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Garlic butter chicken wings, these crispy baked chicken wings make a perfect party appetizer. Ready in about 40 minutes.

golden garlic butter chicken wings and fresh parsley on a wire rack.

After making Hot Lemon Pepper Wings and Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings recently, I thought I’d try something garlicky. After all, chicken and garlic are a match made in heaven! Add some butter and a pinch of red chili flakes, and you will have the most delicious, crispy garlic butter chicken wings.

This chicken wing recipe is

  • Quick and easy: It takes only 40 minutes to have dinner ready, and all you must do is mix a few ingredients.
  • Simple ingredients: Just the party wings and a few pantry items like butter, garlic, and chili flakes.
  • Flavor: The combination of butter and garlic is a classic that never disappoints.

Recipe ingredients

listed ingredients for making wings with butter and garlic.

Chicken wings:

  • 2 lbs (900 g) – about 8-9 whole wings or 16-18 flats (wingettes) and drumettes.
  • If you can get split pieces with the tips removed (party wings) is perfect; if not, cutting them at the joint is easy (See Expert Tips).

Butter:

  • I usually use unsalted; it allows me to control the salt I need for a recipe more easily.
  • However, salted butter is perfectly fine; just make sure you adjust the salt you need accordingly.

Garlic:

  • Be generous with the garlic, I had 3 large garlic cloves, but you can easily use 4 or 5; it will be delicious.

More spices: red chili flakes, oregano, sweet paprika, fine sea salt or Kosher salt, and ground black pepper. You will also need a bit of vegetable or olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Garlic butter glaze: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat, and add oil, lemon juice, grated garlic, chili flakes, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well (1).
  • Coat wings: Dry the meat pieces with paper towels. Place them in a large bowl. Pour over the butter mixture and stir well to coat (2).
  • Marinate (optional): Cover the bowl with plastic foil and refrigerate the wings for 30 minutes or overnight (See Expert Tips).
collage of two pictures of butter marinade and raw wings coated with it in a bowl.

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  • Bake the garlic butter wings in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Flip with tongs and bake for another 20 minutes or until crispy and cooked through; the internal temperature should be 165°F (75°C) (3,4).
wings on a wire rack and baking sheet before and after baking.

Expert tips

How to split whole chicken wings?

  • Place one whole wing on a cutting board. Hold the tiny drumstick (drumette) and stretch the joint open. The flat part (wingette) should still be on the work surface. Cut through the joint.
  • If there is any resistance, move the knife a few millimeters more on the right or left until you find the right place to go through the skin and between the bones quickly.
  • Remove the wing tips as well if still attached.
collage of two pictures with one raw chicken wings with description of the parts and a women diving wings at the joint.
  • Don’t wash the chicken; the bacteria will only be destroyed during the cooking process. Washing the meat will spread the bacteria all over your sink without removing it from the meat entirely. 
  • The butter will set again if you marinate the chicken in the fridge. Bring to room temperature to soften the butter again and stir well. Alternatively, microwave the pieces for 35 seconds, mix well, and microwave for another 10 seconds if the butter is not fully melted again.
  • Rack: If you don’t have a wire rack, bake the wings on parchment paper, it works fine. However, a wire rack is even better, as it allows the air to circulate, making the wings crispier. 

Recipe FAQ

How to check if the chicken is done?

Use a meat thermometer or pull the meat off the bone of one larger piece, the meat should be white, and there is no pink allowed (Amazon affiliate link).

What is the proper internal temperature for chicken?

75°C/ 165°F.

How to store and reheat?

Refrigerate any leftover wings in an airtight container for about 3 days.
Freeze them for 2 to 3 months. Freeze them on a baking tray until solid, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer. Otherwise, they will stick to each other, and you will not be able to reheat them from frozen. If frozen in a clump, defrost in the fridge and reheat.
Reheat from frozen in the preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes or until hot.

one chicken wing in the middle, more arount it.

How to serve?

  • Appetizer: The garlic butter chicken wings will serve 5-6 people. You can serve them with a dipping sauce, for instance, buffalo or hot sauce, blue cheese sauce, etc. But honestly, I prefer them without any sauce; I love the simple garlic and butter flavor.
  • Serve them with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, celery sticks, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber sticks, etc.
  • Main course: You will have enough for two adults and two kids or 2-3 adults. You can serve them with potato wedges or fries, mashed potatoes, noodle or potato salad, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, etc.
  • The garlic butter wings are perfect for any game day during the Super Bowl or the football season, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, great for parties, barbecues, etc.
close up one golden brown drumette and fresh parsley.

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golden garlic butter chicken wings and fresh parsley on a wire rack.

Garlic Butter Chicken Wings

Garlic butter chicken wings, these crispy baked chicken wings make a perfect party appetizer. Ready in about 40 minutes.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Adina

Equipment

  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 Wire rack

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ lb chicken wings split, 700 g, Note 1
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 50 g, Note 2
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • ½ red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Butter glaze: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat, and add oil, lemon juice, grated garlic, chili flakes, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  • Season wings: Dry the chicken wings with paper towels. Place them in a large bowl. Pour over the butter mixture and stir well to coat the chicken pieces (Note 3).
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes. Flip with tongs and bake for another 20 minutes or until crispy and cooked through; the internal temperature should be 165°F (75°C).

Notes

  1. Split wings: Place one whole wing on a cutting board. Hold the tiny drumstick (drumette) and stretch the joint open. The flat part (wingette) should still be on the work surface. Cut through the joint.
    If there is any resistance, move the knife a few millimeters more on the right or left until you find the right place to go through the skin and between the bones quickly.
    Remove the wing tips as well if still attached.
  2. Salted butter is also great, just adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly.
  3. Marinate (optional): Cover the bowl with plastic foil and refrigerate the wings for 30 minutes or overnight. The butter will set again if you marinate the chicken in the fridge. Bring to room temperature to soften the butter again. Alternatively, microwave the chicken for 35 seconds, stir well, and microwave for another 10 seconds if the butter is not fully melted again.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 753IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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