If you're looking for a sweet and spicy twist on your typical chicken wings, you need to try these Hot Honey Wings! This easy-to-make party appetizer or easy weeknight dinner is absolutely packed with flavor and will easily be a crowd favorite!
I am all about hot honey everything right now. Whether it's just adding a drizzle to a charcuterie board or a batch of cornbread, or making an entire hot honey pizza, I can't get enough of it.
And I'm pretty sure lots of you are with me considering all of the brands that have recently come out with their own varieties of hot honey; there are multiple in my grocery store!
While it can pair with so much, there's something extra delicious about the hot honey and chicken combination. I love honey garlic chicken wings and these spicy ginger honey wings, so hot honey wings just felt like an obvious recipe make.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
If you're a fan of hot honey, you'll absolutely love these deliciously spicy and sweet slathered in sauce chicken wings.
They're very easy to make, packed with flavor, and perfect for so many occasions.
Chicken wings are always a great football party appetizer, but they also make a wonderful weeknight dinner with a veggie side or two.
The ingredients for these hot honey wings are pretty simple and there's not too much you need. Here's everything required (be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and full recipe directions):
- Chicken wings: cut into drumettes and wingettes. I like to buy them already cut as "party wings" since I don't love cutting them up myself.
- Baking powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
- Hot honey
- Sriracha: or the hot sauce of your choice to add even more heat
- Apple cider vinegar
- Red pepper flakes: for topping
- Scallions: for topping
🍯 How to make hot honey wings
If you've ever made chicken wings before, this technique will probably be familiar to you. It's my favorite way to make wings because it results in perfectly cooked and crispy chicken.
To start, preheat your oven to 450°F, line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on it. Spray rack lightly with cooking spray.
I highly recommend baking your chicken wings on a rack as it will help them get extra crispy!
Pat chicken wings with paper towels, trying to get rid of as much moisture as possible. Place in a large bowl.
Sprinkle them with baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Toss to coat wings.
Arrange the wings on the prepared wire rack, leaving a little bit of space between them.
Bake them for 30 minutes. Then, remove them from oven and using tongs and flip each wing.
Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until wings are browned and crispy.
While the wings are baking, make the sauce!
Add hot honey, sriracha, apple cider vinegar, ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper into a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a simmer and once simmering, lower the heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens a bit.
Remove the chicken wings from oven and place them in a large clean bowl.
Pour the hot honey sauce over the top and toss to coat.
Place the wings on a platter or in a big bowl and pour any remaining sauce left in bowl over them.
Top with scallions and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
Omg these are serious flavor bombs.
They're a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and absolutely packed with incredible flavor that will immediately make your taste buds start celebrating.
If they're a little bit too spicy for you, you can leave out the additional Sriracha and hot pepper flakes, but I think they're the perfect level of spiciness.
Dare I say they're finger licking good?? I really dislike that phrase, but there's seriously no better way to describe these!
⏲️ How to store
Once the hot honey wings are completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored properly, they should keep fresh for 3-4 days.
When ready to enjoy again, reheat the wings to an internal temperature of 165°F in either the oven, on the stove, or in the microwave.
For oven reheating, I recommend preheating to 375°F and placing the wings on a baking sheet. Reheat for 10-15 minutes, or until they're warmed through and skin is crispy again.
🥗 What to serve with
I love serving these chicken wings alongside a bunch of other appetizers for game day parties, but they do also make a great dinner entree. Here are some sides that go fabulously with hot honey wings:
🎉 Variations on recipe
I think these wings are, chef's kiss perfection, but one of the awesome things about chicken wings is that there are so many ways to make them!
If you love the idea of hot honey wings, but want to make them your own, here are some ideas for ingredient additions and twists:
- If you love hot honey, but only like mild spice, you can leave out the additional Sriracha and red pepper flakes from this recipe.
- You can add a little lemon or orange zest to the sauce to cut through the spice for a nice bright citrus note.
- Add garlic and/or ginger for even more flavor.
- Add a splash of bourbon or whiskey to the hot honey sauce for a little boozy kick that will complement the sweet and spicy flavors.
- To add even more sweetness to the sauce, mix in some maple syrup.
- Garnish the hot honey wings with crushed nuts (I recommend peanuts or cashews), crumbled bacon, sesame seeds, or parsley or cilantro.
🍗 More chicken wing recipes
Do you love making homemade chicken wings for parties, game days, and just simple for an easy dinner? I have lots of delicious wing recipes ready for you. Here are some of my favorites:
Of course, everyone needs a great buffalo wings recipe in their arsenal, too.
I hope you make these hot honey wings for your next big football party or for a weeknight dinner with your family.
And let me know what else you're doing with your hot honey!
Hot Honey Wings
- 2 ½ lbs chicken wings, cut into drumettes and wingettes (I like to buy them already cut as "party wings")
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp salt, divided
- ¾ tsp pepper, divided
- ¾ cup hot honey
- 1 Tbsp sriracha (or hot sauce of your choice)
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, plus more for topping
- Scallions, for topping
- Preheat oven to 450°F, line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on it. Spray rack lightly with cooking spray.
- Pat chicken wings with paper towels, trying to get rid of as much moisture as possible. Place in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle wings with baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Toss to coat wings.
- Arrange wings on prepared wire rack, leaving a little bit of space between them. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and using tongs, flip each wing. Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until wings are browned and crispy.
- While wings are baking, add hot honey, sriracha, apple cider vinegar, ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, lower heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens a bit.
- Remove chicken wings from oven and place in a large clean bowl. Pour hot honey sauce over the top and toss to coat. Place wings on platter and pour any sauce remaining in bowl over them. Top with scallions and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.