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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Perfect Crispy Baked Hot Wings Without The Fat Of Frying!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Wings, Crispy Baked Chicken Wings, Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 816kcal
Author: Rachael

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 Tbs baking powder
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbs kosher salt Or less, see note
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Ginger Soy Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce Use low sodium or it will be too salty
  • 1 1/2 tsps minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

Wings instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250°F. And place on rack at the lowest setting, and one near the top.
  • Use a paper towel to pat the totally defrosted wings dry. This will not work with frozen wings.
  • Place wings in a large bowl or in a ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly. Note: Some have complained the wings are too salty, adjust to preference, but remember salt is needed to help dry out the skin and get crispy wings. 
  • Line a tray with foil, and set a wire rack inside the rimmed baking sheets.
  • Brush rack with vegetable oil, or spray with cooking oil. Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer with the skin side up. It will be a tight fit, use two sheets if needed. Make sure wings don't touch, You need space for air to get around them.
  • Brush wings with remaining oil. Or spray with cooking spray
  • Bake wings at 250 F. for 30 minutes at the lowest oven rack setting, this will help to help render the fat.
  • After 30 minutes, increase temperature to 400 degrees F., and move wings up to the top of the oven. Bake an additional 45-50 minutes until cooked through and skin is crispy, and wings are golden brown. Optional: Flip once during baking
  • Once baked, remove wings from pan, and toss in a bowl with 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup sauce of choice to coat wings.
  • Return to baking sheet rack, bake for 5-6 minutes until glaze is lightly caramelized.

Ginger Soy Sauce:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve honey. Taste, and adjust as desired, such as adding sweetener. 
  • Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/4 cup, 7–8 minutes.

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Notes

Fully defrost wings, or they will not cook up well. 
A few readers commented they were too salty, you can reduce the amount of salt used and add more later, but the salt helps to dry out the skin and give you the crispiness. 
For even crispiness, flip the wings half way through the second cooking time. 
For a nice sauce glaze, return wings to oven on broil for a few minutes after saucing the wings.
To avoid being able to taste the baking powder: 
  • Mix baking powder, salt, and pepper together, and toss with wings. 
  • If you adjust the amount of wings  you use, adjust the amount of baking  powder, it is supposed to only very slightly coat them to draw out moisture. If you use too much it will be gritty and add a bitter flavor to your wings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 2477mg | Potassium: 1113mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 3.7mg