Are you a wing lover? Then you will LOVE these crispy baked turkey wings! Super crispy skin, easy to make in the oven and gigantic wings are just so much more fun! Serve them up as a party appetizer tossed or dipped in your favorite wing sauce or serve as a main dish alongside your favorite sides. This turkey wing recipe sure is versatile!
Here’s Why You’ll Love Them
These crispy roasted turkey wings are like gigantic chicken wings – what’s not to love?! Dress them up like chicken wings by tossing or dipping in your favorite sauce or serve as a turkey dinner with gravy, cranberry sauce and all your favorite sides.
- Easy to make: This is a super easy turkey recipe. Just 10 minutes of prep time and then let the oven do the rest of the work!
- Super crispy and healthier than deep frying: No need to deal with the oily mess from deep frying. These turkey wings get super crispy by baking them right in the oven. So what’s the secret? Find out below!
- Crazy versatile! Serve them up as an appetizer or a main dish. Perfect for parties, game day, family game night, dinner or even as part of a small Thanksgiving meal. Woah! Talk about a versatile recipe!
Secret To Crispy Oven Baked Turkey Wings
So what’s the secret to making super crispy and delicious turkey wings that are baked instead of fried? There are a few tricks to achieving that crispy skin right in the oven!
The Secret Ingredient
Any guesses? The secret ingredient to super crispy baked wings is baking powder! Sounds strange but it really does make a difference. I even use some in the dry brine for my spatchcock turkey recipe. The baking powder raises the skin’s pH levels which allows the bonds in the skin to break down more efficiently. This results in crispy, browned skin. Don’t accidentally grab the baking soda! It will make your wings taste bad. Make sure to use aluminum free baking powder! It has a neutral taste.
Make Sure Wings Are Dry
Dry wings crisp up faster so make sure to pat them dry with a paper towel first. If you have the time and the fridge space, you can also let them air dry in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Bake On A Wire Rack
Placing the wings on an oven-safe wire rack set over a baking sheet allows the heat to circulate around them better and the fat to drip off.
Start Low And Then Crank That Heat Up!
Baking the turkey wings at a low temperature first allows the the fat under the skin to melt and render out. Then cranking up the temperature and roasting at high heat gives you that super crispy skin
Ingredients You’ll Need
Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this turkey wing recipe! Afterwards, you can dress them up with your favorite sauces and dips if you like.
- Split turkey wings (tips removed): I like to purchase split wings to make it easy. If you have whole turkey wings, cut them into sections first. Split them into wingettes (flats) and drumettes and save the tips for another use like turkey stock or turkey gravy.
- Baking powder: Use aluminum free baking powder. It has a neutral taste so you won’t taste it. DO NOT use baking soda by accident or your wings will have a disgusting metallic taste.
- Salt: I like to use either sea salt. or Himalayan pink salt.
Detailed ingredient list and directions located in the recipe card below.
Possible variation: You can also add in any other spices or dried herbs that you like.
All you need is a wire rack and a baking sheet for crispy oven baked turkey wings!
- Baking Sheet: A regular baking sheet (half-sheet sized).
- Wire Rack: An oven-safe, stainless steel wire rack that is designed to fit inside your baking sheet. Make sure the rack you use is oven safe to high temperatures. This wire rack is perfect for the job.
- Digital Meat Thermometer (optional): A digital meat thermometer is the best way to ensure that the wings are cooked through. However, I find that by the time the skin is nice and crispy that they are always fully cooked. Just in case you want to double check, they are safe to eat at 165F (74C) but tastier above 175F (79C). The Thermapen is my favorite fast and accurate thermometer.
How To Make Crispy Baked Turkey Wings
Let’s make some! This turkey wing recipe is super simple to make. Just 3 easy steps!
STEP 1: Dry off the turkey wings. Use paper towels to pat the wings dry and place in a large bowl.
STEP 2: Toss wings in baking powder and salt. Combine the baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the wings and toss to evenly coat. They will just be lightly dusted.
STEP 3: Bake! Line a baking sheet with foil and set an oven-safe wire rack on top. Brush or spray the rack with oil and arrange the wings on top in a single layer with some space between for heat circulation. Bake in a 300F (or 275F convection) oven for 20 minutes. Then increase the temperature to 450F (or 425F convection) and roast for 50-60 minutes, flipping halfway through (or until golden brown and crispy).
Dig in! Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. Then toss in your favorite wing sauce or serve them as is with your favorite dips or sides.
Storage + Reheating
These definitely taste best when served fresh and usually disappear pretty quickly. However, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. To reheat, place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and pop the wings in for a few minutes on each side until hot.
Ways To Serve Them
These turkey wings are super versatile and can be served up in a number of ways:
- Serve as an appetizer: Perfect party food! Great for a game day party, family game night or anytime you are having a casual get together with friends. Just dress them up like chicken wings by tossing or dipping in your favorite wing sauce with some carrot and celery sticks as well as some blue cheese or ranch dip served alongside.
- Serve as a main course: Make it a meal by serving with your favorite sides. Some ideas include: any type of potato (mashed, wedges, baked, etc.), rice, garlic butter green beans, or one of these salads.
- Serve as part of a small Thanksgiving or holiday dinner: Planning a small Thanksgiving or holiday meal? Skip the whole turkey and just serve up these turkey wings instead. It’s easier and less expensive than roasting and carving a whole turkey. Serve with your favorite turkey dinner sides!
Baking powder helps to make the skin crispy and who doesn’t love crispy skin?! It raises the skin’s pH levels which allows the bonds to break down more easily and also creates a layer of tiny bubbles. The result is crispier, more evenly browned skin.
NO!!! Do not accidentally grab baking soda. The wings will have a horrible metallic taste. Make sure to use aluminum free baking powder. It has a neutral taste.
About 1 ½ hours – 10 minutes of prep, 20 minutes baked on low heat and then roughly 1 hour (or less) roasting on high heat, flipping halfway through. Exact timing will depend on the size of your wings and how crispy you like them.
No! Wings must be fully thawed first.
Definitely! You can add some of your favorite spices and dried herbs in with the baking powder and salt mixture.
There could be a few reasons why things are getting smoky. Make sure that no part of the wings are hanging over the edge of the baking sheet since fat dripping onto the bottom of the oven will definitely smoke up. Another reason for the smoke could be pre-existing grease in the oven that burns up at the high temperatures. If neither one of these reasons apply and you are still experiencing smoke, you can pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of the baking sheet to prevent drippings from smoking. Just make sure that the water doesn’t touch the wings or they won’t get crispy.
It sure can! The rough rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon of baking powder plus ¼ teaspoon of salt for each pound of wings.
Are you a wing lover? Then you will LOVE these crispy baked turkey wings! They are easy to make in the oven and super crispy (thanks to a special ingredient and a low/high baking method). And gigantic wings are also just so much fun!
- 8 split turkey wing pieces, tips removed (or 4 whole turkey wings – cut into drumettes and flats)
- 4 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Prep: Preheat oven to 300F/150C (275F convection). Line a baking sheet with foil and place an oven-safe wire rack on top. Brush or spray the rack with oil to keep wings from sticking.
- Dry wings: Dry the wings off really well with paper towels and place in a large bowl.
- Season: Combine the baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the wings and toss to evenly coat. They will just be lightly dusted.
- Bake: Arrange the wings on the wire rack in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes at the low temperature. Then, while leaving the wings in the oven, increase the temperature to 450F/230C (425F convection). Roast for 30 minutes, flip wings and roast for another 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Timing will depend on the size of your turkey wings and how crispy you like them!
- Serve: Remove from oven and let the turkey wings rest for 5 minutes before serving. Dress them up like chicken wings by tossing or dipping in your favorite sauce or serve as a turkey dinner with all your favorite sides.
- DO NOT use baking soda! Baking soda will give the wings a horrible metallic taste. Make sure to use aluminum free baking powder which has a neutral taste.
- Purchase split wings: I like to purchase split turkey wings to make things easier. However, if you can only find whole turkey wings, cut them first into drumettes and wingettes (flats) and reserve the tips for other uses like turkey stock.
- Baking powder to salt ratio: This recipe can easily be scaled to different quantities of wings. As written, it uses 8 split turkey wing pieces (or 4 whole turkey wings) which is approx. 3-4 lbs depending on size. The rough rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon baking powder + ¼ teaspoon salt for each pound of wings.
- Air Dry In Fridge: If you have the time and fridge space, you can place the uncovered baking sheet with the seasoned wings in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This really dries out the skin so it crisps up a bit faster.
- Optional: Add spices and herbs: Additional spices and dried herbs can be added in with the baking powder/salt mixture if you like.
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