Baked Buffalo Wings

by Lana Stuart on November 1, 2011 · 50 comments

Baked Buffalo Wings from @NevrEnoughThyme

This past weekend was just perfect. The weather was beautiful. The leaves all around us were gorgeous. And Georgia beat Florida 24-20 in Jacksonville! Woo-hooo. We’re big Georgia Bulldogs in this house. Really big.

Even though I love the football games, I rarely just sit and watch. I’m usually doing something around the house with the game on in the background. BeeBop, however, is glued to the television whenever the Dawgs are playing. Here’s how it goes at our house getting ready for game day. Turn the television on to the game with the volume muted. Now tune the radio receiver, which is connected to the surround sound, to the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network for the play-by-play. Get your snacks and a drink and plant yourself in your favorite chair. All set. That’s the ritual and we wouldn’t do it any other way. There’s just nothing better than listening to that radio commentary.

Scott Howard and Eric Zeier do a fine job of announcing the game every week. But there’s still no one like Larry Munson. Munson, now retired, was the “voice of the Dawgs” for more than 40 years. His commentary was like no other. Listening to Munson call a Georgia Bulldogs game was almost better than sitting in the stands watching. In fact, lots of people in the stands were listening to Munson calling the game on the radio.

I sometimes think BeeBop liked Munson even more than the team. Years ago before we were married and BeeBop was still in the Navy on a cruise in the Mediterranean, he called me from Italy one Saturday afternoon. We talked for a little while and then he asked if I had the Georgia game on the radio. I assured him that I did and do you know what he asked me? No, not the score. He said, “could you just hold the phone up to the radio so I can hear Munson?” Homesick indeed.

Whatever your game day ritual is, these baked Buffalo wings are a great recipe to cook up for your fans. It tastes identical to the classic Buffalo Wing but it’s baked instead of fried. I honestly can’t tell the difference. Now, I’m not saying it’s actually healthy, but it’s way better than frying.

Prep the pan for Baked Buffalo Wings

Start by lining a baking sheet with foil. Generously coat a cooling rack with cooking spray and place it in the baking pan. Or you could use a broiler pan. You just need something to get the wings up off the pan if possible. It will make your finished wings a lot less greasy.

Drying wings for Baked Buffalo Wings

Dry the drummettes well with paper towels. Don’t skip this step. It helps the flour mixture adhere to the wings better making a crispy coating instead of a wet, gummy one.

Coating the Baked Buffalo Wings

Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic power and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to mix well. Add the dried drummettes to the bag with the flour mixture and toss until well coated.

Baked Buffalo Wings Ready for the Fridge

Remove the wings, shaking off any excess flour coating, and place them on the prepared cooling rack. Place the prepared wings in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least one hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the wings for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven , turn each wing over and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.

Making sauce for Baked Buffalo Wings

Meanwhile, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.

Coating Baked Buffalo Wings with Sauce

Remove the wings from the oven and dip them 3 or 4 at a time in the sauce mixture. Place the coated wings back on the pan, return the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes. Remove from the oven, place on a serving dish and drizzle remaining sauce over wings.

Serve with a side of my Bleu Cheese Dip and lots of celery sticks.

Enjoy!

Notes: This recipe yields very mild Buffalo wings. If your folks like theirs on the hotter side, you can either increase the amount of cayenne pepper in the flour mixture or add some hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or Texas Pete) to the butter-pepper sauce. Or do both. I prefer to make them mild and pass additional Tabasco for those who want to add a little spice to their wings.

Baked Buffalo Wings
 
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The same classic taste as Buffalo Wings without the frying.
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp (or more) cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 20 chicken drummettes
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Wings Sauce
  • 2 tblsp. honey
  • 2 tblsp. soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray a cooling rack generously with cooking spray and place in the baking sheet.
  2. Dry the drummettes well with paper towels.
  3. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic power and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to mix well.
  4. Add the dried drummettes to the bag with the flour mixture and toss until well coated.
  5. Remove the wings, shaking off excess flour coating, and place on the prepared cooling rack.
  6. Place the prepared wings in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least one hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Bake the wings for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, turn each wing over and return to the oven.
  10. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.
  12. Remove the wings from the oven and dip them 3 or 4 at a time in the sauce mixture.
  13. Place the coated wings back on the pan, return the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven, place on a serving dish and drizzle remaining sauce over wings.
Notes: This recipe yields very mild Buffalo wings. If your folks like theirs on the hotter side, you can either increase the amount of cayenne pepper in the flour mixture or add some hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or Texas Pete) to the butter-pepper sauce. Or do both. I prefer to make them mild and pass additional Tabasco for those who want to add a little spice to their wings.
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1 Jersey Girl Cooks November 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This is great football food. I like how you baked them rather than frying.

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2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Love the baking method. I’m bookmarking this recipe.

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3 Wenderly November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I’m drooling as I read this. LOVE that they are baked! My Yanni & kiddos are going to be so happy when I make this!

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4 Lana November 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!

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5 SMITH BITES November 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

these look sooooooo good Lana!!

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6 Lana November 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Debra.

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7 Feast on the Cheap November 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

That sauce looks phenomenal…

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8 Lana November 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

The little bit of honey and soy sauce in the sauce makes it a little different and so good.

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9 Cookin' Canuck November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Congratulations on your Bulldogs’ win. These wings look like the perfect ritual for game day and I love that they’re baked.

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10 claudia lamascolo November 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

love that their baked and the honey is a nice addition!

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11 Laura November 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

My Mama is ah-maze-ing!

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12 Lana November 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

No more than my ah-maze-ing daughter!

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13 Alison @ ingredients, Inc. November 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

My kids love wings. They would be all over these

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14 Zesty Cook November 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I love this healthier twist on a traditionally indulgent snack! Nothing goes better with football in the fall, right? :)

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15 Lana November 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Well, there’s still a stick of butter in the sauce, but at least they’re not fried :-)

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16 Zesty Cook November 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Agreed! Haha!

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17 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Wow….YUM! Sounds amazing….and healthy! :)

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18 Anna November 2, 2011 at 2:04 am

Those Buffalo Wings are downright competitive in the taste departmant. They look so rich and flavorful too. Perfect for game night. Just the right amount of spice and flavor. It has to be wings or drumsticks, no other way. Thanks for posting! Game on!

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19 Amy D November 2, 2011 at 3:18 am

This recipe sounds so good!! How come you refrigerate it before cooking?

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20 Lana November 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

Amy – Refrigerating makes the coating stick better and get crispier in the cooking. If you refrigerate it even longer it’s better but not more than about 4 hours.

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21 JulieD November 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love this! Must try this since hubs doesn’t like wings, I could make some for just myself without filling up a French oven with oil. Thanks!

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22 Barbara | Creative Culinary November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

Mild is good. I like some heat and that some is just a tickle…not the place I’m looking for ‘the burn!’

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23 Suzanne November 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

oh my little boy would be in heaven if I made these for him, they look perfectly cooked and saucy, definite keeper.

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24 Liz November 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Oh, these look like PERFECT football food! Spicy and delicious!

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25 Curt November 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Oh man, those look tasty. Perfect for any game time.

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26 Priscilla - She's Cookin' November 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yay, for the Bulldogs and the Razorbacks :) I’m usually up doing things too, like fixing snacks, but college football is a ritual in our house, too. Perfect football (or any party) food and I love that it’s baked, not fried!

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27 Miss P November 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! Sic ‘em!! Woof!!

Miss P

sorry, couldn’t resist

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28 foodwanderings November 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I haven’t had chicken wings in ages not you made me crave these. The recipes looks fantastic! Spicy exactly how I like it!! Wish my son was home so we would park ourselves next to him and get a dose of American football but Thankgiving is here soon enough!! :)

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29 Dixie Caviar November 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

These look quite delicious. I make a riff on Alton’s baked wings where you blanch the wings before baking. I think they’re way better than fried!(Although my boyfriend will disagree. But he doesn’t count.)

P.S. Go Dawgs! We were in J’ville for the big win!

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30 Julie M. November 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Mmm. Mmm. I love a good buffalo wing and baked is just a bonus! I enjoy college football as well, but unfortunately my team’s been letting me down in grand fashion the past couple weeks. Dang Badgers. :)~

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31 Teri November 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Nothing better than wings and football. And these are about as guilt free as you can.
Go Blue!!!
Go Dawgs!!!

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32 Lora @cakeduchess November 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Your wings look delicious, Lana. Perfect for any game day. I’m with Barb-spicier the better:)

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33 Shelby November 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

These look YUMMY! I love the sweet honey mixed with the Franks Red Hot (which happens to be my favorite! Just the smell of it makes me want it!)

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34 Jamie November 6, 2011 at 1:10 am

I love your story. And love these wings! Have I ever made buffalo wings? Nope. But these would be the perfect snack while watching….rugby on tv! Yeah!

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35 Sook November 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love that you baked the wings! I am saving this recipe. Yum!

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36 jackie micke November 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

this was really good thank’s Lana

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37 Stefany January 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Had these tonight for dinner – they turned out great and my husband loved them! Definitely a keeper!

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38 Lana January 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thanks! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed them.

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39 marie January 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Made these this weekend, YUM! very good

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40 Lana January 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

So glad you enjoyed them, Marie!

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41 Ange January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

These look sooo good…but I have a lot of little ones, so have to make boneless..plus I am lazy and easier to eat them boneless. Would you still make them the same way, just with cut up breast chunks?

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42 Lana January 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I’d give it a try. You might not need to cook quite as long, though. I’d be interested in knowing how they turn out.

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43 Kellie January 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

ZipList posted this recipe today, and I thought it looked good. Then when I came and read the ingredients, and better yet the commentary, I am even more psyched!! Woohooo!! A fellow UGA fan!! Can’t wait to try your recipe and it will taste even better knowing I got it from a Georgia fan! Thank you and Gooooo Dawgs! Sic’em!

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44 Lana January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hope you enjoy them, Kellie! Go Dawgs!

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45 Dasha February 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This looks too yummi! Definitely trying it this weekend. Can you suggest using another ingrident besides honey (out of all things in the world, the only one I am allergic to is honey)? Your recipies are delicious, I just printed 4 or 5 to make this week :).

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46 Lana February 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Dasha. You could substitute either syrup or molasses for the honey. Should work out fine.

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47 Renee February 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Thank you so much Lana for sharing this recipe. I made this recipe for a movie night and everyone absolutely loved it :)

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48 Lana February 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Great! Glad to hear that.

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49 sgbabe March 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hi Lana,

I have been making baked hot wings for years but tried your method last weekend. OMG but it was delicious and just perfection! The skin was crisp yet moist with the hot sauce and butter drizzled all over. My Texan friend (we are in London, UK) said they were the best hot wings she has ever tasted and I agree!

I used garlic salt instead of garlic powder and salt and I skipped the honey and soy (I cook a lot with soy so wanted to keep this recipe ‘all American’ ha ha) and it still turned out amazing! We had it with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing (I cheated and used a bottle dressing). My excuse is that I also made fresh strawberry margaritas to go with them!

Mmmmmm, what can I say but my hubby and friend were VERY pleased and now her hubby (who was busy that evening and didnt come over) is bugging her to make these too!

Thanks again!

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50 Lana March 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’m so pleased to know that you enjoyed them! We love them, too, and don’t even miss the fried ones any more :-)

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