Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

These Healthier Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings are so flavorful that you won’t even miss the deep-fryer or the butter! A mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors will make these your new favorite chicken wings!

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

My husband loves chicken wings! Loves. He has been requesting homemade baked chicken wings forever.

But the problem was I didn’t really feel the same yearning.

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

So I dawdled.

I dragged my feet.

I bought some time by making Angel Food Cake

And then I bought more time with Snickerdoodles

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

And then I caved.

But I was wrong. {Shh, don’t tell him, it will go to his head.} Now I want to eat these chicken wings every single day. No exaggeration.

The ingredient/spice list seems out of control and kind of crazy, but the final results are AMAZING!

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

My husband came up with the name “Spice Rack” Baked Wings because there are so many spices, it looks like we just emptied our spice rack when, in fact, we chose with a discerning palate! It took two batches but we settled upon a blend of spices that hits just the right sweet and spicy notes!

Even though the rub has a slightly sweet taste, there is only 1 teaspoon of brown sugar in the whole mixture! The addition of Saigon Cinnamon, ancho chili powder and sweet Hungarian paprika adds that additional sweet flavor profile that rounds it out and makes these fingerlicking good!

{Literally. I literally licked my fingers. #noshame}

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

Want to impress everyone at your next tailgate or football party? Bring these chicken wings.
Hand to God, they will think you’re a wing flavor master and nobody will miss the deep-fryer or the butter.

Heck you could bring them to Girl’s Night. Just make sure you invite me!

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

The recipe as written makes enough spices to coat the outside. I LOVED it, but my Husband would have preferred a little less. The good thing with spice rubs is that you can mix it up as written and then save the rest of the spice mix in a sealed jar for the next time!

Because there will be a next time.

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10 wing sections

Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

These Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings are so flavorful that you won’t even miss the deep-fryer or the butter! A mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors will make these your new favorite chicken wings!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken wings (about 10 pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried ancho chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried chipotle chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Blue Cheese Dressing (completely optional) for serving


  1. Place a baking sheet or roasting pan on the middle rack of you oven and preheat to 350° with the pan inside.
  2. Mix together all dried spices from ground cumin to red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and pat dry chicken wings with a paper towel, and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Drizzle chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with spices to your preferred coating and toss to coat. I just used my hands. Easy.
  5. Let rest 15 minutes. [If you are pressed for time, then you can skip this step.]
  6. Place chicken skin side up on the pan and space them out at least 1.5 inches so that they don’t steam. Bake 20 minutes. Flip and then bake an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Flip one last time and broil for 3-5 minutes or until the outside is browned but not burned.
  8. Let rest a few minutes, if for no other reason than you don’t want to burn your mouth.
  9. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.


This recipe is for 1 pound of chicken wings (about 10 pieces). It is the perfect size for two. Double, triple, get crazy with it!


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  1. says

    So – am sitting here thinking how on earth can reading the ingredients in a spice rub leave me drooling???
    This spice rub sounds insanely wonderful!!! I am not a huge wing fan – but with a rub like that on them, I will need help to stop eating!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      lol! Thanks, Shashi! Sometimes I cannot get enough spices! As long as they aren’t *too* spicy…I’m still a weeny after all. 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Haha! Thanks, Lindsay! There are, sadly, none left…but I might be willing to make a trade for some of the cheesecake!!

  2. says

    DANG, these wings look insane! I just recently started liking wings, drumsticks, or whatever you want to call them a few years ago. Normally I grill them, but I’m baking them next time! I would totally use a lot of rub, too — the more the bettah! Pinning.
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  3. says

    Whoa lady – now these are some seriously incredible looking wings! My husband is the same and is a wing fanatic and would go absolutely ga ga over these! So much incredible flavors going on and looks lip-smackingly amazing – pinning!

  4. says

    Dude, that spice rub sounds legit! I’m mega-impressed. I’ve been thinking about chicken wings on the grill or maybe the smoker, but every time I get started…something else pops up instead. Now I’ve been inspired. Oh, and we were out last night at a local brewery and some guy was eating buffalo wings that he ordered in…and I think I dreamed about wings last night. Good timing on this post!
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Yum chicken wings on the grill sounds delicious! I wouldn’t even know where to begin with a smoker! I felt pretty impressed that I made some in the oven, lol! I’m like that with chicken wings – sometimes I’ll see someone at a restaurant eating them and then I’ll get a serious craving!

  5. says

    I LOVE dry-rubbed chicken! I usually grill mine, but your baked version looks so so finger-lickin’ good! I don’t think I’d be able to stop at just a few of these. 😉
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  6. says

    Whoa, just look at all those spices! Worth the measuring time, I’m sure…as your wings look divine! My hubby seems to crave baked beans and tuna casserole. I think I’d be OK if he asked for wings 😉

  7. says

    These seriously look like the best wings ever! Holy spices! I love recipes with lots of spices. They’re so much fun to measure out!


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