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Truly Crispy Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2017 at 1:38 AM
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Truly Crispy Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

This recipe uses a technique discovered by Cook's Illustrated to make chicken wings in the oven that come out so crispy that it's hard to believe they aren't deep fried. Tossed in a classic hot sauce and served with a side of blue cheese dip and celery sticks and you have one of the most genius food combinations this world has ever seen!


Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Serves: 8


Crispy Baked Wings

  • 4 lb / 2 kg chicken wings

  • 2 tbsp baking powder (NOT baking soda / bi-carb soda)

  • ¾ teaspoons salt


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ cup Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce (Note 1)

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • ¼ tsp salt

    Blue Cheese Dip

  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, softened (I use gorgonzola)

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • 1 - 3 tbsp milk

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ tsp salt

  • Black pepper

  • Instructions

  1. Lay the wings on a rack on a rimmed baking tray and let them dry in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, pat them dry with paper towels.

  2. Preheat the oven to 250F / 120C (all oven types - standard/convection/fan). Put one oven shelf in the lower quarter of the oven and one in the top quarter.

  3. Place the wings in a large ziplock bag. Add the baking powder and salt. Shake the bag to coat the wings evenly.

  4. Line the tray with foil. Spray the rack on the baking tray with oil. Place the wings skin side up on the rack. Bake on the lower shelf in the oven for 30 minutes.

  5. Then move the tray up to the higher shelf and turn the oven up to 425F / 220C. Bake for a further 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through. The wings do not need to be turned over. The wings are ready when they are dark golden brown and the skin is very crispy.

  6. Toss with Hot Sauce and serve immediately with Blue Cheese Dip and celery sticks. They can be served plain, with a dipping sauce or tossed in sauce.


  1. Whisk together the Sauce ingredients. Keep warm or reheat just prior to using.

    Blue Cheese Dip

  1. Mash the blue cheese with sour cream until smooth (or to your taste).

  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until combined, using milk to get it to the consistency you want.

  3. Store in the fridge until required. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.


    You will notice once the wings come out of the oven that they are smaller than usual. This is because the fat under the skin melts off (renders out) while baking in the low oven.
    The wings will not bake to a dark golden brown unless you leave them in for 1 hr+. They bake to a golden brown. You will know they are done because the skin will be lovely and crispy.

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