These Cajun Dry Rub Wings are easy to make and have a spicy twist on traditional chicken wings. With a crispy outside and tender and juicy inside, they are the perfect dry rub wing combination.

Partial view of cajun chicken wings with a small bowl of veggies alongside it.

The best cajun wings

These cajun wings are really easy to make and perfect as an appetizer or a busy weeknight meal.

Most people are only familiar with wings coated in sauce like these honey garlic wings. Dry rub wings are also delicious.

Just because this is a dry rub recipe (vs. sauced) doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on flavor. The combination of paprika, cayenne, and garlic in the cajun seasoning gives you a bold, spicy flavor you love in wings.

Cooking chicken wings is simple with the right method and seasonings.

why you’ll love this cajun chicken wings recipe

There is so much to love about these cajun chicken wings.

  • easy to make
  • less messy
  • crispy on the outside
  • baked instead of deep fried

What you’ll need for Cajun Chicken Wings

This recipe is so simple, you’ll only need two ingredients:

  • wings
  • cajun seasoning

what kind of wings to use

For the wings, I like to buy a package that has a combination of wings and drumettes. Sam’s Club sells a large bag of them that’s great.

This type of wing is sometimes referred to as “party wings”. Rather than the full wing being attached, they’re already separated for you into flats and drumettes. It’s what most people are familiar with when it comes to buffalo wings.

While flats and drumettes are my preference, this recipe also works great on full wings. You’ll just need to be sure you cook it a little longer.

How to make Cajun Rub Wings

Cajun chicken wings are super simple to make.

Mixing bowl with raw chicken wings and seasonings sprinkled over the top.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Add the wings to a large mixing bowl with the cajun seasoning.

Bowl of raw chicken wings with the cajun seasoning.

Step 2

Mix and combine the cajun seasoning with the wings making sure that all of the wings are completely coated.

Seasoned chicken wings laying on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.

Step 3

Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, leaving a little bit of space between them.

Bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Cajun seasoning

Both homemade cajun seasoning and store-bought work great in this recipe. The key is making sure that you aren’t using one that is too salty. You’ll want to have enough rub on the wings to fully coat them and flavor them without overpowering them with salt.

The key flavors you’re looking for in Cajun seasoning are cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, paprika, and oregano. Most seasoning blends will also have salt and black pepper, but they won’t give it that quintessential cajun taste.

Close up to a bowl filled with cajun chicken wings.

Cooking Methods for this Cajun Wings Recipe

My favorite way to cook cajun wings is using the oven baked method detailed in the recipe card. You end up with perfectly cooked wings that are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Baking cajun wings can be done on a wire rack if you prefer, but I don’t find it necessary.

You can also make them in the air fryer. Air frying will help you have an extra crispy outside and works perfectly on a dry rub wing like Cajun wings.

If you decide to grill the wings, rub the grill grates with cooking oil before adding the wings. This will prevent them from sticking and pulling the skin off of the wings when you flip them.

To grill them, preheat the grill to 375ºF and cook them for 20-25 minutes rotating throughout the cooking process.

Cajun Chicken Wings Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • It’s important that you make sure the wings are fully coated in the seasoning in order to have great flavor.
  • These are really great dipped in remoulade or even tossed with some wing sauce.

grilled cajun wings

If you want to make these cajun wings on the grill instead of the oven, just preheat the grill to 350ºF-375ºF.

Place the wings on the grill and let them cook for about 35 minutes, flipping once.

how to serve Cajun Rub Wings

Cajun wings are perfect as an appetizer for a party or the main meal.

If you’re serving them as the main dish, there are lots of great sides that pair well with them.

Be sure to include dipping sauces with your wings. I like traditional buffalo sauce or even a remoulade sauce would go great with these.

FAQs about this Cajun Wings Recipe

What are cajun wings made of?

Cajun wings are made of wings and drumettes combined with a dry cajun rub. The wings are then baked in the oven until crispy.

What does Cajun food taste like?

Cajun flavored seasoning has strong flavors of cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and oregano. Typically cajun foods start with a combination of bell pepper, celery, and onion.

What are the two types of chicken wings?

When buying wings there are two types. You can have a full wing where the two parts are still attached. It’s a large wing that most are familiar with when they order a wing from a fried chicken restaurant.

The other type of wing is once they’ve been separated and often referred to as flats and drumettes. These are most often associated with buffalo wings.

Are cajun chicken wings spicy?

These wings can be as mild or as spicy as you prefer. The intensity will depend on the type and amount of cajun seasoning you use.

How to store and reheat Cajun Chicken Wings

Allow the wings to cool and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

These wings also freeze really well. Once they’ve cooled, place them in a freezer-safe airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat the wings, place them in the oven on a baking sheet. Cover them with foil and bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and let them cook under the broiler for 1 minute to crisp up.

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Cajun Chicken Wings Recipe

By: sweetlysplendid.com
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Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Servings: 4
These Cajun Dry Rub Wings are easy to make and have a spicy twist on traditional chicken wings. With a crispy outside and tender and juicy inside, they are the perfect dry rub wing combination.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound wings
  • 1/4 cup cajun seasoning

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Add the wings to a large mixing bowl with the cajun seasoning.
  • Mix and combine the cajun seasoning with the wings making sure that all of the wings are completely coated.
  • Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, leaving a little bit of space between them.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.

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Notes

  • It’s important that you make sure the wings are fully coated in the seasoning in order to have great flavor.
  • These are really great dipped in remoulade or even tossed with some wing sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 249mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3415IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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