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Baked Buffalo Wings

Baked Buffalo Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are a party favorite and a game-day must. These spicy chicken wings are crispy and fall off the bone, and yes, they’re baked not fried. The trick is to use a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack so air can circulate around the wings. The skin dries up nicely and the inside stays tender and moist.

 

With this recipe you get a nice big batch, and since these spicy Buffalo wings are made in the oven, you don’t have to fry batch after batch. Boom! They’re all done at the same time; and you get to party with the rest of the them!

 

For the Buffalo wings sauce we keep the recipe really simple. A combination of butter and a cayenne pepper based hot sauce like Crystal or Frank’s. That’s it. Really simple, really delicious!

 

If you need more party or game day appetizer ideas, check out these sweet & sticky chicken wings, these pineapple habanero ribs or this delicious tomato bread appetizer. Enjoy!

 

To make these baked Buffalo wings you will need

3-4 pounds Chicken Wings, drums and flats separated and wing tips removed (about 24-32 wing pieces)

1 teaspoon Salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

Cooking Spray

4 tablespoons Butter, melted

4 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper based Hot Sauce, use more for spicier wings

 

You will also need

2 Large baking sheets

1 Cooling rack

Pastry Brush

 

Prep Work

Preheat Oven to 375°F

 

Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl. Place the wings in a large bowl and sprinkle some of the seasoning mix. Give them a good stir, sprinkle some more. And so on… This beats, laying them out and turning each wing to get the seasoning on both sides.

Seasoning Chicken Wings in a clear glass bowl

 

Spray a large baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Arrange the chicken wings, in a single layer, skin side up. Bake them for 30 minutes.

Chicken Wings arranged on a Baking Sheet

 

Line a clean, large baking sheet with a cooling rack. Spray the cooling rack lightly with cooking spray. Transfer the wings to the fresh pan, arrange them in a single layer (skin side up).

Cooked Chicken Wings arranged on a Cooling Rack

 

The cooling rack will elevate the wings and allow air to circulate around them. Bake the chicken wings for 15 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken wings at this point is at least 165°F.

 

In the meantime, make the Buffalo wings sauce

Add the melted butter and hot sauce to a bowl, stir vigorously to combine.

 

Remove the wings from the oven. Turn them so the paler side is up (skin side down). Brush them with the buffalo sauce and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Brushing Underside of Chicken Wing with Buffalo Sauce

 

Turn each wing one more time and brush with the sauce. Return the wings to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or so.

Brushing Chicken Wing with Buffalo Sauce

 

Pour or brush any remaining sauce over the wings as soon as they come out of the oven and add a little extra hot sauce if you like them spicy. Enjoy!

 

Cook’s notes

If the butter firms up while the wings are in the oven, give it about 5 seconds in the microwave and it will melt again.

 

Makes 24-32 wings

A close-up picture of baked Buffalo wings served on a white plate

 

Baked Buffalo Wings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Buffalo chicken wings are a party favorite and a game-day must. These spicy chicken wings are crispy and fall off the bone, and yes, they’re baked not fried.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy game day appetizers
Servings: 8
Calories: 324 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pounds Chicken Wings drums and flats separated and wing tips removed (about 24-32 wing pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 4 tablespoons Butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper based Hot Sauce use more for spicier wings
You will also need
  • 2 Large baking sheets
  • 1 Cooling rack
  • Pastry Brush
Instructions
Prep Work
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°F
  2. Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Place the wings in a large bowl and sprinkles some of the seasoning mix. Give them a good stir, sprinkle some more.

  4. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Arrange the chicken wings, in a single layer, skin side up. Bake them for 30 minutes.
  5. Line a clean, large baking sheet with a cooling rack. Spray the cooling rack lightly with cooking spray. Transfer the wings to the fresh pan, arrange them in a single layer (skin side up).
  6. Bake the chicken wings for 15 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken wings at this point is at least 165°F.

In the meantime, make the Buffalo wings sauce
  1. Add the melted butter and hot sauce to a bowl, stir vigorously to combine.
  2. Remove the wings from the oven. Turn the wings so the paler side is up (skin side down). Brush them with the buffalo sauce and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Turn each wing one more time and brush with the sauce. Return the wings to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or so.
  4. Pour or brush any remaining sauce over the wings as soon as they come out of the oven and add a little extra hot sauce if you like them spicy.

Recipe Notes

If the butter firms up while the wings are in the oven, give it about 5 seconds in the microwave and it will melt again.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Buffalo Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 602mg 25%
Potassium 204mg 6%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These tasty buffalo wings are crispy and fall off the bone, and yes, they’re baked not fried. The trick, use a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack so air can circulate around the wings. The skin dries up nicely and the inside stays tender and moist. #bakedbuffalowings #buffalowings #wings #gamedayappetizers #appetizers #partyfood

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