Baked Buffalo Wings

Baked Buffalo Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are a party favorite and a game-day must. These spicy chicken wings are fall off the bone, and they’re baked not fried.

Seven chicken wings arranged on a gray plate with a side of buffalo sauce in a small bowl.

 

The trick here 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 wings are made in the oven, you don’t have to fry batch after batch. They’re all done at the same time; and you get to party with the rest of the them!

 

For the buffalo wing 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 appetizer ideas, check out these Sticky Chicken Wings or these Pork Riblets.

 

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Ingredients

  • 3½ – 4 pounds Chicken Wings, drumettes and flats separated and wing tips removed (about 24-32 wing pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, we used kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper based Hot Sauce (like Crystal or Frank’s)

 

You will also need

 

Prep Work

The prep work on these delicious baked wings is quick and easy.

  • Preheat Oven to 375°F
  • If you’re starting with whole wings, remove the wing tips and separate the drumettes from the flats. You can use kitchen shears or a knife. Find the joints then cut between the joints. If there is resistance, then you are not at the joint, it should give fairly easy.
  • Trim excess fat off the wings, the drumettes especially may have a thick layer.

A close up image of raw chicken wings where the flat and drumette are separated.

 

  • Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place the wings in a large bowl and sprinkle with the seasoning mix. Toss or stir the wings to coat with the seasoning.

The seasoned wings in a large clear bowl.

 

How to make chicken wings in the oven

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.

The chicken arranged on a large 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).

The half-baked wings arranged on a large baking sheet that's lined with a cooling rack.

 

The cooling rack will elevate the wings and allow air to circulate around them. Bake the chicken wings for 15 minutes. At this point the internal temperature of the chicken wings should be at least 165°F. Use an instant read thermometer to make sure.

 

Make the buffalo sauce

While the wings bake, make this really easy two ingredient buffalo sauce. It comes together in just a few minutes. Use a cayenne pepper and vinegar based hot sauce. We use Crystal, it has a kick, but it’s not too spicy. Use your favorite brand.

  • Melt the butter gently in a small saucepan or microwave. Heat it just enough to melt, don’t overheat. Add the melted butter and hot sauce to a bowl, stir vigorously to combine.

 

Back to the wings

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 5 minutes.

A close up of a few wings, one of which is having buffalo sauce applied with a gray pastry brush.

 

Turn each wing one more time and brush with the sauce.

A close up of a few wings, one of which is having buffalo sauce applied with a gray pastry brush.

 

Return the wings to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.

The finished buffalo wings arranged on a large baking sheet that's lined with a cooling rack.

 

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. If the buffalo sauce firms up while you’re still working on the wings, give it about 5-10 seconds in the microwave and stir vigorously until it melts again. Makes 24-32 wings

A close up image of a drumette being dipped in a small bowl of buffalo sauce.

 

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5 from 1 vote

Baked Buffalo Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are a party favorite and a game-day must. These spicy chicken wings are fall off the bone, and they’re baked not fried.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, easy game day appetizers
Servings: 6
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 3½ - 4 pounds Chicken Wings drumettes and flats separated and wing tips and excess fat removed (about 24-32 wing pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt we used kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 6 tablespoons Butter melted
  • 6 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper based Hot Sauce like Crystal or Frank’s

Instructions

  • You will also need: 2 Large baking sheets, 1 Cooling rack (that fits in the baking sheet), Pastry brush
  • 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 with the seasoning mix. Toss or stir the wings to coat with the seasoning.
  • 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.
  • Line a clean, large baking sheet with a cooling rack. Spray the cooling rack lightly with cooking spray. Transfer the wings to the cooling rack, arrange them in a single layer (skin side up).
  • Bake the chicken wings for 15 minutes. At this point the internal temperature of the chicken wings should be at least 165°F. Use an instant read thermometer to make sure.

Make the buffalo sauce

  • While the wings bake, make the buffalo sauce. Melt the butter gently in a small saucepan or microwave. Heat it just enough to melt, don’t overheat. Add the melted butter and hot sauce to a bowl, stir vigorously to combine.

Back to the wings

  • Remove the wings from the oven. Turn them paler side up (skin side down). Brush them with the buffalo sauce and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Turn each wing one more time and brush with the sauce. Return them to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Makes 24-32 wings

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Notes

If the buffalo sauce firms up while you’re still working on the wings, give it about 5-10 seconds in the microwave and stir vigorously until it melts again.

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 951mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


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