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Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

Love wings but don’t like the frying? How about if they were just a bit healthier? My Oven Baked Buffalo Wings are the answer to both! These baked chicken wings have the classic taste with no messy frying and no added fat. Yet, they’re lovely and brown and crispy. And they’re easy to make for a crowd or for the family.

We’re big Georgia Bulldogs in this house. Really big.

Finished buffalo wings on a serving plate.

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.

🏈 College Football is Serious Business in Georgia

Here’s how it goes at our house getting ready for game day. Step 1 – Turn the television on to the game with the volume muted. Step 2 – Tune the radio receiver, which is connected to the surround sound, to the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network for the play-by-play. Step 3 – Get your snacks and a drink. Step 4 – 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.

The radio guys do a fine job of announcing the game every week. But there’s still no one like Larry Munson. Munson was the “voice of the Dawgs” for more than 40 years. His commentary was like no other.

📣 Larry Munson was the Voice of Georgia Football

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 also 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 deployment to 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 Oven Baked Buffalo Wings are a great recipe to cook up for your fans. They taste identical to the classic Buffalo wings, but they’re 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.

❤️ Why I Love This Recipe

  • They’re just as crispy as fried (really!) and a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.
  • Relieves some of the guilt from eating fried wings.
  • This oven frying cooking method keeps the kitchen a lot cleaner than frying.
  • Who doesn’t love hot, crispy wings with a bowl of blue cheese dressing?

🛒 Ingredient Notes

Photo showing all ingredients needed for the recipe.

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  • Chicken Wings – Wings are widely available in every grocery store in the country. You can use all drummettes, all wingettes (also called flats), or a mix of both.
  • Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce – I’m really sorry, but there’s just no substitute for this. And if you can’t find it in your store, you must live in Siberia or something.
  • Cayenne Pepper – This recipe makes very mildly spiced wings. If you like yours hot, increase the cayenne.
  • HoneyHoney helps balance the spiciness of the sauce and adds a subtle sweetness.
  • Soy SauceMy secret ingredient that deepens the sauce’s flavor.
  • Butter – Gives a smooth finish to the sauce. Use either salted or unsalted butter, according to your preference.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How I Make Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

Prep a Baking Sheet

A cooling rack inside a baking sheet lined with foil.
  1. Start by lining a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Generously coat a wire rack with cooking spray and place it in the baking pan. Or you could use a broiler pan. You just need a way to elevate the wings up off the pan so the flour coating doesn’t get gummy. It will make your finished wings crispy and a lot less greasy.

Dry and Coat the Wings

A cooling rack inside a baking sheet lined with foil.
  1. Dry the wings well with paper towels. Don’t skip this step. It helps the flour mixture adhere to the skin better, making crispy chicken wings instead of wet, soggy ones.
Flour coating in a sealable bag (left); Chicken wings added to the bag (right).
  1. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to mix well.
  2. Add the dried wing pieces to the bag with the flour mixture and toss until well coated.
Coated wings on the rack inside the baking sheet.
  1. Remove the wings, shaking off any excess flour coating, and place on the prepared cooling rack.
  2. Place the prepared wings in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least one hour.

Bake the Wings

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake the wings for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven, turn each wing over, and return to the oven.
  4. Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Wings should be a beautiful golden brown with crispy skin.

Make the Buffalo Sauce

Photo collage showing the ingredients for the sauce.
  1. Meanwhile, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce, and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.
Tossing cooked wings in the sauce in a bowl.
  1. Remove the wings from the oven and dip them 3 or 4 at a time in the sauce mixture.
  2. Place the coated wings back on the pan, return the pan to the oven, and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven, place on a serving dish, and drizzle with the remaining sauce.
Finished buffalo wings on a serving plate.

⚠️ Troubleshooting Tips

  • Not Crispy Enough: If you find your wings aren’t as crispy as you want, there are a few things you can do. (1) Make sure the oven is properly preheated before baking. (2) Make sure the wings are placed in a single layer on the baking pan with some space between them. (3) Extend the baking time by 5-10 minutes, keeping a close eye to avoid overcooking. (4) Remember, the size of the wings can affect cooking time – larger wings may need a bit more time.
  • Flour Coating is Soggy: To prevent a soggy flour coating, it’s crucial to dry the wings thoroughly with paper towels before coating them. Any moisture on the wings can cause the flour to become gummy. Also, don’t skip refrigerating the wings for at least an hour before baking. This step helps the coating adhere better and results in a crisper texture.
  • Sauce Too Spicy or Too Mild: If the sauce is too spicy, balance it out by adding more honey or a bit more melted butter to mellow the heat. If it’s too mild, increase the cayenne pepper or add a splash of a hotter sauce like Tabasco. Start with a small amount and work up to the heal level you want.
  • Uneven Cooking: If it seems that some wings are cooking faster than others, try rotating the baking sheet about halfway through cooking time. Also, make sure the wings aren’t overcrowded.
  • Sauce Not Adhering: For the sauce to stick properly, the wings should be hot when you apply it. Toss the wings in the sauce immediately after they come out of the oven. 

⏲️ How I Make Baked Hot Wings in Advance

To make this recipe in advance, prepare the wings up to the point of baking. Then store them in the refrigerator, uncovered, for up to 8 hours. Prepare the sauce and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, bake and add sauce according to the recipe instructions (you’ll want to bring the sauce up to room temperature while the wings bake). This works great for parties or large family gatherings.

🔀 Recipe Variations

  • Sauce Varieties: Even though Frank’s Red Hot is the standard, don’t hesitate to experiment with other flavors. Try barbecue sauce, teriyaki, or even a honey mustard glaze. 
  • Sweet and Spicy Blend: For a sweet and spicy taste, mix some brown sugar or maple syrup into the sauce.
  • Citrus: Add some zesty citrus flavor by using a bit of lemon or lime juice in the sauce. 
  • Herb and Garlic: For those who prefer no heat, make an herb and garlic version. Mix minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, and a bit of lemon zest into the butter mixture. 
  • Dry Rub: Instead of a wet sauce, try a dry rub for a different texture. Combine spices like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs, and a touch of brown sugar for a smoky, savory finish.
Finished buffalo wings on a serving plate.

🍽️ How I Serve the Recipe

Pair these wings with blue cheese dip or ranch dressing and lots of celery sticks. To make it a meal, serve with french fries, onion rings, or a heat-taming cucumber salad.

🍚 How I Store the Leftovers

Store leftover baked wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven. Leftovers won’t even return to their original crispiness, but they’ll still taste delicious!

❓ Questions About Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

Can I use frozen chicken wings for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken wings, but make sure to thaw them completely and dry them very well before using. Frozen wings hold extra moisture, which can affect the crispiness of the final product.

How do I know when the wings are fully cooked?

Chicken, wings included, is done when its internal temperature reaches 165°F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the wings. They should also be golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Can this be made in an air fryer?

Yes, you can use an air fryer, but cooking will likely have to be done in several batches. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and cook the wings for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Keep in mind that cooking times will vary based on the air fryer model.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

You can use margarine instead of butter in the sauce if you like. The butter or margarine reduces the heat level and gives a richer flavor to the sauce. Adding more margarine or butter and honey will reduce the heat even further.

Can I use a different hot sauce?

I know that I said there was no substitute for Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, and some people are going to disagree with that. There are other brands on the market, and if you prefer a different one, please go for it.

Can I substitute something else for the honey?

You can use light corn syrup, maple syrup, brown sugar, or molasses in place of honey in this recipe.

Lana Stuart.

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Finished buffalo wings on a serving plate.

Oven Baked Buffalo Wings

These Oven Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings have all the classic taste with no messy frying and no added fat! Serve these at your next football party and enjoy the compliments.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 689kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • Cooking spray
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 20 chicken wing pieces (all drummettes, all wingettes, or a combination)
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray a cooling rack generously with cooking spray and place in the baking sheet.
  • Dry the wings well with paper towels.
  • Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic power and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to mix well.
  • Add the dried wings to the bag with the flour mixture and toss until well coated.
  • Remove the wings, shaking off excess flour coating, and place 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.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.
  • 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.


  • For the chicken wings, you can use all drummettes, all wingettes (also called flats), or a mix of both. 
  • The amount of cayenne pepper used in this recipe makes very mildly spiced wings. If you like yours hot, increase the cayenne.
  • Don’t skimp on the chilling time for the wings. This step is what creates baked crispy wings.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 689kcal | Carbohydrates 22g | Protein 38g | Fat 49g | Saturated Fat 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat 7g | Monounsaturated Fat 17g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 197mg | Sodium 1906mg | Potassium 353mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 7g | Vitamin A 933IU | Vitamin C 2mg | Calcium 34mg | Iron 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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Finished buffalo wings on a serving plate.

— This post was originally published on November 1, 2011. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. Baking is the way to go! I discovered a while back that you can use 2 Tbsp of non-aluminum baking powder in place of flour and then no need to refrigerate. That’s for 2.5 pounds of wings. The baking powder has some kind of reaction that makes the skin super crispy. 1 hour cook time on rack, turning every 15-20 minutes. Flour works great too, but you can skip the refrigeration with the baking powder. Both excellent alternatives to frying. I never fry them anymore. So darn messy!

  2. 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!

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

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

    1. Great! Glad to hear that.

  4. 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 :).

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

  5. 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!

    1. Hope you enjoy them, Kellie! Go Dawgs!

  6. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. Lana, do you want to read details about my favorite football team??? I think not! And I DO sit and watch every play!

        1. Not sure what your problem is. If you don’t like the post, you are more than welcome to skip it. There are a million other recipes on the internet.

  7. Made these this weekend, YUM! very good

    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Marie!

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

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

  9. jackie micke says:

    this was really good thank’s Lana

  10. 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!

  11. 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!)

  12. Lora @cakeduchess says:

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

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

  14. 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. :)~

  15. Dixie Caviar says:

    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!

  16. foodwanderings says:

    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!! :)

  17. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! Sic ’em!! Woof!!

    Miss P

    sorry, couldn’t resist

  18. Priscilla - She's Cookin' says:

    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!

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

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

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

  22. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

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

  23. 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!

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

    1. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet says:

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

  27. Zesty Cook says:

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

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

  28. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. says:

    My kids love wings. They would be all over these

  29. My Mama is ah-maze-ing!

    1. No more than my ah-maze-ing daughter!

  30. claudia lamascolo says:

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

  31. Cookin' Canuck says:

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

  32. Feast on the Cheap says:

    That sauce looks phenomenal…

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

  33. SMITH BITES says:

    these look sooooooo good Lana!!

  34. 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!

    1. Hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!

  35. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

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

  36. Jersey Girl Cooks says:

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