate them by going here:

      If they aren’t there, ask someone at the store, we would be surprised if they didn’t have them.

  • Simply Tia December 4, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Beautiful job on these…they look just amazing. Wings are among my favorite appetizers and snacks. Yours look so yummy!

  • Ryan Lee December 4, 2011, 12:41 am

    Love your recipe! I was just wondering where you found your fun measuring spoons?

    • Joanne December 4, 2011, 9:12 am

      Thanks! Hmm… we have had those for so long, we are racking our brains trying to remember where they came from! If we were to guess, they probably are from Target (we had those in our college years and Target was pretty much the only place we shopped). I checked the spoons themselves and no logo.

  • Castello December 3, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Ohh great job. Looks delicious! Which blue cheeses do you prefer with your sauce?

    • Joanne December 4, 2011, 9:08 am

      Hi Castello – We actually used a generic blue cheese from the grocery store bought in a tub. (It was easy and cheap). If you wanted to try something more special, go for a tangy blue cheese like Maytag or maybe Roquefort with has great flavor, but with a nice creamy texture.

  • the wicked noodle December 3, 2011, 8:03 am

    I make hot wings often (I’m a spice junkie) and this is how I usually make them. They’re so good! Blue cheese dressing – homemade – is a must. They look fabulous!

    • Joanne December 3, 2011, 8:34 am

      no kidding, they are addictive!

  • Lora Sambora December 2, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Good job on the wings, Joanne! That’s exactly the sauce we would make here in Buffalo, NY! I love your take on the blue cheese dressing-I will have to try it. BTW I agree with you on baking the wings with high heat–less mess than frying and they come out nice and crispy!

    • Joanne December 3, 2011, 8:33 am

      YAY – so glad we kept to tradition 😉


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