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Football Party! Baked Chicken Wings!

Baked Chicken Wings are a healthy option that doesn’t skimp on flavor or the crunch you are looking for for a game day snack!

It’s the end of summer, which in my world means ….. Hello College Football!! This week my favorite team The Nebraska Cornhuskers kick off their season so it’s reason to serve baked chicken wings as an appetizer while having a few people over to watch the game. Later this week we’ll make a great cocktail to go with them!

You don’t have to love football to like these wings; they are a great appetizer for cocktails or can even be a nice dinner!

One of my favorite magazines is Cook’s Illustrated. I love that it is super technical for the how’s and why’s of science and exactly what causes things happen. When I was looking up recipes for baked chicken wings almost every place I read about them credited Cook’s Illustrated for how to make these.

They cannot be any easier. You make sure to completely let them dry out to avoid sogginess, then you toss them in a little salt and baking powder and finally bake them at a couple of different temperatures and wow! Crispy, not greasy, delicious chicken wings.

Looking for a healthy option for game day! Simple and tasty, this recipe for Baked Chicken Wings are just what you are looking for!

In full disclosure, I must tell you to not make the mistake I made on one of the first batches. It’s baking POWDER, not baking SODA.

I know there is a difference, but somehow had bought baking soda at Trader Joe’s and their packaging is exactly like the traditional baking powder and just didn’t read the label as I mindlessly grabbed the ingredient.   Needless to say, I will not make that mistake again!!

Baking powder has no lingering taste at all while the baking soda is just awful. (Kudos to my husband who valiantly tried to eat them before I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and just tossed them!)

Look at how crispy and not greasy these are after baking, before you toss them in your favorite sauce…..

Looking for a healthy option for game day! Simple and tasty, this recipe for Baked Chicken Wings are just what you are looking for!
                                  Crispy Perfection ~~ Baked Chicken Wings!

I wanted to make wings because they are always a crowd-pleaser. The wings are crispy and quite tasty on their own, but tossed with a sauce they are delicious too.

Of course, the wings tossed in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce are always a favorite, but I like to serve a couple of different varieties! I have the Hatch Chili Salsa that I made back in August with the Hatch Chili peppers and this is a perfect addition to the baked wings. They still have the crispiness when you bite into them, but the hatch chili salsa gives it that Zing you want in a wing!!

Looking for a healthy option for game day! Simple and tasty, this recipe for Baked Chicken Wings are just what you are looking for!


Looking for a healthy option for game day! Simple and tasty, this recipe for Baked Chicken Wings are just what you are looking for!


Looking for a healthy option for game day! Simple and tasty, this recipe for Baked Chicken Wings are just what you are looking for!



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Football Party! Baked Chicken Wings!

Football Party! Baked Chicken Wings!

Simple to make, a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, these baked wings are just the answer for your football viewing party. They are healthier than the fried version, but still crispy, crunchy and delicious when served plain or toss them in my Hatch Chili Salsa (or use your own sauce)... the more options the better at a party!!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 4 pounds of Chicken wings *** see note 1
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Hatch Chili Salsa, recipe link in blog post


  1. Lay wings out on a paper towel lined plate and place in the fridge to dry for 1-2 hours. If you don't have time, be sure and blot all wetness before cooking.
  2. Place baking powder and salt in a ziplock bag and mix thoroughly. Then add dried/patted wings and shake to coat evenly.
  3. Preheat oven to 275°
  4. Spray a wire rack that will fit inside your baking sheet with a nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Before placing wire rack onto baking sheet, line baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup.
  6. Then place sprayed wire rack into baking sheet.
  7. Place coated chicken pieces on wire rack. Don't worry about them being too close together, they shrink when cooking.
  8. Bake at 275° for 30 minutes on a rack on the lower third of the oven.
  9. Then increase heat to 400°
  10. Move chicken to top rack in the oven and cook for 40-50 minutes until golden brown. Rotate the pan every 15 or so minutes.
  11. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  12. If serving without a sauce plate up and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  13. If serving with a sauce, place sauce (in this case, Hatch Chili Sauce) in the bottom of a bowl.
  14. Then add several pieces of chicken, stir to coat evenly. Then remove them to a serving plate and repeat until all chicken coated.
  15. Can be served up with a dipping sauce such as a blue cheese or ranch dressing.


You can buy chicken wings precut to drummettes, or they are very easily cut on your own, usually a little cheaper.

You cut the tip off of the wing end, and cut at the joint where the wing meets the little drummette. Try it, its really quite easy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 14g

Baked Chicken wings adapted from  Cook’s Illustrated Meats Book

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nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

soo crispy! They look so good!

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Monday 2nd of November 2015

Baked chicken wings are the BEST and yours look shatteringly crisp and flavourful - which proves you don't need to deep fry these babies!


Monday 2nd of November 2015

I know right? Baking is so much easier!! ~ m

Ann | Created To Cook

Monday 26th of October 2015

This is my kind of food. I am also a huge fan of Cooks and can't get enough of their baked chicken wings. Your hatch chili salsa sounds so good... I can't wait to give it a try.

Whitney @ That Square Plate

Saturday 24th of October 2015

Love the tips about baking the wings. I've never done that before, but sounds like the perfect method to make them perfectly crisp and yours look amazing.. so does the chili sauce!


Monday 26th of October 2015

Thank you! The crispiness is sure a hit in our house!!


Saturday 24th of October 2015

Who doesn't love crispy chicken eh? Would love to give this a try with your Hatch Salsa! :)


Saturday 24th of October 2015

The hatch salsa is great, but it any of your favorite flavors for wings will work too!

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