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Why I love this baked chicken wings recipe

The first time I made baked chicken wings was for my peanut butter and jelly wings recipe, and I knew then that I would never make wings any other way.

And, I promise you that after tasting these wings, you’ll never want to fry (or buy) them again. Baking the wings in the oven gives such a great crisp to the skin and makes the wings healthier, so you can enjoy more without the guilt.

But, you can’t just throw wings in the oven and call it a day. I have a trick for getting them even crispier than just your average chicken wing.

More game day appetizers and snacks: skyline chili dip / chipotle salsa / homemade ranch dip / stovetop popcorn / peanut butter pretzel bites / crispy onion straws

crispy baked chicken wings with buffalo sauce and celery on a plate

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe

Ingredients note: Be careful when choosing your buffalo sauce. Some of them contain butter, so if you want these to be dairy free, you’ll need to read the label and choose one that works for you. We use Frank’s brand, and haven’t had any issues.

How to bake chicken wings in the oven

Prep. Start by preheating your oven, line your baking sheets with parchment or non-stick aluminum foil.

Next, combine the cornstarch, flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the chicken wings and toss them around until they’re evenly coated.

Bake the wings. Place the chicken wings on your baking sheets and pop them into the oven for 45 – 55 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown and crispy. You’ll also want to make sure they reach a minimum of 165˚F

Toss them in sauce. Remove the wings from the oven and transfer them to a large bowl (I clean mine while the wings bake), and add about 3/4 cup of sauce and toss until the wings are coated. Add more to taste.

Serve with ranch. We love serving our chicken wings with our favorite dairy free ranch dressing or homemade ranch dip and some celery sticks.

holding up a chicken wing for a close view

FAQ’s and tips for making crispy chicken wings

Can I make chicken wings ahead of time?

Making your chicken wings ahead of time can be a great way to get them extra crispy or even help you cut down on the prep time before serving. If you plan to make them ahead of time, bake them up to temperature the first time, cool, and store. 
When ready to serve, bake until heated they’re heated to 165 and then cover in sauce as directed.

Do you put sauce on wings before or after cooking?

While you can do either, putting the sauce on before baking will have the sauce sink into the skin of the chicken wings and won’t give you as crispy of a wing. By putting the sauce on at the end you can ensure that your chicken wing gets nice and crisp before the sauce is applied.

How do you know when baked chicken wings are done?

You want to double check the temperature of your wings before eating, for proper food safety. You can check to see if they are done by using an instant read thermometer in the thickest area of the wing. You want it to read 165 degrees. If you need more time, place them back into the oven for a few minutes and then test again.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

How to make healthy and crispy oven baked chicken wings smothered in buffalo sauce. These juicy little appetizers are the best for serving at football parties and tailgating! #bakedchickenwings #appetizerseasy

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 2 3-pound packages chicken wings (or drumettes), tips removed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (or your favorite wing sauce)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Stir the flour, cornstarch and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add wings and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Place wings onto prepared baking sheets, and bake both sheets for 45 – 55 minutes, alternating racks halfway through cooking. Bake until wings are golden brown and crispy (and 165˚F)
  4. Remove from the oven. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and toss with wing sauce.
  5. Serve immediately with celery and your favorite dip.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 296.9 mg
  • Fat: 5.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 25.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 64.6 mg

Keywords: dairy free, easy, baked, chicken wings, buffalo, game day, football food, chicken

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. These were great! Juicy on the inside, but nice and crispy on the outside. Will definitely make again!