I love chicken wings! Crispy, sticky, flavorful bites of chicken right off the bone! They are completely and utterly delectable. For years I have been using a recipe of Alton Brown’s in my attempt to conjure up the flavor and texture that can only be found in a crispy deep fried chicken wing, however the results were mixed at best. Without firing up a deep fryer, I was convinced that hoping to create great chicken wings right out of the oven was as fruitless as attempting convince my pet fish to take a walk with me (Bubbles is starting to get a little porky and could use the exercise). But then I stumbled on my friend Nagi’s crispy wing recipe and it completely rocked my world!
OK, truth be told, I’ve been living a lie. I don’t have a pet fish. I just needed a punchline. How can you ever trust me again!?!… Somehow we will work through this.
But I am serious about this recipe being amazing. Every now and then an exceptional recipe comes along that gets me REALLY excited. This crispy baked chicken wings recipe is one such recipe. Seriously, they are THAT good.
The secret is baking powder! Yes baking powder. It is amazing how crispy a little coating of this magic dust will transform a chicken wing into a crispy, crunchy, perfectly moist morsel when baked properly! The recipe does take a little time, but it isn’t difficult at all. If you love chicken wings as much as I do, you need to give this recipe a try!
If you don’t already have them in your kitchen, I highly recommend purchasing cooling racks to bake on. These allow air to evenly circulate around the chicken wings as they bake for even cooking. If the wings are set directly on a baking pan you risk sticking and creating an uneven texture. Purchasing good cooling racks that are safe for oven use is essential for any serious cook.
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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
- 4 lb Chicken wings cut into wingettes and drumettes (discard wing tips)
- 2 tbsp Baking Powder
- ¾ tsp Salt
- Oil spray
- Place the wings, uncovered, in the refrigerator for a few hours to dry out the skin.
- If you do not have the time to place them in the fridge, pat them dry with a paper towel instead.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
- Place an oven safe cooling rack on a baking sheet and spray the rack with oil. (Place foil underneath for easy clean up)
- In a gallon sized bag, or large bowl, add the baking powder, salt and chicken. Toss to evenly coat.
- Place the wings evenly on the baking tray with the skin side up and bake on the lower rack for 30 minutes.
- Move to upper-middle rack and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Rotate the tray halfway through for even cooking.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes then toss in desired sauce.
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