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These Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings are a crowd favorite, whether you’re having a small get-together at home or a rowdy football tailgate party. The wings are super crispy and tossed with a spicy homemade buffalo sauce.

Love chicken wings? Try these Garlic Chicken Wings or Fried Chicken Wings next!

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Why I Love This Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

  1. Serves Double Duty – Buffalo wings are one of the most popular appetizers, but they can also serve as a fun meal.
  2. Bring All the Heat or No Heat at All – Serve the wings dripping in spicy buffalo sauce, or serve them plain (sans sauce), which is a great option for little ones.
  3. No Frying – These wings are so crispy, so delicious, and so much healthier and less messy than deep frying.

Ingredients for Buffalo Wings

  • Chicken wings – You can buy the whole chicken wing and separate the pieces at the joint, but you can usually find them already separated. A package of wings usually contains drumettes (looks like a drumstick) and a wingette, which is the flat piece, but you can also find the drumettes on their own.
  • Baking powder and flour – Together these two ingredients help to reduce moisture in the wings and make them super crispy.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. You could really use any seasoning you like, but this is my go-to blend.
  • Cayenne pepper hot sauce – Like Frank’s Red Hot.
  • Butter – Melted and mixed with the hot sauce to tone it down.
ingredients for buffalo wings

How To Make Buffalo Wings

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

raw chicken wings drying out on a baking sheet.

Dry out the wings. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then arrange on a baking sheet and refrigerate overnight or at least for a few hours. If you are in a pinch for time, you can skip this step but I can’t guarantee your wings will be as crispy as you want them to be.

Prepare baking sheet and wire rack. Preheat the oven, then line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and add a baking rack on top. Spray the baking rack with nonstick cooking spray.

seasoned and floured chicken wings in a large bowl

Coat with seasoning. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and seasonings together. Toss with the chicken to coat completely and discard any leftover coating.

Make sure to shake off any excess coating. Tap each wing on the edge of the bowl before transferring to the baking sheet. If you skip this step, your wings might taste like baking soda and flour.

buffalo chicken wings coated with flour and spices on a baking rack over a baking sheet

Arrange and bake. Arrange the wings on the baking rack over the sheet – close together but not touching.

baked buffalo wings on a wire rack and baking sheet

Bake. Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the wings are golden and crispy. They’ll get even crispier as they cool.

buffalo sauce and butter in a bowl

Make the sauce. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the buffalo sauce. Heat together until bubbling. Adjust the taste/heat by adding more butter or more sauce.

buffalo sauce poured over chicken wings

Coat with sauce. When the chicken is fully cooked and crispy, transfer to a large bowl and toss to coat with the buffalo sauce.

buffalo sauce tossed with buffalo chicken wings

Serve immediately. Serve buffalo wings with more buffalo sauce for dipping, for those who like it really hot, or with ranch dressing or blue cheese dip for those who need to cool it down.

buffalo wings with ranch dip

How Do You Make Chicken Wings Crispy?

The key to my crispy wings is actually a combination of methods:

  1. Drying Out Overnight. Drying the skin reduces the overall moisture in the wings, so they aren’t releasing moisture as they cook. This is why we refrigerate them uncovered overnight before tossing them with the coating.
  2. Baking Powder. The baking powder reacts with the skin, changing the pH level and helping to reduce moisture.
  3. High Heat. Cooking at a high heat (450℉) contributes to crispy skin by cooking the outside fast.

Serving Suggestions

Serve hot wings with something refreshing to contrast the heat. This is why celery and carrot sticks are popular accompaniments. They offer a cool break from the heat.

Dips are important too, and ranch dressing or blue cheese dip are the most popular. You could even try my Honey Mustard Sauce for a tangy twist.

Variations

Spicy – All you need to do to make the sauce spicier, is to adjust the amounts of sauce and butter. The heat is all in the ratio. Additionally, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.

Deluxe – Create different versions of the sauce and set up a “bar” with platters of different flavors, like Lemon Pepper Wings, Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings and BBQ Chicken Wings.

Kid Friendly – Leave some wings plain and serve ranch dressing on the side.

Storage

Storage: Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing: It’s best to freeze wings without the sauce, but either way will work. Place cooled wings in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheating: If you have an air fryer, that’s the best way to reheat wings. If not, arrange them on a baking sheet and bake at 350℉ until heated through and crispy.

Expert Tips

  • Use the baking rack – If you don’t have one, you should really get one. I like THIS ONE. It’s super useful in the kitchen and helps to circulate the air around each wing as it cooks. It works with Baked Chicken Tenders, too.
  • Sweeten the sauce For a sweet buffalo sauce, add a tablespoon or two of honey or brown sugar to the sauce.
  • Flour + Baking Powder – the magic combo! Some recipes just call for one or the other, but this combination assists in drying out the wings and making them extra crispy.
  • Pat them dry – If you don’t have time to refrigerate the wings overnight, be sure to do a good job of patting them dry, because that is essential for crispy skin.
  • Broiling – For an extra crispy wing, pop them under the broiler for a few minutes after tossing them with the sauce. This will actually caramelize the sauce a little so they aren’t as messy.
  • Add vinegar – If you like your buffalo sauce a little more tangy, add a small splash of white vinegar.
close up of buffalo wings

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Recipe

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

5 from 2 votes
Buffalo Wings are a must have for any kind of party! Baked Buffalo Wings are super crispy and tossed with a spicy homemade buffalo sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds chicken wings or drumettes thawed or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Celery and carrot sticks for serving optional
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping optional
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Instructions
 

  • Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels. Arrange wings on a baking sheet (touching is fine), cover with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for several hours. Overnight is ideal. If you don’t have the time, you can skip this step, just be sure to pat them as dry as possible with the paper towels.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with foil and top with a baking rack. Spray the rack over the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Preheat the oven to 450℉.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and seasonings. Add chicken and toss to coat with the flour mixture. Shake off excess.
  • Arrange chicken on the rack, close together but not touching.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating the baking sheet about halfway through. You do not need to flip the chicken. NOTE – if they don’t look crispy right away, give them a few more minutes. But they will get crispier as they cool.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. Add hot sauce and butter to a small saucepan and heat on medium-low, stirring until the butter is melted and the sauce begins to bubble. Taste and add more hot sauce or butter if desired.
  • Transfer crispy wings to a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat.
  • Serve with celery and carrot sticks and a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Notes

There are about 10-12 wing pieces in a pound. For a main appetizer, this recipe makes about 8-10 servings.
Storage: Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for you to 3-4 days.
Freezing: It’s best to freeze wings without the sauce, but either way will work. Place cooled wings in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating: If you have an air fryer, that’s the best way to reheat wings. If not, arrange them on a baking sheet and bake at 350℉ until heated through and crispy.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 945mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 446IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 153mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Maria says:

    Thankyou so much for the recipes I love it 😊

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You are very welcome!

  2. Liesl Wilson says:

    If needing GF, could you exchange the flour with corn starch and obtain the same end results?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you could swap in cornstarch.