If you love smoking, grilling, air-frying, or baking wings at home, you’ll prefer Costco’s fresh wings. There are seasoned, raw wings in the deli and unseasoned ones in vacuum packs in the fresh meat department. Both cost $3.99 a pound, making a 5-pound package of 40 to 50 wings about $20.
Costco’s cooks prepare the seasoned wings with the same spice mix as the rotisserie and deli wings. The advantage is you avoid touching slimy chicken skin, which you’d have to do if you seasoned them yourself. If you’re baking them in the oven, simply plop the pre-seasoned drumettes and flats on a tray and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through. The result is fantastically crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside, with the meat falling off the bone. The texture of a piping hot chicken wing you’ve baked yourself is exponentially better than what you’ll find in the deli or rotisserie.
If you don’t like Costco’s spice mix, you’re better off buying fresh, unseasoned wings. Then, flavor the wings however you want — barbecue or jerk sauce, cayenne pepper, honey mustard, or lemon pepper. Heck, you could make several batches using a variety of rubs and marinades. These unseasoned wings allow you to get creative.