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Easy Baked Turkey Wings

This Crispy Baked Turkey Wings recipe will show you how to cook the best oven roasted wings that will literally fall off the bone. This tender meat it a staple dish for any soul food spread. 

baked turkey wing with white rice

Baking wings for Sunday dinners or the holidays just got a lot easier!

Why Turkey Wings?

A lot of us don’t like to make a whole turkey. There are also many of us that do not eat all of the meat on the turkey. We all have our favorites! And also, if 2020 taught us nothing, it showed us sometimes we will have to spend holidays and celebrate special times with much smaller gatherings. A recipe like this is perfect for smaller groups.

A lot of people also complain turkey is dry! We all know wings aren’t. So these are absolutely perfect for any spread.

Turkey is usually considered a lean meat in comparison to most. It has a lot less calories and can be paired with just about any side dish.

Where to Buy

Some standard grocers will keep brands like Butterball and Jenni-O on hand year round. Many retailers only carry them seasonally around fall. A local butcher is usually really helpful.

raw split turkey wings in a glass bowl

Do You Use Whole Wings or Split?

This is up to you. Split wings (split into drums and flats) will cook at a more even temperature. This is also better for even browning of the skin. I use these cooking shears from Amazon to cut into the wings and split them.

The wing is is made up of 3 parts: the drumette, the wingette, and the wing tip. The drumette looks like a small drumstick and usually has more meat.  It’s mostly dark meat, and is slightly juicier than the wingette.

The wingette is often called the flat, is the middle section that is made of two bones running horizontally through the middle of it with meat in the middle.  Because it’s thinner, this part normally crisps up easier when cooking them with the thicker drumette portions.

The wing tip doesn’t have much flavor, but you can save it if you plan to make homemade broth.

You can separate the wings yourself by cutting at the elbow joint to separate the drum from the wingette. From there you can remove the wing tip to display a flat if you wish.

sliced onions, broth, and spices in separate bowls

How to Make Baked Turkey Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

  1. Place sliced onions into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Place the wings in the dish and drizzle both sides of the wings olive oil and then sprinkle the spices onto both sides of the wings.
  3. Rub the spices into the wings.
  4. Pour the broth along the edges of the baking dish.
  5. Bake.
baked turkey wings in a baking dish

How Long to Bake

Bake the wings for 2 hours.

baked turkey wings in foil

How to Tell When the Turkey is Done

You will need to use a meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of one the turkey wings. According to the USDA, Poultry must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How to Get Crispy Skin

The wings are baked and covered at a lower temperature initially, in order to cook the turkey throughout. After the wings have baked for an hour and a half, remove the wings from the baking dish. Adjust the heat on the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and then place a wire wrack on top. Place the wings on the rack and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until crisp. The air flow will crisp the chicken.

How to Give Them Smoky Flavor

I like to use smoked paprika to accomplish this. You can also drizzle a teaspoon of liquid smoke over the wings prior to adding the spices.

baked turkey wing with white rice

Can You Use Turkey Legs or Drumsticks?

Yes. Turkey legs will follow a similar cook time and at the same temperature.

Can You Use Chicken Wings?

Absolutely. You can also use chicken drumsticks. Be sure to test if the chicken is done my inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest parts of one of the pieces of chicken. Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

How to Store Them

Cooked wings can be stored in the fridge tightly covered for 3-4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftover wings tightly covered and sealed. For best taste, they will last up to 3 months. Defrost the wings overnight in the fridge and reheat.

What to Pair With These Wings

Southern Soul Food Mac and Cheese
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Southern Baked Ham With Pineapple
Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Southern Mustard Greens
Southern Okra and Tomatoes
Southern Style Green Beans
Southern Baked Beans
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Scalloped Corn
Seafood Mac and Cheese
Baked Crab Legs
Air Fryer Crab Legs
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

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Air Fryer Turkey Wings
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Cajun Spiced Roasted Turkey
Leftover Turkey Chili

Leftover Turkey Nachos
Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Stuffed Turkey Legs

Check out our list of the Best Authentic Soul Food Recipes here.

Easy Baked Turkey Wings

This Crispy Baked Turkey Wings recipe will show you how to cook the best oven roasted wings that will literally fall off the bone. This tender meat it a staple dish for any soul food spread. 
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword baked turkey, baked turkey wings, turkey wings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 283kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced onions I used white onions.
  • 3-4 pounds turkey wings Whole or split.
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil Use enough to coat each wing.
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried or ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey broth
  • foil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the sliced onions into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Pat the wings dry. Place the wings in the dish and drizzle both sides of the wings olive oil and then sprinkle the spices onto both sides of the wings. Be sure to use enough spices to cover the skin of both sides of the wings. Add additional as necessary to prevent bland wings.
  • Rub the spices into the wings.
  • Pour the broth along the edges of the baking dish, avoid pouring it directly onto the wings (which will remove the spices).
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for an hour and a half.
  • Remove the foil and allow the wings to bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until the skin is crisp. You can test if the wings have finished cooking by using a meat thermometer. Test the thickest part of the wing and ensure the turkey has reached a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.
    See notes for how to make wings with really crispy skin.
  • Cool before serving.

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Notes

  • Turkey legs will follow a similar cook time and at the same temperature.
  • You can also use chicken drumsticks. Be sure to test if the chicken is done my inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest parts of one of the pieces of chicken. Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
     
  • You will need to use a meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of one the turkey wings. According to the USDA, Poultry must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • The wings are baked and covered at a lower temperature initially, in order to cook the turkey throughout. After the wings have baked for an hour and a half, remove the wings from the baking dish. Adjust the heat on the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and then place a wire wrack on top. Place the wings on the rack and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until crisp. The air flow will crisp the chicken.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1split wing | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g
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