Sometimes it’s all about the sauce when it comes to chicken wings and sometimes it’s all in the rub! This dry rub chicken wing recipe has lots of spicy, sweet seasoning that makes these very memorable wings!
What Are Dry Rub Chicken Wings?
Dry rub chicken wings are coated in a spice mixture instead of a sauce mixture like these Memphis BBQ Wings and these Sticky Stout Baked Chicken Wings. Both styles of wings are baked and both are finger licking good. Dry rub wings have a caramelized, spiced exterior that is a nice change from saucy wings.
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How To Make Dry Rub Chicken Wings
For this recipe, I use bagged, frozen (and thawed) wing and drummette pieces that have been rinsed and patted dry. I drizzle the naked wings with a little vegetable oil before I smother them with my seasoning blend. For the rub, I combine a heap of spices like paprika, chili powder, onion powder, cumin, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and brown sugar. You have to have brown sugar! For one thing, it will balance out the heat from the spices, but also the sugar will caramelize the rub to give you the perfect wing coating!
Dry Rub Chicken Wings In The Oven
Place the wing on a foil-lined baking sheet and place a baking rack over top of the foil. Spray your baking rack an arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer. The baking rack will allow the chicken to cook all over and the foil will catch any spills or drips. The wings will take about 45 minutes total to bake.
You could still serve these with your favorite wing sauce on the side but it is NOT necessary!
Dry Rub Wing Tips and Tricks
Make sure your wings have thawed completely and that you pat them dry. This will prevent a wet wing, the seasoning will stick to the skin much better if the wings are dry, to begin with.
Feel free to substitute or add more or different seasoning. Cayenne pepper or white pepper would add more spice and would blend nicely. Oregano and basil can be added as well.
Make sure you do not crowd the baking pan. An even layer of wings will ensure that they all cook evenly. The wings will need to be turned only once during baking.
Dry Rub Chicken Wings In A Crockpot
If you are looking for more of a fix it and forget it dry rub wing, then you can certainly use the crockpot for this recipe! I would take the time to brown the chicken wings in a skillet after rubbing them with the seasoning. This will ensure the wings have a nice exterior and flavor!
This recipe will also work with an air-fryer or as deep fried wings!
What To Serve With Dry Rub Chicken Wings?
These chicken wings pair beautifully with a creamy sauce like a ranch or blue cheese! These bacon wrapped roasted potatoes and the spiced aioli served on the side would be a perfect partner to these wings!
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and baking rack over top. In a small bowl, combine the dried seasoning; stir. Rinse and pat chicken pieces dry. Place the wings in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, tossing each piece so that they all get coated. Sprinkle rub over chicken and rub the seasoning into each piece. Arrange wings on the prepared baking sheet. Bake wings for 30 minutes, turn and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition Information Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 464 Total Fat 32g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 19g Cholesterol 169mg Sodium 480mg Carbohydrates 12g Fiber 1g Sugar 4g Protein 31g
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and baking rack over top.
In a small bowl, combine the dried seasoning; stir.
Rinse and pat chicken pieces dry. Place the wings in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, tossing each piece so that they all get coated.
Sprinkle rub over chicken and rub the seasoning into each piece. Arrange wings on the prepared baking sheet. Bake wings for 30 minutes, turn and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.