6 Tips for Perfectly-Crispy Chicken Wings

Last Updated on January 22, 2024

Dive into the world of irresistibly crispy and flavorful chicken wings with our ultimate guide on baking, air-frying, and grilling. Whether you’re a fan of the classic oven-baked goodness, the rapid precision of air-frying, or the smoky charm of the grill, we’ve got expert tips to ensure your wings are a triumph of taste and texture.

6 Tips for Crispier Chicken Wings

To achieve a crispy texture you’ll need to reduce moisture and start with thoroughly dried wings. These six tips will help you achieve just that. Use this list to experiment and find a method that works best for you. Combine multiple tips for the best results.

  1. Dry-Brine: Season the wings with salt & pepper and place them on a wire rack in the refrigerator for 1-24 hours. This will help dry the skin, which is essential for a crispy texture.
  2. Dry Batter: Lightly toss/coat your chicken wings in a seasoned dry batter (your choice of seasonings mixed with flour, corn starch, or baking soda)
  3. Butter/Oil: Before baking, brush your wings with butter or olive oil to crisp the skin.
  4. Use A Wire Rack: Aways bake your chicken wings on a rack to allow fat to drip down and keep the wings from getting soggy — similar to using a wired frying basket inside of a convention oven
  5. Venting: While baking, open the oven a bit for about 2 minutes to let some steam and moisture escape.
  6. Parboil: Some cooks swear by this method. Consider boiling your wings for 6-7 minutes to render some of the fat, allowing the wings to get ultra-crispy in the oven. Thoroughly pat the wings dry and let rest on a wire rack before cooking.


Now that you know the secret to perfectly crispy chicken wings, give one of these recipes a shot using your newfound wing-crisping superpowers.


When baking wings, remember tips 4, 5, and 6. Use a wire rack, vent your oven to reduce moisture, and consider parboiling.

  1. Crispy Air-Fryer Garlic Chicken Wings with Hot Honey
  2. Coconut Party Wings with GF Ponzu Dipping Sauce
  3. Easy Baked Chicken Wings with Tangy Yogurt Dip


Air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food at a high speed to cook and crisp it. Be sure to spread your wings out to allow the hot air to circulate evenly. You’ll find tips 1-3 helpful if you’re looking for crispy, air-fried wings.

  1. Air Fryer Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Wings
  2. Crispy Air-Fryer Garlic Chicken Wings with Hot Honey


Grilling your chicken wings to impart a smoky char and succulent flavor, creating a perfect balance of crispy skin and juicy tenderness.

  1. Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings




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