Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe

Published on September 10th 2022 by Chigoziri Nwachuku.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front View of Barbecue Chicken Wings

Nothing says summer like barbecue chicken wings. But you could miss out on backyard fun if you don't have a grill. But don't worry: You can still enjoy the summer weather with these Barbecue Chicken Wings. That's because they're baked in the oven instead of on the grill. And they're lip-smacking good; they're juicy and tender on the inside and sticky on the outside. Once baked until crispy, we coated the wings with a homemade barbecue sauce made of ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper, a nice balance of sweetness, savory, umami, and heat. Serve with cut-up veggies like celery and carrots. 

Note: To make these barbecue chicken wings gluten-free, use gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.

How long does it take to barbecue chicken wings?

It takes 65 minutes to barbecue chicken wings (prep and cook time included).

Do you put sauce on wings before or after grilling?

You put sauce on wings after grilling so that the sugars in the sauce don't burn on the grill.

Why add butter to hot wing sauce?

Butter is added to hot wing sauce for richness and to balance the sweetness and heat.

Do air fryers work for chicken wings?

Yes, they do. Air fryers make the wings juicy and tender inside yet extra crispy on the outside.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
65 mins
4 persons


For Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup

  • 1/8 cup Yellow Mustard

  • 1/8 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika 

  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

For Wings:
  • 8 Chicken Wings

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

  • 1 teaspoon Pepper


For Sauce:

In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce. 

All ingredients for the sauce

Stir well until the sugar has dissolved.

Stirring all the ingredients
For Wings:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Baking sheet with parchment paper

To a large bowl, add chicken wings, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper, mixing well

Raw chicken with oil, salt and pepper

Spread chicken wings evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 50 to 60 minutes until the wings are crispy and golden-brown.

Chicken wings on a baking sheet

Remove wings from the oven, place them in a bowl, and add one cup of barbecue sauce to the chicken wings, tossing the branches well with a tong.

Adding barbecue sauce to chicken wings

Spread the chicken wings evenly on the baking sheet again and bake for five more minutes

Barbecue Chicken in the baking sheet

Place wings on a serving platter. Ladle the rest of the barbecue sauce into a serving dish. Enjoy!

Barbecue Chicken wings in a serving dish with sauce on the side
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