Baked Crispy Chicken Wings – Ridiculously Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and oh-so-flavorful! And the best part? You won’t feel bad indulging in them. PLUS other finger-licking good chicken wings recipes to add to your collection.
Are you ready for crispy, baked and spicy chicken wings ? I guessed right. Who wouldn’t be? It wasn’t long ago before chicken wings became part of my family lexicon- though these days I can hardly ever imagine that there was a time that I rarely made these wings at home.
They are so easy to make and you have the freedom to include whatever spices to match your mood or guests.
So after years of buying chicken wings at pizza places, restaurants, I wanted to make my own chicken wings- one that is crispy, nothing beats that crispy first bite! Since I am always looking for ways to cut down on my calories intake, I like baking food and see which ones hold up to the test, without comprising taste and texture. These, certainly do!
How to make crispy chicken wings?
After reading Alton Brown’s method of achieving crispy chicken wings, I decided to incorporate some of his techniques; letting the wings dry in the fridge for about an hour, sometimes overnight. However, if I’m press for time, I just use a clean towel to dry it up.
Drying the chicken makes a huge difference in making the wings crispy. After mixing the wings with spices – paprika, onions, garlic powder, chicken bouillon powder and dried thyme, I drizzle them with canola oil and bake; rotating the wings half-way through baking. Before baking, I line my baking pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up . See how crispy they are?
And since Super Bowl is just around the corner, I decided to add a list of other scrumptious chicken wings recipes to add to your repertoire. You could also conveniently alternate preparing them whether as a regular weeknight meal, for game days or as party appetizers. Dig in!
Chicken Wings Recipes
Chicken Wings Shawarma – Crisp and tender finger-licking good baked chicken wings marinated in a lemon, garlic, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne and yogurt mixture. So tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Pair it with a low-fat ranch dressing!
Baked Jerk Chicken Wings – Who doesn’t go crazy over jerk chicken? They are absolutely a crowd-pleaser. So I went ahead and sprinkle these chicken wings here with the big bold flavors of jerk spice rub. You would hardly need a dipping sauce to go along with this very flavorful chicken wings. And they’re baked, too!
Buffalo Wings – Perfectly crispy chicken wings tossed in a classic spicy buffalo sauce served with ranch dressing and celery for the ultimate game day and party snack favorite. And you only need F-I-V-E simple ingredients to make that buffalo sauce!
Caribbean Stick and Hot Wings – This delicious Caribbean Sticky wings full of Caribbean flavors – a little spicy, sweet and super easy to make on a grill or in the oven. Just a great balance of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness.
Grilled Chicken Wings – And our list wouldn’t be complete without these beautiful grilled chicken wings with the flavors of thyme, onion and garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and brown sugar. Grilled to perfection for the ultimate outdoor finger food! Pair it with any of these three easy to prepare homemade sauces: African Pepper Sauce,Caribbean Pepper Sauce and Remoulade Sauce.
Now go ahead and experience a real game day or party with these crowd-favorite and versatile chicken wings recipe. Hmmm… I may have given you a tough job today to choose which one to prepare. Or better yet, make them all!
This post was first published on January 2017 and has been updated with new content.
Baked Crispy Chicken Wings
- 3 pounds chicken wings
- 1 Tablespoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon bouillon powder you may replace with salt
- vegetable oil
- Wash chicken wings and place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer , then let them sit in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or preferable overnight. Do not cover them, let the air dry them out.
- When ready to bake , preheat oven to 425°F.
- Place the chicken in a large bowl, with all the spices, then drizzle with vegetable oil .
- Line a baking pan with foil; top with a wire rack. Arrange chicken wings out in a single layer . While the chicken wings are baking, oil will slowly drip to the bottom of the baking pan.
- Bake wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, about 45-50 minutes-rotate wings half way through-roughly 20 minutes .
- Remove and serve with your favorite chicken wing sauce.
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How to Make Baked Crispy Chicken Wings