Chicken wings are irresistibly delicious, especially when oven-baked. I love to cook them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For the best results, the cooking time is something you want to control well. So, how long to bake chicken wings in oven at 400 degrees ? In this post, I like to answer this and share some tips on the recipe to make the best homemade baked chicken wings in the oven.
It takes 40 minutes to bake chicken wings in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The wings will come out tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If you want to make the wings even crispier, let them roast for 5 more minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check if the wings are fully cooked. Try not to touch the bone in the chicken wings while inserting the thermometer. Just measure the meat so that the reading will be accurate. When the chicken wings reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, they are fully cooked and can be removed from the oven.
Aside from 400 degrees, you can roast chicken wings at 425 degrees. It takes a cooking time of 30 minutes to bake the chicken wings in the oven at 425 degrees. And the chicken wings will turn out with a super caramelized and crunchy coating. It’s crucial to flip the wings halfway through to prevent them from burning. If you are not into crispiness, you can cook them at 350 degrees. Although it takes longer for the wings to cook through (about 60 minutes), they turn out impressively tender and without any crispy crust. The skin comes out plain, smooth and moist. If you want to reduce the bake time and also have a slight crispy chicken wings, roast the wings at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.
While all temperatures are good in their own way, we consider 400 degrees the best one to cook chicken wings at. It provides a perfect ratio of crispiness, juiciness and tenderness that leaves no one attending the dinner disappointed. Of course, if all your guests are fans of super crispy food, you are best off cooking the wings at 425 degrees. You can also consider to broil the chicken wings for 5 minutes for an extra crispiness after cooking it at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
There are many ways to bake chicken wings in the oven. I particularly like to use this recipe for oven baked chicken wings.
Wipe down the chicken wings with paper towels to make them totally dry as moisture will prevent the wings from acquiring the crispiness.
Sprinkle the wings with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. This combination is a pretty simple and straightforward seasoning for chicken wings. If you want something fancier, make a bold mix of herbs and spices.
Fit a baking sheet onto the rack, and arrange the wings on the rack, keeping them 1-2 inches apart. The space is required for the hot air to circulate between the wings so that the wings can acquire crispiness.
Bake the seasoned chicken wings at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes. When it is done, remove them from the oven and let them rest on the stovetop for 10 minutes before you serve them and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce or side dish.
For a shorter cooking time, activate the convection setting of your oven. This method will better circulate the hot air around the wings to cook it faster and more evenly. But it will not increase the crispiness of the wings.
If you love crispy and brown wings, broiler is the magic word. Turn it on after 30 minutes of baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and let it broil the chicken wings to a tough crispy crust for 5 minutes.
If you enjoy the wings as an appetizer, you can use a dipping sauce to brighten them up. Aside from the classic buffalo wing sauce, other delicious sauces you can try are honey garlic, creamy parmesan, chili lime and salsa cheese.
If you serve the wings as an entrée, there are many side dishes that goes well with chicken wings. Particularly, we recommend you to pair your wings with a potato salad or a fresh vegetable salad. Roasted veggies are welcome alongside any type of meat dish, including chicken wings. In case you long for something rich and filling to eat with your chicken wings, you can go for spicy corn carbonara, cauliflower rice loaded with veggies and cheese, or creamy tomato risotto.
I goes by the rule of 6 chicken wings per person in a serving. That is if I have other side dishes along with the chicken wings. However, if I’m just serving the chicken wings as finger food, I normally prepare 10 chicken wings per person.
You will need high baking temperatures of 400 degrees and above to cook chicken wings in the oven crispy. To make them extra crispy, consider broiling them for 5 minutes after baking them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not go for more than 5 minutes as you will risk drying out the moisture in the chicken wings and ruin the meat texture.
The internal temperature of chicken wings should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit when done. Note that this chicken wings internal temp should be taken at the meat area. Do not let the thermometer tip touch the bone so that you get an accurate reading.