Homemade Buffalo Wings have a secret ingredient that makes them super crisp and irresistible. The easy buffalo sauce is just 3 ingredients and makes these taste like a restaurant-quality appetizer.

If you loved our Air Fryer Chicken Wings, you’ll love these Oven-Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings. You can bake a bigger batch all at once which is great for feeding a crowd. Think Super Bowl appetizer.

Crispy buffalo wings served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

The beauty of baked buffalo chicken wings is that you can get the same, crispy texture without the need for splattering hot fryer oil. Using our handy baking powder trick and a wire rack, they get a wonderful crust with a fraction of the fat of deep-fried versions. Tossing the crispy wings together with a buttery, tangy buffalo sauce is irresistibly good.

Baked buffalo chicken wings on a platter with sauce

Ingredients for the Crispiest Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings – Use fresh or thawed frozen wings that are broken down into drumettes and wingettes 
  • Baking powder – The secret ingredient for getting your chicken wings ultra-crispy without the need for deep frying 
  • Salt – we use fine sea salt in nearly all of our cooking
  • Garlic powder – adds a bit of zest to your wings before tossing them in the buffalo sauce 
  • Unsalted butter – adds a nice creaminess to the buffalo sauce 
  • Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce – This is the perfect base for your wing sauce. It’s tangy, a little sweet, and has just the right amount of spiciness.
  • Sugar – helps the sauce caramelize and thicken on your piping hot wings.
Ingredients for Baked wings and homemade buffalo sauce

How to Make Crispy Buffalo Wings

  1. Prep Chicken Wings – cut wings in half to separate the drums from the wingettes. Pat the wings dry with a paper towel. Preheat the oven and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack over the pan.
  2. Make dry seasoning – Combine baking powder, salt, and garlic powder. 
  3. Season the wings – Place the chicken wings in a large mixing bowl and toss them in the dry seasoning until well-coated. Assemble the wings in a single layer over the rack.
  4. Bake in the center of the oven for 50 minutes, flipping halfway.
  5. Make the Buffalo Sauce – In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and hot sauce.
  6. Toss Wings in Sauce – Transfer chicken wings to a bowl, and toss, drizzle with sauce and toss to coat. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Step by step how to bake chicken wings and coat with buffalo sauce.

Tips for the Best Buffalo Wings

  • Remove moisture – pat dry with paper towels to remove as much moisture as you can to ensure they turn out crispy.
  • Use baking powder – The baking powder creates such an incredible crust on the wings. It’s a must! 
  • Bake on a rack – A wire rack allows the wings to circulate and makes them crispy all around. 

How to Serve

  • Restaurant Style – We love to serve buffalo wings as they do at Chilis restaurant alongside some chunky blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
  • Avocado Ranch – this dressing is also an amazing dip for buffalo chicken.
  • Jalapeno Ranch – if you want a spicy kick to your sauce as well, adding jalapeno adds just the right amount of heat.
  • Add fries – you can turn this into lunch by serving with crispy Air Fryer French Fries.
Serving buffalo wings with dipping sauce and celery

Common Questions

How do you know when chicken wings are done?

The temperature and timing should be adequate, but you can always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken (at least 165˚F and tastier if 175˚F).

Can you use frozen chicken wings?

You can, but be sure to thaw completely before baking, or they won’t crisp up properly.

How can you make the wings spicier?

Add in a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or black pepper to the dry seasoning for a spicier wing.

Can I make these in the Air Fryer?

You can cook the wings following the time and temperature for our Air Fryer Chicken Wings then toss with buffalo sauce to finish. You will need to cook in 3 batches or cut the recipe down to 1 lb of chicken wings.

The best Baked Buffalo wings on a serving platter

More Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is so versatile, from chicken wings to drumsticks, thighs, and chicken breast. My favorite thing to do is Cut a Whole Chicken, freeze the various cuts and then use the bones for the Best Chicken Stock.

If you love chicken as much as we do, you’re sure to find some new favorites in this list of our favorite chicken recipes:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Crispy Buffalo Wings Recipe

4.98 from 374 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Buffalo chicken wings served with dip and celery
Crisp Buffalo Chicken Wings are irresistible with the best 3-ingredient homemade buffalo sauce. An easy, restaurant-quality appetizer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings

Buffalo Sauce

Instructions

  • Thoroughly pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack over the pan.
  • Combine the baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a bowl, sprinkle over the chicken and toss to combine. Arrange chicken on the prepared wire rack.
  • Bake the chicken for 25 minutes, flip it over and bake for another 25 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.
  • In a medium-size bowl combine sauce ingredients. Remove chicken from the baking sheet to a bowl. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Toss to coat the chicken in the sauce. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Per Serving

265kcal Calories3g Carbs17g Protein20g Fat8g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat86mg Cholesterol590mg Sodium306mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar312IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C78mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Buffalo Wings Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
265
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
86
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
590
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
306
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
17
g
34
%
Vitamin A
 
312
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
78
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken wings
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 265

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Mike
    May 13, 2024

    You never put the temp to preheat to?325, 350, 400, broil?!🤦‍♂️I’m not a wing specialist so don’t know the temp. I would cook any other chicken perfect but these I always bought.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 14, 2024

      Hi Mike, we have the oven preheating and temperature instructions in the print-friendly recipe card. You’ll want to to preheat to 450˚F on this one.

      Reply

  • CB
    May 12, 2024

    Excellent and easy recipe for the best crispy wings! Instead of tossing, I brush the sauce on both sides of the wings while they’re still on the rack!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2024

      Thank you for your good comments and feedback!

      Reply

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