Crispy Dry Rub Chicken Wings


  • 2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (NOT baking soda, as it’s crucial for the crispy texture)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Air fryer or oven
  • Large bowl
  • Baking sheet (if using an oven)


For Air Frying:

  1. Prepare the Wings:
    • Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. This is essential to ensure they get crispy.
    • In a large bowl, mix together the baking powder and all the spices until well combined.
    • Add the chicken wings to the spice mixture and toss until they are evenly coated.
  2. Cook the Wings:
    • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
    • Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not touching. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
    • Cook for about 25-30 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through the cooking time, until they are crispy and fully cooked.

For Oven Baking:

  1. Prepare the Wings:
    • Follow the same preparation steps as for air frying.
    • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat for easy cleanup.
  2. Cook the Wings:
    • Arrange the wings in a single layer on the baking sheet.
    • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the wings are golden brown and crispy.

Tips for Perfect Crispy Dry Rub Wings:

  • Baking Powder: Ensure to use aluminum-free baking powder to avoid any metallic taste.
  • Dry Thoroughly: The drier the wings before seasoning, the crispier the outcome.
  • Spacing: Whether air frying or baking, make sure the wings are not crowded. Good air circulation is key to achieving crispiness.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve these crispy wings with dipping sauces on the side, such as ranch, blue cheese, or a simple spicy mayo. They are also fantastic on their own, thanks to the flavorful dry rub.
  • A side of celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a cool dip can balance the spiciness of the wings.

Crispy dry rub chicken wings are not only delicious but also a healthier option compared to deep-fried wings. Whether you choose to air fry or bake them, you’ll end up with mouth-watering wings that are perfect for any occasion. Enjoy your cooking!

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