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.

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Spice Rack Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 wing sections 1x


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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  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    September 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    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!

    • Lindsey
      September 25, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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

  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
    September 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Whoa girl! Those spices are insane, but these wings look totally worth it! SO yum! Bring me some Saturday? 🙂

    • Lindsey
      September 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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

  • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
    September 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Omg Omg !! This is so so amazing.. I am salivating.. these spice rack wings look delicious. . My hubbs will be the happiest man if i make him these wings.. Love it Lindsey!!

    • Lindsey
      September 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      lol! Thanks, Arpita!! I hope you do make them for your hubs!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic
    September 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    My husband also loves chicken wings. Looking forward to trying your recipe this sunday.

  • marcie
    September 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    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.

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu
    September 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Oh my! I cannot tell you how much my husband would looooove these! Definitely bookmarking it to try!

    • Lindsey
      September 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Jessica! Enjoy!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    September 26, 2014 at 5:09 am

    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!

    • Lindsey
      September 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for the pin, Kelly! What is it with men and chicken wings?!

  • David @ Spiced
    September 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

    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!

    • Lindsey
      September 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

      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!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    September 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

    You’re totally making my mouth water, and it’s only 7am! 🙂 I love a good chicken wing, and this one looks so full of flavor! I like dry rubs more than sauces, too, so this is right up my alley. Pinned!

    • Lindsey
      September 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I would trade a dry rub for buffalo wing sauce any day of the week and twice on Sundays!

  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven
    September 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

    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. 😉

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Grilling sounds great too! Thanks, Sarah!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita
    September 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I loooove chicken wings. You’re a girl after my own heart! These look so amazing.

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Haha! Thanks, Rachel!

  • Liz
    September 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    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 😉

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Hopefully not at the same time! I’d take wings over tuna casserole any day!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    September 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Oooooo I love the look of these Lindsey! I’m a huge chicken wing fan – and these are mouth-watering. I’ll definitely be trying these. Pinned!

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

      I thought of you when I made them! Probably because there are a ton of spices!

  • ATasteOfMadness
    September 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I’m not usually a fan of chicken wings, but these look like they might change my mind

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      THanks! They changed mine!!!!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    September 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    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!

    • Lindsey
      September 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      haha they are so much fun to measure!

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  • tracy taft
    November 11, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Could I use this on roasted vegetables?

    • Lindsey
      November 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Absolutely, Tracy! That’s a great idea!

      • tracy taft
        November 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Should I use a lil olive oil?

        • Lindsey
          November 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

          I always do on my roasted veggies. Just a little drizzle until they have a slight sheen but not so much that there is leftover in the bottom of the bowl. You might want to add a little extra kosher salt too.

          • tracy taft
            November 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

            Thank you so much

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            You are most welcome! 

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    A few too many different flavors for me. As many times as I have tried baked wings they never come out crispy. Followed directions though. Next time cut back on some of the flavors.

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