Healthy ranch chicken wings made with a homemade ranch seasoning and baked in the oven until perfectly crispy. These wings take just a few simple ingredients and are so easy to make for a delicious flavorful dinner. This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, and dairy-free. It will be a hit with the whole family!
The Best Crispy Oven Baked Ranch Chicken Wings
Crispy chicken wings are already delicious on their own but when you add in a homemade (and dairy-free!) ranch seasoning, they become ten times more delicious than before.
Eating healthy does not have to mean eating boring flavorless food and if you have been missing chicken wings because you are avoiding fried foods or just eating out in general, it is time for you to make your own.
Making crispy chicken wings at home is more than possible, it is actually super easy and you can do everything right in your oven. Once you know how to make crispy wings you can season and flavor them in so many different ways.
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If you have not tried it already, baking your wings in the oven until crispy is one of the easiest ways to get perfectly crispy wings.
A couple of the pros to making your wings in the oven are that there is minimal clean up (all you need is one sheet pan), and once you put them in the oven, all you have to do is flip them once while cooking.
Chicken wings are the perfect option for dinner when you need a recipe that is simple and does not require a lot of hands on cooking time.
Here are a few tips for the best crispy baked chicken wings:
Line your sheet pan with parchment paper. This helps to ensure that the chicken wings do not stick and makes cleaning up simple and easy.
Use a little oil. One tablespoon of oil will go a long way to help get the wings cooking and crispy.
Bake the wings at 425. If you want crispy wings you are going to have to bake them at a higher temperature. Baking the wings at 425 will ensure you get that crispy golden skin.
Cook the wings long enough. Wings have a good amount of fat on them which means they will not dry out when cooked at a higher temperature for a little while. Let your wings bake for around 40 minutes and flip them halfway through.
Make sure the wings are fully thawed out and pat them dry. This helps to ensure that there is no extra moisture on the wings so that they can get nice and crispy.
Homemade Dairy Free Ranch Seasoning
The key to these crispy ranch wings is the homemade ranch seasoning mix. You may have seen this recipe made with the premade ranch seasoning packets that you can find at your local grocery store.
Unfortunately, the most popular ranch seasoning packets are made with less than stellar ingredients like stabilizers and preservatives. The seasoning packets often contain dairy which many people are trying to avoid.
Thankfully, making your own homemade ranch seasoning is incredibly easy and you likely have all of the ingredients to make a batch in your spice cabinet already.
The best part of making a homemade seasoning is that the recipe makes extra, which means you will have plenty to use for future recipes like more chicken wings, dressings, and dips.
Here is what you need to make a homemade dairy free ranch seasoning:
Once you have all of the ingredients, just combine them in a small bowl and then store the seasoning in an airtight container in your spice cabinet. You will have plenty to use for this recipe and more!
How to Make Ranch Chicken Wings
After you have made the homemade ranch seasoning, these crispy ranch chicken wings are so easy to whip up.
All you’ll need is a few tablespoons of your homemade ranch seasoning, avocado oil, and chicken wings to make a batch of incredibly flavorful wings.
Step One: Pat your cleaned chicken wings dry and then add them to a mixing bowl.
Step Two: Season the chicken wings with two tablespoons of ranch seasoning, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of avocado oil. Give the wings a stir until well-coated in the oil and seasoning.
Step Three: Transfer the chicken wings to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the wings at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until browned and crispy.
Step Four: Once the chicken wings are done, sprinkle them with a little extra ranch seasoning, garnish with green onions and serve while hot and crispy!
Can I Make These Chicken Wings In the Air Fryer?
Have an air fryer and want to use that to make your wings instead? Go for it! One of my favorite ways to make these wings is in the air fryer!
To make these wings in the air fryer, just toss them in the oil and seasonings until well coated. Then transfer the wings to the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
You can give the wings a shake or flip them halfway through to ensure that they cook evenly. After the wings are finished cooking, sprinkle a little more ranch seasoning on them and enjoy!
A Couple of Air Fryer Method Notes
Depending on the size of your air fryer and the amount of chicken you are cooking, you may need to make this recipe in two batches.
If you are trying to cut down on the amount of oil you are using, you can use a half a tablespoon of oil for this recipe instead of the full tablespoon. I would still use a little bit of oil to ensure ultimate crispy-ness but chicken wings have a lot of natural fat so using a little less oil will still work!
Add all of the ranch seasoning ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
Add the chicken wings, salt, 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning, avocado oil, and red pepper flakes (if using) to a mixing bowl. Toss the chicken wings until they are well coated in the oil and seasoning.
Transfer the chicken wings to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until browned and crispy.
Remove the wings from the oven and sprinkle with a little extra ranch seasoning. Serve immediately and enjoy!