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Salt and Pepper Wings

5 from 3 votes
Total Time: 1 hr

These quick and easy Salt and Pepper Wings are so flavorful and baked to crispy perfection. With black pepper, brown sugar, salty soy sauce, and scallions, these super delicious chicken wings will have everyone craving more.

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Salt and Pepper Wings stacked up and ready to eat surrounded by extra salt, pepper, and scallions.

Chicken wings are all all time favorite in our house, especially during football season. I am happy because they are easy to make and double as dinner. Oh and did I mention they are baked?! This means no frying in messy oil, less calories and fat, and they come out crispy every single time.

Why You’ll LOVE These Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

  • Knockout Flavor. These wings are coated in a sticky, buttery sauce that contains not only salt and pepper, but Chinese 5 spice, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and scallions.
  • Crowd Pleasing Favorite. Wings are a must and these do not disappoint. They are not only flavorful and filling, but they are an easy appetizer to grab onto.
  • Quick To Make. They are done in under an hour and oh so simple.

A Quick Video Tutorial:

Ingredients for Salt and Pepper Wings

  • Chicken Wings tossed in;
    • flour
    • baking powder
    • salt
    • black pepper
  • Wing Sauce;
    • olive oil
    • soy sauce
    • brown sugar
    • Chinese 5 spice
    • black pepper
    • garlic powder
    • salt
    • chopped green scallions
Ingredients. Chicken wings, salt, pepper, flour, baking powder, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, garlic powder, and scallions.

How to Make Salt and Pepper Wings

This is a short summary of the steps, the recipe card below will have more details.

Prep the chicken wings. Allow them to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes and then dry the wings with paper towel.

Toss the chicken wings in flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Place them on a rack lined baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake the seasoned wings for 30 minutes.

Whisk together the wing sauce: olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and chopped scallions.

Coat the baked chicken wings in your sauce. Place them back on the baking sheet.

Bake for 10 more minutes and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

4 Helpful Tips for Crispy Chicken Wings

  1. Always allow your wings to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. This gives them a consistent, even bake, and ensures there are no random cold spots in your wings.
  2. Make sure you pat dry your chicken wings before coating them in the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Extra moisture prevents browning and crisping which nobody wants in a chicken wing.
  3. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and then place a wire rack on top. This keeps the chicken wings elevated off the baking sheet giving your wings an even cook and crispier wings.
  4. If your wings aren’t as crispy as you would like, broil them for 1 to 2 minutes. Just keep an eye on them because they can burn very quickly.
Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings on parchment paper ready to grab and eat.

What To Serve With Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

These wings are great as an appetizer or your main meal. Here are some things I like to serve with them:

As an appetizer:

As dinner or your main meal:

  1. Lemon Feta Fries
  2. onion rings
  3. Italian Pasta Salad
  4. garden salad
  5. Lemon Orzo Salad
  6. sauteed veggies
Close up of Salt and Pepper Wing garnished with scallions, flaky salt, and cracked black peppercorns.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What if I do not have a wire rack to bake the chicken wings on?

This is no problem. You will want to flip the wings half way through both baking times to ensure all sides get crispy. Just make sure you spray the aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray or your wings will stick.

Where can I find Chinese 5 Spice?

It is a very common spice which means you can easily find it at your local grocery store or order it online. It can be left out (although I do not recommend that because it adds so much flavor) or you can make your own using star anise, clove, cinnamon, pepper, and fennel seed. Here is a recipe you can use.

Can Salt and Pepper Wings ahead of time?

I do not recommend it or they will not be as fresh and crispy. Chicken wings are best eaten the day they are prepared and baked.

What wings do I buy for Chicken Wings?

You can buy either fresh or frozen party wings or wingettes. Just make sure your frozen wings are completely thawed before making them.

Can I use something other than chicken wings?

This recipe was made for wings but you can always substitute it with other cuts of chicken. I recommend bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks. Just keep in mind the bake time will differ depending on the size of your chicken.

A hand grabbing a Salt and Pepper Chicken Wing

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Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings stacked up and ready to eat surrounded by extra salt, pepper, and scallions.

Salt and Pepper Wings

Elizabeth Swoish
Crispy baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings. They are full of flavor, the perfect crowd pleasing appetizer, and are quick to make. You'll love the balance of pepper, salty soy sauce, sweet brown sugar, and fresh scallion.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Servings 24 wings
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds chicken wings; at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Wing Sauce

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup green scallions; plus more for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450° F and prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on top of the aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  • Pat dry the chicken wings and toss in all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place seasoned chicken wings on the rack lined baking sheet, in a single layer with space between them.
  • Bake the wings for 15 minutes and then reduce oven to 425° F and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.
  • While the wings bake, in a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and green scallions.
  • Remove the baked chicken wings from the rack lined baking sheet and toss them in the wing sauce.
  • Place the wings back on the rack lined baking sheet and bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove the Salt and Pepper Wings from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with more scallions and serve.

Video

Notes

Storing Information:

  • In the refrigerator, covered and in an airtight container, for up to 4 days.

Tips for Crispy Chicken Wings

  1. Always allow your wings to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Make sure you pat dry your chicken wings before coating them in the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and then place a wire rack on top.
  4. If your wings aren’t as crispy as you would like, broil them for 1 to 2 minutes.
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By Elizabeth Swoish on October 9th, 2022

3 thoughts on “Salt and Pepper Wings”

  1. 5 stars
    I made these wings for our recent get-together, and everybody loved them. The salty-sweet and spicy flavor of these wings were a hit!

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