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Amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings


STOP. DROP. AND COOK these Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings.

I mean it. Make these absolutely RIGHT NOW.

This is me bossing you around. Go to the store, get thee some chicken wings and make these this weekend.


I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys that I am typing this up as fast as my wee fingers can. I have a pile of kids Cub camping gear to pack, my own things to pack for this weekend and a dirty kitchen (well, that’s nothing new) and I am seriously ignoring my mile long To-Do list in order to get this recipe to you STAT.

Do any of you like the salt and pepper squid from most Chinese restaurants? It is the one thing that my sister and I agree on when it comes to food. She hates anything spicy, but will eat that squid.

These wings mimic that squid – minus the breading!



I have been looking for a mind-blowing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wing recipe for as long as I can remember.


This is it.

Just look. And drool.


Now, I try not to be bossy.

But I am.

You pin this recipe RIGHT NOW, you hear me?

Do. Not. Lose. This. Recipe.



These wings are so simple that I literally had all the ingredients in the fridge. The addition of sesame oil, green onions and garlic is brilliant.

Sure, maybe some of you knew this already. I didn’t. This is a slightly Asian inspired take on Salt and Pepper Chicken Wing and it makes all the difference. A big thanks to Des from Life’s Ambrosia for the base idea for these wings!saltandpepperhickenwings1

Now you. Reader you. Go and get the ingredients for these and make them this weekend. I altered the recipe so that it makes approximately 36 wings, so enough for 6 people to have as a snack.

I also changed the salt ratio, as I like salty, salty wings. If you want less salt, leave out one teaspoon. I also didn’t use the jalapeno, but if you like heat, oh boy, I think you’d like that jalapeno in there!

Mike and I had these for dinner and then ate them the next day as well.

Do you even want to know how they tasted cold?

Better than hot. Oh em gee you guys, the best cold chicken I have ever eaten! The flavors just soaked in overnight and well.. it took all my willpower to leave some for Mike for his lunch.

Happy cooking!

Love you more than chocolate,


Pin this to your Game Day or Snack Boards!!!

The most amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings I have ever made. The ingredients are simple, delicious & in your fridge! Check out my photos & instructions! recipe from @kitchenmagpie



Amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Category: Appetizer


Amazing, mind-blowing salt and pepper chicken wings. Green onion, garlic and sesame oil make these the most amazing wings you will ever eat.


  • 3 pound party wings approx. 36 wings
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 green onions diced
  •  chili pepper flakes ( optional but the heat is nice!)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine salt and pepper together in a bowl. Place chicken wings on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle the wings with the salt and pepper, then shake on the baking tray to cover completely.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes then turn and bake for another 15-20 minutes until crispy and cooked through. We like our wings very crispy.
  4. As soon as the wings are close to being done, heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and onions. (jalapeno as well if you are adding it in.)
  5. Cook until the garlic has browned slightly.
  6. Remove chicken wings from oven and place in a large bowl.
  7. Toss the chicken wings with the garlic oil until completely coated.
  8. Place on a serving platter, spooning any leftover garlic oil over the top.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 6

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.


The most amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings I have ever made. The ingredients are simple, delicious & in your fridge! Check out my photos & instructions!


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  • Reply
    December 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Just wondering how these woud be made the day before they are served and just reheated.

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    December 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Hoky cow! I mean, chicken! This was soooooo good I wish I made a bigger batch. My husband loved it too. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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    November 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    This recipe is fantastic. I made a double batch for a special birthday celebration last night. It was a major crowd pleaser (no jalepeno’s used).

    I do have a question. What kind of oil do you generally recommend with the 450 degree baking temp? I used Avocado oil because it has a high smoking point, but was curious what you use because it is not noted in the recipe.

    Great job!

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    gaynor harrison
    November 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    WOW! made this tonight. Didn’t change anything. Fab-u-larse !!

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    Tiff's Twisted Kitchen
    September 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve made a lot of Salt & Pepper wings over the years, that were fried and coated in flour/cornstarch. Look forward to trying a cleaner method. QUESTION: Do you use fresh wing/drumettes from the meat counter or Frozen?

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      Karlynn Johnston
      September 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      I have used both! Simply defrost the wings first!

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    July 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Perfect recipe for a quick, delicious dinner! Wow, I couldn’t believe how easy and delicious these were – with such simple ingredients, baked and not deep-fried! My 3 (fussy) kids devoured them.

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    angela hammill
    March 22, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    my hubby raves about these !!! they are fantastic

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    January 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Do you use just plain, frozen uncooked wings for this and bake them from frozen?

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    Francoise Vouriot
    August 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Made these several times. They are wonderful!

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    Sheryl L McDonald
    August 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I still have to try these. I want to try your salt and pepper ribs too!

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      Sheryl L McDonald
      August 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      I did make your bbq rib recipe. PERFECT! i love the bbq sauce/water bath. Definitely infuses the flavor right in. Best ribs i’ve ever made!

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    Tammy Laforge-Ball
    June 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Had these last night – delish !

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    Terry Balaban
    June 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I agree been making this for years and really enjoy them

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    Kelsie Kelly
    June 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Might try this on drumsticks tonight!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      June 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      It’s delicious! Let me know what you think!

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      Kelsie Kelly
      June 22, 2016 at 2:20 am

      It was delicious! Will definitely be our go to wing recipe! Kids even ate it!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      June 22, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Victory!! The kids ate it!! \U0001f37e

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    June 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    WOW! Made these last night and they are amaaaaazing! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many wings in one sitting before! Thanks for the recipe!

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    June 9, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Hi- I am allergic to sesame, is there another oil you recommend?

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    May 11, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Hi Karlynn, I made these wings tonight OMG OMG OMG!!!  The name says it all AMAZING!!!  So good & simple to make. Thank you for this recipe, looking forward to making more of your recipes.

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      May 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

      @CeeCee AWESOME! This is why I am so bossy and want everyone that reads this recipe to MAKE THEM haha! They are still #1 in our house, no matter how many wings recipes I make. Thanks for letting me know that you liked them! 

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    April 24, 2016 at 2:37 am

    No lie. best. ever. Thank you so much. My husband would make this dry rub with about 17 herbs and spices, it would take forever and THESE ARE BETTER. He’s a bit miffed, but it’s worth it 😉 lol

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      May 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

      HeatherGriffin1 LOL how did I miss this comment? That’s hilarious!! Poor guy, all that work when it’s really simple!

  • Reply
    Sarah Bullerwell
    April 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Matthew Whittle, next time?

  • Reply
    Lois Gabruck
    April 23, 2016 at 2:53 am

    My favorite kind of wings!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    April 23, 2016 at 1:39 am

    I really want these right now…

  • Reply
    Anupama Subramaniam Kapoor
    April 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is the best recipe !!!

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    Tania Brunet
    April 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    These are excellent! I’ve made them twice now and both times were a hit!

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    April 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    These have totally become my go to chicken wing recipe. They are a special treat for “Walking Dead” eating…you are da bomb for sharing this recipe. 

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      April 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      LindaCovello Hahah this is GREAT!!!!

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      April 24, 2016 at 2:36 am

      LindaCovello Perfect. I felt like a chef…tossing them after the fact. JUST brilliant.

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    February 21, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I cooked these tonight and they were absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Awesome! Glad that you like them!

  • Reply
    Jackie Walker
    January 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    true ive made these loads yum

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    Kathryn Florhaug Larsen
    January 20, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Gonna try it!!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    December 6, 2015 at 3:26 am

    You do, they are great!

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    Nicole Leger
    December 6, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Linked saved. I need to make this!

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    October 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Wow! I do not know where to start. Well first of all a big thanks to you for posting this recipe! 

    I cannot believe how authentic these wings taste! I’ve spent a small fortune on S&P Chicken Wings from our local Chinese so to be able to make these wings as good as (Or forgive me for boasting, but better than!) the takeaway is mind blowing to me! 

    I cannot wait to show these off to all of my family and friends. My daughter was so impressed by me last night when I made these I felt so proud! 😀

    As you can see by the photo they turned out fabulous! 

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      October 5, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      SashaHoney AWESOME!!! I love seeing photos! Yummm!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    June 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Aw, well welcome! Glad to meet you!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    June 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    They are plain, but only one of my picky eaters will eat them. Depends on the kid entirely!

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    Marise Murrie
    June 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Are they kiddy friendly?

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    Lorrie Kozak Baugh
    June 30, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Our fav!!!

  • Reply
    Carmin Misner
    June 30, 2015 at 5:16 am

    New to your blog and page, excited about a few things I’ve checked out already, and love that you’re an Alberta girl too!

  • Reply
    Denise Passero
    June 30, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I am totally doing this.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    June 30, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Hope you like it!!

  • Reply
    Cheryl L. Huffman
    June 30, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Yes yes yes!!!!

  • Reply
    Merrianne Hrycin
    June 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Always looking for new chicken wing recipes. And this one is so simple. Can’t wait to try.

  • Reply
    Kristianne Waite
    June 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Sara Balcombe

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    Hannah Jayne Louise Brimson
    June 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Rachel-May Aspinall

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    June 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    You really really do!!!

  • Reply
    Shelley Jones
    June 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    OMG, yes! I need to make these. Thank you!

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    January 25, 2015 at 2:08 am

    We loved these wings so tasty, I added a touch of ginger and it takes them to a whole new level of flavour.

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    December 15, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Well I’m new to this site, but OH BABY!  Yes!  This recipe for wings is the bomb!!  That’s all, just the bomb!  Easy as can be and tasty as ever!!  Thanks for being bossy!

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      December 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      @Alfeezgirl I am SO glad that you liked them!! Welcome to the site, I hope you find many more recipes that you love! 

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    October 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    My husband and I loved this recipe. However my son did not. Do you have any kid friendly food recipes?

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      October 27, 2014 at 2:42 am

      1DragonObserves My trick is to cook part of the meal plain for my picky eater.  Most kids will eat plain chicken wings roasted, no problem. Making pasta? Leave aside some plain for them to have with butter. Eventually they will start eating the same as you, but for now, it’s best to eat what you like and leave a portion plain, unsauced, etc for them!

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    Ethel MacDonald
    June 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I have all ingredients except the wings of course. I will let you know how it goes 🙂

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    Ethel MacDonald
    June 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Bookmarked this! The best salt and pepper wings I ever had were at a scottish pub in Edmonton (I forget the name) when I used to live there. The waitresses wore kilts (rather shorts ones….). I will have to give these a go.

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    Sarah []
    May 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These were SO great, thanks! I thought I would maximize my salt & pepper so I just tossed them in a bowl….but I will follow the instructions as is next time because they were AWESOME but definitely too seasoned, just going to sprinkle instead of toss. Thanks!

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      Karlynn Johnston
      May 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      I’m so glad that you liked them! And yes, the sprinkle part works the best. It just gets them enough for taste!

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        July 26, 2015 at 3:28 am

        @Karlynn Johnston  I make my own organic lemon pepper seasoning (no salt) and want to try this recipe with my seasoning!

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