I used to not like making chicken wings at home because I could never get them crispy enough for my liking. Even when I got my air fryer, the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven, and tried air frying the wings, they just didn’t seem right. I tried many different ways of making them but to no avail.
Then, one day I discovered it…the one ingredient you need to use. Since you are reading this blog post, I will share the secret ingredient with you – baking powder. Yup, it’s that simple! You just need to coat the chicken wings with baking powder before baking and/or air frying them. Of course, deep frying chicken wings will probably always be the tastiest, but I think this is a close second. If you’re interested, my recipe is below. 😊
Level: Easy | Time: 60 min | Servings: 2-3
- 2lb of chicken wings
- Salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tbsp of sugar (or brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp of garlic powder
- 2 tbsp of onion powder
- Cayenne pepper (to taste)
- 1 package of 14g baking powder
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 1/2 cup of hot sauce
- 1 tbsp of mustard
- 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese
- Season the chicken wings with salt, black pepper, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper the day before and leave the wings in the fridge overnight.
- Take the wings out of the fridge when you are ready to cook them and coat them evenly with the package of 14g of baking powder.
- Lay the chicken wings on a baking pan covered with greased aluminum foil or parchment paper and bake them at 400F for 40 min, flipping them halfway through.
- If you have an air fryer, air fry the wings for another 10 min at 350F and flip them halfway through to crisp the wings even more. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake them for longer than 40 min in Step 3 so that they reach the desired crispiness before taking them out of the oven.
- Melt 1/3 cup of butter in the microwave, and mix in 1/2 cup of hot sauce (I used Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce), 1 tbsp of mustard, and 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese.
- Coat the chicken wings with the sauce and serve! Note: We don’t like our wings to be too saucy so your wings will turn out slightly different than my photos below.
If you want a good main dish to make with this, check out my Carbonara blog post.