Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings are the perfect snack or appetizer for game days, holidays, or just about any day! Tossed in a mouthwatering buffalo sauce, these buffalo wings are so easy to make and a guaranteed party favorite!
Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings
Buffalo wings are one of the easiest game-day party appetizers to make at home. Classic bar food and one of my favorite late-night finger foods, buffalo wings with beer is a combination that’s hard to beat!
However, unlike other buffalo wings, these wings are baked, not fried!
Super crispy and perfectly seasoned, they have the same great taste and flavor as fried wings, without the extra mess and calories of deep frying.
Made with simple ingredients like chicken wingettes & drumettes and homemade buffalo sauce (so easy to make!) everyone loves these oven-baked buffalo wings. Other favorites and super popular buffalo recipes include my buffalo chicken dip, buffalo cauliflower, buffalo turkey meatballs, and baked buffalo chicken.
How to Make Buffalo Wings
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil (this will make for much easier clean-up) and place a wire rack on top. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the chicken wings by patting dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and baking powder – do not use baking soda. Mix well to evenly coat.
Transfer to the prepared wire rack and bake for 30 minutes then flip them over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Once the chicken wings have finished cooking, transfer to a large bowl and toss/mix thoroughly with your favorite buffalo sauce.
Why Baking Powder Makes Chicken Crispy
So, we now know that the secret ingredient to crispy baked buffalo wings is baking powder. But how? And why?
Baking powder is alkaline (the opposite of acidic), helping raise the overall pH level of the chicken skin. HIgher pH allows the proteins to break down faster and more effectively, resulting in faster browning and extra crisping.
What is the Best Buffalo Wing Sauce?
I haven’t tried all of the store-bought versions of buffalo sauce out there because I always make my own with Frank’s red hot sauce. It’s super easy to make and it takes just 5 minutes to whip together.
Click over to learn how to make buffalo sauce, or scroll down to the recipe card below.
What Goes with Buffalo Wings?
Buffalo chicken wings are meant to be served with beer, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a blue cheese dip or ranch dressing. You can also serve them with a small side salad or another type of chicken wing flavor.
How to Store Leftovers
These baked buffalo chicken wings are best served immediately. The longer that they soak with the buffalo sauce, the faster that they’ll lose their crispness.
For best results, only toss as many chicken wings in buffalo sauce as you think you’ll be eating. Save the rest and keep them stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To re-crisp, bake in a pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and toss with your favorite buffalo sauce.
Have you tried making these Baked Buffalo Wings?
Tell me about it in the comments below! I always love to hear your thoughts. And tag me #theforkedspoon on Instagram if you’ve made any of my recipes, I always love to see what you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Baked Buffalo Wings
For the Baked Chicken Wings
- 3 pounds chicken wings - wingettes & drumettes
- salt + pepper - to season
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder - not baking soda
For the Buffalo Wing Sauce
- ½ cup unsalted butter - melted
- 1 cup Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Hot Sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil with a wire rack on top. Spray the rack on the baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with approximately 1 teaspoon salt and a ½ teaspoon of black pepper, garlic powder, and baking powder. Mix well to coat evenly.
- Transfer the wings to the prepared wire rack and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, flip them over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- As the chicken wings bake in the oven, prepare the buffalo sauce: In a small saucepot over low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, stir in the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Whisk well and continue to cook until warmed through.
- Once the wings have finished cooking, transfer to a large bowl. Add approximately ¾ of the buffalo sauce. Mis thoroughly until the wings are completely coated (use your favorite method of mixing, whether that be with your hands, wooden spoons, or shaken with a second bowl on top of the first mixing bowl).
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauces like ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or leftover buffalo sauce. Enjoy!
- For a spicier buffalo sauce, add a little cayenne pepper. Start with 1/2 a teaspoon and go from there.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)
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