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Crispy Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Looking for how to season chicken wings? This Crispy Dry Rub recipe has the best homemade spice blend. These party wings have the flavor of smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and more.

dry rub chicken wings on a plate

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You would be shocked by how epic your wings turn out when you use your own blend of spices. You are in direct control of the flavor. That’s what I love most!

raw chicken wings, dry rub spices, and flour in separate bowls

What Does Dry Rub Mean?

A dry rub is a blend of dry spices and herbs that is applied and rubbed onto the surface of the food to add flavor before cooking. This helps amplify the flavors of the spices and herbs. You can allow the wings to rest in the rub (refrigerated for 30 minutes to overnight) if you want the flavor to really penetrate into the chicken. This is completely optional.

The purpose of a dry rub is to create a crust around the chicken or meat. A dry rub will enhance the flavor of the chicken without using moisture or a liquid marinade. Rubs are usually a little more coarse than simply adding seasoning.

The main difference between a dry rub and a marinade is the absence of moisture. A marinade will tenderize the meat. A dry rub does not.

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.

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 with spices and flour in a glass bowl

What Does a Homemade Dry Rub Taste Like?

This rub has the flavor of smoked paprika, a hint of sweetness from brown sugar or sweetener along with garlic powder, chili powder, and onion powder. Get my Dry Rub for Chicken Recipe here.

How to Make the Rub Spicy

Add cayenne pepper to taste. I typically add at least a teaspoon.

raw chicken wings with spices and flour in a glass bowl
raw chicken wings with spices and flour in a glass bowl

How to Make Crispy Dry Rub 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 flour, smoked paprika, brown sugar or sweetener, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  3. Bake or air fry.
raw chicken wings in air fryer
dry rub floured chicken wings on a sheet pan

How to Substitute Flour

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.

How to Reheat the Wings

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

dry rub chicken wings in an air fryer

How to Make them Naked Without Breading

You make naked wings by simply omitting the flour. The cook time of the chicken will remain the same.

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is in the oven or in the air fryer. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can reheat them on 350 degrees until warm.

dry rub chicken wings on a plate

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.

Freezer Tips

I love to freeze these ahead of time to have on deck for quick and easy meals. Defrost the wings overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer or in the oven on 350 degrees until warm.

Substitutions and More Ways to Season the Wings

Homemade BBQ Rub and Seasoning
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Rub
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
Homemade Blackened Seasoning
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Cajun Seasoning

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast

dry rub chicken wings on a plate

More Dry Rub Wings Recipes

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Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings

Flavored Wings Recipes

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Sweet Chili Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Garlic Parmesan Wings
Honey BBQ Wings
Keto Low Carb Chicken Wings (Maple BBQ)

dry rub chicken wings on a plate
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Crispy Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Looking for how to season chicken wings? This Crispy Dry Rub recipe has the best homemade spice blend. These party wings have the flavor of smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and more.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword dry rub chicken wings, dry rub wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Oven and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour and all of the spices to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings. Spritz the chicken wings with cooking oil.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings. Spritz with cooking oil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken is crisp and cooked through. Ensure the chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour and all of the spices to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and cooked through. Ensure the chicken reaches a minimum 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 swap the all-purpose flour for baking powder. You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.
  • 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.
  • 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, the spices alone will provide flavor, but it needs to be amplified with salt.
  • Start with 1/4 cup of flour and add additional flour if necessary. The chicken should be fully coated.
  • If you see white areas of flour on the wings, spritz the areas with oil.
  • Foil can be substituted for parchment paper while baking. Your cook time may change, so keep an eye out on the wings while they bake. They will need to reach a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Want to make them spicy? Add Srirarcha, cayenne pepper or Cajun Seasoning. So good! I typically add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 31g
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Recipe Rating




Chris David

Monday 11th of April 2022

Really delicious recipe. I love it yummy!!! It's really awesome. Will surely try this.

staysnatched

Monday 11th of April 2022

I'm glad you think it's yummy.

Abigail

Friday 1st of April 2022

Sooo good. Best wings I’ve made!

staysnatched

Monday 11th of April 2022

I'm glad to hear they were the best!

Kristal

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

I made these tonight for dinner and they were a hit!! I used the oven method that was outlined in the directions and used baking powder instead of flour, along with spraying them with olive oil before baking they were the crispiest most flavorful oven wings I’ve ever made!!

staysnatched

Friday 11th of March 2022

So glad to hear that!

AG

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Who knew it was so easy to make a dry rub?! Made these for a quick dinner and they are delicious!

Sydney

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Your wings don’t ever miss!!!!! Soo easy and simple to make.

staysnatched

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!