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Gluten Free Chicken Wings

Gluten Free Chicken Wings Tender, juicy gluten-free chicken wings are coated with a tasty homemade BBQ rub and served with gluten-free BBQ sauce. Like our Crispy Baked Chicken Wings, these bake perfectly in the oven for a treat everyone can enjoy; they are perfect for tailgating, a big game, or any get-together you’re planning. 

One chicken wing held up in from of a plate of gluten free chicken wings.

ARE CHICKEN WINGS GLUTEN-FREE?

You’ll love our take on classic wings without gluten. Chicken wings are naturally gluten-free, so it comes down to the rub and sauces you dress them with that will make them gluten-free or not. Most restaurant and store-bought wings contain a batter with ingredients like flour to get them extra-crispy. Our homemade rub and sauce flavors the wings and are gluten-free without compromising the delicious wing flavor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • BBQ Sauce: Our homemade gluten-free BBQ sauce combines ketchup, coconut amino acids, liquid smoke, honey, salt, and paprika. You can add a bit of honey or brown sugar if you prefer something sweeter.
  • Chicken Wings: Two pounds of chicken wings will feed my family of four with leftovers, but adjust our recipe if you’re feeding a crowd. Make it easy on yourself and purchase chicken wings split into drums and flats. I usually buy uncooked chicken wings at Costco.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is necessary for crispy chicken wings.
  • Spices: I keep it simple with homemade BBQ rub made with paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to flavor the wings; this frees you up to use whatever sauce you prefer, but they taste great on their own.

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE CHICKEN WINGS

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Combine the ingredients for homemade BBQ sauce in a mixing bowl and set it aside.

Dry the chicken wings using a cloth to remove excess moisture.

Chicken wings drying in a bowl.

Next, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack onto it. Combine the baking powder and spices in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken wings to the mixture and toss to combine.

Chicken wings tossed with baking powder and bbq rub.

Adjust the oven rack to the upper middle position and preheat the oven to 450° F (232° C). Bake the wings for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the wings.

Chicken wings baking in the oven.

Allow the wings to cool for 10 minutes, then toss them in the mixing bowl with the homemade BBQ Sauce.

Chicken wings on a plate with bbq sauce and vegetables in the background.

COOKING TIPS

  • Use a Wire Rack: A wire rack allows air to move freely around the chicken wings so the heat can circulate on all sides. If you don’t have a wire rack, I recommend lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Dry the Wings: Pat dry the wings to achieve a nice, crispy coating.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Spread the chicken onto the baking sheet; crowding them causes the wings to steam instead of bake.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is alkaline, and when paired with salt, it changes the acidity (pH) of the chicken skin, helping it crisp.
  • Rest the Chicken: Don’t skip resting the chicken after it has finished baking; this allows them to dry out and release moisture from the skin.

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A close up of the chicken wings.

GLUTEN-FREE WING SAUCES

Wings are not the same without a tasty sauce to coat them with. I recommend using the gluten-free BBQ sauce included in the recipe card, but if you don’t feel like preparing sauce from scratch, use one of these.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

Our wings are the perfect appetizer, but make it a meal by pairing them with one of these tasty sides and small plates.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • TO STORE – Store leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 3-4 days.
  • TO FREEZE – Allow the wings to cool, then add them to a freezer-safe container or bag. They will keep for up to 6 months.
  • TO REHEAT – For best results, warm the leftovers in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350° F (176° C).
  • TO REPURPOSE – Debone the leftover wings and use them as a topping for a salad or filling for a sandwich.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

How long to cook chicken wings?

I found the sweet spot, and I bake our gluten free chicken wings recipe for 30-40 minutes at 450° F (232° C) for crispy, fall-off-the-bone chicken wings every time! The best way to know the chicken wings are done cooking is to use a food thermometer to ensure the wings have reached an internal cooking temperature of 165° F (73° C).

Can I make the wings in advance?

If you do so, I recommend preparing the wings and sauce separately. When it’s time to reheat the wings, line them onto a baking sheet and cook them for 15 to 20 minutes until they’re heated through. Prepare and toss the chicken wings in the sauce to serve.

Can I make this recipe in the air fryer?

Depending on the size of your air fryer, you will likely have to work in batches. Preheat the air fryer to 450° F (232° C). Then, line the chicken wings into the air fryer basket. Cook for minutes, flipping them halfway through.

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A close up of the chicken wings.

Gluten Free Chicken Wings

Tressa Jamil
Tender, juicy gluten free chicken wings are coated with a tasty homemade BBQ rub and bake perfectly in the oven for a treat everyone can enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 People
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce:

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons coconut amino acids
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

For the Chicken:

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients for homemade BBQ sauce in a mixing bowl and set it aside.
  • Dry the chicken wings using a cloth to remove excess moisture.
  • Next, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack onto it. Combine the baking powder and spices in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken wings to the mixture and toss to combine.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the upper middle position and preheat the oven to 450° F (232° C). Bake the wings for 20 minutes. (Optional: Brush the wings with BBQ sauce and continue cooking). Flip and bake for 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the wings.
  • Allow the wings to cool for 10 minutes, then toss them in the mixing bowl with the homemade BBQ Sauce.

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
Cooking Tips:
  • Use a Wire Rack: A wire rack allows air to move freely around the chicken wings so the heat can circulate on all sides. If you don’t have a wire rack, I recommend lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Dry the Wings: Pat dry the wings to achieve a nice, crispy coating.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Spread the chicken onto the baking sheet; crowding them causes the wings to steam instead of bake.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is alkaline, and when paired with salt, it changes the Ph of the chicken skin, helping it crisp.
  • Rest the Chicken: Don’t skip resting the chicken after it has finished baking; this allows them to dry out and release moisture from the skin.

Nutrition

Serving: 6 WingsCalories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 28gFat: 24gSodium: 1326mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g
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