September 26, 2023


Cooking Is My World

Dry Rub Chicken Wings – The Cookie Rookie®

dry rub chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

Dry Rub Chicken Wings are the most flavorful wings you’ll ever make! The dry rub is lightly sweet and savory, with a bit of heat. It tastes amazing, creating the best appetizer for game day and beyond!

dry rub chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

Dry Rub Fall Off the Bone Chicken Wings

Dry Rub Chicken Wings are the perfect party food! They are so easy to make and can be cooked in the oven or on the grill.

The key to making these chicken wings is the flavor-packed dry rub! A combination of herbs, spices, brown sugar, and aromatics creates something undeniably tasty. And you can adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your taste.

Why You’ll Love this Dry Rub Chicken Wings Recipe:

  • FLAVORFUL:  This unique dry rub adds so much flavor to the chicken wings!
  • EASY: This recipe is super simple and easy to follow.
  • PARTY FOOD: These wings are perfect for feeding a crowd! Serve them on game day, or any time you need a great finger food.

Chicken wings are a hit anytime you make them, but this dry rub is really what makes this recipe special!

dry rub chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

How to Make Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Cover chicken wings in olive oil, then toss them in the dry rub mixture.
  2. Place them on a baking sheet and bake, flipping them about halfway through.
  3. Serve with blue cheese, celery, and any of your favorite dippings sauces!

Ingredient Notes

  • Wings: I like using chicken wing portions because the flat and drumettes are already separated– they may also be called “party wings” at the grocery store.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the dry rub stick to the wings – plus it helps the wings crisp in the oven. Olive oil spray will also work!
  • Rub: I’m making a classic sweet and savory dry rub from scratch but if you have a favorite wing or bbq rub, feel free to use 2.5 tablespoons of that instead of the spices listed above. This isn’t a spicy rub, so if you want these wings to have some heat, add ⅛-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
step by step photos for how to make dry rub chicken wings.
dry rub chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.
What is a dry rub?

A dry rub is a blend of spices rubbed onto the surface of meat before cooking. A dry rub helps to amplify the flavors and creates a crust on the meat because it doesn’t introduce any liquid.

What does this dry rub taste like?

This dry rub is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory, with brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, ground mustard, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. It is not particularly spicy, but rather a little smoky.

How can I make this chicken wing dry rub spicier?

To make this dry rub spicier, add ⅛-¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Can I put this dry rub on other types of chicken?

You sure can! This dry rub would be great on chicken tenders, chicken breasts, or chicken thighs. You could even put it on a whole rotisserie chicken! Just be sure to adjust the total baking time accordingly and ensure the meat is cooked to 165°F internally.

How do I make dry rub chicken wings in the air fryer?

To make these wings in the air fryer, place the wings in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer at 380°F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. To get them extra crispy, bake for an additional 2 minutes at 400°F.

Serving Suggestions

These dry rub chicken wings are delicious on their own, but here are a few ideas for what to serve them with:

  • Ranch or blue cheese sauce.
  • Vegetable sticks, like celery or carrots.
  • Potato chips or pretzels.
  • Side salad.

These wings are a hit at parties, but just as good for a simple weeknight dinner!

dry rub chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.
hand grabbing a dry rub chicken wing from a pile of wings on a white plate with dipping sauce.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover dry rub chicken wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, or until 165°F internally.

Freezing Instructions

Freeze chicken wings in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Allow wings to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Chicken Wing Tips

  • If you use frozen wings, make sure to thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel before coating. This will help the oil and rub stick well.
  • For the evenest cooking, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil then set a wire rack on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the whole thing with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Remember not to overcrowd the wings on the baking sheet. The more airflow they have, the more evenly they will cook and the crispier they will be.
  • Feel free to make a big batch of rub and store it in your spice cabinet. It’s great on any cut of chicken!
hand dipping a dry rub chicken wing into dipping sauce.

The next time you’re not sure what to make, give this Dry Rub Chicken Wings recipe a try. The rub is made with delicious spices that are sure to make this recipe a hit. Don’t be afraid to change things up and make these wings your own too!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!