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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Table of Contents
- About Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- What’s in honey garlic chicken wings?
- How long to bake chicken wings
- What goes with honey garlic wings?
- How long are honey garlic chicken wings good for?
- Can you freeze chicken wings?
- How to reheat chicken wings
- How long can chicken wings be left out?
- Notes & tips for baked chicken wings
- Other great chicken recipes
- How to make honey garlic chicken wings
- Recipe Details
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.
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:
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Campfire Potatoes
- Baked Onion Rings
- 3 Bean Salad
- Popcorn Salad
- Ramen Noodle Salad
- Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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.
Other great chicken recipes
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 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!
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Baked Chicken Wings
For the Baked Chicken Wings
- 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 halfway 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
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.