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Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

One simple ingredient gives these wings the crispy skin you crave without frying. Tossed with a 5-ingredient Buffalo sauce, they’re every bit as good as the real thing – only healthier!

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 (~6 wings per serving) 1x
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Paleo

Ingredients

For the Wings:

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, ‘flats’ and ‘drummies’ (About 36 pieces; thawed if frozen, then drained and patted dry)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA)**Whole30 substitute: 1 tsp. baking soda + 2 tsp. cream of tartar**
  • 1 tsp. salt

For the Sauce:

  • ⅓ cup ghee or butter* (use coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional; adds more heat)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250℉. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a baking/cooling rack on the baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken wing parts in a large bowl. Sprinkle with baking powder and salt. Toss well to coat.
  3. Arrange the chicken pieces on the baking/cooking rack in a single layer so that pieces are not touching one another (use a second pan with a rack, if needed).
  4. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 30 minutes at 250℉.
  5. After 30 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 425℉ and continue cooking for another 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes, rotate the pan and cook an additional 20 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and lightly browned.
  7. While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce by combining the ghee, hot pepper sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and cayenne (if using) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the ghee or butter is melted, whisk to combine and remove from heat.
  8. Transfer cooked chicken pieces to a shallow container (such as a 9×13-inch pan) and drizzle with ½ of Buffalo sauce. Toss to coat.
  9. Serve remaining sauce with wings or save for another use. May also serve with Homemade Paleo Ranch Dressing for extra dipping pleasure.

Notes

* Use ghee or coconut oil for Whole30

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: About 6 wings
  • Calories: 500
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 955mg
  • Fat: 37g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 34g