Baked Chicken Wings with Chipotle Hot Honey
Want to know a secret? You don’t need to break out the deep fryer to make irresistibly crispy wings at home. This recipe for baked chicken wings is proof (plus, it comes with a chipotle hot honey sauce for good measure).
The trick is to dredge the wings in baking powder before popping them in the oven, which reacts with the skin and jumpstarts the browning process. You can make them even crispier by baking them on top of a wire cooling rack, but a sheet pan works fine too.
3 pounds chicken wings
1 tablespoon baking powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup honey
2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce (such as chipotle Tabasco)
Celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving
1. With a rack positioned about 5 inches from the broiler, preheat the broiler of your oven on high. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Using paper towels, pat the chicken wings until they are very dry. Transfer to a large bowl, and add the baking powder and 1 tablespoon salt. Toss to coat, then set aside for about 5 minutes.
3. Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and cook under the broiler until crisp and browned on both sides, 25 to 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Confirm that the chicken wings are cooked with an instant read thermometer—it should read 165°F.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, hot sauce and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken wings to a clean large bowl, pour over the sauce and toss to coat. Serve with celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.