Tender, tasty, and oh-so-versatile, it’s no wonder why turkey is a kitchen staple. If this delicious roasted turkey wings recipe hits the spot, I have so many other turkey recipes guaranteed to delight your tastebuds—without having to cook the entire turkey! My Baked Turkey Tenderloin is an elegant, herby main worthy of a food magazine spread, while my Turkey Drumsticks packs all the juicy, savory goodness of the whole bird in perfectly portioned pieces.
Tired of bland, flavorless wings? This recipe combines fresh, rich, and flavorful ingredients to make the best seasoning for turkey wings—a savory combination of fresh herbs and spices no one can resist. Below is everything you’ll need:
- Fresh turkey wings: Whole turkey wings have three distinct parts to them: the drumette, the wingette (also known as the “flat”), and the tip or “flapper.” The turkey wing tips are small and have little meat, so they’re prone to burning. Therefore, I recommend removing the tips and saving them to make turkey stock. While you can cook turkey wings as a whole, I prefer cutting them before roasting. If you’d like some help with this step, you can buy your turkey wings whole, cut them yourself, or ask the local butcher at your grocery store to cut them for you. If you prefer using frozen turkey wings, be sure to fully thaw them first. No matter how you buy your turkey wings, though, just be sure to avoid smoked turkey wings (which come pre-cooked), as they’ll dry out while making this recipe.
- Oil: I prefer olive oil to give my slow-roasted turkey wings their iconic crispy exteriors and tender, succulent insides. However, another mild-flavored oil, such as avocado oil, would also work.
- Turkey wings seasonings: In my opinion, the best seasoning for turkey wings comes with a savory mix of pantry-ready ingredients, including onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, Kosher salt, and black pepper. To add extra-fresh overtones to your seasoning, I also recommend adding dried thyme and parsley to the mixture. You may also add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for an extra kick of spice, though this ingredient is optional.
- Stock: Use either chicken broth or turkey stock to give your baked turkey wings extra succulent meat.
- Fresh herbs: Though this garnish is optional, fresh herbs—like parsley, thyme, and rosemary—will transform your tender baked turkey wings into a gourmet meal, infusing each bite with herby, bright flavors.
How to Make It
This oven-baked turkey wings recipe takes only a handful of simple steps, giving you tender, juicy turkey no matter when you prepare it.
- Prepare the oven: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Dry the meat: Place the turkey wings on a cutting board and use paper towels to pat dry each piece on all sides. Once dry, transfer the wings to a large bowl.
- Season the turkey wings: Drizzle olive oil over the turkey wings and sprinkle them with an even coating of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper (if using), Kosher salt, and pepper.
- Marinate turkey wings: Toss the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Then, cover the bowl with stretch film and let the meat sit in the turkey wing marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes in the fridge. If possible, I recommend marinating the turkey wings overnight to ensure they soak up as much flavor as possible.
- Add the stock: When ready to bake, place the marinated turkey wings in a Dutch oven or casserole dish and add the stock to the base.
- Roast the turkey wings: Cover the dish with aluminum foil or the lid of your Dutch oven. Then, bake the turkey wings for one hour. After one hour, remove the foil and cook them in the baking dish for another 30 minutes. You may remove your slow-baked turkey wings from the oven when their thickest portions reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. However, it is OK to let the meat cook until it reaches a maximum of 180 degrees F.
- Serve: Transfer the roast turkey wings to a serving platter when ready. Drizzle them with the juices in the pan for maximum juiciness and flavor, then garnish the meat with fresh herbs.
How to Make Turkey Wings Crispy?
For extra crispy baked turkey wings, broil them for a few minutes. Here is how I do it:
- Remove the cooked turkey from the pan after baking and transfer the wings to a sheet pan lined with a wire rack.
- Place the meat under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the skin crisps up. However, keep a close eye on the turkey to avoid burning, as this meat can go from perfectly juicy to thoroughly dry in very little time.
- Let the broiled turkey wings rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How to Store, Reheat, Freeze, and Thaw?
One taste of these oven-fried turkey wings, and you won’t want to sacrifice a single bite. Storing your turkey wings is a cinch with these pro tips, giving you easy meal prep for days on end.
- Store: After slow-cooking turkey wings in the oven, first cool them to room temperature, and then place them in an airtight container. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Freeze: Allow the baked turkey flats and drummettes to come to room temperature. Once they’ve cooled, place them in an airtight container, ensuring they are well-covered to prevent freezer burn. These turkey pieces can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Thaw: I recommend thawing your frozen turkey overnight in the fridge.
- Reheat: To reheat your turkey wings, place them in a casserole dish with the juices and warm them in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
What To Serve With Turkey Wings?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re serving up a platter of turkey wings and stuffing for a small holiday gathering or making your favorite comfort foods for Sunday supper. These ideas will fill your table with delectable sides, whether you’re preparing your go-to Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, Friendsgiving Recipes, or looking for creative ideas for your next Football Food spread.
- Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving: Not a fan of cooking the full bird? Make this easy recipe instead! Serving a menu of turkey wings and Cornbread Dressing with a side of Maple Cranberry Sauce is an automatic hit among guests, especially when paired with my creamy Green Bean Casserole recipe. Or, if you’re looking for a rich, filling side, my Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes will fill every fork with the velvety taste of seasoned potatoes.
- Sunday dinners: With this iconic menu, you’ll never run out of turkey wing dinner ideas. All your Sunday supper guests will be satisfied when you pair your wings with cheesy classics like my Healthy Mac and Cheese and Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. You can even add a touch of Southern goodness by baking a batch of Sweet Potato Biscuits. Or, for a healthy yet hearty meal, you can serve a spread of baked turkey wings and rice using any of your favorites, from wild rice to brown jasmine rice or even white rice.
- Game day: No game day menu is complete without your go-to dip recipes. Your guests won’t be able to resist dipping their tender turkey meat in creamy, tangy, and light sauces, like my Yogurt Ranch Dip or Blue Cheese Dip.
To achieve maximum tenderness, I recommend cooking your turkey wings (covered) at a low temperature, like 300 degrees F., for one hour, followed by thirty minutes uncovered.
When making slow-cooked turkey wings in the oven, I suggest cooking them for one hour, covered, at 300 degrees F. Then, bake the meat for an additional 30 minutes, uncovered, at the same temperature. This cooking time will ensure your meat comes out both tender and crisp without being dry or lacking in flavor.
Your turkey meat will be tough if you cook it in a high-temperature oven for a long time without any liquid.
We found that the best way to tenderize turkey wings is to cook them at a low temperature (I recommend 300 degrees F.) for a long time (about 1 ½ hours.) Cooking the meat covered for the first hour and uncovered for the last half-hour ensures that the meat cooks evenly without drying.
No, I don’t recommend boiling your turkey wings before baking them, as this additional step will strip the meat of their natural juices, leaving them flavorless and rubbery.
When you marinate your turkey wings, let them sit in your seasoning mixture or your favorite turkey marinade for a minimum total time of thirty minutes. However—if possible—I recommend letting your meat marinate overnight in the fridge for extra deep, developed flavors.
Yes, we do recommend covering them for the first half of roasting and then removing the cover for the last 30 minutes to ensure browning on the skin.
The internal temperature for turkey wings should reach a minimum of 165 degrees F. before serving. However, it is okay to cook wings until they reach 180 degrees F. to give them time to crisp up and tenderize.
Turkey wings contain many essential nutrients, such as protein, iron, and calcium, that make them a healthy choice. However, unlike turkey breast, turkey wings are dark meat, which also tends to be high in fat. If you want to reduce your cholesterol intake, I recommend removing the skin from the turkey wings before preparing this recipe.
The number of wings in a pound depends on the size of the turkey, as large turkey wings weigh more than small turkey wings. However, the wings I used in this recipe were of medium size, weighing 0.7 pounds each with the drumette and wingette (three pounds total).
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Baked Turkey Wings Recipe
- 3 pounds turkey wings drumettes and flats separated, and tips removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup chicken stock or turkey stock
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley as garnish, optional
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- To prepare the turkey wings, place them on a cutting board and pat dry each piece on all sides using paper towels. Transfer them to a large bowl.
- Drizzle the turkey wings with olive oil and sprinkle them with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper (if using), Kosher salt, and pepper.
- Toss to combine. Cover the seasoned wings with stretch film and let them marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. You can let them marinate overnight if you have the time.
- When ready to roast, transfer the wings into a casserole dish or a Dutch oven. Add the stock, making sure to not pour it directly over the turkey (we do not want all the spices to wash away.)
- Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil or the lid of your Dutch oven and bake for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the cover and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. During this time, the turkey will reach the ideal 165 degrees F. when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of a drumette. However, it is okay to let the meat cook after it exceeds the 165 degrees F. mark (up to 180 degrees F.).
- When ready to serve, transfer the turkey wings onto a serving platter, drizzle them with the juices in the pan, and garnish with fresh herbs.
- Alternatively, if you prefer them to have a crispy skin, you can remove the wings from the pan onto a sheet pan lined with a wire rack. Place them under the broiler and roast for a minute or two while keeping a very close eye on them.
- Yields: This recipe makes 6-7 pieces of wings made up of drumettes and wingettes. Depending on the weight and size of your wings, this amount might change. However, we think it is ideal for 4 servings. The nutritional values below are per serving.
- Wings: You can buy whole wings and cut them yourself (here is a tutorial on how to cut turkey wings into segments) or ask your butcher to cut them for you.
- Size of the wings & cooking time: There is a direct correlation between the size of your wings and the time it will take them to roast thoroughly. The best way to measure doneness is by using a meat thermometer. If the wings register between 165 degrees F and 180 degrees F, they should be safe to eat.
- Marinade: Alternatively, you can marinade turkey pieces in our turkey tenderloin marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. To make this sweet and savory version, transfer the marinated turkey into a baking dish that will accommodate all the pieces comfortably. Instead of using chicken broth, use one cup of the marinade as the cooking liquid. Follow the recipe instructions as written. During our testing, we found that using a marinade with an acid component (i.e., soy sauce and lemon juice) produced super tender, fall-off-the-bone tender turkey wings.
- Low and slow is the way to go: If you do a quick internet search for this recipe, you will see versions of it where wings are baked at higher oven temperatures. You will also find some recipes that suggest starting with a hot oven and bringing the temperature down. During our testing, we quickly learned that cooking the meat at high temperatures results in dry and tough wings. Instead, cooking them at a low temperature—like 300 degrees F.—for a more extended time ensures that the meat doesn’t lose its juices but still cooks through. However, remember that turkey meat can go from perfectly cooked to dry and rubbery in very little time, so I encourage you to watch it closely.