These delicious Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then cooked to perfection. They’re so crispy and delicious, you won’t be able to stop eating them.
» Once you fall in love with these Cajun wings, come back and try our Cajun Chicken Pasta. Oh so good!
If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you absolutely must try these Cajun wings. Don’t shy away if you’re not into spicy foods. You can mix up the Cajun seasoning to suit your preferred spice level and no matter how hot you choose the dry rub is packed with flavor.
I’m a serious chicken wing fan, so I’m always creating new flavors and trying new ways to dress up chicken wings. I have to say that these Cajun chicken wings steal the show and I find myself making them all. the. time.
The seasoning does all the work here. The outcome is amazing. You’re going to love these wings.
For a party, we like to serve these along with BBQ Chicken Wings to give two different flavors for guests to enjoy.
>> Looking for more great chicken wings? You will love these 5 Tasty Sauces for Chicken Wings.
How to Cook Chicken Wings
There are a lot of ways you can cook chicken wings. Two of our favorite ways to cook them are baking and air frying.
Baking leads to a tender and crispy wing, with a lot less fat than deep frying, and it’s an easy way to make them with much mess. It takes about 30 minutes in the oven on 400 degrees, turning once.
Another great way to cook chicken wings is in the air fryer. If you have one, you’re going to love how quick these are to make. Just pop them in the air fryer for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.
How to Make Cajun Dry Rub
Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana, particularly the southwestern corner of the state where Cajun culture is most concentrated.
It’s a robust blend of spices:
- Black pepper
Grab a bowl and mix together these spices. The amounts are in the recipe card below. This recipe leads to a fairly mild seasoning with not too much heat, because I find that most people like it this way. If you want it more spicy than this, just add more cayenne pepper until it’s the spice level you want.
Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning onto the chicken wings. The amount of seasoning in the recipe is good to cover one pound of wings. I suggest using the entire amount. It might seem like a lot, but it really ensures the flavor reaches every part of the wing.
Once the wings are coated, put them on a baking sheet to go in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. After 15 minutes, turn the chicken wings over and continue to bake.
They’ll become nice and crispy and browned. If they’re not quite to that stage after 30 minutes total, leave them in a bit longer. In my opinion, these are so much better when the skin of the chicken has crisped up nicely.
I don’t think these wings need any additional sauce. They’re so super flavorful with the rub alone.
What to Serve With Chicken Wings
These baked wings are great for parties, picnics, or even backyard barbecues. They turn out perfect every time, and the sauce makes them irresistible finger food!
If you like these, you might want to try our Sweet & Spicy Korean Chicken Wings or go a step further and brine the chicken wings for more tenderness. We also really like this Honey Sriracha sauce on chicken wings.
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Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings
- 1 lb chicken wings
- 1 tsp paprika I prefer smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Put them in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix the dry rub in a bowl.
- Sprinkle the dry rub over the chicken wings and mix to coat.
- Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or tin foil that is lightly greased. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the wings over and continue cooking for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the wings are crispy and browned.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.