Whether for game day or a hearty snack, these quick and simple Chili Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings are sure to be a hit.
We are not a house full of football fans, but when the Super Bowl comes around, I jump on the excuse to make a spread of appetizers and have a Sunday Snack dinner. (Not that I couldn’t do that on any other Sunday…) These wings are always a part of our snack dinner menu because they’re hearty and super tasty.
The spice rub is super flavorful, but contains no brown sugar so you don’t have to worry about the sugar burning in a hot oven.
It also works on just about any kind of chicken, so if you can’t find chicken wings or want to save money buying lesser expensive pieces of chicken, feel free to buy what you like! Bone-in, skin-on chicken works best. I love chicken drumsticks or thighs instead of wings, both of which are much more budget friendly options.
What You Need
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
- Vegetable oil, or other neutral oil
- Chicken wings (fresh or frozen)
How to Make Chili Rubbed Chicken Wings
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and salt. Set aside.
Place chicken wings in a large bowl. Drizzle wings with oil and toss to coat.
Sprinkle spice mixture over wings. Toss well to coat.
Spread the wings out in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Flip wings over. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the wing reads 170 degrees.
For crispy wings, place them under the broiler for 4-5 minutes after baking.
Enjoy with roasted red pepper dip or ranch dressing.
Roasted Red Pepper Dip for Wings
My quick and easy roasted red pepper dip is THE BEST dip for these wings. It’s flavorful, cool, and creamy and pairs perfectly with Chili Rubbed Chicken Wings. Don’t want to make another recipe? Ranch dressing is a great, store-bought option.
Tips on Chili Rubbed Chicken Wings
Add in the optional cayenne pepper to the spice mix before tossing with the wings! Double the amount if you like super spicy wings. As written, the cayenne will give the wings a little kick without being too hot. (More of a medium heat level.)
Any small pieces of chicken work great with this recipe. I use chicken drumsticks or thighs if I don’t want to pay the high price of chicken wings.
I like a super neutral-tasting oil such as canola oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil. Feel free to use olive oil if that’s what you have on hand.
Boneless chicken wings are chunks of chicken breast, covered in breading and spices and cooked - either baked or fried. To make boneless wings, follow my recipe for Easy Chicken Nuggets and add in the spice mixture from this recipe. (Skip the oil.)