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These baked Buffalo wings are crispy without being fried. They take only 10 minutes to prep, but need to be refrigerated for about an hour so the flour coating is firm. You can add more cayenne or hot sauce if you like them spicier!

Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
2 hrs
20 chicken wings

Believe it or not, you don't need a deep fryer to make the best Buffalo wings of your life. These sports bar-worthy wings are as crispy as it gets (thanks to an hour of refrigeration time before they hit the oven), but they don't require any oil — and they don't make a mess of your kitchen. 

Baked Buffalo Wings Ingredients

You don't need a lot of ingredients to make these oven-baked chicken wings. Here's what to put on your grocery list: 

Wings are coated in a seasoned all-purpose flour mixture and refrigerated before baking for the crispiest results. 

Spices and Seasonings
You'll need cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt. You can adjust the measurements to suit your taste. 

Chicken Wings
This recipe makes 20 chicken wings. If you're serving a crowd, it's easy to double or triple the recipe. 

A stick of butter is the key to rich, silky, restaurant-quality Buffalo sauce.

Hot Sauce
Use a cayenne-based hot pepper sauce, such as Frank's RedHot. 

How to Make Baked Buffalo Wings In the Oven

Baked Buffalo Wings
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It's far easier than you think to make ultra-crispy Buffalo wings in the oven. All it takes is a few simple steps! You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect: 

Combine flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt in a zip-top bag. Add the chicken wings, seal tightly, and shake to coat. Transfer the coated wings to a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for an hour. Mix the hot sauce and butter in a bowl. Dip each wing in the sauce, then return them to the baking sheet. Bake, turning halfway through the bake time, until the chicken is fully cooked and the skin is crispy. 

How Long to Bake Buffalo Wings

This recipe yields perfectly cooked chicken wings in about 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F. To test the chicken's doneness, insert an instant read thermometer into a meaty drumette (don't touch the bone). Chicken wings are ready-to-eat when the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F. 

What to Serve With Baked Buffalo Wings

Traditionally, chicken wings are paired with a cooling dipping sauce (ranch and blue cheese are the most popular choices). Store-bought is fine, of course, but homemade is always better. It's also common to set out some crudites, such as sliced carrots and celery. 

If you're looking for a side dish to serve with a Buffalo wing entree, you might want to opt for something classic and crowd-pleasing — you can't go wrong with mac and cheese, French fries, or cornbread. For a lighter meal, try roasted veggies or a side salad.  

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is the best baked wings recipe," according to johnson2000. "We have made many recipes looking for wings that are crunchy outside and tender inside without frying. This one beats all!"

"Loved this," raves Ken. "Much healthier and easier than the fried ones I've been making for years! I added about a tablespoon of vinegar to the sauce. This enhances the flavor and aroma of the hot sauce."

"The best recipe," says Amazlilith. "Just make sure to blot the extra moisture and you are good to go. I have made this several times and they prefer them to any other!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray.

  • Place flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add chicken wings, seal the bag, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Transfer wings to the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • While the oven is preheating, whisk together melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip wings into butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook until crispy on the outside and no longer pink in the center, about 25 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 3.8g; fat 9.2g; cholesterol 31.5mg; sodium 257.6mg. Full Nutrition