Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings are incredibly crispy with a simple salt and pepper seasoning. They only require 15 minutes of prep before baking them in the oven!

Salt and pepper chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

The best seasoned wings are crunchy, tender and delicious! They are the perfect party appetizer or game day snack. Enjoy crispy salt and pepper wings for dinner any day of the week.

If you love chicken wings, try Baked Mango Habanero Chicken Wings for another 5 star recipe!

Recipe Highlights

  • They are baked instead of fried for a healthier dish! No deep fryer needed for these wings. They are baked in an oven with olive oil and a few simple seasonings.
  • Only a handful of ingredients creates golden brown crispy chicken wings.
  • Serve them as an appetizer or main dish. This versatile recipe is great for sharing or serve it as a main dish with your favorite sides.

Pro Tip

Let the wings sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Pat the wings dry with a paper towel before coating in the seasoning. Don’t forget the baking powder if you want extra crispy wings! Or omit the baking powder and broil the wings for the last 5 minutes of baking to achieve an extra crispy skin.

Raw chicken wings sitting in a large bowl with the seasonings and baking powder on top before mixing together and arranging on a baking sheet for baking.

FAQs

How do you get seasoning to stick to chicken wings?

Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to help the seasoning stick to the chicken.

How do I make really crispy chicken wings?

The secret ingredient for crispy wings is baking powder. This is completely optional, but coating the chicken wings in baking powder and seasoning creates the crispy coating. Also be sure to flip the wings over halfway through the baking time to ensure an even cook and crisp finish on both sides.

For even crispier chicken wings, turn on the broiler for the last few minutes of the cooking time. Carefully watch the wings so that they don’t burn under high heat.

Storage

Store leftover salt and pepper wings in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. They are best reheated in the oven or in an air fryer to achieve the crispy texture.

Reheat the baked salt and pepper chicken wings in the microwave or in the oven prior to serving.

One chicken wing dipped in ranch dressing before serving. The remaining chicken wings sit on a plate on the side for serving.

What to Serve with Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Enjoy the wings with your favorite dipping sauces. We recommend ranch, blue cheese, honey mustard or garlic Parmesan sauce.

Serve the wings as an appetizer or main dish. A few of our favorite servings suggestions are below.

Variations

  • Seasoning Mix – You can adjust the seasonings or seasoning with garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper for a kick of heat or even cajun seasoning.
  • Air Fryer Cooking Method – You can also cook these wings in an air fryer. Set the air fryer to 360°F and cook for 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 6 minutes. Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may need to cook the wings in batches so that you don’t overcrowd the basket and allow proper circulation of hot air.

Try this chicken wing recipe at home and let us know what you think. Leave a recipe review and rating below!

Salt and pepper chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
These crispy wings are made with a simple salt and pepper seasoning. Baked instead of fried!
5 from 2 votes

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Large and small mixing bowls
  • Parchment paper and paper towel

Ingredients 

  • 3-3 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder, (optional – for extra crispiness)
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper, (sub black pepper if needed)
  • Chopped green onion, or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. While the oven preheats, allow the wings to sit at room temperature, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pat the wings dry with paper towels and place them in a large bowl. Drizzle them with oil and toss to coat.
  • Combine baking powder, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the wings and toss well.
  • Place the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked through and very crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with more salt and pepper, if desired, then serve garnished with chopped green onions or parsley and your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Ingredient substitutions: You can use avocado oil instead of olive oil. 
  • Crispy texture: The baking powder is necessary for an extra crispy texture. This is completely optional and can be omitted. Corn starch, potato starch or all purpose flour can also be used to coat the wings. 
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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2 comments on “Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings”

  1. Totally a hit with the hubs! Love these crispy baked wings!

  2. Absolutely delicious! I love how these are baked too.

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