Are you hosting a party and want to impress your guests with something special? Try these crispy oven baked hot wings in buffalo sauce. They’re easy to make and taste delicious. And there’s no messy frying required.
If you’re like me, you love hot wings. Especially at football parties!
But frying them is a pain.
And they can often be greasy.
Not to mention full of fat and extra calories.
This recipe for crispy baked buffalo wings solves all those problems – and they’re just as delicious as the fried version!
Plus, these no fry buffalo wings are made without flour, so they’re naturally gluten-free (in case that’s important to you or some of your friends).
Which makes them the perfect addition to your Super Bowl party menu, or any other get-together where you’re serving finger foods.
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Here’s your shopping list:
- chicken – 3 pounds chicken wings
- dairy – ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- hot sauce – ½ cup Frank’s RedHot wings buffalo sauce (or other similar wing sauce), ½ teaspoon Tabasco. Frank’s isn’t very spicy so the Tabasco adds some extra heat.
- spices – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- seasoning – 1 to 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
- For milder wings, get Frank’s RedHot wings mild buffalo sauce and eliminate the Tabasco sauce.
- To make extra spicy wings, increase the Tabasco sauce to 1 teaspoon (or to taste).
- For extra crispy wings, some people like to add 1 teaspoon baking powder to the salt when tossing the wings.
How to make crispy oven baked hot wings
If you bought wings that are not separated, cut them at the joints and discard the tips.
Pre-heat the oven to 400℉.
To make clean up easier, line a baking sheet with foil. When the wings are done, just throw the foil out and your baking sheet will be much easier to wash.
How to make baked buffalo wings
To prevent the wings from sitting in fat while they are cooking, you’ll need to put them on top of a wire rack.
Place it on top of the baking sheet so the wings won’t be touching the bottom.
In a large bowl, toss the wings in 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt. This will help wick moisture from the skin while they’re baking, resulting in crispier wings.
Some people swear that adding a teaspoon of baking powder to this mixture creates extra-crispiness. I don’t like the flavor or texture of the wings cooked this way. But it may not bother you, so you may want to give this a try.
Spread the wings out with the skin side up on the wire rack. They can be close together but you don’t want them to be overlapping.
Some people like to start with the wings skin side down, and then flip them over half way through baking.
I find this is extra work and doesn’t result in much difference in the finished product. So I don’t bother.
Mix 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a small bowl.
Sprinkle the seasoning over the top of the wings.
Bake at 400℉ for 45 to 50 minutes, until the skin is golden brown.
This may seem like a high temperature for a long period of time. But chicken wings have a lot of fat in them, so don’t worry about them being over done and dried out.
Remove the wings from the oven.
Make the hot sauce
In a large frying pan, melt ½ cup (1 stick) of butter with ½ teaspoon garlic powder over medium heat. You’ll need to fit all of the wings into this pan so make sure it is big enough.
Mix in ½ cup Frank’s RedHot wings buffalo sauce and ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce).
Since Frank’s buffalo sauce isn’t very spicy, the Tabasco sauce adds some extra heat.
If you prefer your wings on the milder side, you can eliminate it.
Of if you prefer them extra spicy, increase the Tabasco to 1 teaspoon. Or more, depending on how hot you want the wings to be.
Cook until heated through.
Add the wings and toss until coated.
How to serve hot wings
The traditional way to serve Buffalo wings is with ranch or blue cheese dressing, along with celery sticks and sliced carrots.
Both the dressing and the vegetables help to curb the heat of the wings, especially if you went for the extra spicy version.
Frequently asked questions
Buffalo wings should be baked for 45 to 50 minutes until the chicken is soft and the skin is crispy.
Buffalo wings should be baked at 400 degrees F to get the skin crispy.
Relatively speaking, yes. Chicken wings (and especially the skin) have a lot of fat in them so none of them are completely healthy. But baked buffalo wings generally have fewer calories and less fat than their fried counterparts.
Other baked chicken wing recipes you might like
- Easy baked sticky Chinese chicken wings
- Honey mustard chicken wings
- Asian spiced chicken wings
- Lemon ginger baked chicken wings