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Easy Naked Chicken Wings

This Easy Naked Chicken Wings recipe is made without flour, breading, or any coating. Grab your bone-in wings and season them with ranch seasoning, Cajun spices, or a dry rub for flavor.

naked chicken wings in a bowl with ranch dressing

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What are Naked Wings?

Naked wings are not breaded. There’s no flour or baking powder coating added to the chicken. A great example is buffalo wings, which are almost never breaded. They are seasoned and cooked and then drizzled in buffalo sauce.

Naked wings are also served without any sauce at all, they can be seasoned with a dry rub and spices.

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 bowl with 2 bowls of spices

How to Season the Wings

You can season these any way you like. My favorite spices to use are my Homemade Ranch Seasoning, Dry Rub for Chicken Wings, and New Orleans Cajun Seasoning and Rub.

How to Make Naked 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.
  2. Add your spice blend of choice. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  3. Bake or air fry.
raw naked chicken wings in air fryer
raw naked chicken wings on sheet pan

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).

naked chicken wings in an air fryer

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.

naked chicken wings in a bowl with ranch dressing

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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person holding naked chicken wing

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person holding naked chicken wing with ranch dressing

Easy Naked Chicken Wings

This Easy Naked Chicken Wings recipe is made without flour, breading, or any coating. Grab your bone-in wings and season them with ranch seasoning, Cajun spices, or a dry rub for flavor.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword naked chicken wings, naked wings, what are naked wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 445kcal

Ingredients

Ranch Seasoning (Option 1)

Dry Rub (Option 2) Feel free to use any store bought rub.

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 spices to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and 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 Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the spices to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 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 spices to wings. 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).
     
     
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 30g
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