These baked chicken wings are coated in a homemade spice rub, then roasted to crispy perfection. A simple yet satisfying appetizer or meal option that takes just minutes to put together.

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with chicken wings. Whether it’s garlic parmesan wings, lemon pepper wings or buffalo wings, chicken wings are inexpensive, tender and totally delicious. These baked wings feature a BBQ rub that adds tons of flavor.

A plate of baked chicken wings served with ranch dip.

I love a good crispy chicken wing, but I don’t love all of the hassle and mess that comes along with deep frying wings. These baked chicken wings are perfectly crispy and golden brown, and loaded with plenty of flavor. Perfect for game day!

Make a party platter with some of my appetizer recipes like bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks and artichoke dip.

Baked Chicken Wings Ingredients

To make baked chicken wings you will need chicken wings, BBQ rub, parsley and vegetable oil.

A plate of raw chicken and bowls of BBQ spice, parsley and oil.

How Do You Make Baked Chicken Wings?

This baked chickens wings recipe starts with raw chicken wings, which you toss in a little vegetable oil. Next, thoroughly coat the wings in spice rub. Place the wings on a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake them at high heat until crispy and golden brown. Add a sprinkling of parsley to taste and enjoy the wings!

Step by step shots showing how to bake chicken wings.

Tips For Baked Chicken Wings

  • I highly recommend using homemade BBQ rub. It takes just minutes to put together, and can be used in so many different ways. My homemade rub contains salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, and more! If you don’t have enough time to make your own rub, feel free to use your favorite store bought spice blend.
  • To save time, look for “party style” wings which have the wingettes and the drummettes already separated.
  • Some recipes call for coating the wings in baking powder before they’re cooked. I find that coating them in oil and seasonings does the trick for getting crisp oven baked chicken wings.
  • Always coat the wings with oil before adding the barbecue rub. This helps the rub to stick to the wings and helps to protect the spices from burning in the oven. The oil also helps to create that desired crispy skin.
  • You can line the baking sheet or sheet pan with aluminum foil to catch drips and make clean up easier.
  • When you cook the wings on a wire rack, you won’t need to let them drain on paper towels. They will be hot and ready to eat out of the oven!
  • These wings are best when served immediately. Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and can be reheated in a 400 degree oven until warmed through.

Quick Tip

You can customize the flavor of your wings by using different seasoning blends such as Jamaican jerk seasoning, Creole seasoning, blackened seasoning or taco seasoning.

A tray of cooked chicken garnished with parsley.

How to Cut Chicken Wings

You can often find at the store pre-cut chicken wings which are labeled “party wings” or “wingettes and drummettes.” I like to purchase party wings whenever possible. If you buy whole wings, you will want to separate them to make them easier to cook and eat.

The “wingette” is the flat part of the wing that contains two bones. The “drummette” looks like a little drumstick.

You can separate wings at home by bending the wings back at the joint where the less meaty part of the drummette connects to the wingette. Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut through the joint. Similarly, bend the wingette and the tip back at the joint and cut through the joint with kitchen shears or a sharp knife.

Recipe FAQs

How do you make chicken wings crispy?

The trick to getting crispy chicken wings is to bake them at high heat, and cook them on a rack. Cooking the wings on a rack ensures that the heat will circulate all around the wings, and any liquid released from the wings will drip away so that the wings roast instead of steam.

How long do you cook chicken wings?

Chicken wings should be cooked until crispy and golden brown. This will take about 45 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees F. You will want to keep an eye on the wings to make sure the seasoning does not burn or blacken.

Should you cover chicken wings when baking them?

You should not cover chicken wings in the oven. Covering the wings will steam them and they won’t get brown and crispy.

Do you put sauce or wings before or after baking them?

This recipe does not call for saucing your wings, but if you wanted to add sauce, you’d brush it on during the last 5 minutes of the baking time, or after the wings come out of the oven. Adding the sauce too early can cause it to burn.

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Flavor Variations

This recipe is fantastic as written; however, you can change it to suit your own taste!

  • Spicy: Add some extra cayenne pepper to your BBQ rub.
  • Butter: Use melted butter instead of oil if you prefer butter. If you use butter cook the wings at 350 degrees F for a few more minutes.
  • Italian: Lightly season your wings with Italian seasoning instead of BBQ rub. I recommend using about 2 teaspoons. Make sure to add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cajun: Lightly season your wings with Cajun seasoning.

Chicken Wing Dips

I always love to serve a dip alongside my baked chicken wings for even more flavor. Some of my favorite dipping sauces include buffalo sauce, homemade ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, homemade bbq sauce or even a flavorful creamy pesto dip. I also like to serve my wings with carrots and celery sticks.

If you want delicious crispy chicken wings straight out of the oven, look no further. This seasoned and savory chicken wings recipe makes an excellent party snack or simple meal.

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Baked Chicken Wings

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of baked chicken wings served with ranch dip.
These baked chicken wings are coated in a homemade spice rub, then roasted to crispy perfection. A simple yet satisfying appetizer or meal option that takes just minutes to put together.
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds chicken wings party style, or separate the wingettes and drumettes yourself
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Spice Rub homemade or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with foil and place an oven safe rack on top of the foil. Coat the rack with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl along with the oil. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Add the spice rub to the bowl. Toss the wings with the spice rub until they're coated.
  • Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the rack.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Top with parsley, then serve.

Notes

  1. I highly recommend using homemade barbecue rub. It takes just minutes to put together, and can be used in so many different ways. If you don’t have enough time to make your own rub, feel free to use your favorite store bought spice blend.
  2. To save time, look for “party style” wings which have the wingettes and the drummettes already separated.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this baked version because it’s so much easier to make a lot of them at once (5 kids in this family!) and they turn out delicious

  2. 5 stars
    I have everything I need for this dish, can’t wait to make it this weekend! My family is going to love this!

  3. 5 stars
    The homemade spice rub was perfect! The wings were so delicious and everyone loved them. I’m so glad I finally found a go-to reliable wing recipe

  4. I’m trying (1st attempt ever) at making chicken wings. In the past i’ve only bought them at restaurants! Love them but it’s Always intimidating the 1st time at a New Recipe😉 I only used this one for the Temp° of oven and total time to cook. Used my own seasonings etc …but the ‘ baking Rack you’d mentioned that goes in/on I don’t own so I’ll just bake uncovered & turn half way through & hope for the best😄 thank you

  5. 5 stars
    I have never made wings before so I was a little nervous. I bought the ingredients for the rub mixture. Have to say what a HUGE hit they were! They were delicious! Thank you for a new and great recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It has put chicken wings in my rotation, and the spice rub is fabulous! I have found many uses for it. THANK YOU!

  7. Hello! To start should the wings be defrosted in fridge over night or do you prepare and cook from frozen straight out of freezer? Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband bought a huge bag of uncooked chicken wings at Costco. They stayed in the freezer for weeks, one day I had an email from Dinner At The Zoo for chicken wings and a rub. I tried it, now that huge bag has reduced enough to get another at Costco. This entire step by step recipe was followed to turn out the best wings we have ever had. No more prepared wings for this family. Absolutely love this recipe!! Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    What a yummy recipe!! My husband sees himself as a “chicken wing connoisseur”. 😀 When I read the ingredients of your BBQ rub to him, he was licking his chops. As they baked, the delicious smell permeated the house. When they finally came out of the oven, the wings were gobbled up! Thank you for an absolutely great chicken wing recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    This was amazing ! My family on the kther hand not so much. I followed the recipe and they swore it was spicy but it was perfect for me!! This is my go to recipe from now on.

  11. 5 stars
    My husband and I really enjoy grilling but one night it was getting late and dark out so we decided to bake our wings. I followed this recipe but used my own rub and oh my gosh they came out so good! We have made our wings this way multiple times since! I never knew baking wings could taste SO good! Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Gosh! That’s all I can say! I tweaked it a bit just removing the brown sugar as I’m not a fan plus, doing low-carb. I know there’s brown sugar substitute. I also added more garlic powdered and smoked paprika. I sprinkled over al dente steamed broccoli and cauliflower, which I love to begin with, and a slice of butter. Wow wow!!! I loved it!!! What a great blend. This is a keeper!!! Thank you!!! 🥰