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Great Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe in 4 Simple Steps


Bbq chicken wings on a plate with green onions.

1. Gather Ingredients

Searching for a delightful, simple snack? These Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings are the answer! You’ll make everyone happy with this recipe, and you don’t need many ingredients. The items you must get are:

  • chicken wings
  • BBQ sauce
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • smoked paprika
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Ready? Let’s go!

Cooking Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings
Cooking Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings

Chicken wings

Chicken wings are a delicacy around the world! For this recipe, you need 12-14 wings to serve four. Buy free-range or organic for the best flavor.

Start by cutting off the tips and separating the wings at the joint. Place the wingettes and drumettes on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Take them out and brush each side with BBQ sauce. Put them back in the oven for 10 minutes until they are sticky and flavorful. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy your freshly made crispy bbq chicken wings!

BBQ sauce

BBQ sauce is a must for this recipe! It gives the wings a delicious, sticky glaze and a smoky flavor. Variations of BBQ sauce include: Kansas City, Sweet and Smoky, Lexington, Memphis-Style and Carolina style. We chose classic Kansas City-style.

The ingredients: tomato ketchup, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, butter, garlic powder, and brown sugar. Remember to buy high quality tomato ketchup – it affects the taste of the wings.


Salt is indispensable when cooking. To make crispy BBQ chicken wings, use table or fine sea salt. Start with ¾ teaspoon of salt per pound of wings. If a stronger flavor is wanted, add up to 1 ½ teaspoons per pound. Finally, adjust the seasoning to your preference.


Pepper is essential in this yummy BBQ chicken wing recipe. Ground pepper, whether pre-ground or freshly ground, is ideal. Finer grinds provide a more intense flavor than coarse grinds. A mix of black, white, and red pepper (also known as cracked pepper) adds flavor and color with its unique blend of earthy flavors and mild heat.

For this recipe, use:

  • 1-2 teaspoons pre-ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black and white pepper

for the best taste.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives. It has a unique flavour that works well with Mediterranean-style dishes. For this BBQ chicken wings recipe, it’s best to use extra-virgin olive oil. This has the strongest taste and highest health benefits.

Extra-virgin olive oil is cold-pressed with no other processing. This keeps the natural flavours and aromas, giving the dish more flavour. Also, extra-virgin olive oil is healthier so you can make delicious dishes without sacrificing nutrition.

2. Preparation

Preparing BBQ chicken wings is a yummy and enjoyable time. Start by mixing the ingredients in a bowl. Then, season and cover the wings with the BBQ sauce. Put the wings on a baking sheet that has parchment paper. Preheat the oven. Now let’s get into the details of making these BBQ chicken wings:

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Season and cover the wings with the BBQ sauce.
  • Put the wings on a baking sheet that has parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven.

Preheat oven to 375°F

Preheat the oven to 375°F to make sure your chicken wings turn out crispy. Adjust the temp if you’re making smaller wings. Heat it to 400-425°F for 30 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place the wings on the sheet in an even layer, and season. Pop them in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Enjoy your crispy BBQ chicken wings!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Before prepping chicken wings, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This aids even cooking and stops the skin from sticking. Aluminium foil can be used instead of parchment paper, but this may change the cooking time. Cover all parts of the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for the best outcome. Also, preheat your oven before starting to prepare the wings for even cooking.

Place chicken wings on baking sheet

Gather all ingredients. Place chicken wings on a non-stick baking sheet. Space them evenly. Not too close together or they will steam instead of becoming crispy.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Bake for 30 minutes! When 10 minutes remain, flip them over. This’ll make both sides crisp.


Drizzle olive oil over wings

Preheat oven to 425 degrees! Wash wings and dry them. Place wings on a baking dish that has foil and a cooking oil spray. Drizzle generously with Olive oil. This helps lock in flavor and moisture. Make sure all sides are evenly coated. Flip them to check!

Sprinkle salt and pepper

Generously salt and pepper both sides of the chicken wings. This simple seasoning brings out their yummy barbeque flavor. Start with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper per two pounds. Feel free to customize if you’d like. Don’t be too stingy with the seasoning. Too little could make your wings taste bland.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes

Heat oven to 400°F (204°C). Place wings on a greased foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Turn and rotate wings halfway through cooking time. Stick an instant read thermometer into each wing. The temp should be at 165°F (74°C). Take out of oven. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

3. BBQ Sauce

Make your own BBQ Sauce! It is a must for yummy BBQ chicken wings. The ingredients are easy to get from your pantry. Not only will this sauce make your chicken wings special, but you can also use it on other meats and vegetables. Let’s get started!

In a saucepan, combine BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper

Saucepan time! Mix BBQ sauce, light brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Boil it on medium heat. Simmer for 10 mins or until it’s thick. Taste it to adjust the seasonings. Now you have homemade BBQ sauce! Perfect for glazing some yummy BBQ chicken wings in the oven.

Simmer for 10 minutes

Pour the prepped white sauce onto the cooked ingredients. Boil it. Cut the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon to mix it all together. You may need to adjust the flavor – add more salt or sweeten with sugar or honey. When it tastes and looks how you want, take it off the heat and let it chill.

Use it to brush your wings before baking or grilling for BBQ-y yumminess!

Reduce heat to low

Once the sauce comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. This will thicken and deepen the flavor.

Once the timer is up, use an immersion blender or stand mixer to puree the sauce until it’s smooth and creamy. This eliminates lumps. You can also remove garlic and onion bits if you want a smoother sauce. Taste test and adjust seasonings to your desired flavor.

Continue simmering based on preference. The longer it simmers, the more concentrated the flavor will be. Turn off the heat when done. Store your BBQ sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Ready to use!

Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings
Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings

4. Finishing

Fire up the oven! Preheat to 375F. Put the BBQ wings on a baking sheet, and bake for 15 mins. Baste with the extra sauce. When the wings get golden and crispy, take them out. Let them cool off a bit before you serve. Done!

Remove wings from oven and brush with BBQ sauce

Your wings are ready to come out of the oven! Grab your tongs and place them on a preheated, medium-hot grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, flipping regularly.

For extra crunchiness, brush BBQ sauce onto each side of the wings and cook for 1 minute longer (8-10 minutes total). Then, up the heat to medium-high and cook each side for 1 minute. Keep flipping to avoid burning.

Once cooked to your liking, remove from the grill and place back in the baking dish. Enjoy!

Return to oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes

Put the chicken wings back in the oven. Bake for ten mins. Press each one with a fork or tongs. It should be firm. If not, heat for five more mins until crispy. Take them out and let cool for five mins.

Serve with honey mustard or ranch dressing! Enjoy!

Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce

Your oven-baked wings are ready! Get them out of the oven. Add some sea salt and pepper. Serve with ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard or spicy sauces, like buffalo or chili.

Put them on a platter with some sauces for guests to pick:

  • Ranch
  • Bleu cheese
  • Honey mustard
  • Buffalo
  • Chili

Dig in and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What ingredients do I need to make crispy BBQ chicken wings?

To make crispy BBQ chicken wings, you will need chicken wings, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and flour.

2. How long do I need to bake the chicken wings?

You need to bake the chicken wings for approximately 45-50 minutes at 400°F until they are cooked through and crispy on the outside.

3. How do I make the BBQ sauce for the chicken wings?

To make the BBQ sauce, mix together BBQ sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl. You can also adjust the seasoning to your taste.

4. Do I need to marinate the chicken wings before cooking?

No, marination is not necessary for this recipe. You can simply coat the chicken wings in the seasoned flour before baking.

5. Can I use a different sauce instead of BBQ sauce?

Yes, you can use any sauce of your choice. However, BBQ sauce is the most commonly used sauce for chicken wings and gives a delicious flavor.

6. How do I ensure that my chicken wings are crispy after baking?

To ensure that your chicken wings are crispy after baking, make sure to pat dry them with a paper towel before coating them with flour. Also, make sure not to overcrowd the baking tray and bake them on a wire rack to allow air circulation.

Ethan Walker
Ethan Walker

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