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Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

June 4, 2021 (Last Updated: February 15, 2024)

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings are irresistibly delicious and perfect for satisfying your wing cravings! These chicken wings can be fried, oven baked or air fried until golden and crispy, then tossed in a sweet-sticky honey garlic sauce. Serve as an easy to make dinner or appetizer for a deliciously satisfying treat.

honey garlic chicken wings on wooden plate.

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Sticky Honey Garlic Wings are irresistibly delicious and perfect for satisfying your wing cravings! These chicken wings can be fried, oven baked or air fried until golden and crispy, then tossed in a sweet-sticky honey garlic sauce. Serve as an easy to make dinner or appetizer for a deliciously satisfying treat.

Love a good chicken wing recipe? Try my Garlic Parmesan Wings, Soy Garlic Chicken Wings, or these BBQ Sriracha Chicken Wings and Sweet Ginger Thai Chicken Wings, next!

a platter of honey garlic chicken wings.

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

Chicken wings are fantastic for any occasion – be it game day or a speedy dinner. Their crispy texture and juicy meat make them a go-to choice, and the timeless appeal of honey garlic wings, with their perfect mix of sweet and savory, adds a classic touch that never fails to satisfy.

Here’s Why You’ll Love this Honey Garlic Wings Recipe

  • Irresistible Flavour: Theres a delicious balance of sweetness and savoury notes, creating a taste sensation that caters to diverse preferences. It’s a classic flavour for a reason!
  • Easy Preparation: This recipe is beginner-friendly and time-efficient, allowing for a stress-free cooking experience that suits various skill levels in the kitchen. It’s also a recipe everyone in the family can enjoy, from kids to adults.
  • Perfect Texture: With a crispy exterior, juicy interior and coated in a sticky honey garlic sauce delivers an addictive eating experience.
honey garlic wings ingredient flatlay, overhead view.

Honey Garlic Wings Ingredients and Ingredient Notes

Chicken Wings Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings: Ensure they are thawed, and patted dry for the best crispy texture.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Season the wings to taste.
  • Olive Oil – use this to help the salt and pepper to stick as well as aid in the crispy exterior.

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • Honey: Opt for natural honey for a rich and authentic sweetness.
  • Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium soy sauce to control the dish’s saltiness.
  • Garlic: Adjust the quantity based on your preference for garlic flavour.
  • Sesame Oil: Enhances the overall flavour with a nutty aroma.
  • Rice Vinegar: Adds a subtle tanginess to complement the sweetness.

How to Make Honey Garlic Wings

Air Fried Honey Garlic Wings

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, combine chicken wings, salt, black pepper, and baking powder. Toss until wings are evenly coated.
  • Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Air fry for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the wings are golden and crispy.

Oven Baked Honey Garlic Wings

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, mix chicken wings, salt, black pepper, and baking powder until well combined.
  • Arrange the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they are evenly spaced. Bake for 45-50 minutes, turning halfway through, until wings are golden and crispy.

Deep Fried Honey Garlic Wings

  • In a bowl, season chicken wings with salt, and black pepper. In a separate bowl, combine flour and cornstarch. Coat each wing in the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • In a deep fryer or large skillet, heat oil to 375°F (190°C). Fry wings in batches for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels or a wired rack.

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings (Sauce and Toss)

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine soy sauce, water, honey, minced garlic, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir continuously until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes or see notes section on how to thicken with cornstarch slurry.
  • Toss the wings in the prepared honey garlic sauce and ensure even coating. Serve hot and enjoy!
honey garlic chicken wings.

Recipe Substitutions

  • Substitute Chicken Type: You can use chicken drumettes or boneless wings for a different texture.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a spicier kick, add red pepper flakes to the sauce or sprinkle them over the chicken wings before cooking.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Include a pinch of cayenne pepper in the sauce or mix it with the seasoning for an extra heat boost.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Substitute with gluten-free baking powder or flour if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Vegetarian Option: Replace chicken wings with cauliflower florets and use a vegetarian soy sauce alternative.
  • Maple Syrup: Swap honey for maple syrup for a different kind of sweetness.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Replace rice wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar or any mild vinegar you have on hand if needed.
  • Arrowroot Powder: If cornstarch is unavailable, use arrowroot powder in the slurry to thicken the sauce.

How to Serve Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

  • Appetizer Platter: Arrange the wings on a serving platter with toothpicks for a fun appetizer at parties or gatherings.
  • Game Day Snack: Serve a large batch on a platter, perfect for sharing during game day festivities.
  • Main Course: Pair with steamed rice or noodles for a filling main course, and drizzle the extra sauce over the grains or veggies!
honey garlic chicken wings.

Tips for the Best Honey Garlic Wings

  1. Prep for Crispy Wings: Ensure the chicken wings are thoroughly dried before seasoning or coating to achieve a crispy texture. Pat them dry with paper towels, especially if using baking powder for the oven or air frying method.
  2. Perfectly Golden: Whether air frying, baking, or deep frying, maintain a consistent temperature. For oven-baked or air-fried wings, flipping halfway through ensures an even and golden brown cook. For deep frying, monitor the oil temperature to achieve that satisfying crunch.
  3. Sauce Consistency: Pay attention to the honey garlic sauce’s consistency. Stir continuously while heating to avoid burning and achieve a smooth, thick sauce. If needed, use the cornstarch slurry method mentioned to reach the desired thickness.
  4. Serve Fresh and Hot: Toss the wings in the honey garlic sauce immediately before serving to maintain maximum crispiness. Serve them hot, whether as an appetizer, main course, or party snack and enjoy!

Storage and Reheating Instructions

  1. Oven (Recommended for Crispy Texture): Preheat to 375°F and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Air Fryer: Preheat to 375°F and air fry for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Microwave: Heat in 30-second intervals until warmed through. While this method is convenient, the microwave can make the wings lose their crispiness. 
  4. Stovetop (Pan or Skillet): Reheat in a skillet with a bit of oil until heated.

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honey garlic chicken wings on wooden plate.

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

Taneisha Morris
Sticky Honey Garlic Wings are irresistibly delicious and perfect for satisfying your wing cravings! These chicken wings can be fried, oven baked or air fried until golden and crispy, then tossed in a sweet-sticky honey garlic sauce. Serve as an easy to make dinner or appetizer for a deliciously satisfying treat.
3.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Air Fryer, Appetizers & Starters, Chicken & Poultry, Game Day
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 480 kcal

Equipment

  • Air-Fryer optional, for air fried cooking method
  • Oven optional, for oven baked cooking method
  • Deep Fryer or Heavy Bottomed Pot/ Dutch Oven optional, for deep fryer method

Ingredients
  

Chicken Wings

  • 2 lb Chicken Wings split or whole
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder if oven baking or air frying (if frying use 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch)

Sticky Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar or apple cider vinegar, or any white vinegar

Instructions
 

Air Fried Honey Garlic Wings

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, combine chicken wings, salt, black pepper, and baking powder. Toss until wings are evenly coated.
  • Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Air fry for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the wings are golden and crispy.

Oven Baked Honey Garlic Wings

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, mix chicken wings, salt, black pepper, and baking powder until well combined.
  • Arrange the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they are evenly spaced. Bake for 45-50 minutes, turning halfway through, until wings are golden and crispy.

Deep Fried Honey Garlic Wings

  • In a bowl, season chicken wings with salt, and black pepper. In a separate bowl, combine flour and cornstarch. Coat each wing in the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • In a deep fryer or large skillet, heat oil to 375°F (190°C). Fry wings in batches for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels or a wired rack.

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine soy sauce, water, honey, minced garlic, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir continuously until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes or see notes section on how to thicken with cornstarch slurry.
  • Toss the wings in the prepared honey garlic sauce and ensure even coating. Serve hot and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To Thicken Sauce: combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl to make a cornstarch slurry. Gradually add slurry to simmering sauce, stirring continuously until the desired thickness is reached.

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 24gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 772mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg

Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Shante
    February 26, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    2 stars
    We thought it would work better with the crispness of deep fried wings. The texture of the air fryer wings did not stand up well against this sauce. Also, the sauce was just too many competing flavors. It could easily do well with just 3-4 ingredients.

  • Reply
    Kelly O
    November 5, 2022 at 11:28 am

    This was delicious! Will make again.

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      November 7, 2022 at 8:13 am

      Amazing! Thanks so much Kelly – glad you enjoyed!

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