Dry Rub for Chicken Wings

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Dry Rub for Chicken Wings creates sweet and spicy wings that are crispy and delicious! It's a versatile spice rub for fried, baked, or air fryer chicken wings that you'll be making time and time again.

dry rub for chicken wings showing spices in a row and mixed together in a wooden bowl.

Tons of Flavor!

  • If you're a huge wing fan, you're gonna love this easy recipe which is great for the Big Game or any day in between! It contains the perfect spice mixture which makes crispy wings and a variety of other great recipes.
  • Looking for wings with tons of flavor? This blend of spices includes Texas Pete Dust which contains just the right amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Add brown sugar to the mix, and this spice mixture creates dry rub wings that are loaded with flavor!
  • With simple steps and a great chicken wing recipe, you'll receive crispy perfection whether you cook these wings on a baking sheet in the oven or toss them in your air fryer basket.
  • Crispy chicken wings make great appetizers for parties, game day, or holiday gatherings!
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Ingredients

This favorite dry rub recipe has ingredients you may have in your pantry at home. The only seasoning you might need to purchase is Texas Pete Dust (ad) which can be found in your local grocery store or ordered online.

See recipe card for quantities.

  • brown sugar - creates the sweetness and crunch
  • onion powder - a hint of onion flavor
  • garlic powder - provides depth to this recipe
  • dried oregano - a perfect compliment to chicken
  • table salt - can use sea salt if preferred
  • black pepper - adds a little zip
  • yellow ground dry mustard - balances out the flavor
  • Texas Pete Dust seasoning blend - can substitute cayenne pepper if needed
ingredients needed to make dry rub for chicken wings.

How to Make Dry Rub

1 - To make this dry rub chicken wings recipe, mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended.

2 - Using a paper towel, pat chicken until dry. Place pieces in a large bowl and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil or another oil with a high smoke point like avocado or canola.

3 - Sprinkle rub mixture over chicken pieces in the large mixing bowl and rub it into the meat with your hands. Make sure to coat both sides.

chicken wings after being dredged in dry rub.
Chicken wings ready to cook!

Wing Recipes

All ovens and air fryers cook differently. Adjust cooking times according to your equipment and check often to avoid burning.

  • Air Fryer Wings - arrange chicken in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Cook at 390 degrees for 8 minutes, then turn over and cook 8 minutes more.
  • Fried Chicken Wings - make crispy fried wings by following this easy recipe.
  • Baked Chicken Wings - place chicken on a wire rack over a sheet pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven until crispy.

Recipe FAQS

How do you get a dry rub to stick to the wings?

First, dry the meat off with paper towels. Next, coat the wings with a high smoke point oil such as avocado or canola oil before dipping in the rub. This will help the dry rub stick to the meat while air frying.

Does the brown sugar help make the chicken crispy?

Yes, the brown sugar crystalizes when fried and creates a crisp and crunchy skin. Watch it carefully because it can burn quickly. Check every 2 minutes while cooking to avoid scorching.

Other Uses

This recipe is a great chicken dry rub for all types of poultry. Sprinkle it on chicken breasts before baking in the oven, or rub down a turkey breast before adding it to a crockpot.

You can also use this seasoning for pork tenderloin before baking or smoking it on a grill. It's equally delicious on a slab of baby back ribs and makes great pulled pork for sandwiches!

wooden bowl of dry rub next to a plate of raw chicken wings.

Storage

Keep dry rub seasoning in an airtight container (such as a mason jar) for up to 1 month. Store it in a cool, dry location for best results.

Blue Cheese Dip

What's a chicken wing without blue cheese dip?

If you want to make an amazing dipping sauce from scratch, try my Homemade Blue Cheese Dip recipe. It's so good, you'll want to make an extra batch!

chicken wings after being cooked with dry rub.
Dry Rub Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Serving Ideas

What goes great with Dry Rub Chicken Wings? Try these awesome recipes to create an amazing appetizer buffet!

Recipe Card

dry rub in a wooden bowl that shows spices on a white plate.

Dry Rub for Chicken Wings

Dry Rub for Chicken Wings creates sweet and spicy wings that are crispy and delicious! It's the perfect spice blend for fried, baked, or air fryer wings.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 44kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

  • mixing bowl and spoon

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Texas Pete Dust ad

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
  • Using a paper towel, pat chicken until dry. Place pieces in a large bowl and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil or another oil with a high smoke point like avocado or canola.
  • Sprinkle rub mixture over chicken pieces in the large mixing bowl and rub it into the meat with your hands. Make sure to coat both sides.
  • Store leftover rub in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in a cool, dry location for up to 1 month. 

Notes

  • Use this dry rub recipe to make Air Fryer Chicken Wings or Crispy Fried Chicken Wings in a skillet!
  • Cayenne pepper can be substituted for Texas Pete Dust, but use less and adjust the spice level according to taste.
  • Brown sugar crystalizes when fried and creates a crisp and crunchy skin. Watch it carefully because it can burn quickly. Check every 2 minutes while cooking to avoid scorching.

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This looks like a great rub that I can use for several different types of meat. Thanks for the recipe!

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