Old Bay Seasoning is seriously the best seasoning for chicken wings. Not only is it easy to find, but it’s inexpensive, and it makes preparing a deliciously baked chicken wing easy and oh so crispy! These Old Bay Chicken Wings use only three ingredients plus a bit of salt and pepper!
Old Bay Chicken Wings was inspired by Whitney at That Square Plate. If you don’t know who she is or what her food blog is all about, I encourage you to visit her and take a look for yourself. In fact, the inspiration for this particular chicken wing recipe was her Old Bay Onion Rings with a Lemon Dipping Sauce.
Here’s a bit of trivia for you. Did you know that Old Bay Seasoning was developed by a German immigrant to Maryland, US, in 1939? Fresh crab was so popular to the area that local bars used to cook them up and give them to their patrons for free – kinda like some bars nowadays with bowls of peanuts. Well, to encourage patrons to buy more drinks at the bar, the seasoning blend was invented by Gustav Brunn with excess amounts of salt; the more seasoned crab patrons ate, the thirstier they became!
The seasoning mix includes mustard, paprika, celery salt, bay leaf, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, mace, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. The seasoning is mostly used to season crab and shrimp, but it can also be used in chowders and stews.
But, with a seasoning as delicious as Old Bay, why stop there? The seasoning could also be used as a topping on popcorn, salads, eggs, fried chicken, French fries, corn on the cob, baked potato, potato salad, and even homemade potato chips. Quite versatile, isn’t it!?
Well, let me just tell you one thing, Dear Reader, Old Bay works extremely well on baked chicken wings! With just one seasoning blend and a little flour, you can create the most delicious crispy chicken wing you can imagine.
I’ll be experimenting with this seasoning a little more over the next little while, but in the meantime, check out the recipe below, and be sure check out Whitney’s Old Bay Onion Rings with a Lemon Dipping Sauce. Hey, maybe you can make both of them for game night! (Whitney is quite the football fan, so I’m sure she’d like the idea of preparing wings and rings for the big game!)
Old Bay Chicken Wings
- 24 chicken wings
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning, heaping
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning.
- Wash wings in cold water, shake of access water (do not pat dry) and toss into the bowl with the flour mixture. Toss well to coat.
- Lay the wings out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the wings from the oven, spray each wing lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and bake once again for an additional 20 minutes.
- Before serving, sprinkle a little more Old Bay Seasoning over top and enjoy!