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.
4.45 from 194 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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45 comments

    • Nava
    • 5 stars

    Love this recipe. The directions are fantastic. Easy and delicious. Crowd pleaser. Thank you!

    • Oludamilola Jones
    • 5 stars

    Sooo good! I also added fish sauce and mirin. Also more soy sauce.

    Probably could have used less honey but otherwise still delicious!

    • Luciana Bittencourt
    • 5 stars

    Really yummy and easy to make! Thank you!!!

    • Shaz
    • 4 stars

    Simple, quick and easy. Very tasty. Kids were not keen hearing honey was going in but then loved it! I put half the amount of honey and still works.

    • Tanya

    Could we do this in an instant pot?

    • Cami
    • 5 stars

    Forgot to leave a rating!

    • Cami

    This was so delicious! I added hot sauce, butter, and garlic powder to the sauce and it was fantastic and spicy!

    • Kerry
    • 5 stars

    Absolutely fantastic came across this recipe tonight while looking for something quick and tasty for us all including 5 children ! It was a huge hit !! Thank you 😊

      • Jennifer m

      Try Jasmine rice and steamed broccoli w carrots

    • Camille
    • 1 star

    These wings taste like candy. There’s way too much honey in them.

      • Miche

      Shut up

        • leah
        • 5 stars

        if it to sweet for you then do not make them

        • Maureen Lavine
        • 5 stars

        Great recipe. 🤙🤙

    • Kc
    • 5 stars

    I broiled (low) for an extra 6-7 minutes after mixing with the sauce. Amazing!!

    • Anna
    • 5 stars

    This recipe looks amazing! I’m so excited to try it.What would be something good to serve with this?

    • Best wife/mom EVER

    I never fry food, but my family REALLY wanted some fried wings. So I lightly fried the wings for about 5 mins. After 10 mins of letting the oil drain, I soaked them in the sauce, and baked them. The remaining sauce was used for dipping. I tripled the recipe! LOL. My guys loved this recipe and can’t wait to have it again.

    • Karen Correll

    Will be making these next weekend!

    • Anne

    My kids and I are addicted to these wings! I found this recipe a week ago, and I’ve already made them twice. The second time I made a double batch. They disappear so fast!

      • Anne
      • 5 stars

      It wouldn’t let me click on the star rating. I tried to give it 5 stars, but I would have given it 10 if I could! You HAVE to try these wings.

      • Ann
      • 5 stars

      Didnt have any ginger in the house so made it without. But still finger lickinnng goood. Will definitely make another batch next week!!

    • Terra
    • 5 stars

    Got a big thumbs up from my an old friend of mine! He’s Chinese and loves Chinese food but these were a hit!

      • Terra
      • 5 stars

      Btw I tried putting the sauce on and throwing back in to broil for about 5 more minutes, and the sauce soaked in and glazed up really nicely!

    • Cassandra
    • 5 stars

    This recipe is so delicious and so easy! I made this for a wing night last month and everyone loved it. I can’t wait to make it again this week for a New Years get together!

    • Bhaswati Chaudhuri

    Very nice recipe

    • hermsoven

    Very tasty. We tweaked the recipe by using 2 teaspoons of sriracha sauce instead of chili powder, more soy sauce, more garlic and ginger grated on a microplane,
    50 minutes bake time, cook sauce during last 3 minutes in small non-stick pan, add wings into mixing bowl, pour in hot sauce and toss. Love it! Maybe chopped scallions as garnish instead of cilantro.

    Thanks for this recipe.

      • hermsoven

      Star rating not working. With my tweaks, I’ll give the recipe 5 stars and pop some more in the oven.

    • Christy Bishop
    • 5 stars

    The wings are in the oven! I’ll post once they are ready! 😊

    • Heather
    • 5 stars

    Made them last night they were a hit! The guys loved them

      • Victoria

      Did you cover your chicken with aluminum foil?

        • Anna Marie Spackman

        No if you cover them they will not get crispy