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Seriously Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with Garlic Butter Sauce

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit!  Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty!  Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off.  Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! #crispychicken #crispy
I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! #crispychicken #crispy

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

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I have a confession.  I have an insane obsessing, addiction to wings.  All of them.  I don’t discriminate.  I am an equal opportunity wingist.  And I have a problem.

When I was pregnant I craved wings as if they were life itself.  I dreamt of them.  I salivated at the thought of them and God forbid if they were on a table… it was all over.  I had no self control.  They were going to get obliterated.  End of story.  I win.

I stocked up on the BBQ wings at Costco as if it was going out of business.  I only ate them when no one was home… it was my guilty pleasure.

That and my honey nut cheerios obsession at 2am…but that is another story.

Hubs was a bit concerned when he noticed me going to town on about 2 dozen of them at a friend’s get together.   By myself.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

Here I was, mouth aglow from the hot, sticky sauce, eyes ablaze with excitement, hands covered in ranch and red buffalo sauce…my husband probably thought I never looked sexier.

Or not.

We are going to go with not.  Because he immediately took me to the bathroom and started delicately wiping my face off.

“Babe you gotta slow down, this can’t be good for the baby.  You know all this spiciness…and fat.”

I was 5 months pregnant.  Already larger than I should have been, had an insatiable appetite and was a ridiculous raging,  hormonal mess.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

“I’ll eat whatever I want!!! “ I screamed at him…and as if on cue, those wings suddenly didn’t sit so well with me…and they threatened to come back out…immediately.

I hate it when he’s right.

Apparently the munchkin did not share my affinity for spicy buffalo wings and frankly after that, neither did I.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

I didn’t eat buffalo wings again until the day before I went into labor.  I was huge, tired and cranky and I wanted her out.  So my best friend and I sat down in front of pizza and some super spicy wings.

It worked.  I gave birth the very next day, on my actual due date.

And my insatiable appetite for wings was reborn once again.

Now while I am a wings enthusiast…I am also quite choosy.  And these seriously crispy oven baked wings always hit the spot.

The Technique

The very best thing about these crispy oven baked chicken wings is that…they are EASY.  And they work!  How do I know they work?  Well the fine folks at Cooks Illustrated told me they work! Plus my friend Nagi, from RecipeTinEats tried it and said it works!  And I pretty much trust her too!

Plus, It’s all based on science guys. And science I trust!

  1. First the wings needs to be cut up so that the drumettes are separated from the wing.  The little end piece, does not have much meat on it so I typically save it for my chicken soups.  Make sure you get the largest wings you can find because when these babies bake up, a LOT of the fat renders of (good-bye calories) and they get significantly smaller.  But crispier.  (I have created a nifty little tutorial for you guys below on how to cut the wings.)
  2. Another key component to achieving these seriously crispy oven baked chicken wings is to dry them well before coating them in the baking powder and salt mixture.  I do this simple by laying the chicken wings down on a paper towel and just dabbing them dry.
  3. The wings are covered in a very simple solution of baking powder (NOT BAKING SODAand Kosher salt.  The baking powder draws out the fat out of the wings and adds that crispy crackly texture that we all love. I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.
  4. Then cover a rack with foil and place a wire rack (cooling rack) on top.  You want the foil below to catch all the fat that is going to drip down.  Which means easy clean up for you.  I spray down the rack with non-stick spray so that it is an even  easier clean-up.   I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.
  5. The oven is started at the low temperature of 250-degrees F, for 30 minutes.  This is the point that the fat slowly renders off.  After those first 30 minutes the heat is cranked up to 425-degrees and the skin get gloriously crispy.  And voila you will get crispy oven baked chicken wings

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

See gorgeous…crispy…delicious Oven Baked Chicken Wings .  When these came out of the oven last week, the munchkin and I ate them just as is without any sauces.  We just went to town on these delicious babies.

Speaking of sauces…as much as I love a classic buffalo sauce, I adore a good garlic herb butter with my wings.  And this was even easier than any other sauce because it came together in the microwave.  Butter, garlic, parsley and salt make for one epic sauce.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

I dipped the few wings that munchkin and I did not devour into the garlic butter and it was everything I had hoped it would be.  Golden, garlicky goodness.  It covered these wings absolutely perfectly in a thin and velvety coat still allowing for all that crunch to come through.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

I always serve my wings the classic way with carrots, celery and ranch.  In fact, these babies dipped in ranch are divine!  Honestly,  these wings make me so happy I wish for football season every season!  But with wings this easy, delicious and with a healthy twist there is absolutely no reason to not be able to make them every weekend!  Football season be damned!  I am making these for ALL the seasons 🙂

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

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Seriously Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with Garlic Butter (12 of 17)

Seriously Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with Garlic Butter Sauce


  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x

Description

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.


Ingredients

Scale

Wings

  • 2 lb chicken wings (see demonstration, cut into wings and drumettes)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/5 tsp salt
  • Oil spray

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Wings

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top.
  3. Spray the rack with pan spray.
  4. Dry all the wings thoroughly.
  5. Place baking powder and salt into a ziplock bag and add the wings. Shake the bag up to ensure that the wings are covered in the baking powder and salt mixture.
  6. Place all the wings skin side up onto the rack. If they are a tight fit it will be fine since they will shrink significantly.
  7. Place into the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, crank the heat up to 425-degrees and allow the wings to cook for another 40-50 minutes. Rotate the tray halfway through the cooking time to make sure that all the wings are cooking evenly.
  9. Remove the wings from the oven and allow to cool for 7 minutes.
  10. Toss in sauce of choice or just eat as is.

Garlic Herb Butter

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe container and melt in 30 second increments until melted.
  2. If the butter solidifies a bit feel free to reheat in 15 second increments to melt again.

Notes

1. Make sure you use BAKING POWDER and not BAKING SODA. Two very different outcomes and flavors.
2. YES these can be reheated. Simply reheat them in an oven before serving at 400 degrees F for about 8-10 min. They will get crispy and delicious once again.
3. This may sound like common sense but the wings must be completely thawed out for this recipe to work. Otherwise all the water will leave the wings soggy.
4. These wings are smaller than usual because so much of the fat has rendered out. Don’t worry, that just means we get to eat more.
5. The original recipe calls for different level placement for the oven racks. I however forgot to change the heights of the racks and I ended up baking them all on the middle shelf and it was still perfection every time.

6. The nutritional information should be used for informational purposes only.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

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I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

I have discovered how to make seriously CRISPY oven baked chicken wings and they are legit! Perfectly crispy, ridiculously easy and unbelievably tasty! Learn the trick that makes them crisp up in the oven with no effort and allows for most of the fat to drip right off. Leaving you feeling less guilty to dip away in my savory garlic butter sauce.

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23 Comments

  1. Can you clarify something? What is the total cook time? It says 50 minutes at the top. However, reading directions it says 30 minutes at 250F, then 40 minutes at 425F, which is 70 minutes.

    Is that the correct cooking time?

    1. The instructions are correct there just may have been an error in cook time at the top though. Thanks for pointing it out!

  2. Thank you for this absolutely delicious, crispy and tasty recipe. While surfing the web looking for a different dish I came across this recipe. My husband and I loved it and I couldn’t wait to have it again. Two weeks later I made it again, yum! I have made it three times, the Super bowl and two dinner parties and EVERYONE has raved about it’s become the “rquested recipe”. When I tell friends I used baking powder which makes it crispy they look at me with doubt, till they taste it. BTW, we love garlic!! I’ve forwarded it to friends who love fried chicken as a great alternative and they love it. Thanks for developing such a mouth watering creation!!

    1. Sandra!!!! I so looooove this comment!!!! Thank you for such sweet words!!!! I’m so glad you enjoy them!!!

  3. Hi Mila- I love this recipe and the great instructions on how to make them crispy in the oven. The classic way to serve wings is with blue cheese dressing- never, ever with ranch!!!! Lol Thanks, Karen (from Buffalo) P.S. I love your blog.

    1. Haha thanks Karen! Yes I’m quite the fan as well! But i loathe blue cheese! So it’s always ranch for me!

  4. Really love this recipe and have made it several times! I’m a little confused about the cooking times though. If I leave them in more than 15-20 minutes on the 400 temp, they get super overcooked. I feel like I’m missing something?

    Would also love to see if you have any recommendations making these with a Sous vide?

    1. You need to adjust the temperature for yourself. If it’s too much then do less time 😉
      It can also depend on the size of wings! When I get the super teeny ones i have to adjust my times for sure! In terms of sous vide…. i wouldn’t because you want them crispy not soggy 🙂 the whole idea is rendering them

  5. Might have missed it somewhere, but are you starting with the wings thawed or still frozen? I am using the mega bag from Costco and not sure whether the wings should be thawed first. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    -Thanks!

  6. I soooooo loved this recipe, I soaked my fresh chicken in vinegar to give it a crisper edge. I also did a cilantro, mint and garlic sauce. super yummmy

    1. Hi there! The nutritional facts are JUST to be used as a guideline 🙂 But I will tell you there are no carbs 🙂

    1. Awwww thank you so much!! That means so much to me!!! The fact that you actually appreciate my writing speaks miles 🙂

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