November 12, 2012

Baked Crispy Hot Wings

A few years ago, Casey & I were eating Hot Wings at Hooters and got into a crazy conversation about Astrology with our waitress. At one point during the meal she totally pulled a newspaper clipping of the day’s horoscope from her bra. It was most definitely an out-of-body experience.

It was at that moment that I vowed never to go to Hooters again. SIKE. I thought it was fantastic and then I realized that if I could stomach wearing shorty short shorts with tan pantyhose on these thighs, I could potentially be that girl. I mean…the one that pulls out a horoscope in front of her customers.

Astrology is my jam.

A few years ago I had this goal to do 31 things before I turned 32 years old. Make Hot Wings for my husband was on that list. I kinda paused on that life goal for a couple of years. I didn’t feel like frying all that chicken, but then I found this recipe for BAKED Hot Wings in a stack of recipes I’d clipped out and dove right in.

Not only are they a snap to prepare (almost too easy), they are fantastic! You would never really know that they aren’t fried. That’s what the husband said and he knows what he’s talking about.

Just make sure you have napkins galore. Celery balances it out, I hear.

And we’re off!

First we bake our chicken drumettes. In a bowl, toss them with vegetable oil, salt & pepper.

You put the drumettes on a baking sheet with a rack on top. This helps render the fat and it helps crisp both sides.


I should note that I used all drumettes cuz that’s what the husband likes.

He thinks wings are too much work. Does this mean I need to change the recipe to Hot Drumettes?

That sounds like a good band name.

Now we make the sauce.

Put the salt, pepper & cayenne in the butter. Let it sit for a bit. Then whisk that mixture into the hot sauce.


Pour the hot sauce into a large mixing bowl. Toss the hot chicken up in!

Really get into it.

I served ours with some blue cheese dressing, celery & a celery salad (recipe coming soon!).

And I didn’t even have to wear a Hooters uniform to make this!

Can we just pause for a moment and talk about the word SIKE. Did I spell it right? Do people still use this?

I still say it (in my head) constantly. Discuss.

Crispy Baked Hot Wings

makes about 30 wings

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s)


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken drumettes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in hot sauce; keep warm.

Preheat oven to 400°. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Place all ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Divide drumettes between prepared racks and spread out in a single layer. Bake wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, 45–50 minutes.

Toss drumettes in Buffalo sauce and serve immediately (no need to bake).

  • emmycooks

    Interesting, I say “psych!” in my head! But if you say “sike” in your head and I say “psych” in my head and a tree falls in a forest… 🙂

  • Gwen Edwards

    No, I do not say “psych” anymore, but I totally say “NOT!” all the time. Oh crap, we’re still living in the 90s. So, why were you eating hot wings at Hooters? This must be explained.

    • Carly

      My mother has taught my four year old and five year old to use “NOT”. They think it’s hilarious.

  • Edith

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! My man loves his hot wings, and even though (because I am a good girlfriend) I sometimes make them for him, I HATE handling hot oil. I can’t stand frying things and I always burn myself. But hot oil no more 🙂

    • Tracy

      Oil is annoying to deal with…especially when you are klutz and then you have gallons of oil you gotta get rid of!! I feel your pain.

  • Blog is the New Black

    These look so delicious and so easy!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    I love that these are baked! These will be great to add to our game day spread – yum!

  • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan

    I don’t eat meat, but I KNOW there will be a certain fellow in my house (and fellow’s friends) that would LOVE these for football gatherings!

  • Clara

    Lady you’re reading my mind! I’ve been searching for a wing recipe that is just like this- no frying involved and a simple simple sauce. Can’t wait for that celery salad recipe, sounds like the perfect pairing! xx

  • cindy

    I always thought it was “Psych!”, like “psych out!”, not that it matters…ps, I said “psych” that the other day (while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, nerd) and my husband shot me a Go-Back-to-the-Nineties eye-roll.

    I fried hot wings once and it was sort of a hot mess of a disaster…I am totes going to employ this baked method!

  • Emily D.

    If I am writing it out I usually spell it “psyche!” but I don’t know that there is a standard spelling. And my best friend still says it all the time.

  • Lara

    Totally yum! And totally SIKE!! (not psych).

  • Mandy

    HOLY MOLY. These look so good. I’m seriously drooling over them at 10 AM. Hot wings can totally be breakfast food, right?

  • Christina

    DUDE. I might have to make these for my sister. I’m not a wings fan but she is…although I would totally scarf these down. Maybe I’m evolving.

  • tara

    We were totally having a conversation at work the other day about how to spell psyche! I thought it was psyche, but everyone else thought sike or psych. I totally say it in my head too.

    Okay, this is a weird question, but did you find the recipe in 6 Ingredients Or Less? I only ask because my mom used to make it from that cookbook and it would make me so happy to know that someone else knows about that cookbook.

  • natalie@thesweetslife

    just yesterday my friend mentioned wanting to bake hot wings! sending this to her!

  • Megan | Eats Daily

    SIKE kind of sounds like SICK to me, but then again people have started using that phrase more often…”That hat you are wearing is so sick!” So really it’s a win win.

    I love drumettes better too! I’ll have to try baking them on the wire rack, that seems to help

  • Erica

    These look SOOOO great! I am thinking it is would be a perfect snack to have when everyone is hanging ’round over the holidays? Sike…totally a word according to the internet slang website! I said ‘tidied up’ recently…and wondered if I sounded 100 years old instead of 35! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!

  • Megan

    I haven’t said “psych” in a while, but I like when people use words from my past. I still like when people say “wicked”! I should start using old school words again – like “dope”. haha Thanks for posting!

  • Leah

    Ah – this recipe is very exciting! Hot wings are one of the biggest things I miss about ‘Merica – and I never want to fry them myself…so this is perfect – thank you!

  • Berenice

    These look super delicious!!!! Would I be able to use just the baking sheet or do I definitely need wire racks??

  • mariah

    Hot DAMN!!!!

  • TheFoodieChef

    My boyfriend saw this so I must make them, thank you!

  • wendy

    GENIUS. I wonder if the wire rack was a big pain to clean afterwards though?

    • Tracy

      No not at all. The baking sheet I used was deep, so i filled it with water and soaked the rack in it for 5 minutes with soapy water and everything came off. I hope that helps!

  • meg

    Aw, I think my sweet husband might just weep if I bust these out for him. Happy Birthday to him! (You gotta know I do not bother with anything that involves frying….)

  • Jessica McLeod

    This is a great recipe, I’ve been baking them on a cookie sheet (in the sauce) for years and they were always really soupy. I will have to try this recipe and share them with everyone, SIKE! I’m going to guess that sike or psyche started as military slang in the 60’s. It’s still a heavily used term in military lingo, the vets at the VA say it all the time.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

    Is there anything better than chicken wangs and beer? No. And no oil? YES!

  • Jayne

    I saw some cheap wings recently at the supermarket. Time to start making stuff with them. I always lean towards thighs simple because they are easier. But I love wings as much… just that I’ve been intimidated. Will definitely give this a go!

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  • Sally

    Tracy, Isn’t Frank’s hot sauce the bomb? We like to douse the cooked wings with sauce, then cover the bowl with foil and let it soak in for 15 minutes. This makes the skin more succulent. Have you ever heard the Suzanne Vega song, Ironbound/Fancy Poultry? It features a line “chicken wings are nearly free”. I looked it up, and that was from 1987. How times have changed.

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Love how you gussied up the hot sauce with buttah. These look so good, if I made them I would definitely be Hero of the Party. Now, I just need to find a party 😉

  • Jennifer B

    I don’t feel enough attention was given to the fact that you were eating at HOOTERS, and not with girlfriends but with your husband. I’ve heard of straight couples doing this and wondered, whats their story. Am now more baffled than ever.

  • jennie

    first things first, of course people still say sike. i’ve been looking for wings that don’t need to be fried and can’t wait to try them!

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  • Maddy

    Made these last night and they totally rocked our world. Thanks so much Tracy!

    • Tracy

      Fantastic!! My husband can’t get enough of them. I apparently don’t make enough! 😀

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    I am a gluten for hot wings. This recipe makes me feel so much better about stuffing my face with baked not fried chicken. My stomach thanks you.

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    Oh my god! I made these tonight and they were heavenly! Thank you so much for the recipe. We ate an hour ago and are still talking about it. The recipe was so simple yet delicious.

  • Jenny

    I love the idea of putting a rack over the baking sheet. Would the racks I use for cooling cookies hold up in the oven? I have not been able to find out if the Wilton ones can withstand baking. Where did you find the rack you were using to back? Thanks Tracy!

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    Question – I’ve made wings a very similar way before, and my kitchen absolutely FILLED with smoke while they were baking. Did this happen to you? How do you prevent that?


    • Tracy

      It didn’t happen to me, but I’m sure if your oven doesn’t have proper ventilation, it could be a problem. Also, if your oven isn’t super clean the high temperature has a way of burning things in the oven and creating tons of smoke. Good luck!

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    I am totally making this tomorrow, it’s been on my bucket list forever. BTW I’m making them for my carnivore husband, I bought some ‘Hooters Wing breading’ and I figure I can use it as a seasoning and just use a little oil . P.s. I cleaned my oven 3 days ago 😉 Got Blue Cheese & Celery and some kicking wing sauce. I let you know what happens. Hope they’re crispy!!!

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