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Baking Powder. The Secret Hot Wings Recipe You Need To Know.

This recipe has been a staple in our family for years. Years and years. Not only is this recipe incredibly simple, but it’s incredibly delicious. Recently adding a special ingredient to the mix once discovering the crunchy difference it makes. And who doesn’t like crunchy wings? BAKING POWDER.

This hot wings recipe with baking powder might be your new go to. Just sayin. You already know I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. That’s how I roll. So… THANK YOU The Glam Kitchen for the baking powder tip! It has made a world of difference.

We live for the taste that only a charcoal grill can give, so while these bad boys can definitely be baked in the oven, we prefer firing up the grill. Plus, that leaves the one open to make our two favorite wing sides. Charred Asparagus and Herb Roasted Potatoes.

However, if you aren’t the charcoal grill type, and decide to bake these in the oven, I’ve included those instructions for you as well. My biggest tip for baking wings…. get a cooling rack that fits inside one of your sheet pans. Baking them on a rack, like the one below from USA Pan (which I have and love), allows for an all over even, crispy crunch. And that’s what we’re going for, right? A bite to end all bites.

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04/04/2024 03:04 am GMT

Baking Powder. The Secret Hot Wings Recipe You Need To Know

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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You’ll be amazed how baking powder transforms chicken skin into the perfect crunchable bite!


  • 2 pounds 2 Chicken wings, mix of drumettes and flats

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Olive oil

  • 1 cup 1 Louisiana Hot Sauce, add more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Garlic Powder (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Salt, crushed Kosher or cracked Sea Salt preferred (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons 2 Baking Powder


  • While you can marinate these wings for 2 hours, it really is best if they sit over night. You’ll get WAY more flavor after a nice long soak. Simply mix all the above ingredients into a bowl or ziplock bag and refrigerate
  • While you can marinate these wings for 2 hours, it really is best if they sit over night. You’ll get WAY more flavor after a nice long soak.
  • At least an 30 minutes before you plan on firing up the grill or preheating your oven, remove the wings from the refrigerator and allow to sit on the counter. This will allow your protein to relax so it doesn’t shrivel or stick when cooking! 
  • Just before grilling or baking, toss with baking powder making sure each wing is well coated with the saucy mixture.
  • If you plan on baking, make sure your oven is preheated to 400f or 204c. You can expect your wings to take up to 40 minutes depending on their size and thickness. I recommend flipping every 20 minutes. 
  • If grilling, your grill should be very hot (between 500-600f or 260-315c) and offer spots for both indirect and direct heat. You’ll want to crisp the skin and then continue cooking on indirect heat. This process will take at least 20 minutes.  
  • Cook as desired. When internal temperature reaches 155f or 68c. Remove from heat source and allow to rest in a covered bowl for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the internal temperate to rise to 165f or 74c which is considered safe to consume. You’ll be left with a crispy outside and tender inside. Best of both worlds! 


  • You can easily swap out Louisiana for any other hot sauce you prefer. The simplest version of this recipe is- wings soaked in hot sauce overnight. No additional seasoning needed! But I do promise, the extra work is worth it.
  • The serving size for this recipe was hard to peg down. Honestly, my husband loves these so much he can easily pack a whole pound in one sitting. 
  • Please check your hot sauce for amount of sodium already included. If the sodium levels are already high, you can cut down on the amount of salt you add during marinating. 
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 20.5g 32%
    • Saturated Fat 5.2g 26%
  • Cholesterol 202mg 68%
  • Sodium 2301mg 96%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 887mg 26%
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.2g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber .2g 1%
    • Sugars .7g
  • Protein 65.9g 132%
  • Calcium 11%
  • Iron 18%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Hot Wings with baking powder coming off a hot charcoal grill and piling up in a white bowl
We prefer our wings grilled

Hot Wing Tips

While the grill chimney is smoldering to the perfect temperature, make sure to pull your wings and hot sauce bottle(s) out of the fridge. Meat and produce cook more evenly when the proteins have had a chance to relax… in other words, warm up. If you plan on roasting veg, or baking some dessert- like my jam bars, now’s also the time to be preheating your oven and prepping those ingredients. Try to stick with veg or desserts that take 30-40 minutes of baking time, since that’s about how long it will take your wings to hit the table once the charcoal has been dumped. Timing is key.

This is also the perfect time to throw together my spin on an old fashioned cocktail. With just three quality ingredients this drink is guaranteed to slide down just right. Grab some plates, napkins, toss the frisbee with your dog… you know. Do outdoor grilly things. Which is why roasting or baking in the oven while cooking this wings recipe baking powder combo on the grill is the perfect match. It’s all mostly hands off!

Grill chimney smoking away on the ground as we prepare to grill hot wings
Grill Chimney’s are a MUST

Practical over Perfect

The older I get, the less concerned I’ve become with “the look” of it all. Vibe is WAY overused these days, but really, I can’t think of a better word to use right now. My life vibe, dinner vibe, entertaining vibe have all shifted to- practical. Mostly homemade but with minimal fuss. By minimal I mean I actually enjoy what I’m doing. It’s not forced or out of a sense of obligation. Let me tell you the freedom the waits in that vibe is unreal.

My practical grilled dinner for two looked a bit like this:

Two sides roasted in the oven. A bottle of wine on the table. Plates, forks, and napkins. A bluetooth speaker blasting the classics. And since this was a date night in, I lite some candles and threw them in a jar. It worked like a charm, and clean up was a cinch. Everything got dumped in the dishwasher, and leftovers got put up for lunch the next day. There may or may not have been some silly singing and dance moves after glass #2. Lightweights I know.

If mundane tasks like cooking dinner or grilling wings keep falling flat, I’d encourage you to introduce an element or you two you love. Like music. Games. Tossing a ball. FaceTiming a friend. So often we breeze through life checking things like dinner off a list. Focused on efficiency instead of community. Give it a try. It may or may not be your thing, but if it ends up being your thing… you’ll feel amazing during the process!

If you make this recipe, I’d love you to come back and leave a review. Of if you have any tips or ticks of your own for getting crunchy wings, let us know down below!

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  1. Love these wings, and the baking power does give that nice crunch. One of my go tos also.

    • Susanna Grace

      These wings really are amazing. I’ve been spoiled growing up on them, and loved adding adding additional spices and baking powder for that extra something special 🙂 So glad you enjoyed!!

  2. I wish I could rate these higher than 5 stars! Simply ingredients but not simple taste. All my taste buds exploded when I put one of these bad boys in my mouth!!! I am not a hot sauce fan but wanted to give it a try and I am glad I did.

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