February 10, 2022| By

Crispy Oven Baked Cajun BBQ Wings

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
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Cajun BBQ Wings are coated in a flavorful dry rub and oven-baked for a deliciously crispy chicken that is then tossed in barbecue sauce. These perfectly seasoned chicken wings are great as a party appetizer, game-day snack, or dinner entree.

If you are in search of more delicious chicken recipes then you have to try my Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream and Honey Sauce and my White Wine Herb Roasted Chicken.

crispy oven baked cajun bbq wings on a serving tray

Crispy Oven Baked Cajun BBQ Wings sounds like a mouthful but it is super easy to make! When it comes to cajun BBQ recipes, this is quick, simple, and tasty. Most people prefer fried chicken but if you want less mess and calories, baked chicken is the way to go!

Don't fret! You can still have that savory crunch with baked chicken wings and I'll prove it. With the super bowl coming up, you won't be able to stop reaching for these spicy, saucy wings!

wings on a platter with bbq sauce and limes

how to make crispy chicken wings in the oven

During Prep: If you want crispy baked chicken wings, ensure the wings are completely dry before baking. Dry them REALLY well using paper towels to blot away any moisture. This makes it so that the seasonings adhere to the wings but also makes it so that the skin becomes super crispy in the oven!

While Baking: Use a cooling rack during the baking process. This allows air to circulate which results in crunchy oven-baked chicken. With the wings slightly elevated from the pan, they will cook more quickly and evenly.

Another way to make sure your chicken wings are crispy is to flip the wings midway through baking, for an even, crispy coating.

what is in cajun seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a regional spice blend most commonly associated with Louisiana. For this wings recipe, I used a premixed Cajun seasoning but it is super easy to make your own with spices already in your cupboards. Cajun seasoning is a simple mixture of:

  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Oregano

If you want it to be all-in-one, you can add salt to the mixture. You can alter the amount of each ingredient depending on your taste buds or even include more spices like onion powder and thyme. The blend can keep for up to a year if stored properly.

This versatile rub can be used on chicken, seafood, burgers, and more. Get creative!

chicken wings on a cooling rack

how to prepare Crispy Oven Baked Cajun BBQ Wings

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Then pat each chicken wing dry with a paper towel and add to a large bowl. Next, add salt and cajun seasoning. Toss together to ensure all wings are coated.

Use a baking sheet with a cooling rack and place each wing on the cooling rack. Drizzle olive oil on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Flip the wings and place back in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the skin becomes crispy.

Add wings to a large bowl and add your favorite bbq sauce. (I used Sweet Baby Ray's Original.) Finally, toss together until all wings are evenly coated.

a hand squeezing a lime on top of the cajun bbq wings

what to serve with crispy oven baked cajun bbq wings

Chicken wings pair well with just about anything but here are some of my favorite sides to enjoy them with:

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crispy oven baked cajun bbq wings on a serving tray

Crispy Oven Baked Cajun BBQ Wings

Cajun BBQ Wings are coated in a flavorful dry rub and oven-baked for a deliciously crispy chicken that is then tossed in barbecue sauce.
Serving: 24 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Calories: 62kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken wings
  • 2 tbsps Cajun seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pat each chicken wing dry with a paper towel and add to a large bowl. Add salt and cajun seasoning. Toss together to ensure all wings are coated.
  • Use a baking sheet with the cooling rack and place each wing on the cooling rack. Drizzle olive oil on top. 
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Flip the wings and place back in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the skin becomes crispy.
  • Add wings to a large bowl and add bbq sauce. Toss together until all wings are coated.

Notes

  • I used Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 62kcal
    Course: Chicken, Dinner
    Cuisine: American

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    1. 5 stars
      This recipe looks so delicious to make more importantly simple and quick! I’m having about 10 people over for an outside lunch. Can’t wait for the final result. Stay tuned

    2. 5 stars
      Tried these for my “All girls outing” and they went CRAZY over these wings. Crunchy and very flavorful on the outside and moist on the inside. Better than your typical buffalo wings!

    3. 5 stars
      we made these for the superbowl on sunday! i used my own barbecue sauce but the combination of the cajun seasoning and bbq sauce was genius. the wings also came out super crispy. thanks!!