Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

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These delicious Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection, then coated in sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you absolutely must try them with this honey sriracha sauce. Don’t shy away if you’re not into super spicy sauces. The honey does a great job of neutralizing the spiciness and turning this sauce into something you’ll want to put on everything.

Believe me, we do put it on everything. Once you fall in love with it, come back and try our Honey Sriracha Potatoes and Honey Sriracha Shrimp. Oh so good!

» Looking for more great chicken wings? You will love these 5 Tasty Dips for Chicken Wings.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Perfect Balance of Flavors: The honey and sriracha combo hits that sweet spot between sweet and spicy, making each bite a flavorful explosion that keeps you coming back for more.
  • Easy to Make: Whether baking in an oven or air fryer, this chicken wings recipe come together quickly and with minimal ingredients. No need for any complicated marinades or exotic spices.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Honey sriracha chicken wings are not just a main dish; they’re also great as a party appetizer or as part of a game-day spread. You can serve them with a variety of dips, salads, or even toss them into a wrap for a quick meal.

Amy says: 5 stars Made this tonight in my air fryer! I agree with other reviewers that this sauce had the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

PRO TIP: For a party, we like to serve these along with BBQ Chicken Wings and these super tasty Lipton Onion Soup Chicken wings to give two different flavors for guests to enjoy.

Ingredients You Need

  • Chicken Wings – You can make as many or few chicken wings as you like, just adjust the amount of sauce accordingly. You can also make honey-sriracha chicken thighs or breast.
  • Honey – If you don’t like honey, you can substitute with brown sugar
  • Sriracha – Use any brand of sriracha you like – or can find
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly sqeezed lemon juice!
  • Butter – I always use salted butter
  • Soy Sauce – Low sodium is best so you can adjust the level of saltiness to your liking

What is Sriracha?

Sriracha

Sriracha is a popular hot sauce that originated in Thailand and has gained worldwide recognition for its distinctive flavor and spiciness. Now a huge amount of Sriracha is made in California and there’s been a shortage the last few years, but more brands are popping up to fill the gap.

Sriracha is made primarily from red chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, resulting in a delicious combination of heat, tanginess, sweetness, and umami. The sauce has a thick consistency and a vibrant red color. It is gluten-free and vegan.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Expert Tips for Chicken Wings

  • Before cooking, make sure to pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. This helps to remove excess moisture and allows the skin to crisp up beautifully during cooking.
  • Invest in a good meat thermometer to ensure your wings reach the ideal internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). This guarantees that the meat is cooked through but still juicy.
  • Bake or air fryer the wings first to render the fat, then baste with sace and broil or air fry to crisp up the skin. This gives you wings that are both tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

How to Cook Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Step 1: Cook the Wings (Bake or Air Fry)

There are a lot of ways you can cook chicken wings, but we like to either bake or air fry our wings, which leads to a tender and crispy wing, with a lot less fat than deep frying. It’s an easy way to make them with much mess.

Preheat the oven to 400° F

Start by patting the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. This will help the skin get crispy. Place the wings on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or a silicon mat (for easy cleanup). I don’t add anything to the wings at this stage (oil or seasoning).

uncooked chicken wings on a baking sheet

Bake for 30 minutes in the oven, turning once.

To cook them in the air fryer, pour the wings into the basket and cook for 20 minutes on 400° F. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. There’s generally no need to preheat the air fryer beforehand.

Step 2: Make the Sauce

While the wings are cooking, put together the Honey Sriracha sauce. It requires just 5 ingredients that you might already have on hand, and it comes together in just a few minutes.

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a pan over medium-high heat until bubbly, then turn it down and whisk occasionally as it thickens, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and set it aside until the wings are ready.

Honey Sriracha Sauce

Step 3: Baste & Broil

After the 30 minute bake time, remove the wings from the oven. Turn the oven to broil, with the top rack lowered to the 2nd row. This will help keep the splatter and flare ups to a minimum.

Baste the top sides of the chicken wings generously with sauce. Put them under the broiler for 3 minutes. Take them out and flip the chicken wings over. Baste the top sides again and broil again for 3 minutes.

If you’re air frying your wings, baste the tops and return to the air fryer for 3 minutes. Then turn them over, baste again, and cook again for 3 minutes.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

When they’re done cooking, they should be slightly charred and browned. You can continue cooking if they aren’t. Check the internal temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer to make sure they’ve reached 165 degrees F.

If you want to add more sauce to the wings, you can toss them in a bowl with any remaining sauce.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

How to Reheat Chicken Wings

There are quite a few ways to go about reheating chicken wings if you happen to find yourself with some leftovers, but one method really stands out from the rest. We really believe that the best way to reheat chicken wings is with the air fryer.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 365°F (185°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Brush or spray the air fryer basket with oil.
  • Place the chicken wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd them.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through.

That said, it won’t matter if you use an air fryer, a toaster oven, a full oven, or a convection oven to reheat your wings.

What to Serve With Chicken Wings

For sides, serve these wings with a Bacon & Jalapeno Corn Salad, or our favorite Classic Wedge Salad.

Since wings are total comfort food for me, I go right to 5-Cheese Mac & Cheese as a side. They also go well with Baked Beans.

These baked wings are great for parties, picnics, or even backyard barbecues. They turn out perfect every time, and the sauce makes them irresistible finger food!

If you like these, you might want to try our Sweet & Spicy Korean Chicken Wings or go a step further and brine the chicken wings for more tenderness. We also really like this Honey Sriracha sauce on chicken wings.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Questions About the Recipe

Can I bake or air fry chicken wings from frozen?

Yes, it’s possible to cook the wings from frozen. They will take slightly longer than from thawed. Cook for 35 minutes in the oven and 25 minutes in the air fryer before basting.

Do you put sauce on wings before or after baking?

I put the sauce on the wings after baking, so it doesn’t burn. This sauce has sugar in it, which can easily burn. So wait until after baking, then baste the wings and either put them back in the air fryer or under the broiler to brown them.

Can I cook chicken wings whole?

It’s possible to either cook your chicken wings whole or split apart. They might take a little longer to cook when whole, but not much. Either way you go, it’s still best to cut off the wing tip before cooking because it’s extraneous and might burn.

What is in Honey Sriracha Sauce?

This sauce is made with honey, Sriracha, lemon juice, soy sauce, and butter.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

These delicious Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection, then coated in sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.
4.75 from 44 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (907.18 g) chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) honey
  • 1 tablespoons (15 ml) salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400° F (200° C).
  • Pat dry the chicken wings.
  • In the oven: Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a silicon mat. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through cooking.
    In the air fryer: Pour the chicken wings into the air fryer basket. Cook on 400° F (200° C) for 20 minutes.
  • While the wings are cooking, mix together the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn the oven on to broil. Place the top rack on the 2nd row, so it's not too close to the heating element.
  • Baste the tops of the wings with the honey sriracha sauce and broil the wings for 3 minutes, until a bit of char begins to form. Remove the sheet, flip the wings over, brush the sauce on the tops. Broil again for 3 minutes.
    In the air fryer, baste the wings and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Turn and baste the other side, cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the wings from the oven or air fryer, toss with additional sauce as desired, and serve.

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Notes

  • Before cooking, make sure to pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. This helps to remove excess moisture and allows the skin to crisp up beautifully during cooking.
  • Invest in a good meat thermometer to ensure your wings reach the ideal internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). This guarantees that the meat is cooked through but still juicy.
  • Bake or air fryer the wings first to render the fat, then baste with sace and broil or air fry to crisp up the skin. This gives you wings that are both tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1111mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

13 thoughts on “Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

  1. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    5 stars
    Wow these are fabulous I grilled them and that char is terrific. 2nd time we broiled in the oven and they’re just as good that way!

  2. Robert Kjelsrud says:

    5 stars
    What a find this site is. The recipes available along with the wings are wonderful, I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Air fryer and Instant Pot recipes are always good to find. Thank you

  3. Dwolfe says:

    5 stars
    I love chicken wings and these were incredible! And so easy to make!
    Will be making them again for a larger crowd. Thank you!

  4. Amy says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight in my air fryer! I agree with other reviewers that this sauce had the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! x

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