With this Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe, now you get CRISPY fried flavor in your favorite game day snack! The secret is to toss them in a bit of starch, cook in the oven, and then coat in a homemade buffalo sauce for a spicy kick. Serve this easy appetizer dish with ranch or blue cheese dressing at your next football party!

Crispy buffalo wings are served on a plate with celery and ranch.

Best Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

Blame it on the overly-food-focused-side of me but as soon as someone says Super Bowl, I think of crispy buffalo chicken wings. (Who am I kidding, I don’t save these just for football season…)

And not just any chicken wings… They’ve got to be crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, and then coated in a spicy finger-licking-good sauce.

I’m going to blow your mind with a secret ingredient that makes even oven-baked chicken wings the bomb diggity perfect wings. No more deep fryer hot wings. 

And the best part? I bet you anything you’ve already got this key ingredient for crispy wings in your pantry!

Be sure to check out these Thai Chili Baked WingsLemon Pepper Baked WingsCrispy Air Fryer Wings, and Homemade Buffalo Sauce.

Chicken wings, corn starch, buffalo sauce, salt, pepper, and oil are the ingredients used in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Wing Portions. You need 3 pounds of wingettes and drumettes. Most grocery stores normally have both already cut and prepared in the meat section. You can also buy the entire wing, but it does take a bit more time to cut it into portions. If that’s your only option, you can learn how to cut a chicken wing into portions.
  • Oil. And not a ton of it. Avocado oil is recommended since it has a milder flavor and a higher smoke point, but olive oil may also be used.
  • Cornstarch. The key ingredient! Some people use baking powder instead of starch, but many prefer the way the starch tastes. If you select baking powder (and not soda!) make sure you cut the amount in the recipe by half.
  • Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce. An easy 4-ingredient recipe that can be whisked together in under 5 minutes and seriously takes the flavor game over-the-top! Feel free to buy it at the store if you have a brand you like, but this homemade version is so much better.
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How to Make Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

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1. Coat Wings in Starch

Place the wings in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss.

Dust the cornstarch, salt, and pepper all over the wings and mix again until they are all covered.

Raw chicken wings are coated in cornstarch for an ultra crispy texture.

2. Bake in Oven

Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and then coat the rack with non-stick cooking spray.

Arrange the chicken wings on the wire rack in a single layer so they are not touching. The hot air needs to be able to reach all sides of the chicken in order to get crispy skin.

Cook the wings in a preheated 400°F oven for 45-50 minutes, flipping halfway through with tongs. The high heat and turning the chicken over while baking ensures all of the skin gets exposed to the heat and gets extra crispy. They should be golden brown and cooked through.

3. Cover with Buffalo Wing Sauce

While the wings are baking, make the sauce recipe. Add melted butter, hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or Crystal’s), garlic, honey, and salt to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk ingredients until smooth and well combined.

Carefully remove the wings from the oven and toss chicken wings in the sauce until each wing is coated.

Baked wings are coated with a spicy buffalo sauce before baking.

4. Serve with Sauces

Crispy baked Buffalo chicken wings have a bit of spice, so it’s always best if you serve them with a mild and mellow sauce to complement the kick.

Pair the coated wings with your favorite dipping sauce, like creamy blue cheese dip or homemade ranch dressing, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a sprinkle of cilantro. Enjoy!

Baked buffalo chicken wings are served with blue cheese dressing and celery.

FAQs

Is it better to fry or bake chicken wings?

Frying is the traditional method, however, it is healthier to bake wings to reduce the amount of fat.

Should buffalo wings be crispy?

Yes, the best chicken wings are nice and crispy! Baking in the oven, cooking in an air fryer, or deep frying are all good methods.

How do you know when Buffalo wings are cooked?

Chicken wings are done when the internal temperature reaches 165°F. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the flesh without touching bones is the most accurate way to test.

How do you keep chicken wings from drying out?

Chicken wings will dry out if they are over-cooked. Follow the time and temperature in the recipe, and stop cooking them once the meat reaches 165°F

Recipe Tips

  • Make it easy. Find wingettes or drumettes that have already been cut to save on prep time.
  • Lift them up. Bake the wings on a wire rack so the hot air can reach all of the sides for maximum crispiness.
  • Keep ’em separated. Arrange the wings so they are not touching, otherwise they will not crisp on all sides.
  • Flip halfway. Yet another way to ensure the best results is to turn the wings over with tongs to expose both sides to the heat.
  • Work ahead. Make the buffalo sauce up to 1 week in advance so it’s ready to go.
A buffalo chicken wing is dipped in ranch dressing.

More Buffalo Sauce Recipes

Now that you know how to make the perfect homemade buffalo sauce you’ll want to use it in more recipes! Here are some delicious ones to try:

Other Baked Wings Recipes

If you’ve already got your oven preheated, you might as well go ahead and try some of these other baked chicken wings recipes:

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

With this Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe now you can get all of that CRISPY fried flavor in your favorite game day snack! The secret is to toss them in a bit of starch, cook in the oven, and then coat in a homemade buffalo sauce for a spicy kick.
Buffalo chicken wings are served for a low-carb, healthy main dish on a plate.
Yield 24
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 55 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 3 lbs. chicken wing portions wingettes and/or drummettes
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Buffalo Wing Sauce:

  • ½ cup hot sauce such as Frank’s or Crystal’s
  • 6 Tbsp. butter melted*
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. honey optional
  • ¼ tsp. salt to taste

To Serve:

  • Ranch dressing optional
  • Blue cheese dressing optional
  • Celery optional
  • Cilantro optional

Instructions 

  • Coat the Wings: Preheat oven to 400°F. Add wing portions to a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss wings until well coated. Sprinkle starch, salt, and pepper over the wings and toss again until the wings are completely coated.
    3 lbs. chicken wing portions, 1 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper
  • Bake in the Oven: Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and then place an oven-safe wire rack on top of it. Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken wings evenly spaced (and not touching!) on the wire rack. Bake wings in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Toss in Sauce: During the last 5 minutes of baking, add wing sauce ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk until smooth. Add cooked chicken wings to a large bowl and toss in the buffalo wing sauce.
    ½ cup hot sauce, 6 Tbsp. butter, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 Tbsp. honey, ¼ tsp. salt
  • Serve buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese or homemade ranch dressing, celery sticks, and a sprinkle of cilantro. Enjoy!
    Ranch dressing, Blue cheese dressing, Celery, Cilantro

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Notes

  • Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce is recommended, but Crystal’s or Sriracha sauce may also be used.
  • Substitute with a vegan butter substitute or olive oil if dairy-free.
  • Leave out honey if on a low-carb or keto diet.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
Make the buffalo sauce and mix the dry ingredients for the coating.
Storage Directions:
Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days. To freeze, seal in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months. To reheat with crispy results, warm in a 350°F oven or air fryer until heated through.
Recipe Tips
  • Make it easy. Find wingettes or drumettes that have already been cut to save on prep time.
  • Lift them up. Bake the wings on a wire rack so the hot air can reach all of the sides for maximum crispiness.
  • Keep ’em separated. Arrange the wings so they are not touching, otherwise they will not crisp on all sides.
  • Flip halfway. Yet another way to ensure the best results is to turn the wings over with tongs to expose both sides to the heat.
  • Work ahead. Make the buffalo sauce up to 1 week in advance so it’s ready to go.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 240mg, Potassium: 96mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 184IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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