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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

These Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are drizzled in a decadent, homemade sauce made with soy sauce, paprika, ginger, honey, and garlic for the perfect balance of flavor. You can bake or air-fry these crispy, breaded wings.

honey garlic chicken wings in a bowl

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Looking for easy dinner ideas? Chicken wings can be so easy to whip up for a weeknight meal. Though they are amazing as an appetizer for a Game Day spread, consider switching up your breadings and sauce for diverse meals!

raw chicken wings, honey, garlic, soy sauce, and smoked paprika in separate bowls

What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even and consistent temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

What Does Honey Garlic Sauce Taste Like?

The sauce for these wings is made with honey, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and smoked paprika for added flavor. You can substitute regular paprika if you wish, but the smoked paprika definitely takes these to the next level.

collage of 4 photos honey garlic sauce in a saucepan pot

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  2. Add flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken.
  3. Bake or air fry the wings.
  4. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, and smoked paprika.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the honey garlic sauce.
raw chicken wings on sheet pan
raw chicken wings in air fryer

How to Substitute Flour

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.

How to Make Them Spicy

You can add Sriracha or cayenne pepper to the sauce mixture for additional heat and kick!

How to Make them Naked Without Breading

You make naked wings by simply omitting the flour. The cook time of the chicken will remain the same. Simply toss the wings in the sauce when finished.

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is in the oven or in the air fryer. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can reheat them on 350 degrees until warm.

cooked chicken wings in an air fryer
breaded chicken wings in a glass bowl

Can You Use Other Types of Chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenderschicken breasts, or chicken thighs will work. Click the links to check out my other recipes for cook time.

Freezer Tips

I love to freeze these ahead of time to have on deck for quick and easy meals. Defrost the wings overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer or in the oven on 350 degrees until warm.

How to Thicken the Sauce

I found the sauce to be thick enough on it’s own. If you need to thicken yours, you can combine a tablespoon of cornstarch and water and add that to the sauce mixture to thicken.

Substitutions and More Ways to Season the Wings

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Rub
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
Homemade Blackened Seasoning
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Cajun Seasoning

honey garlic chicken wings in a bowl

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honey garlic chicken wings in a bowl
honey garlic chicken wings drizzled with sauce with a cooking brush

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person holding honey garlic chicken wing
honey garlic chicken wings in a bowl
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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

These Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are drizzled in a decadent, homemade sauce made with soy sauce, paprika, ginger, honey, and garlic for the perfect balance of flavor. You can bake or air-fry these crispy, breaded wings.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword honey garlic chicken wings, honey garlic wings, sticky honey garlic wings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 632kcal

Ingredients

Honey Garlic Sauce

Instructions

Oven and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place it in a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings. Spritz the chicken wings with cooking oil.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings. Spritz with cooking oil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken is crisp and cooked through.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the honey, garlic, smoked paprika, ginger, and soy sauce.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated and thickens. Taste the sauce repeatedly to ensure the taste suits your needs. Adjust the ingredients if necessary. If you like more garlic, additional garlic or garlic powder.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the honey garlic sauce.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and cooked through.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the honey, garlic, smoked paprika, ginger, and soy sauce.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated and thickens. Taste the sauce repeatedly to ensure the taste suits your needs. Adjust the ingredients if necessary. If you like more garlic, additional garlic or garlic powder.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and drizzle the wings in the honey garlic sauce.

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Notes

  • You can substitute regular paprika if you wish, but the smoked paprika definitely takes these to the next level.
  • When using fresh ginger ensure it’s finely minced or if you use large chunks (I often do) you can remove the large chunks after the flavor of the ginger has penetrated the sauce. 
  • As written, the recipe results in sticky wings. You can bake the flavor of the sauce into the wings by removing the wings from the oven 5 minutes before they have finished baking or air frying. Coat the wings in the sauce and return them to the oven or air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • You can swap the all-purpose flour for baking powder. You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.
  • You can use actual wings (instead of drums and flats) if you wish, you may need to adjust the number of ingredients needed to fully coat your wings.
  • Salt is key for adding additional flavor to the wings. I typically use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe. I generally allow readers to salt to taste and their preference, considering what their diet allows. Keep in mind, the spices alone will provide flavor, but it needs to be amplified with salt.
  • Start with 1/4 cup of flour and add additional flour if necessary. The chicken should be fully coated.
  • If you see white areas of flour on the wings, spritz the areas with oil.
  • Foil can be substituted for parchment paper while baking. Your cook time may change, so keep an eye out on the wings while they bake. They will need to reach a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Want to make them spicy? Add Srirarcha, cayenne pepper or Cajun Seasoning. So good! I typically add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 32g
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Recipe Rating




Towanda Wilson

Thursday 14th of April 2022

These were absolutely amazing. The sauce!! No words!

staysnatched

Monday 2nd of May 2022

haha speechless is what I like!

Erin J.

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

These were delicious and the sauce is so easy to make. I had everything on hand too which means this recipe will definitely be on repeat in our house.

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

I'm glad you had everything on hand!

Sheila

Friday 25th of February 2022

This honey garlic sauce is SO delicious and so easy to make. I used chicken breasts instead of wings, which turned out great! Will definitely be making this again.

staysnatched

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I'm so glad to hear it!