Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

These easy crispy baked chicken wings use a secret ingredient – baking powder to get the crispiness that makes you think they come from the fryer.

close-up of easy crispy baked chicken wings on baking sheet

If I were to have a list of top five favorite food items, chicken wings would be on the list no question. Growing up, our family had a favorite wing shack called Murray’s Wings & Ribs. I always went with the garlic, extra crispy. That last part was key – extra crispy. I love my wings with a nice crunch to them and Murray’s did a great job at it. Sadly, right when I left for college, they closed down.

So for the past 12 years, I was always on the hunt for great wings. Maybe I was being too critical, but none really came close to passing the test for me. So about a year ago I was on a mission to make my own chicken wings. While I wasn’t looking for a “healthier” option to make wings, I had come across a baked wing recipe that sounded interested. It used baking powder to get the crispiness. After doing a little research I found baking pounder raises the pH level in the chicken, allowing the peptide bonds in the skin to break down, thus letting the skin get more crisp and brown. Sorry I’m getting a little granular but just want to explain in case you’re questioning it!

And make no mistake, these wings lived up to the bill! By cooking them low and slow for a little and then raising the heat, the fat renders down and skin gets extra crispy! The bonus to me is they are slightly healthier as you aren’t frying them either. Obviously the wing sauce is important, but the point of this post is sharing how to make some crazy crispy wings with ease! So I hope you give these easy crispy baked chicken wings a try.

overhead shot of easy crispy baked chicken wings on baking sheet

What Ingredients are in these Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Wings?

  • Chicken wings
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Oil spray

How Does Baking Powder Make Chicken Crispy?

Baking powder is alkaline. It raises the skin’s pH, which helps break down the proteins more efficiently and making for a browner, crispier skin.

close-up of easy crispy baked chicken wings on baking sheet

Other Chicken Wing Recipes:

Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

These easy crispy baked chicken wings use a secret ingredient - baking powder to get the crispiness that makes you think they come from the fryer.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Servings: 28 wings
Calories: 84 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 lb chicken wings, cut into flats and drumettes
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Oil spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250F.

  2. Take chicken wings out and pat dry. Place wings in large bowl and add baking powder and salt, then toss to coat evenly.

  3. Line a baking sheet with foil, then place a cooling rack on the foil. Spray the rack with oil spray. Place wings on rack in a single layer with skin side up.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 250F. Increase the oven temperature to 425F and bake for an additional 50 minutes to 1 hour, rotating the tray halfway through.

  5. Remove from tray and let stand for 5 minutes. Toss the wings in your favorite sauce and enjoy!

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