Cajun Chicken Wings

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Made using just 3 ingredients, these juicy and crispy Wingstop Copycat Cajun Chicken Wings will be a sure-shot hit at your next house party! Make them in an oven or an air fryer.

Try my Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings and Tandoori Chicken Wings if you want more chicken wing recipes.

Cajun chicken wings served on a plate.
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About Cajun Wings

Made using just 3 ingredients in an oven or an air fryer, Cajun Chicken Wings are a must-try appetizer for game day or movie nights, Super Bowl, family get-togethers, BBQs, or house parties!

Cajun wings are Juicy, super crispy, salty, and spicy, and they have the texture of deep-fried, battered wings but with no breading or frying. A win-win, right?

These cajun spiced wings are a copycat version of Wingstop Louisiana Rub Wings. But if you ask me, I would say that these homemade ones are better in taste and texture.

Chicken wings are rubbed with oil and cajun seasoning and baked or air-fried until they are nice and crispy. Serve them with a buttery hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, or any other dipping sauce you prefer.

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Ingredients

Cajun chicken wings ingredients list 1
Cajun chicken wings ingredients list 2

Chicken Wings – You can grill the whole wings or cut them into thirds. I have explained the process of cutting the wings into thirds below.

If you are using frozen wings, thaw them completely and pat dry using a paper towel before using.

Cajun Seasoning – You can make Cajun Spice Mix at home or get the store-bought one. Cajun seasoning can be replaced with creole seasoning to make these hot wings.

Oil – You will need a neutral-flavored cooking oil. You can use light olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, etc.

For The Spicy Sauce – You will need salted butter, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.

How To Make Cajun Wings

Preheat oven or air fryer to 400°F.

Pat 2 lbs of chicken wings dry with paper towels.

In a large bowl or a ziplock bag, add

  • chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoon cajun seasoning

and toss to coat completely.

Tip – Adding a pinch of baking powder at this stage makes the wings extra juicy. Try it!

Chicken wings, cajun seasoning and oil added in a bowl.
Mixed well.

Cook In An Oven

Set a wire rack (preferably a nonstick rack or lightly greased) over a large baking sheet.

Arrange the wings on the wire racks in a single layer. If the wings do not fit on the wire rack, bake them in batches.

Wings arranged on a wire rack on a baking tray.

Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake the wings until cooked through and the skin is crispy (20–25 minutes).

For extra crunch, broil under the broiler on high for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure wings don’t burn or over-crisp.

Baked crispy wings.

Cook In An Air Fryer

Place the wings on the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Cook for 15 minutes at 400°F.

Now, pull out the basket, flip the wings over, and let them air fry for another 5 minutes.

Make The Sauce

To make the dipping sauce, melt ¼ cup salted butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Butter melting in a pan.

Stir in ¼ cup hot sauce and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.

Hot sauce and worcestershire sauce added to the pan.

Serve the crispy chicken wings with the sauce.

Note – I like to toss the crispy wings in the sauce instead of serving the sauce on the side. You can try it too.

Wings added to the pan.
Ready cajun wings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make homemade cajun seasoning?

Making cajun seasoning at home is very easy and economical. You need to get your hands on a few ingredients that are easily available in the stores. I use garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper powder, cayenne pepper, dried Italian herbs, salt, and paprika to make my seasoning. Check out my detailed Cajun Seasoning recipe here.

How to cut chicken wings into thirds?

To cut the whole chicken wings into thirds, feel the 3 main parts of the chicken wing – the wing tip, the flats, and the drumette. Now, bend the joints backward using your hands to loosen them.

Using a sharp knife, cut down hard where the bones come together. You don’t have to cut the bones; find a space between them. Once done, you can use these pieces to make your crispy cajun rub wings.

The wing tip often doesn’t have much meat to include in the wings so you can discard them. If they do have meat, then include them in your wings recipe.

How do I make the cajun wings extra crispy?

You must follow some tips and tricks to make these cajun wings extra crispy.
Firstly, pat dry them fully! If there is a little liquid left on the wings, it will turn them soggy instead of making them crispy.
Secondly, cook them on a wire rack. Cooking on a wire rack means more air circulation, which makes them crispy and ensures faster cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve cajun wings on their own or with my favorite butter hot sauce. Sprinkle some chopped green onions on top for a burst of color.

You can also serve these with Boom Boom Sauce, Yum Yum Sauce, or Bang Bang Sauce.

Storage Suggestions

Cover the leftovers with foil and store them in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days.

To reheat, place the leftover wings on a foil-lined baking sheet and reheat at 280°F for about 15 minutes.

You can also air fry at 280°F for 8-10 minutes to reheat them.

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Made using just 3 ingredients, these juicy and crispy Wingstop Copycat Cajun Chicken Wings are going to be a sure-shot hit at your next house party! Make them in an oven or an air fryer.
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Easy Cajun Chicken Wings Recipe (Oven + Air Fryer)

Made using just 3 ingredients, these juicy and crispy Wingstop Copycat Cajun Chicken Wings are going to be a sure-shot hit at your next house party! Make them in an oven or an air fryer.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning

For The Sauce

  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven or air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels.
  • In a large mixing bowl or a ziplock bag, add chicken wings, oil, and cajun seasoning and toss to coat completely.
  • Tip – Adding a pinch of baking powder at this stage makes the wings extra juicy. Try it!

Cook In An Oven

  • Set a wire rack (preferably a nonstick rack, or lightly greased) over a large baking sheet.
  • Arrange the wings on the wire racks in a single layer. If the wings are not fitting on the wire rack, then bake them in batches.
  • Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake the wings until cooked through and the skin is crispy (20–25 minutes).
  • For extra crunch, broil under the broiler on high for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure wings don't burn or over-crisp.

Cook In An Air Fryer

  • Place the wings on the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400℉ for 15 minutes.
  • Now pull out the basket, flip the wings over, and let them air fry for another 5 minutes.

Make The Sauce

  • To make the dipping sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Serve the wings with the sauce.
  • Note – I like to toss the wings in the sauce instead of serving the sauce on the side. You can try it too.

Video

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Notes

In case you are using frozen wings, thaw them completely and pat dry using a paper towel before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 422mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2099IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 2mg
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