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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. The seasoning does all the work here, creating an amazing outcome that you’re going to love. If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you absolutely must try these Cajun wings.
The Cajun seasoning used in this recipe is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana, particularly the southwestern corner of the state where Cajun culture is most concentrated. It adds a perfect amount of heat and flavor to the wings. You can adjust the spice level by adding more or less cayenne pepper according to your preference.
To make these Cajun wings, start by rinsing and patting dry the chicken wings. In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the homemade dry rub over the wings and mix until they are evenly coated. Place the wings on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400°F for 30 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking to ensure even browning.
These baked Cajun wings are perfect for parties, picnics, or backyard barbecues. They turn out crispy and flavorful every time. The rub alone provides so much flavor that additional sauce is not necessary, but they pair well with sides like Bacon & Jalapeno Corn Salad or Classic Wedge Salad.
How to Cook Chicken Wings
There are several methods you can use to cook chicken wings, but two of the most popular methods are baking and air frying. Baking the wings in the oven results in a tender and crispy wing with less fat than deep frying. To bake the wings, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and place the seasoned wings on a baking sheet. Cook for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and crispy.
If you prefer a quicker cooking method, using an air fryer is a great option. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes. Place the seasoned wings in the air fryer basket and cook for about 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are crispy and cooked through.
Both methods result in delicious chicken wings, so choose whichever one suits your preference and equipment.
How to Make Cajun Dry Rub
To make the Cajun dry rub for the chicken wings, grab a bowl and mix together the following spices: cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. The amounts of each spice can be found in the recipe card below.
This recipe yields a fairly mild seasoning with just the right amount of heat. However, if you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add more cayenne pepper until it reaches your desired spice level.
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.
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. 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° F. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.
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 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.
What to Serve With Chicken Wings
When serving Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings, there are many delicious side dishes that complement their spicy and flavorful seasoning. Here are some ideas:
1. Bacon & Jalapeno Corn Salad: This salad adds a refreshing and slightly spicy element to the meal. The combination of sweet corn, crispy bacon, and jalapenos creates a perfect balance of flavors.
2. Chipotle Coleslaw: Coleslaw is a classic side dish for wings, and the addition of chipotle adds a smoky and slightly spicy kick to the traditional coleslaw flavors.
3. Classic Wedge Salad: If you’re looking for something lighter, a classic wedge salad is a great option. The crisp iceberg lettuce, tangy blue cheese dressing, and crunchy bacon bits pair perfectly with the Cajun wings.
4. Mac & Cheese: For those who love comfort food, mac & cheese is an ideal side dish. The creamy and cheesy pasta complements the bold flavors of the Cajun wings.
5. Baked Beans: Another classic option is baked beans. The sweet and savory flavors of the beans provide a nice contrast to the spiciness of the wings.
These sides will enhance your Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings experience and provide a variety of flavors to enjoy alongside them.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings
There are several methods you can use to reheat chicken wings, but one method that stands out is using an air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 365°F (185°C) for about 5 minutes. Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through. This method provides consistent results, ensuring that the wings are heated evenly and thoroughly while retaining their crispy texture.
If you don’t have an air fryer, there are other options available. You can use a toaster oven or a conventional oven set at around 350°F (175°C). Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet and heat them for about 10-15 minutes, or until they reach your desired level of crispiness.
Another option is to use a microwave, although this may result in less crispy wings. Place the chicken wings on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Heat them on high power for about 1-2 minutes, then check for doneness. If they’re not fully heated, continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until hot.
Regardless of which method you choose, it’s important to ensure that the chicken wings are fully heated to an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C) before serving. This helps prevent any potential foodborne illnesses.
In conclusion, Cajun dry rub wings offer a delicious and flavorful alternative to traditional sauces. The combination of bold spices and herbs creates a mouthwatering taste that is sure to satisfy any wing lover. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply craving a tasty snack, these wings are perfect for any occasion. So spice up your next meal with Cajun dry rub wings and experience an explosion of flavor that will leave you wanting more.
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