Beer and chicken wings go together with football like chips and queso, so of course our fall menu lineup includes my homemade wings, generally about once a week. For simplicity we purchase our raw wings from Costco for under $2.00/pound, where they are already prepackaged in a little over a pound increments. This makes throwing 7 pounds of wings straight into the freezer super easy!

After a long week of work obligations and life I look forward to our slow Sundays – they usually include church, horseback riding for me, and some lazy time in front of the TV watching whatever football games may be on.

For the longest period of time Kevin would try and deep fry his wings to get them super crispy (he prefers his wings burnt). One Sunday I was baking my wings to make them Whole 30 compliant, and a new love affair was born – Kevin realized I could get my wings crispier with my baking technique.

So if you’re a fan of super crispy wings and looking for a way to cut some calories, keep on reading!

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Super Crispy Baked Chicken Wings


1-2 pounds raw chicken wings

1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Several tablespoons butter (depending on your spice preference, more butter = less spice)

2 tablespoons avocado oil

2 teaspoons garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Rinse your raw chicken wings in a colander with cold water. Line a baking sheet with 2 layers of paper towels, and place your rinsed wings in a single layer on the paper towels. Place in your refrigerator for at least an hour. This allows the wings to dry out really well, resulting in a crispier wing! The longer you allow them to dry out, the better.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Remove your wings from the fridge and place in a bowl. Coat lightly with your avocado oil, and add your garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix everything up!
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil, and top with a cookie cooling sheet (we use this one). This keeps the wings from soaking in the grease, another tip that makes for crispy wings. 
  4. Bake your wings for 25 minutes, then flip and cook for another 25 minutes.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, mix your Frank’s Red Hot sauce with butter. Microwave just enough to melt the butter (about 15- 20 seconds).
  6. Remove your wings from the oven and place in a large bowl. Coat your wings with your sauce from step #5. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  7. For a less saucy wing, we then take our wings and put them back in the oven for 3-5 minutes in a single layer on the baking sheet. This allows the sauce to really bake into the wing!
  8. If I’m feeling really crazy, I add a little additional parmesan cheese to the wings once I have them plated.
  9. Serve with sliced carrots, celery, and a side of blue cheese dressing! Enjoy 🙂

This is not a quick, easy meal by any means. It requires quite a few hours to make, but can be very manageable if planned for in advance. This recipe includes our favorite sauce, but feel free to substitute others, like BBQ or a dry rub.

What’s your favorite football food? Share in the comments!


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