Oven baked turkey wings is one of my son’s favourite dish. I love to prepare them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The turkey wings cook time is key to achieving a great result. Now the question is this. How long to bake turkey wings at 400 degrees in oven? Let’s cover the answer in this post and other tips to perfect the recipe for a juicy and flavorful turkey wings in the oven.
It takes 30 minutes to bake turkey wings at 400 degrees in the oven per side to make them juicy and crispy. If you like a more crispy baked turkey wings, bake them in the oven for a few more minutes at 32 to 33 minutes per side. Towards the end of the cook time, check the turkey wings with a probe thermometer to make sure they get perfectly cooked. When the turkey meat gets done, it will reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees. For a more accurate result, prevent the thermometer from touching the bone.
If you like a super crunchy crispy crust, roast the turkey wings at 425 degrees F in the oven. You will get a great contrast of tough and crispy skin with tender and juicy meat inside. Baking the turkey wings in the oven at 425 degrees F will take 50 minutes in total (25 minutes per side). If you want to reduce the crispy to the minimum, choose 375 degrees. You will get a thin but crispy crust and a tender meat inside. Cooking the turkey wings at 375 degrees F in the oven will take 35 minutes per side. If you simply don’t like any crisp at all, the best temperature to go is 350 degrees F. The wings will turn out moist and plain on the outside and fall-off-the-bone tender on the inside. Baking at 350 degrees F will take 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully cook the turkey wings.
If you are looking for a perfect balance between crispy and juicy, 400 degrees Fahrenheit is your go-to cooking temperature. If you crave super crunchy turkey wings, choose 425 degrees. You may even activate the broiler at the end of baking to make the skin even crispier and appetizing. Those who dislike rich crispy crust are better off slow cooking the turkey wings at 350 degrees F. This temperature takes a long time to cook the meat, so if you are pushed for time, you have to choose a higher temperature.
There are many recipes for turkey wings online. However, there’s one easy turkey wings recipe that I always use. Here’s how to cook turkey wings in the oven.
Use paper towels to pat dry the wings. The removal of moisture will help the turkey wings to crisp up and turn golden brown.
Cut the wings into 3 pieces – drumette, wingette and tip. Wingtips cook faster than other parts, so you want to remove them from oven 10 minutes earlier. Otherwise they will burn and the burnt smell will be absorbed by the entire turkey wings.
Rub the turkey wings with lemon wedges, then place them into a bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil and add salt, pepper, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and poultry spices. Toss the wings with the seasonings until they get fully covered.
Arrange the turkey wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place into the preheated oven. Bake the turkey wings at 400 degrees for 60 minutes. Flip the turkey wings over after 30 minutes of baking. Periodically, check the wings with a meat thermometer to make sure they don’t overcook. When they are done, remove from the oven and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
You can bake the wings in a casserole dish covered with lid. The lid will prevent the steam from escaping the casserole. This will help the turkey wings to cook through faster. But this method may not be the best option for crispy food fans because the steam will render the skin moist.
Alternatively, you can use the broiler to speed up the process and obtain a rich golden brown crust. Turn on the broiler after about 40 minutes of baking. Then broil the turkey wings for 5-7 minutes. When that is done, your turkey wings will be extra crispy. After removing them from the oven, rest them for 10 minutes before serving.
The oven baked turkey wings are tasty enough to eat as it is. However, it will be even better to pair the turkey wings with a dipping sauce or gravy. I find the best dipping sauce that goes well with turkey wings are either honey mustard or soy ginger.
There are many side dishes that goes good with turkey wings such as roasted veggies or mashed potatoes. We particularly love combining turkey wings with cheesy baked cauliflower. It’s a creamy, crunchy and easy-going dish that harmonizes perfectly with the crispy and rich wings. Steamed rice and a vegetable salad will also goes well with turkey wings. The rice’s carbs and vegetables’ fiber and vitamins will round up the high-protein meat. Aside from these savory sides, you can pair turkey wings with a sweet dish. Roasted squash covered with honey, baked sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce will create a wonderful contrast with the salty wings.
It takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to bake the turkey wings at 275 degrees in the oven to a fully cooked state. This will produce turkey wings with meat that is tender and fall off the bone without any crisp on the outside.
The internal temperature of turkey wings will be at 170 degrees Fahrenheit when it is fully cooked. To avoid any inaccuracy in your reading, make sure that the food thermometer doesn’t touch the bone when you measure the internal temp of the turkey wings.
To make the baked turkey wings crispy, a high oven temperature of 375 degrees F and above is required. For extra crispy baked turkey wings, you can bake the wings at 400 degrees first for 40 minutes before broiling the turkey wings for 5 minutes. The extra high temperature of the broiler will render the wings a ultra crispy crust. However, if there are moisture in the wings, the moisture will hinder with the crisping up of the wings. Hence, it is equally important to pat dry the turkey wings before adding seasonings and baking.