These Salt and Pepper Wings are crispy, flavorful, finger-licking good appetizers that are perfect for Game Day snacking! They also make a delicious dinner the whole family will love.
Crispy wings are the ultimate Game Day appetizer. There's nothing like a huge plate or bucket of wings while cheering on your favorite team.
But this Chinese style salt and pepper chicken wings recipe is like the popular take away dish from your favorite Chinese restaurants. It can be served as a delicious main meal as well as a yummy appetizer!
🌟 Why this recipe works
Of all of the many, MANY chicken wing recipes we have on the blog, these Salt and Pepper Wings are one of my favorites.
- Versatile - I love that we can serve them as appetizers or as a hearty main course.
- Easy - These couldn't be easier to make at home!
- Simple - You can whip up these wings with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have at home or are super easy to find at any local grocery store.
- Healthier - These wings are healthier since they you bake them instead of deep frying them in a lot of hot oil.
- Tastier than Take-Out - While salt and pepper wings are a popular Chinese food, wings often end up being soggy and not as crispy by the time you get them home. Making these wings from scratch ensures you've got super crispy wings to enjoy!
🛒 Ingredient notes
- Chicken wings - You'll need 2-½ to 3 pounds of party wings for this salt and pepper wings recipe. I use both drums and flats
- Olive oil - Use an olive oil that has great flavor, like an extra virgin olive oil.
- Baking powder - This is what helps make these salt and pepper wings extra crispy!
- Garlic - If you love garlic like I do, feel free to add one more clove than what the recipe calls for. Finely mince the garlic so that nobody bites into big chunks of it.
- Sea Salt - You can use course sea salt or fine sea salt. I prefer to use fine sea salt. Since the salt is a major part of the flavoring to this dish, be sure to use the best salt you have.
- Pepper - You'll be using more ground black pepper in this wings recipe than normal since they are, after all, salt and pepper wings.
- Parsley - I prefer to use flat leaf parsley over curly parsley, but you can use either in this recipe. Make sure you chop the fresh parsley finely.
Optional: feel free to garnish with sliced spring onions (green onions), sesame seeds, and serve with lemon wedges. Add some red pepper flakes if you want a spicy kick to them.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
You'll find the full list of ingredients and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. But for you visual learners, here's a photo step-by-step guide of making this popular Chinese food and Game Day dish.
Start by preheating your oven to 400°F and lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels. Wet wings won't turn out as crispy so the drier the wings, the crispier they will be!
- Coat the wings in olive oil.
3. Toss the coated wings with the baking powder, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. If you want, you can also sprinkle a little bit of the chopped parsley over the wings; or, you can sprinkle all of the parsley over the cooked wings at the end. It's up to you.
4. Add the chicken wings coated in the salt and black pepper mixture to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes, use kitchen tongs to flip the chicken wings over.
6. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Chicken is fully cooked when a thermometer has an internal reading of 165°F. The skin will also be golden brown and crispy.
Allow the wings to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.
🍽 Serving ideas
As mentioned earlier, you can serve these salt and pepper wings as an appetizer or as a main course.
If serving as part of a game day menu, these wings are great with a side of BBQ sauce or soy sauce. Serve it along with other tasty appetizers and air fried food, such as Air Fryer Potato Skins, Buffalo Chicken Bites, Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken, chips and Taco Dip with Ground Beef, and Soft Pretzel Bites.
🍷 🥂 Wine pairings
These salt and pepper chicken wings are full of big flavors from the heavy seasoning. So they'd go well with a light bodied red wine, such as a Pinot Noir, Gamay, or a Rosé of Pinot Noir or Rosé of Gamay Noir.
I also enjoy these wings with a crisp, slightly off-dry Riesling.
🍳 Kitchen tools and equipment
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Salt and Pepper WIngs
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
- Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels.
- Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil to coat.
- Sprinkle the garlic cloves, baking powder, salt, and pepper over the wings, then toss to coat the wings.
- Place the wings on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 40-45 minutes, turning the wings over halfway through.
- Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.