Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

The Big Game
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This recipe can be found on RecipeTin Eats.

No game day is complete without chicken wings. They are the perfect meal for any hungry party guest.

Ingredients

Crispy Baked Wings

  • 4 lb / 2 kg chicken wings, wingettes & drumettes (Note 1a)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder (NOT baking soda / bi-carb soda)
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt

Sauce

  • 4 tbsp / 60g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce (Note 1b)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, softened (I use gorgonzola)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove small garlic, minced
  • 1 – 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

Crispy Baked Wings

  1. Lay the wings on a rack on a rimmed baking tray and let them dry in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, pat them dry with paper towels.

  2. Preheat the oven to 250F / 120C (all oven types – standard/convection/fan). Put one oven shelf in the lower quarter of the oven and one in the top quarter.

  3. Place the wings in a large ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt. Shake the bag to coat the wings evenly.

  4. Line the tray with foil. Spray the rack on the baking tray with oil. Place the wings skin side up on the rack (ok if snug, they shrink). Bake on the lower shelf in the oven for 30 minutes.

  5. Then move the tray up to the higher shelf and turn the oven up to 425F / 220C. Bake for a further 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through. The wings do not need to be turned over. The wings are ready when they are dark golden brown and the skin is very crispy.

  6. Toss with Hot Sauce and serve immediately with Blue Cheese Dip and celery sticks. They can be served plain, with a dipping sauce or tossed in sauce.

Sauce

  1. Whisk together the Sauce ingredients. Keep warm or reheat just prior to using.

Blue Cheese Dip

  1. Mash the blue cheese with sour cream until smooth (or to your taste).

  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until combined, using milk to get it to the consistency you want.

  3. Store in the fridge until required. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

1. You will notice once the wings come out of the oven that they are smaller than usual. This is because the fat under the skin melts off (renders out) while baking in the low oven.

2. The wings will not bake to a dark golden brown unless you leave them in for 1 hr+. They bake to a golden brown. You will know they are done because the skin will be lovely and crispy.

3. The recipe for the wings is from Cook’s Illustrated “Meats Book” cookbook. The sauce recipe is my own.

4. To reheat: Allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate – do not coat with sauce. The skin will wrinkle and soften. Preheat oven to 200C/390F. Spread wings out on tray, skin side up, and bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the skin puffs up so the wrinkles smooth out and becomes crisp again.

5. These stay crispy for as long as the wings are warm, so around 20 – 30 minutes. The skin stays crispy for around 10 – 15 minutes after tossing in the sauce, then after that they start to soften but not go soggy, up to around 30 minutes. If you reheat after tossing in sauce, they go soggy.

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