Dill Pickle Wings & Dill Pickle Mayo – Whole30, Paleo

Brined in pickle juice, these baked Dill Pickle Wings are juicy, crispy and loaded with flavour. They’re super easy to make, insanely delicious and a nice way to switch things up from your usual wing recipe! Don’t forget to serve them with a side of Dill Pickle Mayo for dipping!

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What You Need To Make Dill Pickle Wings

  • Dill Pickle Juice: The secret to these juicy wings is to brine them in some dill pickle juice for a few hours. The pickle juice does not actually cause the chicken to pickle. Instead, the brine tenderizes the meat and imparts a great flavour without needing to add any additional sodium. Think of it as a brine that already comes prepared (with pickles to boot!).
  • Chicken Wings: Most wings sold in North America are “split wings”, meaning the drum and flat have been split and the wing tips removed. You can use whole wings as well if that’s what you prefer. Just keep in mind that they may take slightly longer to cook because.
  • Avocado Oil: After they’re brined in the pickle juice, dry the wings very well and toss them in a little bit of avocado oil to help them get crispy in the oven.
  • Garlic Powder: A dash of garlic powder will help highlight the garlic flavour in the dill pickle juice.
  • Freshly-Cracked Black Pepper: Aside from garlic powder, all you really need is some freshly-cracked black pepper to season the wings. You can definitely add other spices, like paprika and onion powder if you like. I personally don’t think it’s necessary because the pickle juice brine packs a lot of flavour.
  • Baking Soda (edit 2023): This is a recent addition to my original recipe shared back in January 2019. I’ve started adding a very small amount of baking soda any time I bake wings in the oven. Just 1/2 teaspoon per pound of wings will help the wings get extra crispy.

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What Type of Pickles Work Best?

This is really a matter of personal preference, so feel free to use your favourite brand of pickles. Personally, I love using Moishe’s brand dill pickles. They are made with very minimal, all-natural ingredients, are Whole30 and Paleo compliant and absolutely delicious. I’d go so far as to say they are my favourite pickles! If you can find them, get a jar and report back to me. I purchase giant jars at my local Costco. Of course, availability depends on your location.

Make Some Dill Pickle Mayo for Serving

To really hit home the flavour of dill pickles in these wings, I decided to make a simple Dill Pickle Mayo dipping sauce. It’s kinda like a tartar sauce but with more tang. Here again, the secret is adding a bit of dill pickle juice to the aioli. It adds a lot of delicious zing that I love!

You can also make the Dill Pickle Mayo in a blender if you prefer. I tend to prefer the chunkiness from chopping all the ingredients by hand but you’re the boss applesauce.

Why Baking Soda?

Adding a very small amount of baking soda to your chicken wings will help achieve a crispier skin. Baking soda is alkaline and raises the pH level of chicken skin, which helps break down the peptide bonds and achieve a better browning. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I don’t think I’ll ever bake wings without it again.

Can I Use the Air Fryer?

I don’t own an air fryer so I can’t provide times or temperatures, but I have heard from many people that this recipe works great in the air fryer!

Dill Pickle Wings Dill Pickle Mayo Whole30 Paleo Primal Gourmet Easy

Dill Pickle Wings Dill Pickle Mayo Whole30 Paleo Primal Gourmet Easy

Dill Pickle Wings & Dill Pickle Mayo - Whole30, Paleo

Brined in pickle juice, these baked Dill Pickle Wings are juicy, crispy and loaded with flavour. Best served with some Dill Pickle Mayo!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


For the Dill Pickle Mayo

  • 1 cup Whole30 compliant mayo
  • 1 large dill pickle - finely chopped approx. 1/4 cup in volume
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper

For the Dill Pickle Wings

  • 2.5 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper


For the Dill Pickle Mayo

  • In a bowl or mason jar, combine all the ingredients and stir well to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust black pepper as required. Seal and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Dill Pickle Wings

  • Add the chicken wings to a bowl. Pour in the dill pickle juice and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425F.
  • Drain and discard the pickle juice. Pat the wings very dry with paper towel. Add the avocado oil, garlic powder, baking soda and black pepper and toss to coat. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange the wings in a single layer. Alternatively, arrange the wings on a wire rack set over a sheet pan.
  • Transfer the wings to the oven and bake until golden brown and crispy, or until the thickest part reaches 165F internally, 30 to 35min. If baking on a wire rack, flip the wings halfway. If baking the wings on parchment paper, you can omit flipping the wings halfway since the metal from the sheet pan will help get the bottoms crispy.
  • Transfer the Dill Pickle Wings to a serving platter and serve with the Dill Pickle Mayo.
Keyword Baked Wings, Dill Pickle Mayo, Dill Pickle Wings, Whole30 Chicken Wings

25 replies on “Dill Pickle Wings & Dill Pickle Mayo – Whole30, Paleo”

4 stars
Great recipe overall! I halved the amount which was perfect for two. The sauce was our favorite part. Added a little lemon juice which really made it sing. In the future, I would add some salt to the chicken wings after I patted them drive and removed them from the brine. The cooking temp and time was perfect. Hit them with the broiler on high at the end for a bit more crisp. Served with coleslaw.

5 stars
These look wonderful. Planning on serving them this weekend. I’ll be making them with Bubbies brand naturally fermented pickles and my homemade avocado oil mayonnaise. Any suggestions for complimentary sides?

Could these be made as boneless chicken bites? Sort of like Dill pickle popcorn chicken? Any idea How to adjust the cooking time?

I haven’t tried it but definitely like the sound of it! Cooking time would depend on whether you’re using dark or light meat and the size of the pieces. I’d bake around 375F or 400F if you’re using any sort of coating.

5 stars
My mom and dad were coming over to my place for the first time today and I made this. My mom has had no appetite for days due to chemo but she devoured the home made sauce and wings! I’m so tickled with how it turned out and that my momma could eat! Thank you!

Hi, I would love to make this recipe and just wondering is it an absolute must to use avocado oil?- I don’t have on hand.

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