Baked BBQ Honey Wings

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Calories
343

These crispy Baked BBQ Honey Wings are a sweet and spicy dream come true. They’re rubbed with a smoky spice blend and smothered in a homemade honey barbecue sauce infused with sriracha.

Ultra-Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

These easy BBQ chicken wings will fly off the plate! Their sweet, saucy coating has a lovely touch of tanginess from the mustard and a satisfying hint of heat from the sriracha sauce. Underneath is a layer of crispy skin surrounding tender, juicy meat.

Chicken wings are my family’s go-to game day munchie, and these ones more than hit the mark. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare the wings for the oven, and the sauce comes together in a snap while they bake! Once crispy perfection is reached, that sumptuous sauce is slathered on and the rest is history.

Are BBQ Wings Healthy?

A lot of people automatically think chicken wings are unhealthy, but this actually isn’t the case. They contain tons of protein and an impressive array of vitamins and minerals – it’s the deep-frying that diminishes their nutritional value. Luckily, these wings are baked instead of fried. And thanks to my trusty cooking method, they’re still crispy as can be!

Baked chicken wings piled onto a piece of parchment paper with a small bowl of ranch beside them

What You’ll Need

It’s so nice to be able to know exactly what goes into your food, which is another reason why these homemade chicken wings are the way to go. To know the exact amounts you’ll need, scroll down to the recipe card.

For the Chicken Wings

  • Chicken Wings: Stick with classic bone-in wings.
  • Canola Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika: If you’re not a fan of smoky flavor, feel free to use regular paprika instead.
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper

For the Honey BBQ Sauce

  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite brand – I like Stubb’s.
  • Honey: Raw and unfiltered honey has the most health benefits.
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Sriracha Sauce: Go ahead and add as much or as little as you’d like.

Can I Use Frozen Wings?

I highly recommend buying fresh chicken wings, but if frozen ones are your only option, you can totally use those instead. Just be sure to thaw them out completely before you season and cook them. This helps the spices adhere to the meat and ensures juicy results.

Chicken wings lined up on a wire rack over a baking sheet

How to Make Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Follow this simple process for fabulous baked wings every time. Bon appetit!

  1. Heat Oven & Prep Pan: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a wire rack on top or line it with tin foil.
  2. Pat Chicken Dry: Place the chicken wings into a large bowl and pat them dry.
  3. Season: Drizzle the wings with the canola oil, then add the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat all of the chicken.
  4. Bake: Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake them for 40 minutes, using tongs to flip them over halfway through.
  5. Broil: Turn the Broiler on to HIGH and place the chicken underneath it for 8-10 minutes, or until it’s browned.
  6. Combine Sauce Ingredients: In the meantime, heat a medium-sized saucepan to medium heat. Add in the BBQ sauce, honey, stone ground mustard and sriracha sauce.
  7. Let Simmer: Stir the ingredients together and bring the mixture to a simmer, allowing it to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside.
  8. Coat Wings: Remove the chicken wings from the oven and place them into a large heat-proof bowl. Pour in the honey BBQ sauce, then use a pair of tongs to toss the wings in the sauce until they’re all evenly coated.
  9. Enjoy! Garnish the wings with chopped chives if you’d like and serve them hot.
A pile of honey BBQ wings on top of a sheet of parchment paper

Tips for Success

These crispy, flavorful wings will have you licking your fingers and your plate. With the following tips, you’ll finesse them every time.

  • Season to Taste: Feel free to fine-tune your sauce and spice rub to suit your tastes. If you’d like to crank up the heat without changing the sauce, add chili powder to the spice blend.
  • Don’t Skip the Broiling: The secret to achieving crispy wings doesn’t involve coating the chicken in flour or baking soda – it’s all about the broiling. Those 8-10 minutes under the broiler are when the magic happens.
  • Use Tongs to Handle Your Wings: It’s best to avoid touching things that just came out of a hot oven. That’s where the tongs come in. They’re also useful when you’re tossing the wings with the sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Want to pair your wings with something equally tempting? Take your pick!

  • Serve With Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad: With a burst of freshness in every bite, this Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect way to cool down your mouth after a spicy wing. Now you’ve got a healthy game-day meal!
  • Pair With Frozen Rose: A 5-Minute Frose is always refreshing – especially when it’s next to a plate of homemade BBQ wings. Why not help yourself?
  • Or a Margarita! A good margarita goes wonderfully with backed chicken wings. I recommend this classic margarita recipe or this skinny margarita.
  • Serve With Fries and Garlic Aioli: Crispy wings and crispy French fries are a match made in heaven. These easy Baked Fries come with a crave-worthy roasted garlic aioli sauce to complete the dish.
An overhead shot of honey BBQ wings topped with a generous sprinkle of chopped chives

Storage and Reheating

Let your wings cool to room temperature before you transfer them to the fridge, but don’t leave them out for longer than 2 hours. Place any leftovers into an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days.

Reheat the wings on a foil-lined baking sheet at 350°F. After 15-20 minutes, or once their internal temperature reaches 165°F, remove them from the oven and enjoy them.

Can I Freeze Baked Wings?

You can easily freeze these wings for up to 1 month if you’d like. Place them into a freezer-safe container with parchment or wax paper in between layers if you have to stack them. Thaw out frozen wings in the fridge before you reheat them.

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Sweet and spicy chicken wings piled onto a piece of parchment paper with an empty bone beside them

Baked BBQ Honey Wings

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour
  • yield Yield: 35 1x
  • category Category: Appetizer
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

These crispy Baked BBQ Honey Wings are a sweet and spicy dream come true. They’re rubbed with a smoky spice blend and smothered in a homemade honey barbecue sauce infused with sriracha.

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Ingredients

For the Chicken Wings

  • 3lbs chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Honey BBQ Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups favorite BBQ sauce (I used Stubbs)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Add chicken to a large bowl. Pat chicken dry.
  3. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat all the chicken.
  4. Place chicken on a wire rack lined baking sheet. (if you don’t have a wire rack, use tin foil)
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the chicken after 20 minutes.
  6. Turn the Broiler on to HIGH.
  7. Place chicken under broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  8. In the meantime, heat a medium sauce pan to medium heat. Add BBQ sauce, honey, stone ground mustard and sriracha sauce. Stir and bring to a simmer, let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  9. Remove chicken from oven. Place in a large bowl, pour the Honey BBQ sauce over the chicken wings. Using a pair of tongs, toss the wings to coat all of them with the sauce.
  10. Serve.
  11. Optional: add chopped chives for garnish.

Notes

  • Makes 30-40 wings.
  • To Store & Reheat: Place any leftovers into an airtight container and transfer them to the fridge after they’ve cooled, but before 2 hours have passed. Enjoy them within 3 days, reheating the wings on a foil-lined baking sheet at 350°F until they’re baked through.
  • To Freeze: Freeze cooled wings in a freezer-safe container with parchment or wax paper in between layers. Thaw out frozen wings in the fridge before you reheat them.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 wings + sauce
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 660 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 150 mg

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41 Responses
  1. Rose R

    Having gone thru culinary school, sitting on a kitchen counter. NO BUENO JUST SAYING. Recipe is amazing ,delicious wings ,thank you.

  2. Sarah

    Amazing chicken!! I added a lot more seasoning and the bbq sauce I used was Smoked mesquite Stubbs barbecue sauce. After I added the sauce I broiled it for a while. Turning out great. Thank you!

  3. Kenny

    Simple and great recipe. Thank you.
    Today March 24,2020 i will be making your Crispy Honey BBQ Sauce with sriracha sauce. I cant wait to taste it . For now i would like to rate just the way your instructons and ingredients are so nice and easy to understand . I never have cooked anything most of my i never had a family meal growing up but now k have my own kids k learned that i love to eat , anything and everything now that its me rhat stays home with the kids and their mom works i really want to learn how to cook and learn how to enjoy life just being able to cook and really see my kids enjoy being home with me. LORD BUDDAH AND LORD JESUS CHRIST PLEASE LET TODAY BE THE DAY I SEE LIFE FOR EVERTHING THAT ITS WORTH . THANK YOU . DOEUN KENNY CHAN

  4. Jesse

    What kind of oven do you use? Gas or Electric? Convection or conventional? I’m always amazed that most recipes don’t reveal such critical details since all change cooking times. Also my manual for my oven states to cook chicken with the broiler on low. The first time I cooked these I put the broiler on hi and the wings began to be burnt after 5 minutes so I took it out. But now I put the broiler on low and the wings are great. But I leave out the honey because I want spicy bbq wings.

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      Krista

      Hey Jesse, it’s an electric. And glad you were able to find out what worked for your oven. I’m with ya on the spicy sauce… if I had it my way everything would be spicy 🙂

  5. Kat

    Just made these for the Super Bowl and my whole family couldn’t stop saying how they were better than from a restaurant! My husband even fried up a few, but we thought the baked ones were the best. Definitely making these again!

    1. Michele

      Best Wings Ever! Thank You! You Would Never Know they were baked! Eat them right out of the oven you would think you were at a restaurant! 🙂

  6. Kathleen

    My family really really loves these. Im going to make them for our superbowl party but was hoping to make them a day in advance and heat in a low oven day of. Do you know if they would still be crispy?

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      Krista

      Yes! I would just do the baking part first and then day off put them under the broiler. That will ensure you have cooked through AND crispy wings day of!

  7. kimmy

    Currently first football games of the season and decided what better dinner than wings and fries tonight!!! When I got the stuff for the wings, I realized I wasn’t all that up to throwing them into a pan of oil to deep fry them, and this sounds like the perfect substitute for that. Got the oven pre-heating, the chicken wings thawing in a bowl of water (forgot to leave them in fridge last night and I’m starving) and then to try them out!!!

  8. Lex

    Hi Krista! Your recipes are absolutely awesome! I’ve never been a huge wing fan, but after making these for my fiancé I am officially a HUGE FAN!! These were so good and easy to make!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Angie

    We were having friends over to watch a basketball game so I thought wings would be perfect! I ran to the store and just looked for any recipe online.. ended up here, and so glad I did! These were a HIT! So flavorful and juicy. I thought we would leftovers but NONE were left. Delicious. Thank you! .. oh, and I didn’t have sriracha, but just used Crystal hot sauce. Still worked great!

  10. Kathleen O'Leary

    These were an absolute hit with my family. My 12 year old daughter who eats very little (amount and variety of food) DEVOURED these. My husband said they were better than a local restaurant we go to with great wings. I loved how easy and not messy this recipe is. Definitely going to be a go to.

  11. michele

    I really liked these wings! You were so right about the baking and I couldn’t believe how crispy they got just with using the broiler! Not frying in my house again for wings! The sauce was an added bonus, and I must say the sriracha was a brilliant idea with the sweet sauce! Definitely a keeper!

  12. Kim

    I tried the honey BBQ wings and hey turned out perfectly. I did not have parchment paper so I sprayed Pam on aluminum foil and it worked well. Absolutely fantastic.

  13. Prerna

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe ! I tried it today and though I didn’t have the mustard and I replaced the siracha sauce, with the siracha seasoning!!!

    Everyone loved the sticky and yummy wings!

  14. Kate Baird

    My husband had friends over for Hawkeye football this past weekend, and I made these. They were an absolute hit!! The men just devoured these up. They were so juicy, the meat slid right off the bone. What I loved most was not having to stand over a hot stove frying over forty wings. Thank you so much for sharing this tasty and easy recipe!

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      Krista

      Amen to that. Not have to worry about being splattered by oil is always a plus. I’m so glad that these wings were a hit Kate!

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