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There are two types of people at every Super Bowl party: Those who come for the game and those who are there for the food. But something most can agree on, no matter which camp you're in, is that a game-day gathering just isn't complete without chicken wings.


Wings are one of the most-loved finger foods, and there are multiple ways to cook them to perfection. You don't have to be a trained chef to make the best chicken wings if you follow a few tried-and-true cooking methods.

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Read on to learn how to make a variety of chicken wing recipes using different cooking methods. We include all of the important safety information you need, including what temperature to bake chicken wings.

How to Cook Chicken Wings



Time to Cook

Make Extra Crispy


250-425° F

1 hr. 10 min.

+10 min.

Slow cooker


1 hr. 15 min.

Broil 2-3 min.

Convection oven

425° F

25 min.

Broil 2-3 min.

Toaster oven

425° F

25 min.

Broil 2-3 min.

Deep fryer

Heat oil to 375° F

9 min.

+3 min.


450° F

10 min.

+2 min.



23 min.

+2 min.


80% power

4 min.

Broil 2-3 min.

How to Defrost Chicken Wings

The good thing about frozen poultry is that you don't have to cook it immediately. But you'll still need to plan ahead: Frozen wings may need up to a full day to thaw depending on your method, per the USDA.

There are three ways to thaw or defrost chicken wings: in the refrigerator, in cold water and in the microwave, per the USDA. Just make sure to not leave the chicken to thaw on the kitchen counter! Once the chicken wings are thawed properly, you'll bake them just like you would fresh chicken wings.


Refrigerator Method

Time requirement: About 5 hours

Step 1:‌ Place the frozen chicken wings in their original packaging on a plate in a single layer.

​Step 2:‌ Put the plate in the refrigerator on the bottom shelf (so the juices don't drip on other food in the fridge).


​Step 3:‌ Allow the chicken to defrost until it's soft and pliable, about 5 hours. Once thawed, poultry should remain safe for another day or two before cooking.

Cold Water Method

Time requirement: About 1 hour

Step 1:‌ Place the package of frozen chicken wings in a large bowl. If the chicken's original packaging isn't waterproof, seal it in a zip-top plastic bag or reusable silicone bag before thawing.​



Step 2:‌ Fill the bowl with cold tap water. You can place a glass or bowl on top of the meat to weigh it down so it remains submerged.

Step 3:‌ Change the water every 30 minutes until the chicken is thawed completely, which should take about an hour.

Step 4:‌ Cook immediately. Meat thawed in cold water should not be stored and cooked later.


Microwave Method

Time requirement: About 10 minutes

Step 1:‌ Remove the frozen chicken wings from their original packaging and place them on a microwave-safe dish.

​Step 2:‌ Place the chicken wings in the microwave.


​Step 3:‌ Microwave the chicken on the "defrost" setting (you might need to check the wings' packaging to see how much the wings weigh for this part) until it's soft and thawed. Check the chicken's progress every couple of minutes to prevent overcooking.

Step 4:‌ Cook immediately. Meat thawed in the microwave should not be stored and cooked later.


Cooking Frozen Chicken Wings

If you don't have time to thaw chicken wings, you can still cook them straight out of the freezer — although it may take longer, depending on your cooking method. Here's how to cook frozen chicken wings in the oven, per Tyson.

Step 1:‌ Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place the chicken on a baking rack on a baking sheet.


Step 2:‌ Bake frozen wings for 60 to 65 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 F.

TIP: All poultry — including chicken wings — should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 F according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An instant-read food thermometer ($13, Amazon) can help you make sure your wings are safe to serve.

Chicken Wing Food Safety

Chicken can carry bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but these illness-causing bacteria can't live at high temperatures.

Cook chicken to a minimum internal temperature of 165 F to prevent foodborne illness, per the USDA. To check doneness, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest area of the wing, avoiding the bone.

Here are some more handy tips to help prevent foodborne illness:

  • Don't leave chicken wings out on the counter to thaw, as that could give harmful bacteria a chance to contaminate the meat. It is safe to cook foods from their frozen state, but it may take 50 percent longer than the recommended time for fully thawed poultry.
  • Thoroughly clean any surface that comes in contact with uncooked chicken with hot, soapy water to prevent foodborne illness, per the USDA. Never use the same cooking utensils for raw chicken and cooked chicken.
  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling food and thoroughly clean cutting boards with hot, soapy water after each use.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in the Oven

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Cooking Thawed Chicken Wings

Baking chicken wings is easy — just coat them and then bake them at 400 F for about 20 minutes. If you're wondering how to cook chicken wings or wingettes (the flat part; not the drumstick) in the oven, follow the below recipe for simple baked wings from UCI Health.


For crispy chicken wings, use 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt per dozen wings.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings or wingettes

  • baking sheet

  • baking rack

  • medium mixing bowl

  • 1 tbsp. baking powder

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • low-sodium buffalo sauce

Step 1:‌ Preheat the oven to 250 F and place a baking rack on a baking sheet.

Step 2:‌ In a bowl, toss 12 chicken wings with 1 tbsp. baking powder and 1/8 tsp. salt.

Step 3:‌ Bake the wings for 30 minutes.

Step 4:‌ Raise the oven temperature to 425 F. Continue to bake for about 40 to 50 more minutes, until brown and crispy. Make sure the internal temp has reached 165 F.

Step 5:‌ Toss wings in low-sodium hot buffalo sauce to serve.


You can also sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken wings before baking. Consider additional seasonings, such as curry powder, chili powder, lemon pepper, Italian seasoning or seasoning salt.

How to Cook Wings in the Crock-Pot

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The handy slow cooker can help you make wings ahead of time and keep them warm and crispy for a party or family dinner.

Try this easy recipe from the supermarket chain H-E-B.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • 2.5 tbsp. salted butter

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce

  • slow cooker

  • slotted spoon or tongs

  • sheet tray

  • foil

  • salt and pepper

Step 1:‌ Place salted butter, honey, barbecue sauce and chicken wings in a slow cooker set on high heat.

Step 2:‌ Stir ingredients to coat chicken in sauce and cover with lid. Cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring once after about 40 minutes.


Step 3:‌ Line a sheet tray with foil. Remove chicken from the slow cooker with slotted spoon or tongs and place on the sheet tray. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4:‌ If you want extra-crispy wings, broil the wings on high for 2 to 3 minutes, until starting to brown.

Step 5:‌ Brush wings with sauce before serving with your favorite sides.


To reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses, preheat your slow cooker or turn it on high for the first hour of cooking time, then reduce the temperature to low.

Newer slow cooker models include timers to adjust the setting from high to low or low to warm.

How to Keep Cooked Wings Warm in a Crock-Pot

After baking your wings in the oven, you can use a slow cooker to keep the wings warm for guests. Here's how, per the University of Minnesota Extension:

Step 1:‌ Preheat the slow cooker to at least 140 F, or on the "warm" setting. Avoid the "medium" and "high" settings as higher temps might burn or dry out the wings.

Step 2:‌ Add the wings and close the lid, making sure not to open it until ready to serve.

Step 3:‌ When ready to serve, use a food thermometer to check they're at an internal temperature of 165 F.

Step 4:‌ Serve when ready.


Food should be kept at 140 F or above in the slow cooker to prevent the growth of bacteria, per the University of Minnesota Extension.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in a Convection Oven or Air Fryer

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Because a convection oven circulates heat around the food, it's able to cook faster than a traditional oven. That means you can have crispy baked chicken wings ready in less than an hour with the convection oven. Use any oven-roasted chicken wing recipe and adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly.


Here's a handy trick to remember how long to cook wings in a convection oven: Take the temperature and time for a standard oven recipe, and then lower your cooking temperature by 25 F and shorten your cooking time by 25 percent. So, if the recipe asks you to bake wings for 40 minutes, reduce your cooking time to 30 minutes.

It may take a little trial and error to get your baked wings right, but you'll be happy with the end product: The fat in the skin crisps quickly in a convection oven, which means juicier and tastier meat.

Here's how to make convection oven chicken wings, per a recipe from appliance company Sub-Zero.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • 1 tbsp. baking powder

  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt

  • paper towel

  • large bowl

  • small bowl

  • broiler pan

  • aluminum foil

  • your favorite sauce (optional)

Step 1:‌ Preheat the oven to 425 F on Convection Mode. The rack should be placed in the top position.

Step 2:‌ Dry wings with a paper towel and place in a large bowl.

Step 3:‌ In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp. baking powder and 1/8 tsp. kosher salt. Sprinkle 1/3 of the mixture over wings. Toss several times for an even coating. Repeat until wings are evenly covered in the mixture (depending on the moisture content of your wings, you may not need to use all of the mixture).

Step 4:‌ Place the wings on a broiler pan and rack lined with aluminum foil.

Step 5:‌ Put the wings in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Flip the wings over, then cook for an additional 15 minutes. Make sure the wings' internal temp has reached 165 F, and then, if desired, toss the wings with your favorite sauce to serve.


To get crispy chicken wings quickly, use a baking sheet with low sides, per ‌Fine Cooking‌. You can also fill up all the oven racks without affecting cooking time or oven temperature.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in a Toaster Oven

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Toaster ovens work just like regular ovens, but they're smaller. Here's how Cuisinart recommends making toaster oven chicken wings.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. chicken wings

  • 2 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • large mixing bowl

  • aluminum foil

  • your favorite sauce

Step 1:‌ Preheat the toaster oven to 425 F.

Step 2:‌ Place the wings in a bowl and toss with enough vegetable oil to coat the skin, then season with salt and pepper.

Step 3:‌ Line the toaster oven baking sheet with foil and evenly spread the wings. Place them in your toaster oven and bake on the bottom rack for 25 minutes.

Step 4:‌ After the wings are finished baking, carefully place the tray on the top rack, switch the toaster oven to broil and crisp the skin for 2 to 3 minutes. The wings' internal temperature should reach 165 F.

Step 5:‌ Flavor your toaster oven chicken wings with your favorite sauce.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in a Deep Fryer

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Crispy Cajun Wings

A basic fried chicken wings recipe involves cooking the meat for 9 to 12 minutes in oil heated to 375 F, per Cuisinart.

In an interview with, chef Henry Lu shares his extra-crispy fried chicken wings recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • 4 1/4 cups water

  • 5 1/2 tbsp. salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 3 tbsp. hot sauce

  • 1 tbsp. garlic

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tbsp. Cajun spice

Step 1:‌ Break down the chicken wings into the flat and drumstick parts. (You can keep them together if you prefer.)

Step 2:‌ Brine the chicken for up to 6 hours. A basic brine consists of water with salt. Add your own spices. Lu likes to use allspice and black peppercorn because it infuses great flavor.

Step 3:‌ Take the wings out of the brine, and then marinate them in buttermilk, hot sauce, garlic and a bay leaf in the refrigerator until you're ready to start cooking, at least 30 minutes.

Step 4:‌ Set the fryer to 300 F. This temperature is low enough to help cook the chicken all the way without burning the outside too quickly.

Step 5:‌ Fry for about 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. The wings' internal temperature should reach 165 F. For extra seasoning, sprinkle Cajun spice all over the fried chicken wings.

Step 6:‌ To prevent bacterial contamination, refrigerate leftover fried chicken within 2 hours of cooking.

Tips for Using the Deep Fryer

  • Before putting oil in the fryer, make sure the fryer is turned off and has been wiped dry. Once the oil is hot enough, add the chicken.
  • Use extra-virgin olive oil, which was found to produce the smallest amount of polar compounds (substances that are created when cooking oil is exposed to heat) in a May 2018 study in ACTA Scientific Nutritional Health.
  • To avoid undercooking, uneven cooking and overflowing oil, don't overcrowd the basket.
  • Don't add food when the basket is submerged in oil, because it can result in spatters.
  • Because deep frying is a very fast cooking process, don't leave the fryer unattended, per the USDA.
  • You should only use oil once — i.e. don't reuse the same oil to fry more food — because fried food absorbs degraded oil products. Oil deteriorates during frying and leads to an increase in harmful trans fats, per Harvard Health Publishing.
  • When you're finished cooking, unplug the fryer and let it cool completely (about 2 hours) before removing the oil and cleaning it.
  • Never pour hot oil down the drain because it can clog it. Instead, let the oil cool and then throw it in the trash.


Cooking oil is a very flammable liquid, so if you're using a deep dryer, always have a fire extinguisher ($24.98, Amazon) in the kitchen, per the USDA. And because water can spatter dangerously when exposed to hot oil, take care to keep water out of the deep fryer. Above all, should a grease fire start, don't attempt to put it out with water.

Breaded Wings in a Deep Fryer

Breading chicken wings with a crispy coating adds both texture and flavor, guaranteeing your dinner guests will reach for seconds (and even thirds).

Try this deep-fried breaded chicken wings recipe from Kroger.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • medium mixing bowl

  • tongs

  • 1 cup chickpea flour or 1.25 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • water

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • dash of pepper

  • 5 cups oil

  • paper towels

Step 1:‌ Dry chicken wings with paper towels.

Step 2:‌ Mix flour, baking soda, garlic powder, water, egg, salt and pepper in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl.

Step 3:‌ Heat oil to 350 F. Dip the wings in the batter and place them in the hot oil using tongs.

Step 4:‌ Fry for 20 minutes. The wings' internal temperature should reach 165 F.

Step 5:‌ Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in the oven at 200 F until you serve.


Cooking partially frozen wings in a deep fryer may result in hot oil spattering. To avoid this, thaw the wings completely before breading and frying them.

FryDaddy Chicken Wings

Electric deep-fryers like Presto's FryDaddy ($39.85, Amazon) keep the temperature of the oil as stable as possible to ensure that the fat stays off your food and in the fryer instead.

Try this FryDaddy chicken wing recipe from MD Health.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • small bowl or resealable plastic bag

  • large bowl or resealable plastic bag

  • small saucepan

  • serving bowl

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 tsp. paprika

  • 1 dash cayenne pepper

  • 2/3 tsp. salt

  • 1 tbsp. butter

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. hot sauce

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • 2 cups oil

  • celery sticks

  • blue cheese or ranch dressing

Step 1:‌ In a small bowl or resealable plastic bag, mix all-purpose flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.

Step 2:‌ Place chicken wings in a large glass bowl or resealable plastic bag and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3:‌ Combine butter, hot sauce and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and heat until butter is melted and the mixture is well-blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.

Step 4:‌ Heat oil in a FryDaddy to 375 F. The oil should just cover the wings entirely — an inch or so deep.

Step 5:‌ Fry coated wings in hot oil for about 8 minutes, or until they float up and the wings turn golden brown. The wings' internal temperature should reach 165 F.

Step 6:‌ Drain and place wings in a serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together.

Step 7:‌ Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing.


Making fried chicken in a FryDaddy can be very flavorful. Give your cooked chicken wings a burst of flavor by coating them in your favorite sauce, such as teriyaki or barbecue sauce. To make Buffalo chicken wings, coat them with a mixture of hot sauce and melted butter.

How to Make Egg Batter for Chicken Wings

A batter with eggs can help add texture to your wings. That's because eggs have protein that coagulates during baking, causing batter to become firm, per the Exploratorium, a museum in San Francisco. To get started with egg batter chicken, try this fried chicken wings recipe from Lake Geneva Country Meats.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt

  • 2 tsp. pepper

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 2 cups flour

  • vegetable oil

  • 3 large mixing bowls

  • large pot

Step 1:‌ Beat eggs in a large bowl.

Step 2:‌ In another bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika for seasoned salt.

Step 3:‌ Add flour to a third bowl.

Step 4:‌ Season each piece of chicken with seasoned salt. Then dip each piece in egg and drag through flour to thoroughly coat.

Step 5:‌ Fill a large pot or deep fryer half full with oil. Heat to 350 F.

Step 6:‌ Place chicken wings in the oil and fry until dark and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Pan-Frying Chicken Wings

For the best pan-fried chicken wings, Lu suggests getting a fryer thermometer (Bed Bath and Beyond, $9.99) to make sure the oil is at 300 F. "This way, you can keep track of how low the temperature goes when you drop in the cold chicken.” In that case, increase the flame until the oil reaches 300 F.

“A deep fryer normally readjusts its temperature, so you don't have to worry if the oil gets too cold. This is very important for getting the chicken crispy.”

How to Broil Chicken Wings

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The broiler offers a quick, healthy way to cook meat, including chicken wings. Apply the same types of rubs and marinades that you would for grilling when you make broiled chicken wings.

Chicken wings are a good size for broiling: You can fit 10 or more on a broiler tray, depending on your oven size. Because they can taste a little bland by themselves, it's a good idea to marinate the wings overnight in whatever style of sauce you prefer before broiling. Remove the skin after broiling to cut down on fat, as the skin contains more fat than the meat.

Keep in mind that the air space beneath a broiling rack increases the overall cooking time — and means you need to flip the wings partway through cooking, according to The New York Times.

To get started, try this simple garlic-pepper broiled wing recipe from Perdue executive chef Chris Moyer.

Garlic-Pepper Wings

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • foil

  • sheet tray

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp. hickory-smoked garlic and black pepper seasoning

  • 2-3 tbsp. your favorite sauce

  • ranch dressing

Step 1:‌ Preheat the oven to the broiler setting.

Step 2:‌ On a foil-lined sheet tray, place chicken wings evenly apart. Brush with olive oil. Season with hickory-smoked garlic and black pepper.

Step 3:‌ Place the wings on the lowest rack. Broil for 6 minutes, then flip.

Step 4:‌ Broil 6 minutes more and then flip again.

Step 5:‌ Broil for another 8 minutes, and flip.

Step 6:‌ Broil for an additional 2 minutes, then flip again.

Step 7:‌ Cook for 1 more minute or until cooked through, about 23 minutes total. The exterior of the chicken should be browned and crispy and the internal temperature should reach 165 F.

Step 8:‌ Toss the wings in your favorite sauce and serve with a side of ranch dressing.


Broiling creates a crispier skin than grilling without the need for deep frying or firing up the barbecue. Keep in mind that fat like cooking oil can spark a flame when it’s too close to a heat source. This can pose a fire risk, so be sure to keep generously oiled foods like marinated chicken wings on a lower oven rack when broiling.

Or Try the Boiling-Then-Broiling Method

Boiling the wings before broiling is optional, but doing so cuts cooking time and makes sure the chicken is fully cooked. Crisp them up under the broiler before serving.

Follow this boil-and-broil chicken wing recipe from Perdue executive chef Chris Moyer.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • large saucepot

  • water

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • your favorite seasoning

  • sheet tray

Step 1:‌ Fill a large saucepot with water until it's about 2/3 full. Bring to a boil.

Step 2:‌ Submerge wings in the water. Boil for 10 to 11 minutes or until the internal temperature of the drum is at least 180 F and the juices are running clear.

Step 3:‌ Allow the wings to rest for 2 to 3 minutes and then place a sheet tray. Brush with olive oil and top with your favorite seasoning.

Step 4:‌ In a preheated oven broiler, place the tray of wings on the middle rack. Cook the wings for a total of 6 minutes, turning them over at the 2-minute, 4-minute and 5-minute marks. The wings' internal temperature should reach 165 F.

How to Cook Chicken Wings in a Microwave

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If you're looking for a quick fix to your chicken wing cravings but don't want to spend time at the oven or money at a restaurant, give microwaved chicken wings a try. You'll get a meal on the table in about 10 minutes depending on how many you're cooking.

If you like your wings crispy on the outside, though, you'll have to use the broiler, too.

To save even more time, buy pre-cooked wings, which you can heat in the microwave in less than 5 minutes.


To prevent the possibility of foodborne illness, the USDA advises cooking chicken to a minimum internal temperature of 165 F. Flipping the wings halfway through your cooking time can help them cook more evenly.

Raw Wings in the Microwave

Here's how to cook chicken wings in the microwave from scratch, Perdue executive chef Chris Moyer tells You can remove the skin first if you want to cut back on calories and fat.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 chicken wings (roughly the amount that will fit in a standard microwave)

  • microwaveable dish

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1/3 tsp. turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup water

  • plastic wrap

  • your favorite sauce

Step 1:‌ Place chicken wings evenly apart on a microwaveable dish. Season the wings with the paprika, turmeric and garlic powder and add 1/4 cup of water for every 6 wings.

Step 2:‌ Cover with plastic wrap and poke a hole in the top.

Step 3:‌ Cook at 80 percent power for 4 minutes. (The reduction in power prevents over-cooking and chewy chicken.)

Step 4:‌ Remove a corner of the plastic wrap and check the temperature of the biggest wing. It should be between 180 and 185 F. Although the general rule is to cook chicken to 165 to 170 F, reaching a higher temperature will ensure that the meat is cooked all the way through, Moyer says.

Step 5:‌ Allow the wings to rest for a couple of minutes so the skin can dry.

Step 6:‌ Brush with your favorite sauce to serve.

Pre-Cooked Wings in the Microwave

Purchasing pre-cooked wings can lower your chances of food poisoning and make cooking chicken wings even easier. Here's how to microwave frozen, pre-cooked wings, according to Tyson.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 frozen, pre-cooked chicken wings

  • microwave-safe dish

Step 1:‌ Arrange frozen wings on a microwave-safe dish.

Step 2:‌ Heat uncovered on high for 5 to 6 minutes.

Chicken Wing Recipes and Special Sauces

Ready-to-serve sauces work in a pinch to add flavor to wings, but they can be a source of excess sodium. One tablespoon of teriyaki sauce has nearly 700 milligrams (the American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 2,300 milligrams per day). Eating too much sodium may increase your risk of high blood pressure.

Ultimately, the best way to get flavorful wings without unnecessary added salt, sugar and calories is to make your own wing sauce. Using homemade sauce means you know exactly what's in it, and you can use nutritious ingredients as often as possible.

Try these easy ideas to rev up the texture and flavor of your wings.

Baked Lemon Pepper Wings

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • baking sheet

  • parchment paper or aluminum foil

  • oven-safe rack

  • paper towels

  • large bowl

  • small saucepan

  • 1 tbsp. aluminum-free baking powder

  • 2 tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter

  • 1 tbsp. honey

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 tbsp. black pepper

  • parsley to garnish

Lemon pepper chicken wings ‌sound‌ like an elevated take on a classic football snack, but you can make them with just a few ingredients. Chef Crystal Reinwald shares this crispy baked lemon pepper wings recipe with

Step 1:‌ Preheat the oven to 450 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place an oven-safe rack on the sheet.

Step 2:‌ Pat chicken wings with paper towels so they are mostly dry.

Step 3:‌ In a large bowl, toss the chicken with baking powder and half of the lemon-pepper seasoning. If you're using a seasoning blend without salt, add a pinch of salt.

Step 4:‌ Place chicken on the rack in a single layer.

Step 5:‌ Bake wings for 15 minutes, then flip wings. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 F.

Step 6:‌ Make the sauce by melting butter in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat and add honey, lemon-pepper seasoning (or the zest of one lemon and black pepper), the juice of lemon and salt to taste.

Step 7:‌ Remove wings from the oven and brush on some of the sauce. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes longer.

Step 8:‌ Garnish wings with minced parsley, lemon wedges and extra sauce on the side to serve.

Teriyaki Wings

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or a low-sodium alternative)

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup water

  • medium saucepot

To tickle your sweet and salty taste buds, try a Hawaiian-inspired teriyaki sauce recipe from H-E-B.

Step 1:‌ Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, mustard and brown sugar in a saucepot.

Step 2:‌ Bring mixture to a boil. While it is cooking, combine cornstarch with water. Mix together and add to boiling sauce.

Step 3:‌ Reduce heat and whisk until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and serve with chicken.

Jerk-Style Wings

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings

  • large, resealable plastic bag

  • medium bowl

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/4 small onion

  • 1/4 tsp. ginger

  • 1/4 jalapeño

  • 1/4 tbsp. soy sauce (or a low-sodium alternative)

  • 1/2 tbsp. honey

  • juice of 3/4 lime

  • 1 tbsp. orange juice

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

  • 1/2 tsp. thyme

  • 1/4 tsp. allspice

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • pinch of cinnamon

  • pinch of cayenne

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/8 cup oil

Get more heat and flavor from your chicken wings by making Jamaican-inspired jerk chicken wings with this recipe from the Global Animal Partnership.

Step 1:‌ Place chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag.

Step 2:‌ Add garlic, onion, ginger, jalapeño, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, bay leaf and oil to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine and transfer marinade to the bag.

Step 3:‌ Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to overnight).

Step 4:‌ Preheat the grill to 400 F.

Step 5:‌ Remove wings from marinade and transfer to the grill. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping every 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 F.

How to Reheat Chicken Wings

There are several ways to reheat chicken wings, and depending on your preference, you can do it in the microwave, pan or oven. Here's how.

In the Microwave

Reheating wings in the microwave is convenient when you're in a hurry. To reheat wings in the microwave:

  1. Put the wings on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Heat them up for about 2 minutes until they are warm.
  3. As an optional step, you can make your wings crispy again by popping them into an oven preheated to 350 F for 2 more minutes, flipping at the 1-minute mark.

In the Oven

Reheating wings in the oven is another option that requires little effort, though it takes a bit longer. Here's how to reheat wings in the oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Place your wings on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake the wings for 5 minutes on each side.

In a Frying Pan

Heating wings in the frying pan can help you maintain that crispy, delicious texture. Here's how to do it:

  1. Heat your frying pan on stove over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil and allow the oil to get hot and start to bubble.
  3. Place your wings in the pan, frying on each side for 2 to 3 minutes.




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