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Overhead, landscape photo of Salt & Vinegar Chicken Wings in a metal serving bowl lined with parchment paper with ramekins of dipping sauce and sliced scallions arranged around the bowl.
Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

These crispy, oven baked Salt and Vinegar Wings have all the flavors of your favorite chips! Salty, tangy and finger lickin' good, these chicken wings are the ultimate snack or game day appetizer!

Course: Appetizer, Snack, starter
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, chicken, crispy, salt, vinegar, wings
Servings: 4
Calories: 293 kcal
Ingredients
Wings:
  • 2 pounds Chicken Wings - separated into drumettes and flats (SEE NOTES)
  • 2 ½ tsp Baking Powder - DO NOT use baking soda!
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Sauce (which doubles as a marinade):
  • 1/2 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
  • 6 TBS Malt Vinegar - (or Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 TBS Flaky Sea Salt (Maldon) - plus more for garnishing
  • 2 1/4 tsp Dry Ranch Mix
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
Optional for Garnish: Sliced Chives or Scallions, Flaky Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Make the salt and vinegar sauce:  Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small jar or container with a tight fitting lid.  Vigorously shake to thoroughly combine all the ingredients, making sure the salt and sugar are dissolved. 

  2. Marinate Chicken Wings: Place the chicken wings in a large zip-closure bag.  Pour HALF the salt and vinegar sauce over the wings.  Seal the bag and shake to coat the wings.  Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours, or up to overnight.

  3. Preheat oven:  Arrange one oven rack in the lower third position and one in the top third position in the oven.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.  Place a wire rack insert on top of the baking sheet.  Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray to prevent the wings from sticking.

  4. Dry wings and toss with baking powder:  Remove chicken wings from the marinade, gently shaking excess marinade off the wings.  Discard marinade.  Transfer wings to a clean work surface lined with paper towels.  Pat the wings thoroughly dry. Transfer the dried wings to a large zip-closure bag.  Add the baking powder and kosher salt to the bag.  Seal and shake the bag vigorously to evenly coat the wings.  Transfer the wings SKIN SIDE UP to the wire rack baking sheet in a single layer. 

  5. Cook Chicken Wings at Low heat:  Bake the chicken wings on the LOWER shelf in the oven for 30 minutes.

  6. Cook Chicken Wings at High heat: Move the wings to the UPPER shelf and increase the oven temperature to 425 F. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Remove the wings from the oven and flip them over.  Return to the oven and continue to bake for 20 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown, the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.

  7. Toss wings and serve:  Remove wings from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the remaining salt and vinegar sauce over the wings.  Toss well to coat.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  1. To separate chicken wings into drumettes and flats: Remove wing tips from chicken wings with a sharp chef’s knife, or kitchen shears, at the joint. (save tips for making stock or discard)  Separate chicken drumettes from flats by cutting through the joint between the two. The joint is easy to find, bend the flat from the wing backwards, exposing joint.  
  2. The recipe for the cooking method of these wings adapted from Cook’s Illustrated and Recipetineats.com

Nutritional information is a rough estimate and based upon 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 496mg22%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.