You’ll love these baked turkey wings that are coated in the best ever homemade seasoning blend. They’re melt-in-your-mouth tender with deliciously crispy skin. These oven roasted turkey wings are the perfect easy meal or Thanksgiving dinner.
Baked Turkey Wings
These baked turkey wings are so tender that they fall off the bone, but the skin still crisps up nicely and they’re seasoned perfectly. The homemade seasoning blend gets its phenomenal flavor from poultry seasoning, thyme, garlic, and a few other spices. The flavors infuse into the meat as the wings cook low and slow. Thanks to basting the wings a few times, they stay extra juicy.
This recipe for oven baked turkey wings really is so delicious that everyone will be asking for seconds. It’s a fantastic fusion of crispy, tender, and juicy flavors that are bound to make it a family favorite recipe. It’s especially delicious if you pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and smother it in a delicious gravy made from the pan drippings. Then you really have a meal that screams comfort food.
The best part is that this dish is so easy to make. After you season the wings, the oven basically does all the work for you as it cooks the wings low and slow.
There’s something about Southern style baked turkey wings that just feels comforting. The combination of super tender and juicy meat with the delicious seasoning blend makes it irresistible.
Turkey Wings: Turkey wings are meaty and packed with flavor. Look for fresh wings that have a nice color and are firm to the touch.
Onion: Yellow onions are perfect for this recipe. They add a subtle sweetness that complements the savory turkey wings. Look for ones that are firm and have a crisp, dry outer skin.
Olive Oil: This is essential for keeping the turkey wings moist and flavorful. It also helps the seasonings stick to the turkey and helps the skin crisp up.
Chicken Broth: This liquid not only keeps the turkey moist but also adds depth of flavor to the dish.
Poultry Seasoning: Poultry seasoning is a blend of several herbs, including thyme, sage, and marjoram. It’s specifically designed to enhance the flavor of poultry, making it a must-have for this recipe.
Paprika: Paprika adds a lovely color and a hint of sweetness to the turkey wings. If you like a smokier flavor, you can substitute it with smoked paprika.
Garlic Powder: This adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the turkey wings. I prefer garlic powder over fresh garlic for meat rubs because it’s able to spread more evenly across the surface of the meat.
Dried Thyme: Thyme has a savory flavor that pairs perfectly with poultry.
Dried Parsley: Parsley adds a fresh flavor that balances the richness of the turkey wings.
Fine Sea Salt: Fine sea salt is perfect for seasoning the turkey wings because it spreads evenly over the meat.
Onion Powder: Onion powder adds a concentrated onion flavor that complements the turkey wings nicely.
Black Pepper: Ground black pepper adds a bit of spice to this recipe. Freshly ground black pepper will add a bit more of a kick to the flavor profile than pre-ground pepper does.
If you don’t have some of the spices listed above, don’t worry! You can substitute them with what you have on hand. For instance, you can replace the poultry seasoning with a Cajun seasoning for a bit of a kick. If you don’t have olive oil, vegetable oil is a great substitute. Feel free to play with the flavors to make it your own.
How To Make Baked Turkey Wings
Make the dry rub: Add all the herbs and spices to a small bowl and mix together to make the dry rub. (See the recipe card below for the full printable instructions.)
Prepare your casserole dish: Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread thinly sliced onions at the bottom of the dish.
Prepare your turkey wings: Rinse the turkey wings under cool water and pat dry using a paper towel. Place the turkey wings into a large mixing bowl.
Oil the turkey wings: Drizzle olive oil over the wings, making sure that they are fully coated on both sides.
Season the wings: Sprinkle your prepared dry rub over the wings, mixing together and gently massaging the seasoning into the skin and meat of the wings.
Arrange the wings: Carefully move the seasoned wings from the bowl to your prepared casserole dish.
Prepare the broth: Pour chicken broth into the bowl and stir it around, letting any leftover spices mix into the broth.
Add broth to the dish: Pour the seasoned broth into your casserole dish, being careful to pour along the edge to avoid washing the rub off the wings.
Bake the wings: Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place it in a preheated oven. Remember to baste the wings as you go so that they stay juicy and tender.
Finalize baking: Once the wings reach your desired tenderness, increase the oven’s temperature and bake them until the skin is crispy.
Rest and serve: After baking, remove the wings from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving with your favorite sides. Enjoy! See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, and helpful tips, etc.
- Always pat your turkey wings dry before seasoning. It helps the seasonings stick to the wings better.
- Baste your wings every 30 minutes. This keeps them moist and tender.
- Don’t rush the cooking process. Turkey wings need time to become tender and delicious.
- Let your turkey wings rest for a few minutes after baking. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a juicier wing.
What Do You Do With Turkey Wings?
Turkey wings are an incredibly versatile meat! You can use them in a variety of dishes, like soups and stews, or even in a delicious rice dish like this Southern chicken and rice recipe. However, my absolute favorite way to cook them is by baking. This method brings out their savory flavor and gives them a beautiful, crispy skin, which makes them an irresistible comfort food dinner!
What Do Turkey Wings Taste Like?
Similar to a holiday turkey, turkey wings have a rich, slightly gamey taste. They are packed with flavor, and when cooked right, they’re incredibly juicy and tender. The meat is richer than chicken, and the skin crisps up beautifully when baked.
Do You Cover Baked Turkey Wings?
Yes, it’s a good idea to cover your turkey wings for the majority of the baking time. This helps to lock in the moisture and prevent them from drying out. Towards the end of baking, you can remove the foil to allow the skin to crisp up.
Why Are My Turkey Wings Tough?
If your turkey wings are turning out tough, it might be because they’re not cooked long enough. Turkey wings are a tougher cut of meat and require a longer cooking time to become tender because they have more muscle and connective tissue than other parts of the turkey. Make sure to give them plenty of time to bake in the oven, and remember to baste them occasionally to keep them moist.
What Temperature Do You Bake Turkey Wings At?
Turkey wings taste best when they’re baked at 350F for a longer period of time. They need time to cook slowly to become perfectly tender.
What Temp Will Turkey Fall Off The Bone?
For turkey wings that are so tender they practically fall off the bone, they need to reach an internal temperature of 180-185F.
Is It OK If Turkey Is A Little Pink Near The Bone?
As long as your turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165F, it’s generally okay if your turkey is a little pink near the bone. The best way to make sure your turkey is cooked properly and is safe to eat is by using an instant read meat thermometer. It should read at least 165F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone. It’s not uncommon for smoked or oven-roasted turkeys to still have a pink tinge due to myoglobin, a protein in meat that reacts to heat and can remain pink even after cooking.
What Goes With Baked Turkey Wings?
Baked turkey wings are super versatile and can go with a variety of side dishes. Some of my favorites include mashed potatoes, Crockpot green beans, and a simple seasoned rice dish. You could also serve them with a side of doctored up canned cranberry sauce or cranberry Jell-O salad for a holiday touch, or with a fresh salad for a lighter option. The possibilities are endless!
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If you like this recipe, be sure to check out all of our other poultry recipes. Some reader favorites are:
- Turkey Tenderloin Recipe
- Boneless Turkey Breast Recipe
- Turkey Gravy Without Drippings
- Smothered Turkey Wings
- Turkey Wings In Crock Pot
- Air Fryer Turkey Wings
- 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion (thinly sliced, about 1 cup)
- 3 pounds turkey wings (drums and flats)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- To a small bowl, add all the seasonings for the dry rub. Mix together.
- Lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray, then spread the onion slices out across the bottom.
- Rinse the turkey wings under cool water, then pat them dry using a paper towel. Place the dried turkey wings into a large mixing bowl. (If you don’t like rinsing your poultry, you can skip that step, but be sure to pat them dry before adding them to the bowl.)
- Drizzle olive oil over the wings, then rub the olive oil into the wings to fully coat both sides. Sprinkle the dry rub over the wings, and mix together. As you’re coating the wings in the dry rub, gently massage the seasoning into the skin and meat.
- Transfer the wings from the bowl to the casserole dish.
- Pour the chicken broth into the bowl that the turkey wings were in. Stir it around so that any leftover spices mix into the broth. Pour the seasoned broth into the casserole dish along the edge (so that you avoid washing the rub off the wings).
- Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours. After 1 hour, baste the wings, then baste the wings again every 30 minutes.
- After they have baked for 2 hours, check the tenderness of the wings (larger wings will need a bit more time). Once the wings reach your desired tenderness, turn the heat up to 400F and bake until the skin has crisped (check after 10 minutes).
- Remove the wings from the oven and let them rest for 5-10 minutes, then serve with desired sides.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 581Total Fat: 31.9gCarbohydrates: 6.5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 63.6g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
This simple, hearty, and delicious baked turkey wings recipe is sure to impress! Whether you’re preparing a weeknight dinner, hosting a soul food Sunday, or looking for the perfect main dish for the holiday season, these turkey wings will not disappoint.