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Classic Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Juicy and tender chicken wings are seasoned to spicy perfection and smothered in your favorite buffalo sauce. These Classic Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings will have you shamelessly licking your fingers!

Chicken Wings are my thang! Here are my top three favorite recipes – the Garlic Parmesan Crispy Chicken Wings, Honey Sriracha Baked Chicken Wings and of course my Honey BBQ Chicken Wings!

Crispy Buffalo Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy, spicy, warm and tender, buffalo chicken wings are a game day must-have. And they happen to be really easy to make! Any time you’re craving a zingy appetizer, these wings are guaranteed to satisfy.

You can use whichever buffalo sauce you like best for this recipe. In addition to the flavor that provides, the wings are coated in a heavenly blend of spices that will make your taste buds sing. You could even enjoy these chicken wings as a main dish by serving larger portions or doubling the recipe!

A Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wing Sticking Into a Small Bowl of Ranch Dressing

Why Bake Chicken Wings?

In my opinion, baking chicken wings is much better than frying them. First of all, you can hardly taste the difference! In fact, I find that baked wings get even crispier on the outside than fried ones do.

Not only that – baking uses a lot less oil than frying, making baked wings a much healthier option. You also don’t have to hang around by a hot stove! Once you try this recipe, you won’t touch your chicken wings to a frying pan ever again.

A Serving Platter Piled with Homemade Chicken Wings and Raw Vegetables

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Recipe Ingredients

You’ll appreciate the short and sweet list of ingredients required for this dish. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Chicken Wings

  • Chicken Wings: You’ll need 3 pounds of wings.
  • Smoked Paprika: For a touch of spiciness.
  • Garlic Powder: This provides depth of flavor.
  • Chipotle Chili Powder: For a more intense heat. Feel free to use less or omit this entirely for milder wings.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Half a teaspoon of cinnamon adds that lightly sweet warmth that makes buffalo chicken wings so irresistible.
  • Canola Oil: Or vegetable oil.

For the Buffalo Sauce

  • Buffalo Sauce: Use whichever brand you have on hand. We like Frank’s Original or Frank’s Buffalo.
  • Coconut Oil: To help the sauce adhere to the chicken.
A Bowl of Raw Chicken Beside a Plate of Smoked Paprika, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder and Chipotle Chili Powder

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Wings

These baked buffalo wings come together with minimal effort. After you cook the chicken, you’ll want to broil it to get it nice and crispy. Yum!

Heat Oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine Spices: Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder and cinnamon to a small bowl and mix until combined.

Dry Chicken: Add the chicken wings to a large bowl and pat them dry.

Coat in Spices: Sprinkle the chicken with the spice blend and drizzle it with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Toss to coat all the chicken.

A Bowl of Raw Chicken Wings Coated in Spices

Place on Lined Pan: Place your wings on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and a wire rack, as pictured. If you don’t have a wire rack, just line the pan with parchment paper.

Baked Chicken Wings on a Wire Rack Over a Baking Sheet Lined with Aluminum Foil

Bake: Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, flipping it over after 20 minutes.

Broil: Turn the broiler on to HIGH. Once the oven is ready, place your wings under the broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.

Make Sauce: In the meantime, heat a medium-sized saucepan to medium heat. Add in the buffalo sauce and coconut oil, stirring until the coconut oil is melted and the sauce is warm, approximately 5-7 minutes.

Add to Wings: Remove your wings from the oven. Place them in a large bowl and pour the buffalo sauce over them. Use a pair of tongs to toss the wings until all of them are coated with the sauce.

The Buffalo Sauce Mixture Being Poured Over a Bowl of Baked Chicken Wings

Enjoy! Serve your buffalo chicken wings with ranch dressing and/or bleu cheese.

Tips for Success

This classic comfort food is easy to get just right. But in order to ensure your satisfaction, I have some helpful tips and tricks for the recipe.

  • Season to Taste: Some may find these wings to be too spicy while others will crave even more heat. Feel free to adjust the amount of spices you use to suit your preference!
  • Dry Chicken Well: Before you coat your chicken in the spice rub, be sure to dry it off very well. You can do this using paper towels. If you don’t dry off the wings, they won’t be able to get as crispy.
  • Broil it Up! Broiling your chicken after baking it is SO worth the small amount of extra effort. It gets the outsides super crispy while allowing the insides to remain juicy and tender. Perfection!
A Piece of Buffalo Chicken Being Dipped Into a Bowl of Ranch Garnished with Chopped Parsley

Serving Suggestions

There are plenty of things you can pair with buffalo chicken wings besides ranch and bleu cheese. Here are some delicious Ideas!

  • Serve with Raw Veggies: There’s a reason why raw carrots and celery are often served with wings. The coolness of the veggies goes so well with spiciness of the chicken!
  • Pair with Mac & Cheese: My Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort-food pairing for these baked buffalo wings. Plus, it’s healthier than your average mac and cheese recipe!
  • Serve with Salad: Try cutting up your chicken wings and serving them in this dreamy Buffalo Chicken Salad! If you’d like to do this, I suggest using boneless wings for easier dicing.
  • Serve with Avocado Fries: These creamy and refreshing Air Fryer Avocado Fries have a crispy coating that’s made using gluten-free panko. They make a great partner for these spicy wings!
A Close-Up Shot of Spicy Baked Wings on a White Plate

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Leftover wings should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy them within 3-4 days.

To reheat your wings, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Heat them in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the biggest wing reaches 165°F.

Can I Freeze Buffalo Chicken Wings?

Yes, baked wings freeze well for up to 4 months. Just make sure you keep them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw them out in the fridge the night before you plan to eat them and reheat them according to the guidelines above.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings Piled Onto a Plate with Raw Vegetables and Ranch Dressing

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A Close-Up Shot of Spicy Baked Wings on a White Plate

Classic Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3035 wings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Juicy and tender chicken wings are seasoned to spicy perfection and smothered in your favorite buffalo sauce – these Classic Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings will have you shamelessly licking your fingers!


Ingredients

Scale

For the Chicken Wings

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the Buffalo Sauce

  • 12 oz. of buffalo sauce of your choice (I use Frank’s Original or Frank’s Buffalo
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a small bowl add smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder and cinnamon.
  3. Add chicken to a large bowl. Pat chicken dry.
  4. Sprinkle with spice blend and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Toss to coat all the chicken.
  5. Place chicken on a wire rack lined baking sheet. (if you don’t have a wire rack, just spray the baking sheet with cooking spray)
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the chicken after 20 minutes.
  7. Turn the Broiler on to HIGH.
  8. Place chicken under broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  9. In the meantime, heat a medium sauce pan to medium heat. Add in buffalo sauce and coconut oil, stir until coconut oil is melted and sauce is warm, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  10. Remove chicken from oven. Place in a large bowl, pour the Buffalo sauce over the chicken wings. Using a pair of tongs, toss the wings to coat all of them with the sauce.
  11. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 wings + sauce
  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 4140 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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