Dry Rub Wings

Make these flavorful dry rub wings whenever you need a tasty game day appetizer that won't take long to make. These are always a hit and are finger-lickin' good!

A plate of dry rub chicken wings garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley, served on a light-colored plate.
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Dry Rub Wings Recipe

Crispy wings are by far one of the most popular game day foods out there. They're easy to serve and you can customize them so easily so that everyone gets the spice level that they want.

That's why I love making dry rub wings at home. This basic dry rub seasoning goes wonderful with all of your favorite wing sauce and dipping sauce. It seasons the crispy skin so well but is still basic enough to pair with any sauce you want.

You can fill out your appetizer table with so many yummy foods like chips and guac, pizza muffins, and these yummy wings. Store-bought stuff is no longer needed when you have recipes this yummy that are SO easy to make!

This mouthwatering homemade dry rub recipe is made with pantry staples that you likely already have too. So just toss everything together and then cook the wings to crispy perfection in the oven, air fryer, or on the grill. Easy peasy!

Raw chicken wings on a baking tray beside a bowl of seasoning and parsley on a kitchen counter.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

Homemade chicken wings are now a go-to because they are truly so easy to make and have the best flavor. I rarely buy wings from a restaurant anymore, and I bet once you try this recipe you'll love it too.

  • Cooking chicken wings at home is much more affordable than ordering from a restaurant. You can make way more wings for the price you'd pay at a store or restaurant.
  • This recipes has tons of flavor! You don't have to enjoy the big game with subpar food. Recipes like this one will have you wanting to make extras just so that you can keep eating them until you're stuffed to the brim!
  • Easily double or triple this recipe and make as many pound of wings as you need. Just keep in mind that you may need to cook them in batches, so plan ahead if you're making these to serve at a party.
Top view of a wooden bowl filled with various spices and seasonings, alongside a bunch of parsley and measuring spoons, on a light blue surface.

Ingredients

Make this easy recipe with just a few simple ingredients. You likely already have the dry rub ingredients in your spice cabinet! Here's a list of everything you'll need to make the best wings:

  • chicken wings
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • chipotle powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Substitutions and Variations

You can actually use this chicken wing seasoning blend on any type of chicken! If you can't track down fresh chicken wings, use this blend on chicken drumsticks, whole chicken, chicken thighs or any cut of meat.

Chili powder and cayenne pepper can both be used as a substitute for chipotle powder.

Feel free to make the dry rub more smokey with some smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.

A plate of dry rub chicken wings garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley.

How to Make Dry Rub Wings

Make perfect dry rub wings every single time when you follow these simple steps. Here's how to make homemade wings:

Combine garlic powder, paprika, chipotle powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir well until fully combined.

Wooden bowl containing various spices including paprika, salt, sugar, and black pepper.
A wooden bowl with a chicken dry rub mixed together with a spoon.

Place the chicken wings onto a baking sheet and then pat them dry with paper towels. Separate the whole chicken wings into flats and drumettes by cutting vertically through the joint.

A chicken wing dry rub being scooped out of a wooden bowl with a spoon.

Then take the seasoning and sprinkle half of it over the wings and rub it in with your hands. Flip each of the wings over and then repeat with the remaining rub.

Raw chicken wings seasoned with dry rub on a baking sheet, alongside fresh parsley and a bowl of additional spices.

Choose your favorite cooking method and then cook the wings to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Oven Baked Wings

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) while you prepare the wings with the instructions listed above.

Raw chicken breasts seasoned with spices on a metal baking tray, next to a wooden bowl with additional spices and a spoon.

Then line a clean baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the seasoned wings in a single layer across the baking sheet.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the wings are golden brown and the skin is crispy.

Air Fryer Wings

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 3-5 minutes while you season your chicken wings.

Then spray the air fryer basket with non stick spray and lay the chicken wings in a single layer across the bottom.

Golden-brown drumsticks seasoned with a dry rub arranged in a black air fryer basket on a light blue surface.

Cook for 18-20 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake the basket or flip each of the wings.

Once cooked through and crispy, allow the air fryer chicken wings to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Grilled Chicken Wings

While prepping the wings, preheat your grill to a medium heat. Just before you place the wings on the grill, oil the grates well so that the chicken wings don't stick.

Place the wings over direct heat and grill for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally so that both sides of the wings cook evenly.

For grilled wings, you'll want to add sauce to them with a basting brush before removing from the grill! Grab your favorite sauce and brush a generous amount onto each wing in the last few minutes of cooking and be sure to flip and cook both sides.

Remove from the grill and serve with additional sauce if desired.

Dry rub chicken drumsticks with seasoning on an air fryer tray.

How to Store Chicken Wings

Place leftover chicken wings into an airtight container and allow them to cool completely before putting the lid on. This helps prevent condensation from growing in the container which will make the wings soggy. If you need to stack the leftover wings, then be sure to place parchment paper in between the layers.

Refrigerate for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, place back into the oven or in the air fryer until they reach temp!

What to Serve with Dry Rub Wings

I love to serve my wings with my favorite dipping sauce. Ranch dressing is a favorite, but I'll actually even dip wing in whipped feta dip too! You could also dip in some blue cheese dressing. A veggie tray also goes so well with chicken wings.

Some french fries or roasted potatoes would be a tasty side with wings too.

Tips for Success

Check out these few tips so that you wings turn out extra tasty and super duper crispy:

Plate of dry rub chicken drumsticks garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley, viewed from above.
  • If you are using the oven method to make dry rub wings, you may have better success placing a wire rack on a baking sheet! This will keep the wings elevated and help ensure they crisp up on all sides.
  • When cooking wings in an air fryer, it is important that you do not overload the basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. There needs to be space between each wing so that the hot air can circulate evenly.
  • Make sure to pat dry the wings with paper towels to remove excess moisture before seasoning. This will ensure that they seasoning mix sticks to the wings!

FAQ

How do you make seasoning stick better?

If patting dry the wings still doesn't get the dry rub to stick well, then consider lightly basting each wing in olive oil or avocado oil before adding the seasoning!

Should I flip my wings in the oven?

Yes. It is recommended that you flip your chicken wings at least once when baking them in oven.

More Game Day Recipes

A plate of dry rub chicken wings garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley, served on a light-colored plate.

Dry Rub Wings

These easy and delicious dry rub wings are by far one of the best game day recipes you can make! You'll love these flavorful chicken wings.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 wings

Ingredients

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Chicken Wings

  • 24 chicken wings
  • 5 tablespoons dry rub

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, paprika, chipotle powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir together until fully combined.
  • Place the chicken wings onto a baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels. Separate the flats and drumettes, if desired, by cutting vertically through the joint.
  • Sprinkle half the rub over the wings and rub in with your hands, then flip them over and repeat with the remaining rub.
  • Bake, grill or air fry the wings. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Oven Baked Wings

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) while you prepare the wings with the instructions listed above.
  • Then line a clean baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the seasoned wings in a single layer across the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the wings are golden brown and the skin is crispy.

Air Fryer Wings

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 3-5 minutes while you season your chicken wings.
  • Then spray the air fryer basket with non stick spray and lay the chicken wings in a single layer across the bottom.
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake the basket or flip each of the wings.
  • Once cooked through and crispy, allow the air fryer chicken wings to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Grilled Chicken Wings

  • While prepping the wings, preheat your grill to a medium heat. Just before you place the wings on the grill, oil the grates well so that the chicken wings don't stick.
  • Place the wings over direct heat and grill for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally so that both sides of the wings cook evenly.
  • For grilled wings, you'll want to add sauce to them with a basting brush before removing from the grill! Grab your favorite sauce and brush a generous amount onto each wing in the last few minutes of cooking and be sure to flip and cook both sides.
  • Remove from the grill and serve with additional sauce if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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