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Easy Baked BBQ Wings

Sweet and tangy, sticky, and overall just yummy describes this family favorite. These Easy Baked BBQ wings are super easy to make and much healthier than fried wings. We love to add Asian staples such as Chinese 5 spice and soy sauce to our own Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce, providing a unique and delicious flavor.

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These wings will be gone in no time, and fortunately they are pretty easy to prepare. They take about an hour from start to finish. Clean up is also relatively simple, since these are baked and not fried there is no grease splatter to worry about!

Our family loves these Asian Style BBQ wings either as an appetizer or as a main course. They also heat up very easily if somehow you have leftovers.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Super easy to make.
  • Comes together in under an hour.
  • Perfect as a game day treat.
  • Readily available ingredients.
  • Sweet, tangy and sticky.
  • Baked, not fried.
  • Healthier than traditional BBQ wing recipes.
  • The Best Baked BBQ Wings ever!!!
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Main Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your kitchen. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Chicken Wings – We typically buy our wings already separated into the first and second sections, which is a time saver. It is very important to let your wings come to room temperature before cooking and to pat them down with a paper towel to get them as dry as possible.
  • BBQ Sauce – We love using our homemade Honey BBQ Sauce. You can use the BBQ sauce of your choice as a substitute.
  • Baking Powder – Coating the wings in baking powder allows us to get them super crispy when baking them. Be sure to use aluminum free baking powder and not baking soda.
  • Spices – A combination of garlic powder, ginger, Chinese 5 spice, cloves, and allspice are used. The spices combine to add amazing flavor to the baked wings.
Baked BBQ Wings ingredients.

How to Make Easy Baked BBQ Wings:

Step 1: Prep It

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 475 degrees F.

Step 2: Dry It

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with a wire rack. Spray both sides of the wire rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. A half sheet pan and cooling rack fits 3 pounds of wings perfectly.
  • Pat the wings dry with paper towels and set aside. If your wings are still a bit cold to the touch, it is best to let them come to room temperature before baking.
place your chicken wings on a wire rack.

Notes:

  • We typically prefer to buy wings pre-cut which makes prep easier; however if you buy whole wings, be sure to cut them at the joints and discard the tips (or save for chicken stock).
  • We like easy cleanup, spraying both sides of the wire rack helps when working with sticky dripping BBQ sauce.

Step 3: Toss It

  • In a large bowl, add wings and toss with baking powder and salt. As the baking powder and wings are tossed, you can probably hear crackling as the baking powder makes contact with the wings.

Note: Be sure to use aluminum free baking powder and not baking soda.

Add baking powder to the wings and toss to combine.

Step 4: Roast It

  • Arrange the wings in single layer on the prepared wire rack.
  • Roast the wings in your preheated 475 degree oven until golden on both sides, about 40 minutes (flipping half way through as shown below).
place the coated chicken wings back on the wire rack to roast.

Step 5: Flip It and Rotate

  • After 20 minutes, flip the wings over and rotate the sheet pan in the oven so that the wings roast as evenly as possible. You will be able to see the fat rendering off of the wings onto the foil.
roast the chicken wings, flipping them halfway through.

Step 6: The Sauce

  • While the wings are roasting, combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients, except scallions and cilantro, in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
  • Bring to a simmer and decrease heat to low. Reduce the sauce by 1/3, stirring occasionally and scraping down the sides of the pan, about 20 minutes; set aside.
  • Once done, set aside. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
prepare the BBQ sauce.

Step 7: Sauce It

  • Once wings are done roasting, in a large bowl, toss with 2/3 of the sauce. Arrange them back on the wire rack and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes; this will help caramelize the sauce. Watch carefully as these wings will burn quickly.
add the sauce to the wings for final cooking.
  • Remove from oven and brush on the reserved 1/3 sauce to freshen up the wings; garnish with scallions or cilantro, if using.
enjoy these amazing BBQ chicken wings.

Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce and lots of napkins!

If you love chicken wings, another great option is our Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings recipe.

Easy Baked BBQ Wings

Easy Baked BBQ Wings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Sweet and tangy, sticky, and overall just yummy describes this family favorite. These Easy Baked BBQ wings are super easy to make and much healthier than fried wings. We love to add Asian staples such as Chinese 5 spice and soy sauce to our own Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce, providing a unique and delicious flavor.

Ingredients

  • Wings:
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, halved at joint and wingtips removed, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (Aluminum free)
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha (or to taste)
  • scallion greens, garnish (optional)
  • cilantro, garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 475 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with a wire rack. Spray both sides of the wire rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Pat the wings dry with paper towels and set aside. If your wings are still a bit cold to the touch, it is best to let them come to room temperature before baking. If using whole wings, be sure to cut them at the joints and discard the tips.
  3. In a large bowl, add wings and toss with baking powder and salt. Be sure to use aluminum free baking powder and not baking soda.
  4. Arrange the wings in single layer on the prepared wire rack. Next, roast the wings in your preheated 475 degree oven until golden on both sides, about 40 minutes. Halfway through, flip the wings over and rotate the sheet pan in the oven so that the wings roast as evenly as possible.
  5. While the wings are roasting, combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients, except scallions or cilantro, in a sauce pan over medium low heat. Bring to a simmer and decrease heat to low. Reduce the sauce by 1/3, stirring occasionally and scraping down the sides of the pan, about 15-20 minutes. Once done, set aside. 
  6. When wings are done roasting, toss with 2/3 of the sauce and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes; this will help caramelize the sauce. Watch carefully as these wings will burn quickly.
  7. Remove from oven and brush on the reserved 1/3 sauce to freshen up the wings; garnish with scallions or cilantro.
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