Crispy baked chicken wings are so easy to make that you will wonder why you ever fried wings in the first place!
Even with the skin, these are still considered clean eating compliant too!
Later in this post, I am going to introduce you to your new best friend…the Convection setting on the oven! Believe me when I say it WILL change your life!
Once you see just how easy and delicious these chicken wings are, they will quickly become a family favorite! They are perfect for Superbowl, Parties or just laid back nights at home!
How To Save Money on Organic Chicken
When we started eating organic, pasture raised chicken, it became more economical to purchase whole chickens and cut them up ourselves.
At first, the kids were disgusted watching me cut up whole chickens. But now they are used to it. I tried to teach them how to cut the chicken into pieces, but they refused to touch it and only wanted to watch. So that is a lesson for another day!
However, my son was eager to help me season the wings!
We use chicken breasts amazingly quickly. I mean, it can be used in almost any dish!
The chicken thighs are typically used in soups and fast weeknight meals. And we BBQ the drumsticks for the kids when we BBQ every Sunday night!
But the chicken wings? When am I ever going to cook only 2 wings? Even 4 wings would be pushing it.
So, I just put them in the freezer for another day. One day I realized that we had a bag full of chicken wings. At about that same time, the kids discovered a love of wings!
That sounds like a good thing, but it’s not…because I love wings too and now I have to share them!
We have always enjoyed roasted chicken in the oven, so I started experimenting. What we discovered was delicious crispy baked chicken wings that can be eaten fresh from the oven, or with BBQ sauce (for the kids) and hot sauce (for the adults).
The trick is using the convection setting on the oven…
The Oven Convection Setting
Have you ever noticed the convection setting on your oven? Often times, it is just an on/off button. Ours looks like this:
It is so simple to turn on and off that the kids often play with it and I don’t always know.
I had a convection oven for over 8 years before I finally figured out how to use it! The button was always there, but I thought it might have something to do with the self cleaning feature, or another feature that I cleary wasn’t using!
Back before kids….when I had time to google random things…I decided to figure out exactly what a convection oven was. It turns out it is a superhero in the kitchen!
It has an amazing way of making foods brown and crispy, and it cuts the cooking time almost in half!
Convection ovens are great when it comes to crisping foods. Think whole chickens, chicken wings (obviously!), chicken nuggets, salmon, and so on. Do you love those grocery store rotisserie chickens? Well your convection oven will give you an even better crispy, flavorful crust!
Because the convection oven is more efficient at pushing heat around the food, it cuts down on cooking times. It also means you need to drop the heat slightly to keep the food from burning.
For example, a whole roasted chicken takes about 1 hour at 400° in the traditional oven. In a convection oven, it cooks in about 40 minutes at 375°.
However, I have found that it does not work with pizza. It always ends up burning the pizza before the middle cooks. The same goes for certain cookies. While you are learning to use the convection oven, you need to keep a close eye on your food. It can burn quickly.
But trust me when I say that the learning curve is worth it! You will be making sure every oven you have the future has teh convection feature!
Oh, and the best part? You don’t have to preheat the oven…you’re welcome 😉
Sea Salt Chicken Seasoning
One of the best tricks when it comes to eating healthy is to learn to rely on herbs. Herbs are an easy way to add flavor to a dish without adding calories or processed foods.
Chicken wings are no exception! Below, I am sharing my favorite sea salt blend (it fits in to clean eating too!) If you want to make your own blend, just use a base of sea salt and add any herbs and seasonings that you have on hand!
Salt blend for the Best Baked Chicken Wings:
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Dried Chopped Onions
- 1/4 tsp Dried Rosemary
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/8 tsp Ginger
- Fresh Black Pepper
Mix all ingredients well.
Here are a couple other ideas to try:
Salmon – Sea Salt and Dill
Beef – Sea Salt, Dried Onions, Garlic, Ginger and Fresh black pepper
Beef #2 – Sea Salt, Oregano, Basil, Garlic and Paprika
How Long To Bake Chicken Wings?
Chicken wings typically take about an hour in the oven. In this recipe we use the convection setting on the oven, which cuts off about 20 minutes.
We start with at 450° for 10 minutes to start the browning. Before it starts burning, we drop the temperature down to 350° for the remaining 15 minutes.
Just wait until you see how crispy they get!
Pasture Raised Chicken
One last note before we get to the recipe. If it is in your budget (you may be surprised to find that it is!), look into purchasing pasture raised chicken.
Not only are the chickens happier and have a much more humane life, but they also have nutritional benefits. They have higher concentrations of Vitamin A and E and Omega 3 fats.
I buy my chicken from Crowd Cow HERE (affiliate link that will give you $25 off). You can also read more about Crowd Cow HERE.
Organic chicken breast at Trader Joes is $5.99 per pound. It isn’t necessarily pasture raised, just organic. At Crowd Cow, I typically pay about $12 per pound. However, drumsticks start at $7 per pound…that is just one reason I started cooking with drumsticks and thighs more often!
If you buy the whole chicken from Crowd Cow, it is closer to $8 per pound ($20 per chicken). Then you can cut it up yourself. While you are at it, teach your kids how to cut up a chicken. It’s a life skill they could use forever!
Baked chicken wings are the perfect way to show your kids that they can make and enjoy healthier versions of restaurant style foods without compromising flavor! In addition, they will learn the following:
- How to use the Convection Oven feature
- How to bake Chicken wings
- How to make seasoning salt
- How to create a crispy chicken that could be the base for multiple dishes, such as hot wings, BBQ wings or teriyaki wings
- How to be careful when putting pans in the oven and taking them out
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Frequently Asked Questions About Making Chicken Wings
How do I make crispy chicken wings?
The skin is essential for a crispy wing! Also be sure the wings are dry before cooking. If they are not dry, the moisture will keep them from crisping quickly.
Why are there two types of Chicken Wings?
Thy type of chicken wing depends on what part of the wing was used. If you look at a raw chicken, you will see that there is a joint in the wing. When the wings are processed, they are cut at the joint and this produces the two different types of wings that you are used to seeing. When they make traditional fried chicken, they are using the entire wing, which is why it is so much bigger
How do you get sauce to stick to chicken wings?
When you see a chicken wing that is covered in sauce, it typically has a breaded coating. The flour is the secret to getting the sauce to stick to the wings. In this recipe, we are not breading the chicken, so it is not ideal for thick sauces…though I had used them and it is still delicious! This recipe really shines when it comes to hot sauce or sticky sauces like garlic ginger.
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- 4 Pounds Chicken Wings, If using frozen, defrost first
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoons chopped onions, dried
- 1/4 teaspoon Rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Ginger, dried
- Preheat oven to 400° and turn on your convection fan
- In a small bowl, mix the Sea Salt, Onion, Rosemary, Garlic Powder and Ginger. Mix well
- Place the chicken wings on a lined cookie sheet. Try to keep the wings from touching
- Evenly sprinkle half the salt mixture over the chicken wings. Turn them over and sprinkle the remaining salt mixture
- Place the wings in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Drop the oven temperature to 350° and cook for an additional 15 minutes
- Once chicken wings are brown, remove and let sit for 5 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 2452mgCarbohydrates: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 30g
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Chicken Wings in a Convection Oven
Set the temperature of the convection oven to 375°. Add the wings and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, turning about halfway through. Check them often. Always check and make sure the internal temperature is at least 160° before removing from the oven.
The movement of hot air in the oven will help these wings cook faster and get you that crispy skin in no time! If you do not have a convection oven, you can still cook these chicken wings with a conventional oven just as efficiently.What temperature do you cook chicken in a convection oven? ›
400° convection or even more is the best choice. This is lean meat, and a lower temperature will dry it out. A convection oven will not only cook quicker but will help seal the outside and keep the meat moist.How do I make my wings more crispy? ›
Bake at a lower heat first to render out the fat, then finish the wings on high heat. The wings are first baked low and slow at 250F for 30 minutes on the lower shelf of the oven to melt out the fat. Then the heat is cranked up to 425F for 40 – 50 minutes so the skin gets super crispy.What's the difference between convection baking and convection roasting? ›
Convection baking uses the bottom heating element almost all of the time, whereas convection roasting uses both the upper and lower heating elements. The more you know about your oven's convection bake and roast settings, the better you'll be able to prepare your meals.Can you cook chicken on convection? ›
Cooking a whole chicken in a convection oven can be a great way to give it a golden, crispy exterior while maintaining a tender and juicy center. In general, whole chickens should be cooked for about 15 minutes per pound (about 0.45 kg) in a convection oven heated to 375°F (190°C).What temperature should I bake chicken wings at? ›
The best temperature to bake chicken wings is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that they are crispy and cooked through. You can also bake chicken wings at 350 or 375 degrees Fahrenheit, but they may not be as crispy.What is conventional setting in oven? ›
A conventional oven is a traditional cooking method using a top and bottom heat element. Remember the adage heat rises, well this is applicable to a conventional oven where it is much hotter at the top than the bottom – this means it is not suitable for batch cooking on every shelf.How long does it take to bake wings at 350? ›
Baking the chicken wings on a wire grate will allow the juices to run down beneath which helps the skin to crisp up. To bake chicken wings this way, set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake them for about 30 minutes.Is it better to convection bake or convection roast a chicken? ›
Convection oven is the best way of roasting a chicken. It also takes less time than regular oven baking.
The oven trays supplied with the Convection Steam Oven can be covered in aluminum foil. Any baking mode can be used. Never place foil or foil pans on the floor of the oven, or allow foil to touch the back wall of the oven as it will cause permanent damage.Should I use convection bake or regular bake? ›
Convection bake is best used for roasting meats and vegetables, baking pies, pastries, cookies, and casseroles, as well as toasting and dehydrating. Here's why: Use Convection to Roast Meat and Vegetables: While a standard bake will get the job done, convection bake is ideal for roasting.Does cornstarch help make chicken crispy? ›
Cornstarch is one of our recommended ingredients for the crispiest fried chicken. Cornstarch is often used in Asian fried chicken recipes. The combination of the flour with cornstarch produces the crispiest result.Does baking powder make chicken crispy? ›
Does baking soda make chicken crispy? Baking soda and baking powder are absolutely the best way to get crispy chicken. They cut out the need to deep fat fry anything, making it much easier to cook crispy chicken at home, even if you are baking it in your oven.Does baking powder or cornstarch make chicken crispy? ›
Baking powder is just baking soda with a couple of other ingredients added — usually cornstarch and cream of tartar or another acidic ingredient. It's the baking soda's alkalinity that breaks the peptide bonds in the chicken skin and allows it to crisp up. Cornstarch also helps to dry the skin and crisp it more.When should you not use a convection oven? ›
Don't use convection for cooking cakes, quick breads, custards, or soufflés.Do you Preheat a convection oven? ›
Yes, all convection ovens need to be preheated. In some modes, more than one element is used during preheat, which can cause the food to burn. The oven will indicate when it has finished a preheat cycle. You should always start with a hot oven or a hot pan.Is it better to bake chicken at 350 or 400? ›
Baking chicken breasts at 350 degrees results in more tender and juicy meat while baking them at 400 degrees produces crispy skin.Can you put water in a convection oven? ›
Water will boil if it's in an oven that's over 100 degrees C. The food or dish of water will be hotter because of the force of the ovens. The dish is only able to boil at the speed it can absorb the heat from the air.How do you cook with a convection oven? ›
So cooking in a convection oven means you'll have to convert. This is a fairly simple matter of either lowering the temperature or shortening the cooking time (or a bit of both). The simplest method is to set the oven 25 to 50 degrees lower than the recipe says. So if it says 400 F, you go with 375 or 350 F.
Chicken wings should be cooked until crispy and golden brown. This will take about 45 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees F. You will want to keep an eye on the wings to make sure the seasoning does not burn or blacken.How long should you bake chicken wings? ›
Preheat oven to 400F. Toss chicken wings and oil. Place wings on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, taking care not to crowd wings. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.How long does it take to cook chicken wings in the oven at 425? ›
Baking chicken wings at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes will get them to crisp up. If you need them crispier than baking will do I'd suggest running them under a broiler. That will make them really crispy!Is convection the same as air frying? ›
The main difference between these two appliances is size. A convection oven can cook larger amounts of food at one time than an air fryer, which can only handle smaller portions and often requires cooking in batches when it comes to larger amounts of food.What is the advantage of a convection oven? ›
BENEFITS OF CONVECTION OVENS
With convection ovens, circulating air inside the appliance helps food cook more evenly across oven racks, making for recipes that are as easily prepared as they are delicious.
In essence, a countertop air fryer and a convection oven work similarly, just in different sizes. Both have fans that circulate heat in either a countertop air fryer or oven cavity to achieve crispy, air fried food.How long do you bake wings at 450? ›
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Season chicken wings with salt, then arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 45 minutes.How long does it take to cook wings in an air fryer? ›
Place the wings in the fryer basket so they are not touching (if necessary to fit, line up the drumettes standing upright along the sides). Set the air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 12 minutes, then flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 minutes more.How long does it take to fry chicken wings at 350 degrees? ›
They are quick and easy to make for a snack or for dinner. But many people are unsure of how long to deep fry chicken wings so that they are cooked through with crispy skin, but not overcooked. It typically takes about 7-10 minutes to cook a crispy batch of chicken wings at 350 degrees F.How long does it take to bake chicken wings at 350? ›
Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes for small wings, or 30-35 minutes for large wings. Chicken wings are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the juices run clear. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Preheat oven to 400F. Toss chicken wings and oil. Place wings on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, taking care not to crowd wings. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.How long does it take to cook wings in oven? ›
How long do you cook chicken wings? Chicken wings should be cooked until crispy and golden brown. This will take about 45 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees F. You will want to keep an eye on the wings to make sure the seasoning does not burn or blacken.How long should you bake chicken wings at 450? ›
It takes about 45 to 50 minutes of baking at 450°F (232°C). The wings and drumettes contain white meat covered by skin and fat so it can handle the hot oven temperature. The skin will be super crunchy in just under an hour, and the meat will be fully cooked.How long does it take to cook wings at 400? ›
So, how long do you bake chicken wings at 400 degrees Fahrenheit? Well, the general rule of thumb is to bake them for about 40-60 minutes, but it may vary depending on the size of your wings and your oven.What temperature are chicken wings done? ›
Taking the Temperature
For an accurate reading, insert the meat thermometer into the thickest area of the wing being careful to avoid the bone. If the wings are below the minimum safe internal temperature of 165 °F, return to the oven or submerge again in the hot oil.
Place the wings in the fryer basket so they are not touching (if necessary to fit, line up the drumettes standing upright along the sides). Set the air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 12 minutes, then flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 minutes more.Do you put sauce on wings before or after baking? ›
Most oven-baked chicken wings are tossed in sauce after they have been cooked, which means that the skin needs to be perfectly crisp to soak up all the sauce. Thoroughly pat the wings dry with paper towels before seasoning them with salt and placing them on a baking sheet.How long does it take to cook chicken wings in the oven at 425? ›
Baking chicken wings at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes will get them to crisp up. If you need them crispier than baking will do I'd suggest running them under a broiler. That will make them really crispy!Do you use cornstarch or baking powder for wings? ›
There are 3 secrets to super crispy baked wings: Coat them in cornstarch, salt, and aluminum-free baking powder (NOT baking soda). Let them dry out for several hours.Can I bake chicken wings at 400? ›
Preheat oven to 400°. Set a wire rack inside 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Toss chicken wings, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to coat. Divide wings between prepared racks and spread out in a single layer.
Note: The key to great chicken wings is a crispy skin but, you do not want to overcook them because the wings will dry out. The time will vary by individual oven temperature so this has to be taken into consideration. Another thing that will affect cooking time is the temperature of the meat.Do you bake a chicken covered or uncovered? ›
Baking chicken at home (whether as pieces or a whole bird) is really as easy as prep and bake. You never have to worry about covering chicken while baking, as it's fine to bake it uncovered. Once your chicken is in the oven, it's hands-free until you need to check the temperature.What is the best cooking method for wings? ›
Food stylist Richmond Flores' go-to method is marinating the wings and then steaming them before frying. This method, he says, imparts tremendous flavor and tenderizes the meat, but more importantly, the steaming helps render the fat from the skin which then allows the wings to crisp up perfectly.How does Gordon Ramsay cook chicken wings? ›
Gordon Ramsay's Hot Ones Inspired Wings - YouTubeHow much baking powder do you put on wings? ›
2 teaspoons baking powder Be sure to use aluminum free baking POWDER, not baking soda! Use 1 tsp of baking powder per pound of chicken.