The best dry rub for chicken wings is simple to make and includes a secret ingredient that makes those wings super crispy and delicious.
My favorite chicken wing recipe gets a serious upgrade, thanks to this smoky dry rub that adds tons of flavor to every bite.
Using Baking Powder In Dry Rubs
One of my favorite tricks to making the crispiest baked chicken wings is to lightly dust them with baking powder before putting them in the oven.
Baking powder changes the pH level of the chicken skin, which helps it get SUPER crispy. Whenever I serve them, people are shocked to find out that they weren’t deep fried!
A lot of people have asked if you can add anything else along with the baking powder. Yes, you can. Using baking powder in a dry rub for wings is an excellent way to make sure the skin comes out nice and crispy while also giving your wings tons of flavor. You can still add sauce if you want to, but it definitely isn’t necessary with these dry rub chicken wings.
How To Make The Best Dry Rub
Dry rubs are all about FLAVOR. To make the best dry rub, you’ll want a combination of sweet, savory, and pungent flavors. A little heat never hurts anything either, if you ask me.
For this chicken wing rub, I use:
- Baking powder to help them crisp
- Brown sugar for a hint of sweetness and to help with browning
- Smoked paprika to give the wings a sharp, smoky flavor that tastes like they’ve been grilled
- Chili powder for a touch of heat
- Garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- Mix the seasonings in a bowl.
- Rub evenly onto chicken wings before cooking them with this method.