How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings

How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings

Deep frying chicken wings is not rocket science, but if you want to end up with perfectly fried wings that taste good, you do need to do it right. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to deep fry chicken wings the right way.

Choosing the Spice Rub and Sauce

Before you get to deep frying your chicken wings, you first need to choose the spice and flour mixture to use, as well as the sauce you want to drizzle on the wings with once they are done frying.

You can leave them dry if you choose, but a good sauce always helps add some flavor and juiciness.

Rub Recipe No. 1

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika

Rub Recipe No. 2

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Rub Recipe No. 3 (Spicy)

  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings

For this last recipe, instead of a dry rub, you can also add a batter to them before frying, to make spicy battered fried chicken wings.

For the batter, mix:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour.

Rub the dry rub onto the wings and place them in the fridge for about 1 hour, to allow the dry spices to set. After about an hour in the fridge, take the wings and out batter them with the batter we just described, and then fry the wings.

Best Sauces for Chicken Wings

Let’s quickly look at some of the best chicken wing sauces to coat your wings with once they come out of the deep fryer.

  • Spicy and sweet Thai chili sauce
  • Good old BBQ sauce
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Blue cheese sauce
  • Jalapeno sauce
  • Maple chipotle sauce
  • Jerk chicken sauce
  • Curry sauce
  • Pineapple Teriyaki sauce
  • Korean style BBQ sauce

How to Deep Fry Chicken Wings: Step By Step + Tips

Now that you have chosen the spice rub you want to use, and maybe a sauce to coat them with afterwards (if you like saucy chicken wings instead of dry wings), it’s time to get to cooking. Let’s go through a step-by-step instructional on how to deep fry chicken wings the right way.

The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that under no circumstances should you ever deep fry frozen chicken wings.

If you deep fry frozen chicken wings, when the frozen wings hit the hot oil, the oil will bubble over uncontrollably and spill out of the fryer, potentially injuring you and burning down the house!

Therefore, always be sure that your chicken wings are fully thawed before attempting to deep fry them.

  • Take your chicken wings and pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Take the spice rub which you have chosen, whatever sounds tasty to you, and cover the chicken wings with it. Make sure that the wings are well coated with the spice and flour mixture. Place the chicken wings on a flat surface, preferably a grate, and place them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to allow the spice mixture to set and take hold. Make sure the wings do not touch each other.
  • Take the wings out of the fridge and dredge them in the spice and flour mixture a second time, just to get a nice coating on them. Once again, place the wings in the fridge for another 30 minutes, making sure they don’t touch each other.
  • Heat up the oil in the deep fryer or in a large skillet. If you are using a skillet, make sure it has high walls, so you can add enough oil so that the wings can comfortably float without touching the bottom of the pan and without being exposed to air at the top. Heat up the oil to 375°.
  • Put the chicken wings in the oil and allow them to fry for 9 to 12 minutes. Exactly how long they will take to fry will depend on the size of the wings. Either way, an internal temperature of 165° should be reached to ensure that they are fully cooked on the inside.
  • Take the wings out of the oil and put them in a stainless steel bowl. Complete the process by drizzling them with your sauce of choice, or leave them dry if you prefer.


As you can see, deep frying chicken wings is relatively simple. Just make sure to choose the right flavor profile for you, make sure the oil is hot but not too hot, and make sure the wings are cooked all the way through. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.