Baked Chicken Wings


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Blow your guests away with these delicious baked chicken wings. They’re crisp and seasoned on the outside yet still juicy and tender on the inside.

baked chicken wings.

It’s no secret that I know my way around chicken, and chicken wings may be my favorite appetizer.

Whenever I want an appetizer that’s sure to impress, I always make wings. After all, who doesn’t love them? They’re easy to make, have a crispy texture, and taste great on their own or with a dipping sauce. 

If you’ve made our lemon pepper, smoked, or garlic parmesan wings, then baking them has to be next on your agenda!

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

  • Simple ingredients. Aside from the chicken, the rest of the ingredients are all shelf-stable pantry staples.
  • Healthier than fried wings. They’re baked with minimal oil and very little sugar, so you get maximum protein and flavor with no fillers or unnecessary ingredients and no deep frying needed.
  • Guaranteed crispy. Like these keto chicken wings, a secret ingredient helps guarantee baked chicken wings with a crispy skin. 
  • Versatile. Swapping the seasoning is easy, so you can try these wings differently every time. 

What I love about this recipe is how deceptively simple it is. Everyone will love these wings, yet no one will realize they’re made with basic kitchen spices, a bit of sugar, and a drizzle of oil. 

oven baked chicken wings.

Ingredients needed

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, these baked chicken wings are made with super simple ingredients. In fact, you probably have most of them in your pantry right now!

  • Chicken wings. Use a mix of wingettes and drumettes.

Frozen chicken wing hack

This recipe works using frozen chicken wings! Just be sure to thaw them first and patting them dry to ensure there is no moisture on them.

  • Baking powder. This secret ingredient will make a crispy skin without having to bread the wings first. If you don’t have baking powder, use one teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of salt.
  • Salt. It can be adjusted to taste.
  • Spices. Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and chili powder.
  • Brown sugar. A little bit is needed and will add tons of flavor and help make a caramelized and crispy coating.
  • Olive oil. Or any neutral cooking oil will work, like vegetable oil.
  • Parsley. For garnish.

How to bake chicken wings

As these chicken wings are baked in the oven, the hands-on time is pretty minimal. 

Step 1- Make the wing seasoning

First, preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, in a medium-sized bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, and brown sugar. Mix this with a fork to combine. 

Step 2- Prepare the chicken wings

Transfer the wings to a large bowl and toss them with the spice rub until they’re fully coated.

seasoned chicken wings.

Then, arrange the wings on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer and drizzle them with the oil.

how to oven bake chicken wings.

Step 3- Bake the wings

Bake the chicken wings for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 74C/165F. Serve your cooked wings hot with some freshly chopped parsley.

roasted chicken wings.

Serving suggestions

I love serving these wings with various dipping sauces (besides the obvious buffalo sauce or ranch dip!).

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Pat dry the chicken. Before adding the seasoning, this will help to ensure a crispy exterior.
  • Bake the chicken on a wire rack. Using a wire rack will help guarantee they cook evenly on all sides. If you don’t have a wire rack, pull out the wings halfway through cooking and flip them. 
  • Thaw frozen wings before baking. If using frozen wings, thawing them overnight will help make sure they bake evenly.
  • Bring chicken wings to room temperature. This will help the wings bake faster.
  • Air fry the wings. Marinate them as written, then follow my air fryer chicken wings instructions.

Flavor variations

There are plenty of small tweaks to be made, so you can enjoy these baked chicken wings differently every time. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add more heat. If you like spicy wings, add chili powder or serve them with hot sauce. 
  • Add extra seasonings. Dried Italian herbs, mustard powder, minced garlic, or parmesan cheese can completely transform their flavor.
  • Toss the wings in a sauce. After they’re done baking, toss them in barbeque sauce to impart more flavor.

Storage instructions

To store: Transfer cooled chicken wings to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To reheat: Transfer leftovers to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them at 175C/350F for 5-6 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature. You can also pan-fry them.

To freeze: Place leftover wings in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. 

crispy oven baked chicken wings.

Frequently asked questions

Should I cover my chicken wings when baking?

To guarantee your wings get crisp skin, do not cover them while baking. Otherwise, they will steam as they cook, and the skin will become soft and soggy.

How long does it take for wings to bake at 400?

Typically it will take about 40 minutes to bake chicken wings at 400F. That said, the exact cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the wings and if they are bone-in or boneless.

Do you put sauce on the wings before baking?

If you want to toss your chicken wings in a sauce, you’ll want to do so after baking them. That way, the skin becomes nice and crisp and can absorb the sauce.

Can I use a baking sheet or do I need a wire rack?

You can use a baking sheet to bake the chicken, but using a wire rack on top of the baking sheet can help to create a crispier skin.

Can I use boneless chicken wings?

Either bone-in or boneless chicken wings can be used for baking. However, bone-in wings tend to be juicier and more flavorful.

More chicken recipes to try

baked chicken wings recipe.

Baked Chicken Wings

5 from 4 votes
These oven baked chicken wings are extra crispy and a healthier alternative to deep fried wings. They bake in minutes and have the best seasoning!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 41 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking pan with a baking sheet.
  • Combine the baking powder, salt, garlic, onion, paprika, pepper, chili, and sugar in a bowl. Toss the wings with the spice rub until they’re coated.
    seasoned chicken wings.
  • Arrange the wings in a baking pan and drizzle with oil.
    how to oven bake chicken wings.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.
    roasted chicken wings.


TO STORE: Transfer cooled chicken wings to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
TO REHEAT: Transfer leftovers to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them at 175C/350F for 5-6 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature. You can also pan-fry them.
TO FREEZE: Place leftover wings in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSodium: 221mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 108IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.4mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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