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These Hot Honey Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer. Inspired by the bold flavors of Nashville hot chicken, these wings will become your new favorite. They're a game day classic, ideal for serving up at your next Super Bowl party or casual get-together. With a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, these wings will be a hit with everyone!
Servings: 20 wings
Total Time: 45 minutes
hot honey chicken wings on a black plate with sides of carrots and celery.

Our love for wings runs deep—we’ve even hosted our backyard wing cook-off! Drawing inspiration from the fiery flavors of Nashville hot chicken, these wings deliver an irresistible blend of sweetness and heat that’s downright addictive. This easy recipe with a spicy hot honey sauce and the crispiest chicken wings allows anyone to create restaurant-quality wings at home (or your own backyard wing-off). Simple and delicious, —our hot honey chicken wings recipe is always a winner.

hot honey chicken wings on a black plate with sides of carrots and celery.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions


With just a handful of pantry staples and fresh ingredients, these hot honey wings will become your new favorite go-to appetizer or dinner. 

In the printable recipe below, you can find a complete list of ingredients and measurements.

  • Chicken Wings (Flats and Drums): These are the stars of the show, with juicy meat and irresistible crispy skin. We usually buy whole chicken wings and break them into drums and flats. Don’t have wings? Swap in bone-in chicken thighs.
  • Seasoning (Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder): These spices are the secret sauce behind your flavor game. Smoked paprika brings that smoky goodness, while garlic and onion powders add savory depth. No smoked paprika? Regular paprika works just fine. 
  • Baking Powder: The key to achieving crispy wings is baking powder. It alters the pH of the chicken skin, resulting in an extra crispy texture that allows the skin to absorb all the delicious flavors.
  • Hot Sauce: Choose your favorite hot sauce for a spicy punch that balances the sweet honey. You can add as much or as little as you like.
  • Honey: Honey balances the hot sauce and adds sweetness, helping to give your wings an irresistible glaze.
  • Butter: For enhanced richness and a smooth texture in the sauce, butter is essential. It complements the spicy and sweet flavors nicely. 
ingredients for hot honey chicken wings.

How to Make Hot Honey Chicken Wings


Here are the quick step-by-step instructions with visuals; you can find the full instructions with the exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
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Pro-tip: Dry them thoroughly with paper towels before seasoning for extra crispy wings. After coating the wings with the seasoning mixture, let them rest on a wire rack in the refrigerator for at least an hour. And don’t skip the baking powder in the seasoning mix.

1. Prep and Season: Start by getting your oven ready. Place the rack in the middle and preheat to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, and use either a paper towel or cooking spray to grease a wire rack with vegetable oil and set it on the baking sheet. Pat your chicken wings dry with a paper towel —this is key to getting that crispy skin. Mix baking powder, kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Toss the chicken wings in the seasoning mixture until they’re well coated.

2. Bake the Wings: Lay the seasoned wings on the greased wire rack (you may have to use two racks, depending on their size, or cook the wings in batches). Pop them in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping them halfway through so they cook evenly. The wings are done when golden brown and crispy and their internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

3. Make the Homemade Hot Honey Sauce: Make the sauce while your wings are baking. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the honey and hot sauce to the melted butter, then whisk everything together until well combined. Let it simmer for about a minute, then remove from the heat.

hot honey sauce in a sauce pan after simmering.

4. Toss and Serve: When the wings are done, transfer them to a large bowl. Pour half the hot honey butter sauce over the wings and give them a good toss to coat them evenly. Serve the wings hot with extra sauce, ranch, blue cheese dressing, and your favorite sides. 

cooked chicken wings in a bowl after being tossed in hot honey sauce.

Make-Ahead and Storage


Make-Ahead: The hot honey sauce can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Prepare the wings up to the seasoning step. Cover them and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.

How to Store: Leftover wings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep the sauce separate to maintain the wings’ crispiness.

How to Reheat: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the wings on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated. Reheat the sauce in a microwave-safe container for about 30 seconds or until warm. Toss the reheated wings in the warm sauce before serving.

Recipe Tips and Notes


  • Balance Sweetness and Heat. Adjust the honey-to-hot sauce ratio according to your preference for sweetness and spiciness. Taste the sauce as you go, and add more honey for sweetness or hot sauce for heat.
  • Consistency of the Sauce. Aim for a thick and glossy sauce that coats the wings well. If it’s too thin, you can simmer the sauce for longer to reduce it further.
  • Crispy Wings. Dry the wings thoroughly before seasoning them to remove excess moisture, which can hinder crispiness.
  • Seasoning. Although the focus is on the hot honey sauce, properly seasoned wings will enhance the overall flavor, so don’t skip it.  You can add cayenne pepper or red chili flakes for an additional kick of heat.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do you sauce wings and keep them crispy?

For the crispiest wings, toss them in sauce right before serving. This ensures an even coating without sacrificing crispness. If you prefer extra crispy chicken wings, return them to the oven for a few minutes to help set the sauce.

Why add butter to wing sauce?

Butter adds richness and flavor to the wing sauce. It helps to mellow out the heat of the hot sauce and adds a velvety texture, making it more enjoyable to eat.

Do you put sauce on the wings before or after baking?

Bake the wings until they’re fully cooked and crispy, then toss them in sauce after removing them from the oven. This helps maintain the wings’ crispiness while evenly coating them in the sauce.

Should you let the wings cool before adding sauce?

It’s not necessary to allow the wings to cool before adding sauce. Tossing the wings in the sauce while they are still hot is better. The heat helps the sauce adhere to the wings and allows the flavors to meld together.

hot honey chicken wings on a black plate with sides of carrots, celery, ranch, and extra hot honey.

More Chicken Recipes to Try


Looking for more inspired chicken recipes? Try these other favorites:

  • Jamaican Jerk Spiced Chicken Wings – these wings scream flavor. First, it is coated with 15 herbs and spices for a spicy punch and then cooked on a wood fire grill for the perfect layer of smokiness.
  • Nashville Hot Honey Chicken Slider Sandwiches – Crisp and spicy with tender meat inside, this slider recipe serves delicious fried chicken coated with a hot honey sauce and topped with coleslaw and pickle slices on slider rolls.
  • Chicken Salad Tostadas – uses leftover rotisserie chicken, Greek yogurt, and veggies piled on top of tostadas, making it the perfect lunch or quick weeknight dinner. 

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hot honey chicken wings on a black plate with sides of carrots and celery.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Posted by Melissa
These Hot Honey Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer. Inspired by the bold flavors of Nashville hot chicken, these wings will become your new favorite. They're a game day classic, ideal for serving up at your next Super Bowl party or casual get-together. With a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, these wings will be a hit with everyone!
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 wings
Calories 2098 kcal

Ingredients  

Chicken Wings

  • 2-2 ½ pounds chicken wings, drumettes and wingettes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • neutral oil

Hot Honey

  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions 

  • Position the oven rack in the middle and preheat to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Using a folded paper towel or cooking spray, grease both sides of a wire rack with vegetable oil. Set the greased rack inside the baking sheet.
  • Thoroughly dry the chicken wings with paper towels.  
  • Combine baking powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss until evenly coated with the seasoning mixture.
  • Arrange the chicken pieces on the greased wire rack and bake them in the oven for 30-35 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking. Keep baking until the wings become crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
  • While the wings bake, begin preparing the hot honey sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the honey and hot sauce, then whisk the ingredients until they are combined. Let the sauce simmer for 1 minute, then remove it from the heat.
  • Transfer the baked wings to a large bowl. Add half the hot honey sauce and toss to combine.
  • Serve the wings with the remaining sauce for dipping and your favorite wing sides.

Notes

1. Depending on the size of your cooking pan and wire rack, you may have to cook the chicken wings in two batches.
2. Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. The nutritional value will vary based on the brand and type of ingredients used. It does not include the nutrition for any substitutions.
3. Be sure to check out the Key Ingredients and the Recipe Tips and Notes sections in the post for more tips, options, substitutions, and variations for this recipe! You will also find step-by-step photos there.
Serving: 1wing | Calories: 2098kcal | Carbohydrates: 146g | Protein: 114g | Fat: 121g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Monounsaturated Fat: 45g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 532mg | Sodium: 5395mg | Potassium: 1202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 140g | Vitamin A: 2201IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 580mg | Iron: 8mg
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