Want to make fast-food style crispy keto chicken wings at home? Whether you need a crowd-pleaser for the next gathering, or you just want to enjoy some fast-food restaurant food for dinner at home – our crispy keto chicken wings recipe is where it’s at!
These oven-baked wings using baking powder taste as good, or maybe just a bit better than from your favorite fast-food venues. I first tested them on a group of our friends, and they were gone in minutes. Beware – you and your family will love them so much, they will disappear fast.
ARE CHICKEN WINGS KETO?
Chicken wings are most definitely a keto-friendly dish and can be eaten on the Keto diet, Carb value in chicken wings are naturally low, so you can enjoy your favorite chick wing treat when on the keto diet. however, you need to prepare these homemade chicken wings in the right way — follow our crispy chicken wings recipe to find out how to make the best low carb keto wings!
HOW MANY CARBS ARE IN CHICKEN WINGS
Our Keto chicken wing recipe is low carb with the total carb amount at 1.2 grams of carb! Other nutritional value includes: 419 calories, 32 g fat, 1362 mg sodium, 1.2 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g sugar, 30.2 g protein, Vitamin A: 10%, Vitamin C: 49%, Calcium: 14%, Iron: 11%
HOW TO MAKE AND BAKE CHICKEN WINGS?
This Yummy Keto Cooking Chicken wings recipe is not only tasty, but they’re also super easy to make. First, you’ll separate and dry your wings. Then, you’ll mix up some baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and toss that with the wings. You can also place the wings on a baking sheet, and rub the baking powder mixture on top – either way works.
Now onto how to bake chicken wings, you’ll put them in for about a half-hour, pull ‘em out and flip them, then continue to cook. All in all, you’re looking at around 50 minutes of cooking time, but it’s well worth the wait!
Tip: using a little baking powder actually helps get the wings crispier when you bake them in the oven.
BREAKING DOWN CHICKEN WINGS
If you’re just buying chicken wings for the first time, you might be surprised that they look different from your usual restaurant wings. But worry not, you’ll just need to break them down yourself, which is very easy.
Chicken wings are made up of three parts:
- Drumette – This is the part that attached the wing to the animal, and looks like a mini drumstick.
- Flat (or wingette) – This is the middle part of the chicken wing, and looks a bit like a flat oval.
- Tip – This is the very end of the chicken wing, and is pointy.
I personally only split mine into two sections – the drumette and the flat/tip. I like leaving the tip connected to the flat because you can get some crispy chicken skin on there (though there’s not much meat underneath). If you prefer cutting the tip off, that’s fine too!
WHY DOES BAKING POWDER HELP MAKE CRISPY KETO CHICKEN WINGS?
This was a family trick I learned a while back, so I really wasn’t sure why we started making them with baking powder. While I can’t find any conclusive evidence, my guess is that it’s related to how baking powder might change the pH of the chicken skin.
At a quick glance, it looks like chicken is slightly acidic with a pH of 6 (neutral pH is 7). Baking powder combines both a base and an acid, and when adding it to the skin, it may affect the pH, helping the skin brown and crisp better.
I honestly have no idea if this is correct, but that’s the best guess I’ve got for ya! 😉 Chef friends or chemistry peeps, feel free to weigh in if you’ve got more information for me.
TWO QUICK TIPS FOR USING BAKING POWDER:
- Use aluminum free baking powder, as some people may note a slightly bitter taste if the baking powder has aluminum.
- Do not – for the sake of delicious wings – substitute baking soda for baking powder. Baking soda is straight-up sodium bicarbonate, while baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and an acid (usually cream of tartar). You’ll still get brown crispy wings with baking soda – but they’ll have an unpleasant bitter taste because of this difference.
CAN YOU COOK WINGS IN AN AIR FRYER?
Yes, you can! Chicken wings cooked in the air fryer are amazing. The hot air circulating inside will make the meat moist and juicy. It will also make the skin extra crispy, which takes longer and is more difficult in a conventional oven. Cook the wings for 12 minutes in a 360 degrees F air fryer, flip the wings, increase the temperature to 390 and cook for another 12 minutes.
HOW TO PREPARE AHEAD AND STORE?
Cook the wings as stated in the recipe, and then let them cool at room temperature. Store them in the fridge or freezer in a covered container or zip-lock bag. Once needed, let them thaw at room temperature and pop the wings in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until they’re heated through and the skins have crisped up again.
DIP YOUR KETO CHICKEN WINGS IN THESE SAUCES
For this recipe, I went with a standard buffalo wing sauce, mixing Frank’s Red Hot and butter to create the perfect buffalo flavor, but you can also do other sauces or flavor combos too! Here are a few ideas:
- Use keto BBQ sauce for BBQ wings
- Get some cheesy flavor with garlic and parmesan chicken wings
- Make a low sugar Thai sweet chili sauce for your wings
- Try the sauce listed in here for low carb General Tso’s chicken wings
I hope you love these chicken wings as much as we do – if so, please leave a recipe rating and a comment!
Low-Carb Crispy Keto Chicken Wings
- 4 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot
- 3 tbsp butter
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Prepare the chicken wings by separating them into the drumette and the flat/tip portion. Dry them well with a paper towel.
- Combine the baking powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Toss this with the chicken wings.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet, and place the chicken wings on the baking sheet. (You’ll likely need two baking sheets).
- Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Take the baking sheets out and flip the wings over. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
- Once the wings are done, melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave. Combine the butter and the hot sauce in a large bowl, and toss the wings in the sauce.
- Serve as-is, with crumbled blue cheese on top, or with an appropriate blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.