The best-ever Baked Chicken Wings

Dr. Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

These Dr. Pepper Baked Hot Wings are sweet, spicy and so delicious! They’re an easy game day recipe that is roasted and not fried!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, finger food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 431kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 2 ½ pounds frozen chicken wings thawed
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 12 ounces Dr Pepper (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Move the oven racks to the upper middle and lower middle positions. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on top. Spray the wire rack lightly with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.


  • Pat the thawed chicken wings dry with paper towels. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 2
  • Place the chicken wings in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add the baking powder and salt and seal the bag shut. Shake the bag until each wing is coated with baking powder. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 3
  • Remove the chicken wings from the bag and place them, skin-side up, on top of the wire rack on your prepared baking sheet. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 4
  • Place the baking sheet on the lower-middle rack and bake for 30 minutes. Move wings to upper-middle rack and increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Bake an additional 40-50 minutes, or until wings are crispy and golden-brown. Remove the wings from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 5


  • While the wings are in the oven, make the wing sauce by adding Dr. Pepper, Buffalo wing sauce, and brown sugar to a medium saucepan. Heat over high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, whisking every minute or so. Reduce heat until mixture reaches a low boil. Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally) until the mixture reduces by half. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 6
  • Add in the butter and whisk until melted. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 7
  • Add in the cornstarch and continue to boil until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. 
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 8


  • Turn off the heat and let the sauce sit for 5 minutes. Add the wings to a large bowl. Pour sauce over, toss until well coated, and serve immediately!
    How to Bake Hot Wings - Step 9


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 693mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1.8mg