These honey garlic chicken wings are baked in the oven until crispy and coated in a sticky honey garlic sauce. Delicious as is or easy to add more spicy heat!

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Stack of honey garlic wings on wax paper, garnished with chopped cilantro.

About Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Whether you’re a connoisseur of chicken wings or want to try them for the first time, this baked crispy chicken wing recipe is the perfect place to start.

Because really, what’s not to love? It’s “crispy baked chicken wings outsides and tender insides, drenched in a sticky honey garlic glaze” we’re talking about here.

That’s like five wins in one sentence.

They’re that good.

Plus, these wings are baked in the oven, so no need to deal with hot oil and frying. You only need to toss the wings in oil and seasonings, toss them in the oven, and prepare the delicious honey garlic sauce while they bake.

What’s in honey garlic chicken wings?

  • Chicken wings – The star of the show. Be sure to cut and trim the chicken wings before getting started.
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper – Used to coat the chicken wings before baking.
  • Ingredients for honey garlic sauce – For the namesake sauce of this recipe, you’ll need the following: honey, soy sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic, and chili powder.

How long to bake chicken wings

There are a couple of different methods, but when baking raw chicken wings, you can use any one of these three:

  • 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes (my favorite).
  • 375 degrees F for 50-55 minutes.
  • 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes.

However, no matter what cook time you prefer, always check your wings before taking them out of the oven. The juices should run clear, an instant-read thermometer should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, and the skin is browned and crispy to your liking.

Close up of a stack of honey garlic chicken wings.

What goes with honey garlic wings?

Whether you’re serving dinner or bringing baking for a potluck, it’s always great to have some tasty sides to go along with your baked chicken wings.

Here are some of my favorites:

How long are honey garlic chicken wings good for?

Once prepared, these baked chicken wings can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Can you freeze chicken wings?

Yes, you can definitely freeze your honey garlic chicken wings!

Once prepared, allow the chicken wings to cool to room temperature before transferring them to a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing.

Once frozen, chicken wings can be stored up to four months.

How to Thaw Honey Garlic Wings:

  • Recommended: Remove from freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In Cold Water: Place the wings in a sealed bag into a large bowl filled with cold water. Make sure that your wings are fully submerged; you can use a plate or other weighted item to hold them down. Flip the bag often and change the water out every 30 minutes or so to make the process faster.
  • In Microwave: Use your microwave’s defrost setting to thaw your wings in the microwave. Take note to rotate your wings throughout the cooking process because the microwave can reheat them unevenly. Some microwaves will beep at the times it is necessary to rotate your wings.
  • Never put wings out on the counter to thaw out. It can contaminate your chicken, allowing it to become unsafe to eat.

How to reheat chicken wings

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grab a baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray. You can also line the sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Arrange chilled/thawed chicken wings on the baking sheet, spaced about one inch apart.
  • Reheat the wings for five to six minutes on one side.
  • Quickly flip the wings, then bake for another five to six minutes.
  • If you have a meat thermometer, test the internal temperature of the chicken wings. It should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve and enjoy!

How long can chicken wings be left out?

No matter the situation or circumstance, you never want to leave chicken sitting out for too long. This is especially important for chicken wings, as they are a popular party food and are easily forgotten on counters.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature. This time may vary depending on the temperature of the room.

Since these chicken wings will be served hot, you “should” have a solid one hour (and up to two hours) before you need to pack them up (depending on other factors, such as the temperature of the room, etc). However, be sure to still check on the chicken wings every now and then and use your best judgment. When it comes to chicken, most guests will appreciate the peace of mind it gives them if you either reheat or refrigerate the chicken wings after one hour.

For best results, I’d recommend using a warming tray so that these tasty wings stay warm and above the “danger zone” temperature for as long as possible.

Notes & tips for baked chicken wings

  • This recipe gets right to cooking and skips the step of preparing the chicken wings. If you’re not sure how to do this, check out this article: How to cut chicken wings.
Close up of a hand picking up a single honey garlic chicken wing.

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How to make honey garlic chicken wings

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large bowl, add raw chicken wings. Drizzle on some olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then toss with a pair of tongs or a spatula so that the wings are coated.

Step 2 – Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 3 – Bake!

Step 4 – While the chicken bakes, prepare the sauce. Boil the honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili powder (if using) for three or four minutes or until the sauce is reduced and has a thick consistency and a dark golden color. Remove the saucepan from heat and cover.

Step 5 – Working quickly, add the baked chicken wings into a bowl and pour the honey garlic sauce on top. This step works best if both the sauce and the chicken are hot so that the sauce will be more fluid. Use a spatula to toss and turn the chicken wings until they’re coated in sauce. If you’re having trouble, just be patient; the sauce will eventually thin and cover all of the chicken wings.

Step 6 – Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Stack of honey garlic wings on wax paper, garnished with chopped cilantro.
4.44 from 207 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

10 mins prep + 40 mins cook
420 kcal
Yields: 4 servings (5 wings per)
These honey garlic chicken wings are baked in the oven until crispy and coated in a sticky honey garlic sauce. Delicious as is or easy to add more spicy heat!

Ingredients 

Baked Chicken Wings
Honey Garlic Sauce

Instructions

For the Baked Chicken Wings
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add raw chicken wings. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Use a pair of tongs or a spatula to gently toss the chicken wings to coat.
    2 pounds chicken wings, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 pinch black pepper
  • Arrange chicken wings in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake chicken wings for 40 minutes or until juices run clear, turning them half way through.
For the Honey Garlic Sauce
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili powder (optional) to a rapid boil. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until sauce is reduced by 1/2.
    1/2 cup honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and set aside.
Putting it all together
  • Working quickly, place baked chicken wings in a bowl, then pour prepared honey garlic glaze on top. This step works best if both the chicken and the sauce are hot. Use a spatula to toss the chicken wings until they are coated in the glaze. Note: It’s okay if the glaze is thick, but it should pour easily. If it doesn’t, microwave the glaze for 30 seconds at a time until it’s liquid again, then quickly pour over the chicken wings.
  • Serve honey garlic chicken wings immediately with chopped cilantro as garnish (optional).
    fresh chopped cilantro

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (5 wings per) | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1180mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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47 comments

    • Shauna Benefield
    • 5 stars

    Made this tonight & WOW at all the rude comments lol this was great! Me & hubby both loved it!

    • Angie
    • 1 star

    Bad. I am sorry. These are gummy and taste of awful stuff. I had high hopes for this one and was looking for a new wing recipe. This is not it. Thank you for trying.

    • Delyse Duminy
    • 5 stars

    Absolutely delicious !! Made them last night exactly as per the recipe given. They came out perfectly & the sauce was amazing. Thank you.

    • Amin
    • 5 stars

    This was exactly what I had a taste for. I almost ordered takeout and I’m so happy I didn’t. Delicious!

    • Sweet B
    • 4 stars

    I made half a batch of wings and sauce and I must agree with most reviews that the honey is overpowering with sweetness. Next time I’ll use much less honey, however great recipes otherwise.

    • Amanda Hudson
    • 5 stars

    Making these right now in the air fryer…cooking at 350 for 10 minutes , flipped cooked for another 15. Made the sauce used 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and used samba oelek instead of chili powder. Tossed wings in the sauce and air fried for a few more minutes, served with the rest of the sauce on the side. Pretty darn good!

    • Allen Hixenbaugh

    Not sure what garlic you used. Or fresh ginger. I made them they were ok, I think I had right ingredients.

    • McKay
    • 4 stars

    Great recipe but very sweet. In the future, I’ll be using less honey and more chili powder.

    • Denise

    My wings stuck to the parchment paper. I must have missed something. Still delicious.

    • Eeman kabir
    • 5 stars

    I love this recipe

    • Angel
    • 5 stars

    These were deee-licious. Will be making them again.

    • leah
    • 5 stars

    cool

    • Maria a
    • 5 stars

    This recipe was very easy and delicious my family loved it only twerk was I added sweet & tangy Beijing sauce. I will definitely be making these for get togethers with friends.

    • Christina
    • 5 stars

    My family LOVES this recipe!!!!

    • Melanie
    • 5 stars

    This is a wonderful recipe. Love the fresh garlic and ginger

    • Dave Pearson

    Can I bbq the wings instead of baking?

    • Jason

    Taste so good you haft to try this😁