When it comes to game day foods, nothing beats a basket of BBQ chicken wings—unless it’s a basket of homemade, oven-baked chicken wings! Baking the wings in the oven leaves them juicy and tender with a sauce that you can customize to your heat preferences. Best of all—you don’t have to leave home to enjoy them!
Are baked wings better than fried?
That depends on how you look at it. Oven-baked chicken wings are just as flavorful, tender, and crispy as fried wings. They’re also a lot less messy. But it’s all a matter of personal preference. If you love a basket of deep-fried chicken wings, then dig in—but make sure you give these a try too!
What do I need to make baked BBQ chicken wings?
You can get sweet and flavorful wings using just a few ingredients that you already have in your pantry or fridge. To make this chicken wing recipe, you’ll need:
- Barbecue sauce—whichever flavor you like best
- Salt and pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Chicken wings and drumsticks
This recipe makes mild-flavored bbq chicken wings. If you prefer a spicier wing, you can use a hotter BBQ sauce or you can add a 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes to your wings before tossing them in the sauce.
How do you make oven-baked chicken wings?
These crispy baked chicken wings couldn’t be easier to make. With a few simple steps, you’ll be serving up the best game day snacks in the neighborhood!
- Prepare by preheating your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper, or spray it with oil.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the raw chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. This step gives the wings a nice, crispy exterior
- Spread the chicken pieces out in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes.
- While the chicken is cooking, mix together the BBQ sauce and the honey.
- When your chicken has cooked, allow it to cool for roughly five minutes, then toss it in the BBQ sauce.
If you use whole wings that you have to cut into pieces yourself, buy about four pounds of wings. Then, cut them into sections along the joint using a sharp knife. You can discard the wing tips.
How do you know when baked chicken wings are done?
Your baked chicken wings are done when the outside is crispy, and the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165°F. Make sure you test at the meatiest part of the chicken and that you don’t touch the bone with your thermometer to get the most accurate temperature reading.
How long does it take for wings to cook at 400°F?
Different ovens cook at slightly different temperatures and different size pieces of chicken take more or less time to cook. Your chicken wings should take around 30 minutes to cook, but it’s always best to check doneness with a meat thermometer.
Can I make baked chicken wings from frozen?
You can use frozen chicken to make your crispy oven-baked chicken wings as long as you thaw them in the fridge overnight prior cooking. Make sure the chicken has completely thawed, then pat the wings dry with some paper towel before tossing them into the flour mixture.
Although you don’t need honey in this recipe, I highly recommend it! The honey makes the barbecue sauce stickier—and sweeter—helping it cling to your chicken wings better than BBQ sauce alone.
Are baked chicken wings gluten-free?
These baked chicken wings use flour to make a crispy coating on the chicken. If you want to make gluten-free wings, you can replace the flour with a gluten-free option. You’ll also want to check your barbecue sauce—many store-bought sauces have gluten hiding somewhere in the ingredients list.
What goes with baked chicken wings?
If you’re serving your barbecue chicken wings as a snack or game-day appetizer, there are plenty of sauces and dips you can serve with them. Some classic choices are ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, or some more BBQ sauce. You could also use blue cheese dressing as a dipping sauce. Finally, no chicken wing platter is complete without some cut-up celery and carrot sticks to dip alongside the wings!