Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

Tender, juicy baked chicken wings coated in a mouthwatering homemade dry rub that will have your tastebuds singing! Pair it with a creamy gorgonzola dipping sauce and it’s a party hit!

These baked chicken wings are SO good, you won’t miss the deep fryer OR the sauce!!

This post was partially brought to you by the makers of Sutter Home.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Who’s starting to get excited for the big game in a couple of weeks?  I am!!  Not necessarily for the football (my team is the Bengals, and let’s face it, they’re definitely no where near championship material), or the commercials… but for the food!


Game day foods are the most mouthwatering, and can be so creative.  Usually, there’s a chicken wing or two on everyone’s game day plate, but this year, I’m inviting you all to take a break from the traditional, and try these epic dry-rubbed baked chicken wings!

Baked chicken wings before going into the oven

I know, I know… chicken wings are supposed to be deep fried and tossed in a spicy sauce right?  But what if I told you that these baked chicken wings are every bit as tasty as the traditional variety… in fact, they’re utterly fantastic?  Seriously, I’m a huge wing fan, and these knocked my socks off.  I meant to save some for my husband after the photoshoot was finished… and well, let’s just say there was nothing left for him to try!

Baked chicken wings with spicy dry rub

While not a copycat recipe, this dry rub is inspired by one of my favorite local treats.  Ohioans love chicken wings… like a lot!  We also love our unique chili recipe too 😉

I titled this recipe Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings, because I truly feel they are epic.  They hit nearly every flavor component, and are the perfect little crispy bites of flavor!  Even better when this spicy dish is paired with a sweet wine like Sutter Home Riesling!

Baked chicken wings dipped in gorgonzola dipping sauce

No chicken wing is complete without a dipping sauce, and this one is truly fantastic.  Instead of the traditional blue cheese, I went with a homemade creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce, which is not as sharp, and more buttery.  It perfectly balances the heat from the wings… you don’t want to skip it.  However, if you don’t have time or the ingredients to make it, a good quality blue cheese dressing could be swapped in for it.


Let’s get down to brass tacks here… how long before you can be munching on these delicious wings?  I like to bake my wings at 400 F degrees and it takes about 45 minutes.  So yes, it takes a little while, but it’s totally hands-off time… so you can go about your day until the oven timer goes off.

Oven baked chicken wings recipe


I know… I know.  I’m breaking just about EVERY chicken wing rule here… there’s no beer.  While you might be thinking I’ve lost my marbles… just hear me out okay?  Sutter Home Riesling has an amazing almost tropical fruit taste, which when paired with a spicy dish, is absolutely delicious and memorable!  I promise!  After pairing it with a sweet wine, I was blown away.  Remember back when I paired this spicy chicken meal with white zinfandel?  Wine is the way to go here friends!


  • If you’re using frozen wings (I usually do), make sure they’re completely thawed.
  • Be sure to pat the wings dry with a paper towel.  This helps the oil and rub coat them really well.
  • For the most even cooking (and easy cleanup), line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil (or two sheets of regular), then top that with and oven safe metal cooling rack (like the one below).  Spray that with non-stick cooking spray and you’re good to add the wings.
  • This rub is insanely flavorful, so make extra and keep it in an airtight container with your other spices.  It’s great on chicken of any kind!
  • The gorgonzola sauce can be made ahead of time, or while the chicken wings are baking.

So this game day season, treat yourself and make these EPIC dry-rubbed baked chicken wings!


  • Extra large baking sheet AND rack – this is a fantastic combo!  I’ve been using this combo for years and it still works like new.
  • Nitrile gloves – to keep your hands from being stained from the rub, these gloves are perfect!  I like nitrile as it feels stronger than traditional latex.

Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings | Extremely tender and juicy, these baked chicken wings are rubbed with the most epic dry rub made right from your spice cabinet!  You won't miss the deep fryer or the sauce, I guarantee it!! | The Chunky Chef | #chickenwings #chickenwingrecipes #bakedhotwings #bakedwings #dryrub #gamedayfood #partyfood
5 from 44 votes
Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings
6 servings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Tender, juicy baked chicken wings coated in a mouthwatering homemade dry rub that will have your tastebuds singing! Pair it with a creamy gorgonzola dipping sauce and it's a party hit!

Calories: 572 kcal
  • 1/2 Tbsp ancho chile pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you're worried about the heat level)
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried ground thyme
  • 4 lbs chicken wings, thawed completely if using a frozen bag
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3-6 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 -3 oz crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with 2 sheets of aluminum foil (or 1 heavy duty sheet).  Top that with an oven safe cooling rack and spray it with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Combine all dry rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl, set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, add chicken wings and vegetable oil.  Use a rubber spatula to toss gently to coat.

  3. Sprinkle in about half to 2/3 of the dry rub mixture and use your hands to massage it into all of the chicken wings, coating evenly.  Feel free to use all the dry rub, but for a coating like in the photos, 1/2-2/3 of the mixture does just fine.

  4. Add chicken wings to prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.

  1. To your food processor or blender, add mayo, buttermilk, sour cream, 1.5 oz of the gorgonzola cheese, garlic, lemon juice, pepper and salt.  Process until smooth.  

  2. Transfer to serving bowl and stir in remaining gorgonzola cheese.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

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Serve with a few sticks of celery and carrots

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Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings | Extremely tender and juicy, these baked chicken wings are rubbed with the most epic dry rub made right from your spice cabinet!  You won't miss the deep fryer or the sauce, I guarantee it!! | The Chunky Chef | #chickenwings #chickenwingrecipes #bakedhotwings #bakedwings #dryrub #gamedayfood #partyfood

Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings | Extremely tender and juicy, these baked chicken wings are rubbed with the most epic dry rub made right from your spice cabinet!  You won't miss the deep fryer or the sauce, I guarantee it!! | The Chunky Chef | #chickenwings #chickenwingrecipes #bakedhotwings #bakedwings #dryrub #gamedayfood #partyfood

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76 comments on “Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings”

  1. You know, when I got out all the necessary spices and lined them up on the counter I thought, “this looks like overkill…”. But no, this tasted amazing! Even made the dip and my wife loved it. Thank you so much.

  2. This is an exceptional rub. I have a huge number of herbs and spices on hand as I always make my own spice rubs.  the only addition at the last minute was bit of celery seed, as we really like that. I could not find organic wings anywhere, being Super Bowl Sunday, so I went with drumsticks. They were so very good. My husband had seconds! I never even got to the gorgonzola sauce. I had left over spice mix, so I cut up some beets, potatoes and rutabaga and tossed them in the left over rub, roasted them right along with the chicken. They were terrific as well. Thank you for a great recipe. I’ll get around to trying it with wings some day. And I look forward to trying some of your other recipes. Thank you so much.

  3. This was delicious! I made both the wings and the gorganzola dipping sauce for Super Bowl and it was a hit!  Thank you! I followed the recipe exactly as written.

  4. Fantastic!  I changed it up a little and left them in a molasses and salt brine overnight and then slow cooked them on low heat. 6 pounds gone in 3 minutes.

  5. So many wing recipes out there, but this one is absoluty the best!!  Everyone loved them, and even the “wing experts” were amazed by the flavor. Couldn’t stop eating them…just so good!  If you want some heat, I would triple the cayenne pepper (and go up from there to increase as needed).  The sauce is pretty awesome too!  Made a double batch of sauce and poured it on burgers…made an awesome cheeseburger!  Will definitely make both again, and this will be the go-to wing recipe from now on!

  6. Fantastic taste!  I will be tweek if this again and again to find the perfect “heat”.  Thank you SO much for sharing this!  It taste almost the same as our favorite local restaurant too if not better 😊

  7. Girl, these were fabulous. Going to try them in the smoker next time! 

  8. Made for super bowl. Was delicious

  9. Delicious!!!!!

  10. These disappeared before the Super Bowl even began! Fantastic!

  11. Made these for Super Bowl and my husband purposely didn’t invite anybody over as he said he wanted ALL these Wong’s for himself and said he will enjoy the leftovers for days to come!  In other words, too good to share!  Lol

  12. Made these for the Superbowl tonight. Amazing!

  13. Really liked this recipe. Had everything on hand besides the Gorgonzola and the wings so that made it a snap. Made the rub as written although having discovered one trick to make the crispier I first did a dry rub of salt, pepper, and basking soda. Let it it sit for 30 minutes and then followed the rest (out of respect for Amanda). Came out great. Everyone liked them. Clean up was a breeze.

  14. I LOVE wings and have eaten them all over the world, but I’ve never had any quite like this! It’s like the flavors just kept unfolding as I ate them.  I’m making them for a group this weekend and I can’t wait…  This recipe is a keeper!

  15. They were INCREDIBLE!!! I looooove deep frying and BBQ wings. But these baked wings were awesome! Tweaked the recipe a tad just cause I have to…not that it needed any! Thank you so much! Tagged you on my IG also!

  16. made these twice. their delicious.

  17. I’m going to try this using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I know I’ll also have to cook longer and turn half way through. I’m going try see if 60 mins works here. I don’t have the chili pepper but noticed from your comment section that quite a few people left out some of the ingredient. We’ll see how it goes.

    • I tried it out as I said I would and it worked great. I didn’t even need to adjust the cooking time because the thighs were kinda thin. I didn’t have the ancho chili pepper so I just used more chili powder. The family was happy and there are no leftovers. Thanks for doing the hard part of developing the recipe so sad sacks like me can get kudos from the family.

  18. Amazing. Followed this recipe exactly, except I didn’t have chili powder, and I added a tablespoon of baking soda for extra crispiness, and it turned out terrific. I placed the chicken wings on a wire rack, as in my experience I’ve had trouble with wings sticking to the foil and ripping the skin away from the wing. I flipped them 30 min in then cooked them another 20. My skeptical neighbor, who always deep fried his because he didn’t think you could get them crispy by baking them, was so shocked and impressed that he’s now ready to ditch his fryer and do it this way instead. These were so tasty you really didn’t even need to sauce them, but I still put some sweet chili sauce on some of them and holy cow they were awesome. I didn’t have the ingredients for the Gorgonzola sauce, but looking forward to it next time. Thanks so much. 

  19. These wings were truly positively EPIC. The only thing I added more of was the salt and made it paleo by replacing the brown sugar with coconut sugar. It was totally fantastic.
    This recipe is being added to my my hall of fame recipe for both wings and rub.

  20. This is a real winner. Everyone at my birthday party loved them!!!! I followed the recipe but I used all of the rub on 5 lbs of wings. Came out fantastic. I just love the smoky/grilled flavor.

  21. The wings were absolutely delicious! I made whole wings and cooked them for an hour. I didn’t have the smoked paprika and some of the other spices, the fancy ones! I used everything else! 
    I didn’t make the sauce either. I used plain old ranch dressing!
    This will be my new go to party wing recipe! This was just with dinner! 

  22. I used this on frozen chicken breasts for myself to test taste before using wings at a party tomorrow. I love it! My only concern is the strong cumin smell, it always smells like pungent body odor to me lol. If I cut it to .25tsp, will it take away the spice? Idk what cumin really even tastes like on it own or what kind of flavor it brings because I am not too used to it.

  23. Excellent wings. Used all of the spice mix and cooked in a convection oven for 40’. Will be our “go to” wing recipe going forward. 

  24. My wife doesn’t eat chicken wings. She refuses to eat chicken wings. I convinced her to try one and she raved about these! So much so I was told to make them for new years!

  25. I do not know who came up with the recipe, yet it was Fantastic! My wife Loved it took it to a Christmas party and friends tore them up.

  26. 1st time making wings, WOW!!! I couldn’t stop eating them neither could my guests. I doubled the recipe for 8lbs of wings & THIS recipe I will be adding to my permanent recipes book. You could literally suck the meat off of the bones.
    The picture here was just how they turned out, excellent! Thank you for posting this recipe.

  27. Excellent rub for wings! I followed the rub recipe to a tee, but instead of dipping it in Gorgonzola sauce, I tossed the hot wings in jalapeno peach jam I made this summer. They were excellent! So good, that I only go 1 wing out of 5 lbs shared among 8 people as an appetizer.

  28. Best wings I’ve made ever! Love the flavor!

  29. Made great dry rub wings! I made 2 lbs of wings and had left over seasoning which was fine but if I had made 4 lbs I probably would have wanted more seasoning. Also used a little bit less oil when coating them. I broiled them at the end for 5 minutes each side to make them crispier because I like extra crispy wings. Definitely suggest it if you like a crispy skin. Chicken was still very moist!

  30. Made it for dinner tonight. Family LOVED it! I am saving this recipe! Wont change a thing! Thank you!

  31. I’m preparing to make this recipe…I have non stick baking sheet…do I need to use foil? 

  32. Never, ever right reviews for anything but These were delicious!! Loved the flavor!! Great grilled as well. 

  33. These were AWESOME!  

  34. OK, let me first state that I’ve wanted try roasted chicken wings for a bit. I love you recipe quite a bit a lot. But I have to watch sugar, fat, and salt in a major way for health reasons. Fried chicken is just not an option. So I took the essence of your technique and used Chuck Taggart’s salt free Creole seasoning recipe I got from gumbopages.com to make this. I did add salt (about a 2-3 teaspoons for 4 lbs of wings. I roasted these on racks just like you instructed and they were excellent. I know I didn’t follow your recipe because I need play around with your rub to make it OK for me. But thank you so much for posting this. These were so good that my fried chicken wing eatinghusband loved them.

    • Jonni, These wings are great! Make the dry rub as directed (its very good) and just adjust the salt and sugar.
      Also, invest in an Air Fryer!! You won’t have to give up “fried foods”.

  35. made these and they are really good. Doubled the seasoning b/c last time it was not enough. I think less brown sugar next time.

  36. I am excited to make these after reading all the fantastic reviews. Do the wings needs to turned half way through cooking in the oven?

  37. Can these be cooked in an air fryer well?

  38. YUM!! This is a fantastic recipe! Perfect for a football party! Not sure we will ever go back to saucy wings! 

  39. Can the wings be made a few days ahead of time

  40. This is a great rub! I made the wings and the reviews from the family were great. I also used the rub for large shrimp on the grill. I made sure to rinse and pat dry the shrimp before adding the rub and grilled them over medium heat for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side. They were quite tasty! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  41. Absolutely Delicious. Great alternative to fried wings

  42. Excellent dry rub for chicken wings! My picky son gobbled them up. I kept them in the oven about 20-30 minutes more for crispiness.

  43. Can these be grilled also. With it being summer time my grill is always ready for some wings.

    • Yes, absolutely! Heat up your grill over MED heat, and make sure it’s all the way up to temperature. Grill the wings about 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so. To be safe, check to make sure the wings are cooked to 165 F degrees 🙂

  44. absolutely amazing! Perfectly flavored, tender, and moist!

  45. OMG these wings are the best I’ve ever made. So quick and so easy.

  46. These were very good I thought that the combination of temperature and time were too long…they came sort of dry for me however if my wings were fatter it probably would have been fine. I would say check them at 30 minutes. Otherwise the taste was very good

  47. Fantastic!!! Make these y’all!!!

  48. I have literally everything to for the recipe! Except the cooling rack…Can I put them straight on the aluminum foil or will it not turn out quite the same??

  49. These were absolutely fantastic! Thank you for this rub recipe…. It was used for my first cook on my big green egg and I have to say, they were the most delicious wings I’ve ever had.  They weren’t too spicy either as my two little kids ate them too.

  50. I tried it out with family and friends, and we all give rave reviews to this recipe!  Loved the easy to follow instructions, how you organized the ingredients, and your tips.  If y’all haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!

  51. This rub recipe is stellar! We did not make the gorgonzola sauce. Also our wings were very big and took 55+ min in convection oven.

  52. Can Chipotle powder be used in place of ancho?

  53. Don’t confuse these with traditional buffalo wings. That being said, they are fantastic. I cook some great buffalo wings but I’ll be using this recipe instead for a quicker, easier, and still tasty option. I didn’t find they had enough heat but that is easily fixed. Really enjoyed trying these for our Superbowl party. Everyone loved them.

  54. These were a big hit at a recent party! The gorgonzola dipping sauce got really thin, Was it supposed to get that way?

  55. Yum!! These chicken wings look absolutely delicious!

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  57. I love the idea of a dry rub for chicken wings! They look insanely flavorful!

  58. All the wings please and that rub. Oh yeah.

  59. These sound fantastic! I am always looking for a good wing recipe and this is it.

  60. WOW!! Those look SO delicious!! Perfect for game day!!

  61. Dang, those look SO good! Pass me a plate!!

  62. Epic is right. These look magical. Like, my mouth is watering just from looking at the photos kind of magical. LOVE

  63. These are so easy to make…no fuss! I’m sure these go pretty quickly at any party!

  64. These are a must have at a super bowl party! And that gorgonzola dipping sauce sounds like something I need in my life ASAP!