If I were to give a general rule of thumb, I would say that your average store-bought chicken wings will bake for roughly 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees uncovered.
Once you covered them with foil, they will take approximately 30-40 minutes.
If you bake larger chicken wings, the cooking time will also increase a ton. You can expect them to bake anywhere between 40-60 minutes.
How Long To Bake Chicken Wings At 400?
Now let’s look at the details to understand exactly how long to bake chicken wings at 400 degrees. And even more importantly, how to effectively bake wings under varying circumstances.
We will look at how the temperature affects the baking time, the cooking technique, as well as the size of the wings themselves. And, as always, I have included a delicious and easy 5-ingredient chicken wing recipe you can try.
The answers I could find for how long to bake chicken wings at 400 degrees vary drastically! Some articles say 20-25 minutes, some say 40-60 minutes. Now, this could mean the difference between having perfectly cooked, undercooked, or overcooked wings.
So, what is the ideal baking time for 400 degrees then?
I decided to do some experimenting myself. I found that the exact cooking method as well as the size of the wing majorly affects the cooking time. This is kind of common sense, but the degree to which the cooking times varies were shocking.
So, for this Air-Fried Chicken Wings Recipe, the cooking time was only 15-20 minutes at 400ºF (200ºC). But, baked in the oven, it took about 25-30 minutes uncovered.
Furthermore, once you cover the wings with aluminum foil (to prevent them from getting too dark) the cooking time increases. It took between 5-10 minutes extra.
Then, I tested different-sized chicken wings. When using large roaster chickens (which generally weigh between 5-8 pounds each), the wings took considerably longer. These were baked at 400 degrees for about 40-50 minutes.
But, when I tried chicken wings from fryer chickens (which generally weigh between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 pounds each), they took 25-30 minutes.
How To Test The Doneness Of Chicken Wings?
The safest way to test the doneness of chicken wings is to use an internal probe thermometer. This can accurately take the internal temperature of your chicken wing at its thickest part.
It should be 165ºF (75ºC). Always test the largest wing first at its thickest part. If that has reached the required temperature, the smaller and thinner pieces will obviously be cooked too.
If you don’t have a probe thermometer, you can also use this guide to check if your chicken is done or not.
Tips And Tricks For Making My 5-Ingredient Chicken Wings Recipe
- Your chicken wings should preferably marinate for longer than 2 hours. Technically, the effects of a marinate kick in after only 30 minutes. But, the longer you marinade the meat, the more flavorful and tender it will be. So, for the best results, marinade it overnight or for 8 hours.
- The baking technique I use for this recipe is unique. At first, you just want to bake the wings without browning them. It also prevents them from drying out by trapping the moisture while they bake. Then, for the remaining 5-10 minutes of baking, you can remove the foil so the sauce thickens and caramelizes nicely.
- If you want uber sticky grilled wings, for the remaining 5-10 minutes of baking, crank the oven temperature all the way up and set the oven to grill.
FAQs On How Long To Bake Chicken Wings At 400 Degrees?
What is good with chicken wings?
Virtually everything goes well with chicken wings. Your marinade (sauce) will mostly affect good or great pairings. You can try my Air Fryer Mac And Cheese Balls or these Steven Universe Fry Bits Recipe. They are both delicious, crispy, and pair well with almost any flavor of wings.
How Long To Bake Chicken Wings At 350?
Because you are baking at a lower temperature, your wings will take longer to reach the correct internal temperature. So, for regular uncovered chicken wings, I would recommend baking them for 30-40 minutes. Again, covered wings or larger pieces will take longer to bake.
What are the two types of chicken wings?
You can either buy drums (drumettes) or flats (wingettes). Drums look like small chicken legs and have one bone running through the center. Flats, on the other hand, look like wings and have two or three connecting parts.
Flats are generally considered more flavorful and juicy. Whereas the drum cut has more meat on it.
Easy 5-Ingredient Spiced Chicken Wing Recipe
- 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup soy sauce, less sodium
- 1/3 cup chili sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 20 chicken wings with 2 joints attached, but tips removed
- First, prepare the chicken wings. Slice the wing joints without cutting through the chicken bone. This trick will help spread the chicken wing open. Set the wings aside.
- Then, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make sure they are very well distributed and that you have a uniform marinade.
- Combine the prepared chicken wings and marinade in a large mixing bowl, baking dish, or zip-lock bag. Any one of these containers will work, as long as it completely coats the chicken wings with sauce.
- Close the container or bag and ensure it's airtight. Then, marinate the chicken wings in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Once the chicken wings have been marinated, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
- Place the wings in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Cover the wings with aluminum foil and bake them for 20 minutes.
- Check the progress of your wings by testing their internal temperature. If they are close to being ready, remove the foil and continue baking them uncovered for another 5-10 minutes. But, if they are not close to being ready, continue baking them covered for a little longer.
- Once your chicken wings are completely baked, remove them from the oven. Allow them to cool for a couple of minutes. Then, serve them hot with your favorite accompaniment.