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Beer Brined Chicken Wings

Beer Brined Chicken Wings are crispy, succulent and full of flavor. They are the perfect dish for your next game day party!

When it comes to planning an epic game day celebration or party, chicken wings are always a crowd pleaser. Whether you make them saucy and spicy, or mild and sauceless, they are always a hit with kiddos and adults alike. 

A beer brined chicken wing with ranch dip.

There are endless ways to make chicken wings and these Beer Brined Chicken Wings should absolutely be the next version you try. 

I mean really, beer and chicken wings? It doesn’t get anymore game day friendly than that! 

What is brining?

First things first, let’s talk about brining. It is a technique that many may have heard of but are still a little unsure of what it means.

Chicken wings in brine.

Remember osmosis that we all learned about in school? That is basically what happens when you brine meat. The meat is submerged a salt water solution for a couple of hours. The meat absorbs the extra liquid and some of the salt resulting in a tender flavorful final product. To learn more about the process, the Kitchn has a great article about the science of brining meat.

Typically a brine is simply a salt water solution. For this brine, I switch things up a bit and use beer, salt, sugar, garlic, dill and peppercorns. 

How do you make beer brined chicken wings?

Step by step photos showing how to make beer brined chicken wings.

Step 1: Heat water, sugar and salt over medium heat. Whisk until salt and sugar dissolve. 

Step 2: Add in garlic, dill and peppercorns . 

Step 3: Pour in beer cold beer. Allow brine to cool to room temperature. 

Step 4: Once the brine has cooled, pour over the chicken wings and brine chicken wings for 2- 4 hours. 

Step 5: Once the chicken is done brining, rinse and pat dry. 

DES’ TIP: Rinsing the chicken is necessary when brining because otherwise it will be too salty. Take care when rinsing the chicken so water isn’t splashed and be sure to clean your sink afterwards to prevent the spread of any bacteria. 

Step 6: Season the chicken with garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Overhead photo of raw chicken wings with seasonings.

Step 7: Bake until golden brown and crispy. 

A couple notes about making baked chicken wings: 

Unlike most chicken wing recipes, these chicken wings are baked. To keep them crispy, I prefer to bake the chicken wings on top of a cooling rack that is set on a baking sheet. This allows the air to circulate around them to make them stay crispy. 

Chicken wings on top of cooling rack on baking sheet.

Chicken wings will produce a bit of grease while they are cooking which could cause some smoking in your oven. I like to keep my fan on to help with this. 

Beer Brined Chicken Wings on a blue plate.

To say these Beer Brined Chicken Wings were a hit is an understatement. I made two batches in as many days.  My kiddos were literally sitting in front of the oven waiting for them to finish. Once they were done, they were gone in a flash! Make them once, you’ll see. 

Oh and don’t forget the homemade ranch dip. Obviously. 

A chicken wing being dipped in ranch dressing.

Looking for more chicken wing recipes? I have all the recipes you’ll need! Here are some of my favorites: 

Dill Pickle Keto Chicken Wings

Harissa Chicken Wings

Cajun Fried Chicken Wings

Sriracha Chicken Wings Recipe

 

If you need more game day appetizer recipes, check these out! 

Fried Pickle Recipe

Calamari Recipe

French Onion Dip

Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

 

Beer Brined Chicken Wings Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 6 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 12 fl ounces beer such as lager
  • 3 pounds chicken party wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

1

Heat water, sugar and salt over medium heat just until sugar and salt dissolve.

2

Add in dill, peppercorns and garlic. Turn off heat, pour in beer and allow to cool to room temperature.

3

Once cool, pour brine over chicken wings. Cover and refrigerate for 2 - 4 hours.

4

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cooking rack with non-stick spray and place on top of baking sheet.

5

Carefully rinse and pat dry.

6

Place chicken in a bowl and top with oil, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss to coat completely.

7

Place chicken wings on prepared cooking rack. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn and bake for another 20 minutes or until cooked through, brown and crispy.

Notes

Nutrition facts are for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 728 , Total Fat: 49.4 , Saturated Fat: 0.5 , Cholesterol: 216 , Carbohydrates: 14.1g , Fiber: 0.8g , Sugar: 9g , Protein: 52.1g

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  • Reply
    Cathy
    January 30, 2020 at 8:52 am

    The brine is perfection! Have you ever used it other recipes?

  • Reply
    Allyson Zea
    January 30, 2020 at 8:27 am

    These are going to be perfect for game day! I can’t wait to make them!

  • Reply
    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    January 30, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Beer Brined Chicken Wings would disappear in our house!

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    January 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    That brine looks a-mazing! Totally have to try these – on the meal plan!

  • Reply
    Dorothy Reinhold
    January 29, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I think that that the brine is going to be a game changer! Talk about flavor!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    January 29, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    These are my kind of wings! Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday; can’t wait to enjoy these!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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