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Easy Cajun Chicken Wings

This Easy Cajun Chicken Wings recipe is made with a homemade New Orleans-Style dry rub and with plenty of spice. If you love the wings at Wingstop you will love these! We love to drizzle them in additional hot sauce.

Cajun chicken wings in a bowl with french fries

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What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even and consistent temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

raw chicken wings in a glass bowl

What is Cajun Seasoning

Many of the flavors found within Cajun cuisine come from a mix of other cuisines. Cajun cooking can be found within the bayous of Louisiana and definitely within New Orleans. You will typically find a mix of Native American, West African, and Caribbean influences that have merged with a French cooking style.

If you’re looking for spicy, opt for Cajun. That is what differentiates it from Creole seasoning, which focuses more on flavor. Cajun Seasoning is often spicy (to some) with an emphasis on peppers, white pepper, black peppers, cayenne pepper, and often bell peppers within a cooked dish. It also has hints of paprika and garlic.

It’s often used in Jambalaya, gumbo, and Étouffée.

homemade Cajun seasoning and rub in a white bowl

Homemade Cajun Rub Ingredients

You can use a store-bought rub or use the spices included in the recipe card below at the bottom of the post. The advantage to making your own seasoning is you can control how spicy the blend is and how salty it is.

A lot of store-bought versions sometimes have excess sodium and can be salty which means I often cut back on how much I use and which will also reduce the overall Cajun flavor. Here are the ingredients I use in my Homemade Cajun Rub and Seasoning:

raw chicken wings seasoned in Cajun rub in a glass bowl

White Pepper

Both white and black pepper comes from the berries of the pepper plant. White pepper comes from the berries that are picked at full ripeness. The berries are then soaked in water to ferment and the outer layer is removed leaving only the inner seed. Removing the skin removes some of the flavor making it milder than black pepper.

White pepper is commonly used in French cooking. As noted above, Cajun cooking has a huge French influence. If you want to get the flavor without the “peppery heat” or color of black pepper, you’ll want to use white pepper. White pepper tastes somewhat earthy. It’s a classic ingredient, but you can omit it if you wish.

You can read more about White Pepper vs Black Pepper here.

How to Make Cajun Chicken Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  2. Add the Cajun rub to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  3. Bake or air fry.
raw chicken wings on a sheet pan

Are the Wings Spicy?

Cajun Seasoning is known for being a spice with bold flavor. The great thing about making your own seasoning or rub is you control how spicy it is. The spice with the most heat in this recipe is cayenne. Add more or less of it to suit your taste. I have often found some Cajun seasoning and dishes to be spicy hot, while others are mild.

Store-bought seasonings usually include salt and can be overly salty. The key to making this work for you is balance and to use your judgment based on what you like.

Cajun chicken wings in an air fryer

Bake or Air Fry the Wings

The instructions below in the recipe card include full details for both cooking methods.

How to Make Breaded Wings

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).

Cajun chicken wings in a bowl with french fries

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is on the grill or in the air fryer or oven. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can use the same cook temperature and reheat the wings until warm.

Freezer Tips

Leftover wings can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and follow the instructions above to reheat.

Cajun chicken wings in a bowl with french fries

Can You Use Other Types of Chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenderschicken breasts, or chicken thighs will work. Click the links to check out my other recipes for cook time.

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Cajun chicken wings in a bowl with french fries
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Easy Cajun Chicken Wings

This Easy Cajun Chicken Wings recipe is made with a homemade New Orleans-Style dry rub and with plenty of spice. If you love the wings at Wingstop you will love these! We love to drizzle them in additional hot sauce.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Cajun, Southern
Keyword cajun chicken wings, cajun dry rub wings, cajun wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 215kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Cajun Rub

Instructions

Baked Wings

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place it in a large bowl or plastic bag. Bake or air fry. Season the chicken wings with the Cajun rub seasoning. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings to the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the wings.
  • Bake for an additional 15-25 minutes. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Air Fryer Wings

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it in a large bowl or plastic bag. Bake or air fry. Season the chicken wings with the Cajun rub seasoning. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • If necessary, spray your air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Notes

  • As a rule of thumb, when applying a rub you should apply enough to fully coat the chicken or meat. You don’t want to see any empty spots. Add more spices if necessary.
  • You can substitute regular paprika if you wish, but the smoked paprika definitely takes these to the next level.
  • You can use actual wings (instead of drums and flats) if you wish, you may need to adjust the number of ingredients needed to fully coat your wings.
  • You can make breaded wings using 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).
  • Salt is key for adding additional flavor to the wings. I typically use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe. I generally allow readers to salt to taste and their preference, considering what their diet allows. Keep in mind, that the spices alone will provide flavor, but it needs to be amplified with salt.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g
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Recipe Rating




Jackie

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

The wings I used were on the small side so they cooked a lot quicker than the time here but this seasoning mix is on point! So good! This will definitely be a staple for me

staysnatched

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Glad to hear that.

DeErica

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

I just made these tonight and the flavor was spot on, just the right amount of spice. Glad I went out to buy the white pepper, first time buying/trying it.

staysnatched

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Wonderful! So glad you tried it.