BBQ Chicken Wings

8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

BBQ Chicken Wings are an awesome game day appetizer, baked chicken wings smothered in barbecue sauce. Crispy inside and sweet and sticky on the outside!

Nothing quite says game day Appetizer Recipes like some piping hot, spicy Buffalo Wings, but not all fans can take that kind of heat. BBQ Chicken Wings are great for sharing and they have a milder flavor that even the littlest sports fans can enjoy. 


They’re crispy, they’re rich, and they’re smothered in BBQ sauce. BBQ Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer to serve up with some cold drinks and nachos on game day, whether it’s March Madness, the Super Bowl, or just Sunday Funday.

This wing recipe is super easy to make, and even though it has a long cook time, trust me, they are so worth it.

These BBQ Chicken Wings are great because you can adjust the sauce to make it hot, sweet, or even tangy with some mustard and vinegar. We like to make a big batch of wings, and sauce them three different ways so everyone gets the kind they like.

My recipe is for baked BBQ Chicken Wings, so you don’t have to worry about deep frying them. This makes prep and clean up a breeze so you can spend more time with your guests and watching the game. While they are baking, I like whip up some Homemade Ranch Dressing or Honey Mustard Dressing, their tangy coolness pairs beautifully with these melt in your mouth wings.

So why are chicken wings also so tender and delicious? Part of it is in the sauce. BBQ sauce is slightly caustic and breaks down some of the tougher portions of meat, leaving you a juicy, fork tender wing that practically melts in your mouth. 


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl toss the chicken wings with the vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
  • Line up the chicken wings on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake until wings are crispy and browned for 50-60 minutes.
  • Remove the wings and add them to a large (clean) bowl.
  • Toss them with the barbecue sauce, then bake them for an additional 5 minutes.


BBQ Chicken Wing being dipped in Ranch Dressing


  • Spicy: If you want to try a spicy BBQ Chicken Wings recipe, stir your favorite hot sauce into your barbecue sauce before spreading over the wings for the final bake.
  • Honey BBQ: This recipes becomes easy Honey BBQ Wings just by adding a few tablespoons to a ¼ cup of honey to your BBQ sauce, depending on how sweet and tangy you like your wings.
  • Spices: The nice thing about BBQ marinades is that the flavor is easily changed just by mixing in spices or even other sauces. Play around by adding things like soy sauce, fresh garlic, dijon mustard, sweet chili sauce, chipotle in adobo sauce, etc to your BBQ sauce. So you don’t waste a whole bottle of sauce, experiment with just a couple teaspoons of BBQ sauce until you find the flavor you like.


  • How long does it take to make BBQ chicken wings? This recipe takes about an hour and 40 minutes to cook, plus an additional 5 to 10 minutes to prep. 
  • What goes with BBQ chicken wings? Ranch is our favorite dip to serve with BBQ wings. Like BBQ sauce, you can add different spices to your ranch to better match your wings. For example, if you make Asian inspired BBQ wings, add some wasabi, a few drops of sesame oil, and ginger to your ranch for a dip that pairs perfectly.

Tray of BBQ Chicken Wings


The kind of sauce that is “true barbecue” varies person to person. While there are probably as many different versions of BBQ sauce as there are people in the US, there are four main bases for making Barbecue Sauce. Which one is your family favorite?

  • Tomato-Based Sauces: This is the most typical “grocery store” sauce you are going to see, with it’s dark brown or red coloring that comes from a base of ketchup. Loaded with all kinds of different flavorings from smokey to sweet to spicy, this popular sauce goes well with pretty much any meat or BBQ dish.
  • Vinegar-Based Sauces: Vinegar lends a sour, tangy flavor to BBQ sauce. While vinegar based sauces tend to leave out tomato, they more than make up for it with spices and heat. North Carolinians love this sauce for pork and other fatty meats.
  • Mustard-Based Sauces: A lot of people know this as South Carolina style BBQ sauce, it is a sauce made from mustard (which gives it that signature gold color), vinegar, sugar and spices. Pork and chicken soak up this sauce well.
  • Mayonnaise-Based Sauces: Yup, mayo BBQ sauce. And this isn’t the kind that is just mixing mayo with bbq. Commonly known as Alabama White Sauce, it’s a thinned out mayo sauce loaded with seasoning and tangy flavor that’s perfect for smoked chicken.



  • Serve: Don’t leave your BBQ Chicken Wings out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. 
  • Store: You can keep BBQ Chicken Wings in the fridge for up to 3 days. Keep them sealed in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and allow them to cool down to room temperature before you put them away. 
  • Freeze: You can keep your BBQ Chicken Wings in the freezer for up to 1 month. A good tip for keeping the wings from fusing together is to keep them layered between sheets of parchment paper.


Chicken is completely done and safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C), according to the USDA’s Official Website

BBQ Chicken Wings with Ranch Dressing and Vegetables on metal tray

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BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings are an awesome game day appetizer, baked chicken wings smothered in barbecue sauce.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 32 chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl toss the chicken wings with the vegetable oil, salt and pepper then line up on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake until wings are crispy and browned for 50-60 minutes.
  • Remove the wings and add them to a large (clean) bowl and toss them with the barbecue sauce, then bake them for an additional 5 minutes.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Baked BBQ Chicken Wings

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hi Sabrina, this is a really delicious recipe, and it could not be easier! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed the BBQ Chicken Wings. Lots more recipes like this on the site. Simply type in BBQ in the Recipe Index browser to see your options!

  2. This recipe for BBQ wings are outstanding, I used Sweet Baby Rays original! Yummy! Highly recommend!

  3. These were the best barbecue wings. I will definitely make them again. Made them for super bowl Sunday. They were a big hit.

    1. I did not but you certainly could. It’s not so much about the crispiness as the chicken will be coated and baked the second time, so it isn’t really necessary

  4. These are delicious. I have prepared them in the oven and the grill in a pan. BBQ sauce, Parmesan Garlic sauce, teriyaki sauce. Have never failed me.

  5. Hi – came across this recipe and trying it tonight for Hubby and I.
    QQ – should I add the seasoning first before tossing in the veggie oil or vise versa (add the seasoning after tossing in oil)?

  6. Has literally everything BUT the BBQ sauce. Wings are self explanatory but wasted 5 min trying to find where the sauce recipe was only to not find any.

    1. Hi. This recipe in the ingredients list calls for any BBQ sauce that you prefer. If you wanted to try a new BBQ sauce you can use the search function and find one in under 10 seconds.

    1. Hi! I have made this with so many different BBQ sauces! It really depends on what you favorite is! I do have a few bbq sauces on the site though!

  7. Recipe method is good. I did 2 different pans. I dried the chicken with paper towels for one, and added Lawry seasoning salt; and the other I did exactly as recipe. The ones dried with paper towels were visibly crispier than the others. Either way, these are great.

  8. I was a little nervous going into this one because I always fry my wings. But these turned out AMAZING! So happy with how they turned out. Super juicy and tender! I won’t be going back to frying chicken wings! This recipe was easy and perfect!

  9. Made the wings using sugar free BBQ as I’m on the keto diet and they were easy and amazing! TY for taking the time to share. I used to have a active blog and know how much work goes into one.

    1. recipe calls for 32 wings.—that equates to 64 pcs.—therefore a serving for 1 of 8 people equals 8 pcs.–seems 5 or 6 pcs. would do it—-What do U think?

  10. Sabrina, I always count on your for fantastic recipes. I’ve never made one of yours that wasn’t a winner. So thanks for your dedicated work and for sharing your talent with all of us.

  11. Hi, Sabrina. I just found your site and love how you explain your recipes so well.
    I’ll be trying your wings soon as they sound so yummy !