Poultry Essentials:Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

Andy Anderson !


There is a secret to crispy oven-baked wings, and it isn’t baking soda, or any other ingredient. The secret is time… time for the wings to air dry in the fridge. If you have the time, you will not regret the results.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
45 Min




  • 3 Tbsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 qt
  • 6
    chicken wings, separated, with the tips frozen and reserved for making stock
  • 3 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    fresh clover honey
  • 2 Tbsp
    tamari sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 oz
    fresh ginger, peeled, and thinly sliced

How to Make Poultry Essentials:Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the salt to the water, and brine the chicken wings for 3 – 4 hours.
  4. Remove from the brine rinse, and place on a wire rack, fitted into a baking sheet.
  5. Place in the refrigerator overnight to air dry.
  6. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
  7. Toss the air-dried wings in a bowl with the grapeseed oil, salt and pepper.
  8. Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet, fitted with a wire rack.
  9. Place the wings in the preheated oven, and bake until beginning to brown, about 35 – 40 minutes.
  10. While the wings are baking, add all the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan, over medium-low heat.
  11. Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat, and strain, to separate the solids from the sauce.
  13. Return the strained liquid to the pan, and place over medium heat.
  14. Allow to simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  15. Chef’s Note: The consistency of the sauce should be like maple syrup.
  16. Remove the wings, and toss with the sauce.
  17. Place the wings back on the baking sheet, and return to the oven for 5 – 7 minutes.
  18. Chef’s Note: Halfway through the baking process open the oven, and brush with the remaining sauce.
  19. Bake until the wings are a golden brown.
  21. Serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.
  22. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials:Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

Course/Dish: Poultry Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free Wheat Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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