Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

crispy baked buffalo wings ~ overhead photo of wings with light sauce and sliced carrots and celery

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | November 25, 2018 | By

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings marinated in a simple, spicy buttermilk-ranch marinade and are “oven fried” until crispy and bursting with flavor.

Thanksgiving is over and maybe you still have some mashed potatoes in the back of the fridge but it’s time we moved on to food worthy of a football game. 

You don’t have to understand a thing about football to know everyone up’s their game when it comes to finger food to enjoy while watching the game.

So for today let’s ignore the Christmas music blaring inside every store, make these crispy, spicy wings, turn on the football game and tune out the holiday madness. 

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings are marinated (overnight for the best flavor) in a buttermilk-spicy ranch blend, then baked in the oven. They’re just as the name says ~ CRISPY ~ and loaded with so much bold, delicious flavor I have to warn you ~ you won’t be able to stop eating them until they’re gone.

CRISPY BAKED BUFFALO WINGS INGREDIENTS:

Kitchen Tools:

  • baking sheet
  • wire rack
  • aluminum foil

Lining the baking sheet makes it easier to clean up. The wire rack let’s the wings cook all the way around and helps with crisping.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

TIPS:

  1. I used Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce in this recipe, but if you have another favorite wing sauce, by all means use it.
  2. If your wings are jointed together, cut them apart separating drummies from flappers (wingettes) then throw away the tips.
  3. I like dipping mine in creamy ranch (or blue cheese); some cold veggies help balance the heat as well. 

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

Instructions:

(Marinate)

Combine the buttermilk, buffalo sauce, ranch mix, salt and garlic powder in a medium bowl then add the wings to the sauce turning repeatedly to evenly coat them. If you’re adding cayenne pepper, it goes in now.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight for best flavor.

(Bake)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil then place the baking rack on top then spread the marinated wings onto the sheet with enough space that they don’t touch each other. 

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

Bake for 20 minutes then turn them over and bake another 20 minutes.

Next broil for 4-6 minutes, turn and broil another 4-6 minutes until crispy all over. Broilers vary by oven so watch carefully so they don’t burn. Check the thickest part of the largest drummy with an instant read thermometer looking for 165°.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

Remove the wings from the oven and enjoy!

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Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings ~ simple no-fail recipe for oven baked spicy buffalo ranch chicken wings. Baked not fried, same great flavor.

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crispy baked buffalo wings ~ overhead photo of wings with light sauce and sliced carrots and celery
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Crispy buffalo chicken wings marinated in spicy buttermilk and baked for bold, delicious flavor.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 package spicy ranch mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper OPTIONAL IF YOU WANT EXTRA SPICY!
Instructions
Kitchen Tools:
  1. baking sheet
  2. wire rack
  3. aluminum foil
Instructions:
  1. Combine the buttermilk, buffalo sauce, ranch mix, salt and garlic powder in a medium bowl. *If you're including cayenne pepper, add it now.* Add the wings to the sauce turning repeatedly to evenly coat.

  2. Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight for best flavor.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil then place the baking rack on top. Spread the wings onto the sheet with space between them. 

  4. Bake for 20 minutes then turn them and bake another 20 minutes.

  5. Next broil for 4-6 minutes, turn and broil another 4-6 minutes until crispy all over. TIME WILL VARY BY OVEN SO WATCH CAREFULLY. Check the thickest part of the largest drummy with an instant read thermometer looking for 165°.

  6. Remove the wings from the oven and enjoy!

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