Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

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

Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Wings – baked instead of fried these classic chicken wings are crispy, tender and smothered in a sweet ‘n spicy Honey BBQ Sauce! The perfect game day appetizer recipe! 

If you’re looking for more BBQ Chicken Recipes you need to make my Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings and my 30 Minute BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Today, so far, is perfection!

I was finally able to get back to the gym since Hurricane Harvey hit and now I’m sitting outside drinking an almond milk cinnamon latte with a cool … YES cool … breeze blowing as I work. I actually had to put a jacket on because I started to get a little cold, which was glorious! These are my favorite days. Fall days. They have always been my favorite, especially when I lived in the Midwest. In Wisconsin, I loved the weather this time of year. The changing color of the leaves is irreplaceable in my mind. Each year was a different. Each tree was different. Each leaf had a different shade. It was like God was painting this amazing masterpiece and we got to watch it form.

Something about sitting outside makes me feel recharged. To feel the cool breeze on my skin gently blowing my hair. Or to feel the warmth of the sun on the beach while hearing the waves crash. Our world is absolutely beautiful. Sometimes we just forget to get outside and enjoy it. But when we do it’s refreshing for the soul in the deepest parts.

Raw Chicken Wings with Spice Rub

On a more serious note. The first NFL game of the year was yesterday which means it is “go time” this weekend y’all! Packers are on at 3:25pm and the Cowboys play the Sunday night game! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Our all time favorite during football season are Chicken Wings! And let me tell you, I make some BOMB chicken wings!

Are chicken wings healthy?

If you cook them right they can be healthier than the chicken wings you get at a restaurant. This chicken wing recipe is baked instead of fried and renders out of the fat as they bake. Because they are homemade, you know exactly what goes into them as opposed to not knowing the salt content or oil. I’d recommend homemade instead of restaurant quality any day if you’re wanting a healthy chicken wing recipe.

Do chicken wings need to be thawed before cooking?

First off, I highly recommend buying fresh chicken wings. But if you can’t buy fresh chicken wings, then yes, allow frozen wings to thaw before cooking them. This will ensure you have moist not dry wings in the end. Plus seasonings, oils and sauce adhere better to thawed wings than frozen wings.

Overhead shot of Baked BBQ Chicken Wings with chives on top

How do I get crispy wings?

The trick to getting crispy wings is putting them under the broiler for 8 to 10 minutes after they are finished baking. No coating them with flour or baking soda. Just crank the heat up and place your wings until the broiler to let the skin get nice and crispy! 

How to you make barbecue wings?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add chicken wings to a large bowl. Pat chicken dry. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat all the chicken. Place chicken on a wire rack lined baking sheet. (if you don’t have a wire rack, use tin foil)
  3. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the chicken after 20 minutes.
  4. Turn the Broiler on to HIGH. Place chicken under broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings with chives on top and ranch to dip

The process has taken me a while to perfect. But now that I’ve nailed the texture they come out flawless every time. All I have to do is change up the sauce for whatever mood I’m in!

And today it was Honey BBQ. This sauce has a slight tang to it from the mustard, sweetness from the honey and a tiny kick because I decided to add Sriracha at the last minute. You are absolutely going to love it and lick every bite of sauce off those sticky fingers!

Bon Appetit y’all and happy weekend!

What goes with BBQ Chicken Wings?

Baked Chicken Wings covered in a Honey BBQ Sauce with chives

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Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 50 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour
  • yield Yield: 30-40 wings 1x
  • category Category: gluten free, chicken, appetizer, holiday, kid friendly
  • method Method: oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: american

Description

Crispy Honey BBQ Chicken Wings – baked instead of fried these classic chicken wings are crispy, tender and smothered in a sweet spicy Honey BBQ Sauce! A definite crowd pleaser and the perfect game day recipe!

Scale

Ingredients

  • 3lbs chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Dry Rub:

  • 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

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 degrees 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.

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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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!

    1. 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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