No need to fry when you can make the best Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings in the oven!
Once you see how easy it is to make these spicy baked wings, you'll never go back to frying!
Crispy on the outside, spicy and buttery and juicy on the inside! Everyone loves these!
It's football season in Tennessee, and even though it looks a lot different this year, there is still plenty of food being consumed.
Now, I don't know about you, but I am not that much of a fan of grilling wings and frying wings. All the effort to get the grill set up and then all the turning while standing over the hot grill.
Don't even get me started on the mess of frying them.
Luckily you don't have to do either! You can make amazing crispy baked buffalo wings in your oven! Wait till you see how easy they are!
Hot Sauce - use your favorite hot sauce. I used sriracha, but I have a huge collection - always grab some whenever I go in Marshall's!
Butter - unsalted or salted.
Honey - optional, but I like to include it.
Chicken wings - the first two sections of the wing, not those thin little tips (save them for stock!)
Salt, pepper, olive oil.
Baking powder - optional, makes them crispier, sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't. They are good either way!
Preheat the oven to 400.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a rack in it. This is one of the secrets to getting crispy wings - you want air flowing underneath them too!
Place the wings in a bowl, with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the optional baking powder. Sometimes I add the baking powder and sometimes I don't (depends on how lazy I am.) I do think it makes them a bit crispier, so definitely use it if you are after the crispiest wings!
Lay the wings skin side up on the rack and roast for 20 minutes.
Take the pan out of the oven and turn the wings over (tongs make this so easy.) Roast for 20 more minutes.
Bring the pan out of the oven, turn the oven to 450 and turn the wings one last time. Place them back in the oven and roast for about 7-10 minutes.
If they aren't brown enough you can place them under the broil for a minute or two.
When I changed my temp to 450, I also turned on the convection in my oven and mine came out nice and brown.
In a bowl large enough to toss the wings mix the melted butter, hot sauce and honey.
Toss the wings in the sauce, while they are still hot and then pile them up on a platter for everyone to dig in!
Serve with plenty of napkins and extra hot sauce!
These were wonderful. So crisp, you don’t miss the frying at all.
These spicy buffalo chicken wings are now one of our favorite game day foods! They are so easy to make and everyone loves them.
Crispy, spicy, sweet and tangy!
You could also make these Sweet and Sticky Oven Baked Chicken Legs - they cook at the same temp and the timing is practically the same!
More game day food:
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Crispy Oven Baked Buffalo Wings
- Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack on it.
- Place the chicken wings in a bowl and drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper and baking powder (if using.). Toss to coat.
- Lay the wings skin side up on the rack and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven, turn the wings and roast for 20 more minutes.
- Pull the pan from the oven, turn the heat up to 450 and turn the wings one last time (they should be skin side up.). Roast for about 5-10 more minutes.
- Combine the melted butter, honey and hot sauce in a bowl. Place the wings in the bowl and toss to coat with the sauce.
This was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2020.