Crispy baked turkey wings in the oven with a dry rub, brined or just simple salt and pepper turn out great. Enjoy as an appetizer or meal.
We baked turkey wings the other night after breaking down a whole turkey earlier that day. I wanted to be able to share how long each piece took in the oven to get juicy and moist. Now we’re here to share how to cook the drummettes and wingettes perfectly. (affiliate links present)
How to Bake Turkey Wings
We shared how to cook a Butterball turkey breast yesterday, but what if you want this smaller part? We all love wings right?? Most of the time you probably eat them off chickens but these are surprisingly delicious too (and with more meat). Typically you’d see them separated into two parts, you can see how that’s done here.
This is how to cook whole turkey wings but I will say it is much easier to eat if the tip is discarded and you slice them apart at the joint. In the case that you had to buy them together but want to separate the two you can see here how to do just that. Just slice the skin and twist the two apart. The sharp end can be sliced off and thrown away.
How Long to Bake Turkey Wings
These actually don’t take much longer than if you were to cook it’s smaller counterpart. It’s going to take about 1 hour covered, then a few more minutes at the end to broil until crisp for about 3-4 minutes. This is what you’re going to need before getting started;
- Cook as many turkey wings as you’d like on your baking sheet without overlapping them, we had 4 on hand
- You’ll need some olive oil at the beginning and brush on later to get crispy turkey skin
- Ideally you will choose to use one of the below ways to season these, or just sprinkle with salt and pepper
Now if you have your own “secret season blend” then by all means use that sprinkled on top. Once you get that crispy skin is browned it becomes a really nice texture with the flavors baked in. The insides will remain tender and juicy though as you bake at a lower temp. for longer, and keep it covered for the majority of the time.
Crispy Baked Turkey Wings
For best results and flavor you should soak all parts of a turkey in our brine for 6 hours to overnight. Or coat outside of each one with our turkey dry rub. Only use one of these or it will be too salty.
- Use fresh turkey wings for this, if they are frozen you’ll need to add about 5 more min. on to the baking time.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or baking dish with non stick aluminum foil and lay wings on top.
- Drizzle or brush half of your olive oil on the top. Cover tightly with another piece of non stick foil, so it doesn’t stick to the skin.
- Cook turkey wings for 60 minutes, then lift off foil and drizzle remaining olive oil over the top.
- if you didn’t use brine or dry rub I would sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder over them all now to season
Switch oven to broil and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until skin is as browned and crispy as you’d like. We do the same thing with our baked turkey legs too. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes and then enjoy!
Baked Frozen Turkey Wings
We shared with you how to bake frozen chicken wings before, it isn’t much different than that. The only difference is you will likely need to increase the timing by 5 minutes to reach the proper internal temperature of 165 degrees. Other than that you’ll be good to go!
Turkey Wings in the Oven
To get the most accurate read insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion with the pan removed. If it is still in the hot oven it may be off. While you bake the wings you can make side dishes like mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and/or a salad.
To sauce or not to sauce: Traditionally when you cook chicken wings at 375 I would add a sauce near the end so it bakes on and kinda’ caramelizes. You could do the same for these too but I would suggest brushing that on about 15 minutes before your hour is up. AND I would also brush on more when uncovered.
The flavor of the meat isn’t much different from bird to bird really so if you are all about bbq or teriyaki wings then go for it friends!! I mean not super traditional if you are serving this for Thanksgiving dinner or whatever but who cares. We are known to serve pizza for Christmas sometimes so tradition for us sometimes goes out the window. 😉
Another option if you want really crispy is to follow our baking soda wings steps. You toss them in this mixture to draw out the moisture from the outside so the outside gets super crunchy. Try them all I say to see which you love best, then next year you’ll know.
How do you reheat fully cooked turkey wings
There is actually a great way to do just that. First you need to make sure you’re saving them properly though, or it’s a no go. Make sure these are fully cooled before storing inside a container with a lid or freezer bag. In the fridge they go and are best if eaten within 48 hours, 24 hours later is best.
Just follow our how to reheat wings in air fryer post. If larger than most add another 2 minutes or so along the way. Sauced for the second go around of your baked turkey wings recipe is usually best to add a bit of moisture to the outside and flavor too.
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Baked Turkey Wings
- Ideally soak in our brine for 6 hours to overnight, or coat outside of each one with our turkey dry rub. Only use one of these, or plain with just salt and pepper is below.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with non stick aluminum foil and lay wings on top, drizzle or brush half of your olive oil on the top. Cover tightly with another piece of non stick foil, so it doesn't stick to the skin.
- Bake for 1 hour, then lift off foil and drizzle remaining olive oil over the top. (if you didn't use brine or dry rub I would sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder over them all now)
- Switch oven to broil and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until skin is as browned and crispy as you'd like. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes and then enjoy!