Make these crispy oven baked chicken wings for a lighter version of a pub classic. Toss them in your favorite sauce with dip on the side.
Wings, any way you douse them, are hands down the best finger-food for basically any gathering. I love eating wings but don’t always love making them. Deep frying can be a lot of work especially if you’re making a lot. Plus it adds extra fat unnecessarily. The perfect crispy wing can be achieved without a batter or a vat of oil. In fact, you only need 3 things to make tender sticky crisp chicken wings and cornstarch is not one of them.
The secret to making crispy oven baked chicken wings.
Cornstarch is often called for in recipes for crisp wings but it’s not as effective as my method. In my opinion, cornstarch makes the wings chewy. The real secret to making crispy wings in the oven is in the correct temperature, proper baking equipment, and a little cooking oil.
Oil– Coat the wings in a light oil after seasoning them to taste. A couple of tablespoons work well for 2-3 pounds of wings.
Baking rack– A baking rack is crucial to crisping the wings and dripping access fat. Lining the drip pan with foil can help with cleaning afterward but don’t line the wire rack.
High heat– I prefer to bake my chicken at high temperature for a shorter amount of time. 475 degrees is excellent for wings because it cooks the inside quickly while searing the skin to the perfect crunch. Heat lower than 450 degrees have produced rubbery skin in my experience.
To prepare the wings
Pat dry rinsed whole or portioned wings. Place them in a bowl and season as desired with dry spices. Coat and toss the wings with oil like canola or olive oil.
Layer the chicken evenly on a wire rack over a drip pan. Bake the wings for 25 minutes in a preheated 475 degrees oven. Remove the chicken from the oven to dress them with your sauce of choice.
Tip: I prefer to place them back into the oven for 2-3 minutes after tossing them in the sauce to make it really stick to the wings. This step is optional.
How to Dress Naked Wings
Buffalo sauce and blue cheese is a true classic. Be sure to check out my recipe for easy buffalo sauce. You may want to try them with my Carolina Style Mustard Barbecue Sauce as well as my recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.
- 3 lb chicken wings cut or whole
- 2 tbsp cooking oil canola oil works well
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a wire rack.
- In a bowl, season the wings with the spices and coat with oil. Layer the wings on the rack and bake for 25-30 minutes. The wings will be golden brown and crisp. Check for doneness with a thermometer reading at 165 degrees.