How to Cook Chicken Wings in the Oven

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Chicken wings are a favorite appetizer in casual restaurants and bars and a must-have finger food at parties. Since there's no last-minute prep, cooking the chicken wings in the oven gets you out of the kitchen so you can enjoy the occasion. Serve oven-baked chicken wings with blue cheese dressing, extra buffalo sauce, and celery sticks. Set them out with some homemade chips and salsa made from scratch, and you're ready to host a party.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in the Oven
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Things You'll Need

  • 4 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1 cup prepared hot sauce like Tabasco, Louisiana Hot Sauce, or Piri Piri
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Baking pans with wire racks
Step 1

Separate the chicken wings at the joint with kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Cut off the tips of the wings so they don't burn in the oven.

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Step 2

Put the chicken wings in a sealable plastic bag. Pour in the hot sauce. Shake the bag to coat the chicken with the sauce.

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Step 3

Set the bag in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 3 hours. Shake the bag occasionally to keep the hot sauce distributed over the chicken.

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Step 4

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

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Step 5

Drain the chicken wings and discard the hot sauce. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a flat dish.

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Step 6

Dredge the chicken wings in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and place wings on a rack in a roasting pan. Don't crowd the wings.

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Step 7

Bake for 45 minutes or until the chicken is starting to crisp along the edges and the coating is golden brown. Turn the chicken once during cooking. Remove from the oven and serve.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Use the wing tips to make chicken broth.
  • This easy recipe calls for commercially prepared hot sauce. Use your own recipe if you want to regulate the heat or add more flavor.

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