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Easy Honey Hot Wings

These Easy Honey Hot Wings are made with a homemade sweet and spicy butter sauce. Bake or air fry these wings to get them crisp and juicy then drizzle them in more of the mouth-watering sauce.

person holding honey hot wing with hot sauce

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.

raw chicken wings and spices in separate bowls

Hot Honey Sauce

The sauce is so simple to make and it’s easy to personalize. This recipe was developed with a little more honey vs hot sauce with a little butter to help coat the sauce onto the wings and add additional flavor.

You can use any oil you like. If you like sweet wings, use more honey and less hot sauce. If you like less sweet, use less honey and more hot sauce or the same amount of sauce. You will need:

  • Honey
  • Hot Sauce
  • Butter or any oil
butter, honey, and hot sauce in separate bowls

What Type of Hot Sauce to Use

Always use your favorite sauce. The hot sauce is one of the star ingredients so be sure to use something you actually like. I prefer Louisiana Hot Sauce.

honey hot sauce in a glass bowl

How to Make Honey Hot Wings

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

  1. Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Bake or air fry the wings.
  3. Mix hot sauce, butter, and honey together in a bowl or mixing cup.
  4. Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the honey hot sauce throughout.
  5. Bake or air fry.
seasoned chicken wings in a glass bowl
seasoned chicken wings on a sheet pan
raw seasoned chicken wings in an air fryer

Bake or Air Fry the Wings

The instructions below in the recipe card include full details for both cooking methods.

How to Make them Spicier

As I mentioned above, you can use less honey but you can also add cayenne pepper to your rub for the raw wings. That way they are cooked in additional spice.

honey hot wings in a glass bowl

How to Make Breaded Wings

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is on the grill or in the air fryer or oven. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can use the same cook temperature and reheat the wings until warm.

honey hot wings in an air fryer

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.

honey hot wings on a plate with hot sauce

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honey hot wings on a plate with hot sauce

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Easy Honey Hot Wings

These Easy Honey Hot Wings are made with a homemade sweet and spicy butter sauce. Bake or air fry these wings to get them crisp and juicy then drizzle them in more of the mouth-watering sauce.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword honey hot wings, hot honey wings, how to make honey hot wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 524kcal

Ingredients

Hot Honey Sauce (I use half of this sauce to drizzle the wings and the other half for dipping).

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter Measured solid. Olive oil can be substituted.
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce

Instructions

Baked Wings

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings to the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the wings.
  • Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Mix the hot sauce, butter, and honey together in a bowl or mixing cup. Taste the sauce repeatedly and make adjustments to suit your taste.
  • Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the honey hot sauce throughout.
    I reserve half of the sauce for dipping once the wings have cooked. You can use all of the sauce here, if you prefer, or use half of the ingredients noted above for the sauce.
  • Place the sauced chicken wings back onto the sheet pan and bake for an additional 5 minutes (same temperature). Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Air Fryer Wings

  • Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • If necessary, spray your air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Mix the hot sauce, butter, and honey together in a bowl or mixing cup. Taste the sauce repeatedly and make adjustments to suit your taste.
  • Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the honey hot sauce throughout.
    I reserve half of the sauce for dipping once the wings have cooked. You can use all of the sauce here, if you prefer, or use half of the ingredients noted above for the sauce.
  • Place the sauced chicken wings back into the air fryer. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

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Notes

Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like. You may have to adjust the cooking time.
You should always cook chicken until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. As such, your cook time may vary. Use a meat thermometer to test for accuracy.
If you like sweet wings, use more honey. If you like really spicy wings use less honey but you can also add cayenne pepper to your rub for the raw wings. That way they are cooked in additional spice. You can also add additional hot sauce.
To make breaded wings you can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken). Add it prior to baking or air frying.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 24g
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