The crispiest chicken wings baked in the oven. The skin is deliciously crisp and salty, with tender meat on the inside. No deep frying required!
Smother in sauce (yes, they still stay crisp even with the sauce on) to make bbq wings, buffalo wings or sticky Asian-inspired wings.
Or eat as they are - they're totally moreish without any sauce!
I've shared a few recipes for crispy chicken wings smothered in sauce, but it occurred to me that I've never shared the basic recipe for wings without the sauce.
Don't ask me why, because these wings are so amazingly tasty on their own. If ever I'm making them with the sauce, at last 5 or 6 ALWAYS get swiped before I can sauce them up.
The taste without the sauce kind of reminds me of salt and pepper chicken - without the chilli heat. In fact you could totally just fry up a few sliced chillies and a sliced onion to put on top and they would be salt and pepper chicken wings (writing that down for later - totally doing that next time.......).
📋 What do we need?
Four simple ingredients.
PLEASE see my notes in the recipe card regarding baking powder and why only baking powder will do, and why you should go for aluminium-free baking powder.
🔪 How to make crispy chicken wings
**Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.**
- We start by carefully cutting each wing into a mini wing and a drumette. You probably noticed before when eating wings that some wings are thinner pieces with a consistent thickness (mini wing) and some are meatier on one end (drumette).
- Once we've sliced up the wings, we dry them off - to ensure crispier wings. Then toss them together with a mixture of salt, pepper and baking powder.
- The wings are baked on a wire wrack (so the fat can drip off underneath - we don't want greasy wings) - first at a lower temperature to render the fat, then at a higher temperature to crisp up that skin.
Look how golden and crispy they come out!
I won't tell you how quickly our little family of four can get through FORTY of these wings (but it doesn't stretch into hours....).
Want to upgrade those wings with a sauce? Try one of these:
Yes, just be sure to use gluten-free baking powder and you're good to go.
Yes. If you're using a gas oven, be sure to rotate the tray after the initial cooking time so that the wings cook evenly. Also keep a close eye on the wings, as gas oven temperatures can fluctuate more than electric fan ovens. You may only need to cook at a higher temperature for 20-30 minutes.
No, I wouldn't recommend that. The bone in the chicken and the fat of the skin helps to keep the chicken juicy. Using boneless chicken would result in chewy, dried chicken. Try my recipe for baked chicken tenders instead.
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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Crispy Chicken Wings:
- 1 kg (2.2 lbs) chicken wings
- 2 level tbsp aluminium-free baking powder - It has to be baking powder NOT baking soda - see further notes on baking powder below
- ½ tsp salt - make sure it's regular table salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 120C/250F (fan) and place a rack on a large baking tray.
- Cut each wing at the joint so you have a mini wing and a drumette.1 kg (2.2 lbs) chicken wings
- Dry the wings with paper towels, then place in a large bowl and add the baking powder, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Note - it's important to dry the wings first so they only get a light coating.2 level tbsp aluminium-free baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
- Place in a single layer on the rack, skin side up. It's fine for them to be touching. Discard any remaining coating once tossed together.
- Place on the lower shelf of the oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, turn the oven up to 220C/425F (fan) and rotate the tray for even cooking. Cook for a further 45-50 minutes until the wings are lightly golden and crispy.
- Take out of the oven to cool slightly before serving.
After doing a little research, it seems that some people can be sensitive to the taste of sodium aluminium sulfate - which can be an ingredient in some baking powders. People who are sensitive to it notice a bitter taste. If you are sensitive to it, you may have noticed certain cakes taste bitter. However, cakes contain a lot less baking powder then this recipe, so you may not have noticed it before and still been sensitive to it. My tips would be to:
- Thoroughly dry the wings before dusting with the baking powder - so they only get a light coating.
- Measure the amount of baking powder used exactly, and discard any excess left after tossing together with the wings.
- Use aluminium-free baking powder - make sure it has no aluminum sulfate in it.
She got the original recipe from Cook's Illustrated "Meat Book" cookbook (fyi - this is an affiliate link, and incidentally, I've got a copy of this book, and it's awesome - so much info on how to perfectly cook meat). Nutritional information is per wingette/drumette (approx 40 wings in this recipe)
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