Whether you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing party appetizer, these Spicy Ginger Honey Wings are finger licking good!
(This recipe for Spicy Ginger Honey Wings was originally published in February 2011, but was updated with new photos in 2019).
Wings. Oh, delicious wings. Put a pile in front of me and they'll be gone in a matter of minutes. Especially while watching football. And with the Super Bowl right around the corner (GO PATS!), what better time to share this finger-lickin-good recipe for some spicy wings? These spicy ginger honey chicken wings combine all of the key elements to create the perfect wing: crispy, spicy, and sticky... And the kick of ginger provides just the right amount of uniqueness from other, more traditional, party wings.
Yes, I absolutely love buffalo wings, but sometimes I crave something a bit different, especially when having guests over. Of course, I still like a little heat, but also a little sweet. These chicken wings really do have it all!
SPICY GINGER HONEY WINGS RECIPE
My favorite thing about chicken wings is that they can be served as either a meal or a party appetizer. When serving as a meal, all you need is a couple of veggie sides (I love broccoli and green beans) and dinner will be super easier to get on the table. In addition to being a weeknight dinner hit, the wings are also fabulous for serving at parties... While they're slightly messy, your guests will definitely proclaim them finger licking good!
To start, pre-heat oven to 500 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. You don't want those wings to stick as they bake!
In a medium bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat.
Arrange the chicken wings on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer and spray lightly with vegetable oil. This part really helps with getting the chicken nice and crispy, so don't skip this step!
Bake the chicken for 45 minutes, turning twice, until browned and crispy. Since the oven is at 500 degrees, things can get kind of smoky in the oven, so just keep an eye on them.
While the wings are in the oven, you can prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, soy sauce, honey, and ginger to combine.
When the chicken is finished baking, remove from oven and using tongs, dip each wing into the sauce to coat. As you take each wing out of the sauce, arrange it on a platter.
Garnish with scallions and serve piping hot with plenty o' napkins!
It was actually kind of frightening how good these were. I even started to question my level of self control as I kept going back for more.
So, what I'm trying to say is, if you make these spicy ginger honey wings for the Super Bowl, and you're watching the game with more than one person (yourself), definitely make a couple batches, because they'll go very, very quickly! And will require plenty of napkins.
Seriously though, if you're serving these wings as an entree, they serve about 3-4 people with some good sides.
Have fun watching the BIG game while watching (and rooting for!) the pretty little thing that is Tom Brady.
And eating these spicy little things:
There are SO many different ways you can prepare chicken wings, but this spicy ginger honey version is definitely going into my regular repertoire.
If you like this ginger honey wing recipe, be sure to check out these recipes for Zesty Baked Chicken Wings and Spicy Thai Chicken Drumsticks. I'm also so excited to try these Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings from Isabel Eats!
What are you planning on making for this year's Super Bowl?
Spicy Ginger Honey Wings
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- 2 lbs. party wings (wingettes and drumettes), patted dry
- 3 Tbsp hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- ½ Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp scallions, thinly sliced
- Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil sprayed lightly with cooking oil.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add chicken wings to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Arrange the chicken on the baking sheet in a single layer and spray lightly with vegetable oil. Bake for 45 minutes, turning twice, until browned and crispy.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, butter, soy sauce, honey, and ginger.
- When the chicken is finished baking, remove from oven and using tongs, dip each wing into the sauce to coat. As you take each wing out of the sauce, arrange it on a platter.
- Garnish with scallions and serve.
- Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.