Are you wanting to make chicken wings for lunch but looking for an alternative to frying? Look no further than my Crispy Oven-Baked Wings! You get tons of flavor with a juicy inside and crispy crust for less than half of the effort.
Y’ALL. Get into that crispy texture of these oven-baked wings.
Remember my other post where I confided in you guys about my kitchen gadget obsession? (That’s still a thing, BTW.) Well, I truly think an air fryer might be the next one on my list. I’ve heard just way too many great things about it. You can make wings, fries, seafood, burgers… the possibilities are endless.
In the meantime… what is a girl to do when she wants crispy wings and doesn’t have an air fryer? We make due in the oven!
These crispy oven-baked wings are so crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Bursting with flavor, and not even requiring a lot of prep, I was mind-blown that these came out so well in the oven!! The key is to take party-sized wings and dry them off really well before seasoning, then roast them at a high temperature.
The only “special” item this recipe requires is a wire rack – normally used for cooling baked goods. Even if you don’t bake a lot, I suggest grabbing one because they have so many other uses in the kitchen.
I can’t wait for you to try these super tasty wings (and feel free to toss them with your favorite sauce, obv.)
Have you taken the plunge and bought an air fryer? What are your thoughts?
How to Make Crispy Chicken Wings in the Oven
I perfected this recipe for oven-baked wings and you won’t need any other way to make them after that! Baking them is great because you use lots of less grease as opposed to frying, plus you don’t have your entire kitchen smelling like old frying oil!
A few keys to success:
- You want to make sure you pat the wings dry before seasoning and baking. If you buy the frozen party wings and defrost them, make sure you DON’T skip this step!
- There are two-piece baking pans that come with a rack and the pan… this is essential to perfect crispy-baked wings that are juicy on the inside. While they bake on the rack, the extra juices drain to the pan below it and avoid that soggy texture we don’t want.
- High heat! 400°F is the perfect temperature to crisp up that skin without burning.
When you follow my techniques, you get perfect crispy-baked wings each and every time that hold up to any type of wing sauce! If you would rather air fry your wings, I also include temperature and time instructions for that method in the lemon pepper wing recipe linked below.
Shani’s update: So I finally got the perfect air-fryer (thanks, mom!) and you guys will now be able to get recipe instructions for cooking items both ways. For air-fried chicken, see the cooking details for my lemon pepper wet wings. Also, check out my air-fried coconut shrimp for a tropical spin on your next appetizer.
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Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings
- 24 ct. chicken wings (party sized)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. McCormick roasted garlic & herb seasoning
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Add wings to a large bowl & pat wings dry (take your time to do this thoroughly – the drier they are the better!)
- Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle McCormick seasoning, garlic powder, and smoked paprika on the wings.
- Toss wings to ensure equal coverage. Cover bowl with cling wrap/lid and let seasonings marinate for about 20 minutes.
- Place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and spray the rack with non-stick spray. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch any drippings.
- Add the seasoned wings on the wire rack, ensuring a little space is in between each wing.
- Bake wings for about 40-50 minutes until cooked fully through and the skin is crispy. You can flip the wings halfway if you want, but it's not really necessary.
- Remove them from the oven and serve. This seasoning makes wings taste amazing on their own but you can also toss them in your favorite sauces. Enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
- Total Cost per serving (6 wings): $1.50
- Total Cost (24 wings): $5.99
- Those Other Guys: $10.99+ per serving