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Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

January 21, 2014  —  Written by Chris 

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This past summer, when I shared my favorite chicken wing recipe, I said that I’d probably share others. Here I am, making good on that. And usually I’m all about a great sauce on my wings, but every so often, we opt for the dry rub. And I have a pretty rockin’ dry rub. Check it.

wings-final

Here’s what you need to do for the dry rub:

• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
• 1/2 tsp dried thyme
• 1/2 tsp dried basil
• 1/2 tsp fennel seed
• 1 tsp dried parsley
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
– mash together the above ingredients in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder or something, then mix in the following:
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp paprika
• 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp ancho chili powder
• 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 1 1/2 tsp salt

wings-rub

This is a pretty good rub you can use for all kinds of stuff, but this time, specifically, wings. This is enough rub for 24 wing sections (12 full wings). The routine is the same as my barbecued wings, plus a few spices, minus the sauce at the end. Here’s a little refresher.

First, place an empty pan in the oven and preheat to 450. Put the wings in a bowl or ziplock bag with 2 Tbsp cooking oil. Mix around to coat the wings with the oil evenly, then add the rub and mix again. Let the wings sit in the bowl/bag for 15 minutes or so, while the oven preheats.

wings-marinating

Remove the pan from the oven quickly and close the oven door. Put the chicken directly on the hot pan and spread it out evenly in one layer, but not too close together. If the chicken pieces are too close together, they’ll steam and not get crispy. Place them back in the oven (on the center rack) and bake for 20-30 minutes, until they’re browned well. Heads up, the oven is gonna smoke. A lot. Just crack open a window, because it’s worth it.

Once the wings are done cooking, serve ’em up!

wings-alone

Welp, there ya go. Dry-rubbed wings. Have you ever baked chicken wings? If not, you should try it out. Not nearly as heavy as fried, and not nearly as gross as steamed or stewed or whatever other cooking techniques make them soggy. Enjoy, friends!

Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

This is a really simple wing recipe that won't disappoint. It may seem like there are a lot of ingredients in the dry rub, but don't worry so much about exact measurements. Meaning, you don't need to get the measuring spoons out. Just add what you think is close to correct, and it will turn out great.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 24-30 wing sections
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil

For the dry rub:

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place an empty roasting pan in the oven on the center rack and preheat the oven to 450.

While the oven and pan are preheating, make the dry rub:

  • Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind together the oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, fennel seed, parsley, and Italian seasoning.
  • Add the rest of the dry rub ingredients and mix together well.

Next, coat the chicken in the dry rub:

  • Put the wing sections and canola oil in a bowl. Mix around well.
  • Add the dry rub and toss the wings around to coat evenly. Let that rest for 15-20 minutes

Cook the chicken:

  • Quickly open your oven, remove the pan, and close the oven to prevent heat loss.
  • Pour the chicken wings onto the baking sheet and spread out evenly, skin side up, ensuring the chicken pieces have space enough between them where the steam can escape while cooking, so the chicken develops a crust.
  • Bake at 450 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan and serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Note:

  • If making a lot of wings, you may need to use two sheet pans. If doing this, be sure the pans trade places in the oven every 5 minutes or so during cooking, and you will likely need to bake for longer.

What do you think?

  1. Shamiran says:

    I stumbled upon this recipe during an online search for a dry chicken wing rub. I tried it and it was amazing. Everyone loved it! I’ve made the wings about ten times since, revisiting my bookmarked link to your page, using your recipe, stuffing my face, but never saying thank you. So, thank you! It’s delicious. You killed it. You did that. I love it.

  2. Avant says:

    What pairs well with these wings?

  3. Tyler Hemple says:

    I’m not the type of person that comments on blogs but I couldn’t resist. I have made these wings about 4 or 5 times now (most recently during Super Bowl 50 for my second annual Super Wing Party). These wings are amazing. Every time I make wings I will do about 3 or 4 types. These dry-rub wings are always the favorite of the crowd.

    There are a ton of recipes out there that you need tweak and change. Add this, remove that, so forth. This recipe is perfect. Seriously. Don’t change a thing.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I am going to try this rub on chicken drumsticks tonight, hopefully it’ll be just as good :)

  4. Evangelina says:

    NomNomNom. Super tasty wings. I didnt have fennel so I substituted it with a bit of cinnamon and they came out fantastic.

    Boyfriend approved of them which is huge. We love our wings. You’ve saved me a fortune traveling to get a good dry rub wing when I can now make it at home! Thank u much.

  5. Cameron says:

    These were SO bad ass. I guess I’m a bit of an ass because I never leave comments on any recipe sites, I just read the comments of others when deciding to try a recipe, or not. This recipe was comment worthy. Thank you! Oh and, to the buddy up top…..sorry you had to go to Popeye’s because these are WAY better. How did you even burn them though? Ah, who cares, mine were awesome. Happy cookin’, from Toronto.

  6. We will be making this again!!!!! Thanks for the great recipe!!!!

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  8. Trey says:

    fuhhhh now i gotta munch on half da wing and go to popeyes. thanks alot chris. love chicken and not your thot

  9. Trey says:

    yo homie what da hell my brother. I was in da mood for some jooseeee crieeeeeespy chicken wanggssss and i burnt da helllllll outta them after 15 minutes on da pan bruh what the f***?!

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you steam wings for 10 mins before you season them your oven will not smoke up!

  11. Valerie says:

    Do you turn the wings at all during cooking? Should you like the pan with aluminum foil? Should you spray either the foil lined pan or the pan itself with PAM or other such spray to limit sticking?

    • Chris says:

      There’s no need to turn the wings, just put them so the most fatty parts of the skin are facing up. And because you coat the wings in oil first and heat up the pan, that should prevent sticking. Cooking at such a high heat can burn sprays like PAM, so I wouldn’t suggest using it.

      As far as lining with foil, that’s personal preference. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t – depends on how much clean up I’m in the mood for. :)

  12. Katie says:

    We actually make our wings on the grill, but I love this idea, keeps everyone inside in the cold! And the oven warms the house too :) Hope Julia and baby are doing better! Everyone is in my thoughts! <3 We want baby and Chris to keep cooking!

    • Chris says:

      During the summer, I cook on the grill almost every night and wings are one of my favorites. :)

      Also, Jules and baby are both doing great now. Thanks!

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