These oven-baked Buffalo wings are the perfect food for any casual get-together with friends. My husband and I also enjoy them when it’s just the two of us watching TV. They’re hassle free, and you can even cook them in your air fryer.
Chicken Appetizer or Main Dish
These wings are good when served with other appetizers, such as these roasted tomatoes with basil. Place the tomatoes on little slices of crusty bread and top with cheese. Mmm … so good!
They’re also good when served alongside these roasted pecans. Add a veggie tray, and you have a great spread!
If you like fries with your wings, try these oven-fried onion potatoes. This recipe takes fries to a whole new level of deliciousness.
As someone who grew up with a boatload of spice in and on my food, I do whatever I can to pack everything with flavor.
For that reason, foods like these Buffalo wings appeal to me.
Where Did Buffalo Wings Originate?
Although people, particularly southerners, have served wings and drummettes for decades, serving them with a special hot sauce started in Buffalo, New York.
Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo cooked leftover wings with hot sauce for her son and some of his buddies in 1964. They were instantly a humongous hit.
Bellissimo’s wings with her special hot sauce are delicious with a side of celery and bleu cheese.
After all, you need something to cool your mouth with so much spice on the chicken.
Other Wing Sauces
Although I prefer the traditional sauce, you can offer others to guests. There’s such a huge variety to choose from.
Either purchase them ready-made or make them from scratch. Chances are, your guests won’t care as long as it tastes good.
Ingredients for Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings
You only need the chicken, oil, and salt to cook the wings.
Although you can add other seasonings at this point, you can wait until you add the sauce.
I like to use extra virgin olive oil.
You can use salt, pepper, and other seasonings.
Or you can use seasoned salt like I do.
For the sauce, I used butter, honey, hot sauce, and garlic powder.
You can also add onion powder or whatever other seasonings you enjoy.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Baked Buffalo Wings
Although you can bake these directly on a baking sheet, I recommend using something to lift them up. Otherwise, you’ll wind up with greasy chicken.
You can either use a baking rack or a broiler pan with holes so the grease can drain. I used my broiler pan this time.
First, while the oven is preheating, put the chicken in a bowl and mix it with the olive oil.
Next, place the chicken on the rack or broiler pan. Try not to let the pieces touch or they might stick together.
Salt them as much or as little as you want. You can also add pepper, but I didn’t because I added hot sauce later.
Bake the chicken wings for an hour, turning once halfway through.
While the chicken is in the last half hour of baking, make the sauce.
I combined butter, Frank’s hot sauce, honey, and garlic powder in a saucepan.
When the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and baste it with your sauce.
You can either leave it alone or return it to the oven.
Since I like my sauce caramelized, I put it back in the oven and broiled it for about 3 minutes.
Keep a close eye on the chicken, or it will go from deliciously caramelized to burned.
Update: I recently purchased an air fryer, and it’s a perfect way to cook these wings. Put them into the basket and cook them on 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Whether you cook them in a conventional oven or air fryer, they’re such a simple main dish or appetizer. I simply take them from the freezer to the oven or air fryer without thawing them first.
Buffalo wings are actually delicious either way–fried in the oven or in your air fryer.
However, if you need to make a lot of them, there’s more room in most traditional ovens.
How to Serve Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings
You can serve them however you liked, but I almost always go for the ranch dressing.
It helps balance the hot sauce.
You can eat them with a fork, but I highly recommend using your fingers. Yes, it’s a little messy, but that’s what napkins are for.
- 2 pounds of chicken wings or pieces
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Seasoned salt to taste
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 tablespoons of hot sauce (more if you’re a dragon)
- 2 tablespoons of honey (more if you have a sweet tooth)
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the top of a broiling pan or baking rack with nonstick cooking spray.
- Put the chicken in a large mixing bowl. Pour the olive oil over it and mix it up to make sure all the pieces are coated.
- Place the chicken on the pan or rack and sprinkle the seasoned salt over it.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn them over. Bake for another 30 minutes.
- While the chicken is baking, combine the butter, hot sauce, honey, and garlic powder in a small saucepan to make the sauce. Heat on medium-high until the butter has melted. Stir.
- After the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and brush the sauce over the chicken.
- Turn the broiler on and return the chicken to the oven to caramelize the sauce. Keep a close eye the chicken and remove when you get the amount of brownness you like.
- Serve with ranch dressing and a side of fresh raw vegetables or coleslaw.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 626Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 144mgSodium 844mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 26g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.