Dry rub chicken wings are rubbed with a smoky and sweet coating then baked to crispy perfection.
Kicking off this Mitten Movie Night with a chicken wing recipe that will make sure you don’t miss saucy wings at all.
When I was thinking about what to make this weekend, I remembered some really great wings that we had in Florida. While there, we stayed in a condo so we hit the local Costco and grabbed some already made-up dishes from the deli area to save money on eating out. That is where we got these tasty chicken wings from. We heated them up in the oven and paired them with a giant salad.
When we got home sadly our local Costco did not have them. So light bulb moment, I will make my own dry rub chicken wings at home!
Full disclosure, I have never made wings before. If you read my post about Wing Sauce Sliders, you would know why and how I just finally came around to buffalo sauce, let alone chicken wings. But I was willing to give them a try because they smelled so good and they didn’t disappoint.
So off to the internet I went to check out how some of my favorite bloggers make dry rub chicken wings. Then since I don’t have a grill, how to bake chicken wings.
What beer pairs well with dry rub chicken wings?
The beer: Greenbush Brewing, Star Chicken Shotgun.
These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubby’s favorite style of beer, an IPA.
Poultry and IPA’s work well together but add the spice of the rub and crispy skin and you have a perfect combination.
How to make dry rub chicken wings
For the rub, I visited Bewitchin’ Kitchen and followed the recipe for Sweet n’ Smoky Rib Rub. It had all the spices I thought were in the rub I was basing these on. It turned out great, and I didn’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients. I had all of them in my spice cabinet.
Next, I headed over to The Chunky Chef’s site and followed the directions for baked chicken wings from her Epic Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings recipe.
To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil.
Sprinkle the wings with the dry rub over the top.
Then rub all the wings with that good flavor.
On a prepared cookie sheet, put down aluminum foil and a wire baking rack.
Lay the seasoned wings on the baking rack and put them into a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes. Be prepared because if you make these the house will smell downright amazing!
Once the chicken was done, I decided to use a part of The Suburban Soapbox’s Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe.
At the end of the recipe, it called for melting 4 Tbs of butter. Pour it over the chicken.
Toss to coat the chicken with butter.
Should you season wings before cooking?
Yes. Keep the seasoning simple before cooking if covering the wings in a sauce after cooking so that it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the sauce that you use. If using a dry rub, add the seasoning before cooking.
Can I use frozen chicken wings instead of fresh ones?
Yes. Follow the package directions to thaw the wings before adding the dry rub to them.
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Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into.
And here you are……..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Dry Rub Chicken Wings
- 4 pounds chicken wings I used fresh but you could use frozen, just follow package directions for thawing them
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, peppers, coarse kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne powder, and cumin in a small bowl.
- To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil. Sprinkle the wings with the dry rub over the top. Then rub all the wings with that good flavor.
- On a prepared cookie sheet, cover with aluminum foil and add a baking rack. Lay the wings on the baking rack, then put them into a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes.
- When chicken is done, melt 4 Tbs of butter. Toss to coat the chicken with butter.
- Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy!
- You can use frozen chicken wings for this recipe just make sure to thaw them out according to the directions on the back of the bag.
Originally published in June of 2018. Updated photos & recipe March 2021.
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Last Updated on October 16, 2021 by [email protected]