Old Bay Chicken Wings

What’s a Super Bowl without wings? Here is the second recipe in our homage to the teams in the XLVII Super Bowl—chicken wings, tossed in a sauce of butter and Baltimore favorite Old Bay seasoning, baked and broiled, and then served with cocktail sauce. Hank wanted to call these “Raven Wings”, but I objected thinking that people might actually believe we are cooking and eating large black flying birds, which we are not. Yes, serving cocktail sauce with chicken wings is a little weird, but it’s good! Especially with the Old Bay.

Old Bay Chicken Wings Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6.


  • 3 pounds chicken wings, separated tips from drummettes
  • 8 Tbsp (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning, plus more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Cocktail sauce for dipping


1 Preheat the oven to 425°F. Allow the wings to come to room temperature (or else the sauce will be more difficult to spread on them). Pat the chicken wings dry.

2 Melt the butter in a small pot and whisk in the Old Bay and lemon juice. Let it cool enough to feel lukewarm. Mix it again and toss the chicken wings in half the sauce. Arrange in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat and bake for 25 minutes.

3 Take the wings out of the oven and switch it to broil. Set a rack about 6 inches under the broiler. Flip the wings and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.

4 To serve, toss in the remaining sauce and set on a plate. Dust with more Old Bay and serve with your favorite cocktail sauce.

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Asian Style Chicken Wings, from Steamy Kitchen
Honey Mustard Chicken Wings, from White on Rice Couple
Korean Chicken Wings, from The Kitchn

Old Bay Chicken Wings by Simply Recipes


  1. Sally

    You could have called them “Charm City Wings.”

  2. Amy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this recipe! Ever since moving from Baltimore, my husband and I have missed these wings. Now we can make them at home. So happy!

    • Hank Shaw

      Wow, really? LOL. I thought I’d “invented” them. Guess there is nothing new under the sun, eh? Enjoy!

      • liza

        hahaha…sorry Hank, for every great idea someone thought it first (and sometimes, better)…I have dozens of recipes I just haphazardly pulled together and there I find them all in Google.

  3. Amanda

    My mouth can taste these now. One of our fav and miss them since leaving b-more… Yummy

  4. Sharon

    I made a version of these for our superbowl party today and they disappeared faster then I could take them off the baking sheets. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. nina

    hi, the picture looks yummy, is this seasonning americain? (I live in UK) is there any alternative?

    • jacob1642

      “old bay” is an american brand of seasoning mix…widely available in america…but you will have to order it from the web….amazon or similar. Basically it is a lot of paprika mixed with salt, pepper, bay leaf, mustard, and a half dozen or so other spices.

  6. Jackie

    I’ve made “Crab Wings” for years! I made them for a party yesterday and did call them “Raven Wings”. Mine are similar to this, yet different.

  7. Jud Chasey

    Anxious to try these. The neighborhood “watering hole” makes a potato wedge snack seasoned with Old Bay. They serve them with a Tzatziki dipping sauce. It is great! I might have some tzatziki at the ready for these wings because cocktail sauce does sound strange.

  8. Jamie K

    Love Old Bay wings! I’ve converted several friends to the deliciousness of them over the years. To save on calories we sometimes give the wings a quick rinse in some water, shake them off a bit, and coat them with Old Bay.

  9. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Ha! raven wings are a bit weird but Old Bay is not, it’s awesome and adds to many great dishes!

  10. Dave

    Great looking wings. I added some bay seasoning to my turkey rub last year and really liked it. I’ll have to give your wings a try.

  11. Lacey

    I live in Baltimore and this is my second favorite way to prepare wings.. The BEST way is to coat the cooked wings in a sauce made of Old Bay combined with honey. Unbelievably delicious!

  12. Dean

    Made this for the SuperBowl and loved ’em so much that I made them again a couple of nights later. Super-easy and so good. Folks, make your own cocktail sauce instead of buying one. It’ll be less expensive and much better!

  13. kolaylezzet

    Thank you for this recipe. French fries could suit with chicken.

  14. MaryM

    I’ve never had the courage to make Buffalo wings, but I HAD to make these for my husband and me for Super Bowl! We called them “Baltimore Wings” and ate an obscene amount of them. They don’t need danything to dip them in, but I liked them with honey mustard. Fabulous recipe I’ll do again! Thanks.

  15. Katie

    Yummy!These look delicious!

  16. Laura

    My husband liked these, but I didn’t really care for them. I guess I have a strong association of Old Bay with seafood, and I had difficulty reconciling that taste with chicken instead of seafood. I would make them again, though. I didn’t hate them, and I see so many good reviews. I assume if I made them for a party, they’d go over pretty well.

  17. Chappy

    Even better, marinade the wings in some Natty Boh (or any light lager really) and then coat with Old Bay. It’s like having beer and crabs anytime of the year.

  18. Michelle

    I love wings. I love Old Bay. These are perfect together and now I’m glad to have a recipe to make them at home. Thank you!

  19. Jamie

    Old Bay wings, or Maryland wings are my absolute favorite. No need for cocktail or any other dipping sauce. I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

  20. Sherry in Union, KY

    The grocer was out of wings, so my husband used drumsticks instead. He and my teen son enjoyed them. Thanks for the recipe!

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