Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings are totally addicting! This crispy, fried chicken wing recipe is always a hit for parties and game days!

If you can’t get enough chicken wing recipes, be sure and check out our popular Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings recipe and this classic Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe!

Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Salt and Vinegar Wings Recipe

There’s no telling how many of these Salt and Vinegar Wings I could put down. And that’s not even including my boys, so let’s just say – A LOT.

Chicken wings are so addicting, they’re worse than potato chips. You really can’t stop at 1. Dozen. When we make this chicken wing recipe we buy an alarming amount of chicken wings.

Because whether you’re making these wings for a party or just for dinner, you want to make sure you have enough to go around.

Easy Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Can You Bake These Chicken Wings Or Use An Air Fryer?

There is something to be said about a fried chicken wing. Am I Right? That’s the kind of chicken wing that you’re going to get when you go out or order from a restaurant – fried. That’s why they tastes so damn delicious.

So you can bake these Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings! Follow some tips from our baked garlic parmesan chicken wings recipe, and they will definitely be delicious.

How about an air fryer? Yep, an air fryer will give you the best results if you really don’t want to break out the oil for a deep fry! But don’t be afraid to deep fry at home, there’s just a few tips you need to follow to be safe and effective!

Tips For Frying Chicken Wings:

  • Only fill your pot halfway with oil, or even slightly less than half so the oil won’t boil over when you add the chicken wings
  • Get a fry thermometer to make sure the oil is at the right temperature for frying. Too hot will burn the outside before the inside is cooked and too low will result in soggy, not crispy skin
  • After the chicken wings are cooked remove them to a paper towel lined plate of baking sheet in a single layer so they drain properly and don’t get soggy
  • Season the chicken wings with salt (or whatever seasoning you’re using) immediately after they come out of the oil so the salt sticks to the chicken
  • Make sure before turning your oven on this high that you don’t have any giant spills or messes in your oven because it will smoke up on you!
Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings Recipe

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Salt and Vinegar Wings

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

These Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings are totally addicting! This crispy, fried chicken wing recipe is always a hit for parties and game days!



  • 1 (48 oz. package) chicken wings, separated at joints
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying


  • Malt vinegar
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping


  1. Fill a large pot filled halfway with vegetable oil over medium heat and heat until a thermometer reaches 375 degrees.
  2. While the oil is heating up, toss the wings in the salt, garlic powder, paprika and sugar.
  3. Fry the wings in batches to not overcrowd the pot and cook for 10-12 minutes until crispy and brown and cooked through.
  4. Place the wings on a plate lined with paper towels and season them immediately with more salt and pepper. Add the malt vinegar to the wings, just a drizzle over the wings, not too much so they are wet with vinegar.
  5. Repeat cooking and seasoning the wings until all are cooked.
  6. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing on the side for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Alternately, you can bake the wings in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes until crispy. Spray the tops of the wings with cooking oil or baking spray before baking. For extra crispiness, you can broil the wings for 2-3 minutes after baking.

You can also use rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or champagne vinegar to flavor the wings.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Fry/Oven Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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14 Responses
  1. Kimberly

    These wings were awesome I cooked them in the oven plus I sprinkle sugar on them with the other spices then baked them I sprayed the pan with cooking spray they toke 25 mins in the oven at 475′ and the were crispy

    1. Dan

      Kimberly, I’m so glad you liked them! They’re one of our favorite wings too. Have you tried the Nacho wings yet?

  2. Cinda

    This is one great recipe. We used fresh Purdue whole wings instead of packaged frozen little ones (or any other brand of fresh) and doubled the recipe x 5-6. Fry them 6 minutes, drain and add the malt vinegar and salt. Total heaven.

  3. Erica

    These were great! We too love BDubs salt n vinegar wings and these are by far, better. Thanks so much for the simple easy recipe. I also adapted it to do a lemon pepper wing. I seasoned them the same then did fresh squeezed lemon juice instead of vinegar and fresh ground pepper instead of salt. The family love them!

  4. Scott

    Dan – am really looking forward to trying this recipe. Two questions: (1) You mention using an air fryer, but don’t give any further information, like temperature, cooking time, etc. (2). My family prefers drumsticks to chicken wings, as they have more meat. What adjustments should I make for using your recipe with drumsticks and an air fryer?



    1. Dan

      You definitely can make these in an air fryer, we just haven’t done that with this particular recipe yet. I would take a guess to say that you could start with about 15 minutes at 400 degrees in your air fryer and just see how fast they brown up. Maybe turning them in between cooking. If you’re using full size drumsticks instead of chicken wings then I’d start at a lower temperature, like 375 and cook them for 25 minutes or so. Just cut into them and see if they are cooked through and add a few more minutes if needed.

  5. Sara

    Hi I make this recipe every well for my picky child. Any suggestions on time in oven if the wings are frozen? Thank you so much!

    1. Dan

      Hi Sara! Do you mean you’ve made the wings already and frozen them for later? Or you’re starting the recipe with frozen wings?

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