Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings Recipe

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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.

Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings

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. For parties, we serve them with BBQ Chicken Wings to give two different flavors for guests to enjoy.

Lis says: 5 stars I just made this! I cooked them in the Air fryer at 390 for 25 minutes and my hubby loved them. Thanks!

Aries says: 5 stars Cajun Dry Rub Chicken wings were tasty, seasoned just right. All my friends enjoyed the wings…and are waiting for more.

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Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Ingredients You Need

  • Chicken wings – You can cook them as a whole wing or cut them into two, which is what I prefer.
  • Seasonings:  paprika, salt, garlic salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, dried thyme

How to Make Cajun Chicken Wings

Step 1: Make the Cajun spice 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.

Grab a bowl and mix together the 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.

Cajun Seasoning Mix
Seasoning Bottle, Outgeek 3Pcs Spice Bottle Airtight Seasoning Bottle with Top Rotatable Shaker Kitchen Gadget (Silver) (jars with handle) (Three size)

Try a Seasoning Bottle!

If you make this homemade dry rub, it’s great to have a seasoning shaker to make it easier to use the dry rub without contaminating it while seasoning meats. I have 3 of these that I use for my favorite homemade rubs.

Step 2: Season the chicken

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.

Raw chicken wings seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

Step 3: Cook the 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° F, turning once.

If you have an air fryer, just pop them in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes on 400° F. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.

Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings

The wings don’t need any additional sauce. They’re so super flavorful with the rub alone.

What to Serve With Chicken Wings

For sides, serve these wings with a Bacon & Jalapeno Corn Salad, Chipotle Coleslaw or our favorite Classic Wedge Salad.

Since wings are total comfort food for me, I go right to Mac & Cheese as a side. They also go well with Baked Beans.

Cajun Dry Rub 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.

How to Reheat Chicken Wings

There are quite a few ways to go about reheating chicken wings if you happen to find yourself with some leftovers, but one method really stands out from the rest. We really believe that the best way to reheat chicken wings is with the air fryer.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 365°F (185°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Place the chicken wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd them.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through.

Overall, reheating chicken wings in an air fryer is a great option for those who want to enjoy hot and crispy wings fast. It provides consistent results, ensuring that the wings are heated evenly and thoroughly.

Questions About the Recipe

Is the Cajun seasoning spicy?

Yes, Cajun seasoning can be spicy, but you can tone it down to suit your palate when you make your own cajun spice rub. That’s why we prefer to make our own homemade Cajun rub. Just use less cayenne pepper to tone it down. You can replace that with paprika that’s not spicy.

How is the Cajun rub different from Creole rub?

While both Cajun and Creole seasonings share some common ingredients, the proportions and specific spices used in each blend can vary, resulting in distinct flavor profiles. Cajun typical uses paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, oregano, and thyme. Creole seasoning uses paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, and white pepper.

What else can I use this seasoning for?

Cajun seasoning is really good on dry rub wings, but you can also use it for any other type of chicken or shrimp, whether to bake or to grill.

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Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings

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.
4.28 from 25 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon paprika I prefer smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400° F (200° 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 963mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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10 thoughts on “Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings Recipe

  1. Willencia G says:

    Cajun Dry Rub chicken wings were juicy, delicious and seasoned perfectly. All the spices blended very well together and left your mouth watering for more. Thanks you for sharing this recipe .

  2. Aries says:

    5 stars
    Cajun Dry Rub Chicken wings were tasty, seasoned just right. All my friends enjoyed the wings…and are waiting for more.

  3. Mike says:

    5 stars
    I put these on special at work, (wanted something different than traditional sauces) I started them in the fryer and finished them off in the oven after seasoning due to ticket times and they turned out great! Got lots of compliments.

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