Hot Honey Chicken Wings

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I’m telling you, these Hot Honey Chicken Wings are one of the best 🍗 chicken wing recipes out there. I am a HUGE lover of 🍯 honey garlic chicken wings and making these with hot honey instead satisfies every taste bud possible. You are more than welcome to bake your chicken wings on a wired rack and you can definitely use any sauce of choice. This recipe makes 2.5 lbs of Hot Honey Chicken Wings, but feel free to adjust.

Why You’ll Love Hot Honey Chicken Wings

If you are a fan of honey garlic wings, these Hot Honey Chicken Wings will blow your mind. These chicken wings are fall-off-the-bone tender, with a fantastic crispy skin that’s deliciously sticky and sweet. I dialed up the flavor here with my homemade hot honey sauce, which gives these a great 🌶️ kick. These are perfect as an appetizer, 🏈 game day snack or a weeknight meal for the family.

How to Prepare Hot Honey Chicken Wings

🧂 In a bowl add the chicken wings, avocado oil, and the seasonings to taste. Then, with clean hands, massage everything well.

🍗 Add the wings to your air fryer basket in a single layer. (You may need to cook these in two batches).

♨️ Air fry at 380F (193C) for 25 minutes, tossing them halfway through.

🍯 In a small pot, add the ingredients for the hot honey and then heat it through on low heat (you do not want this to boil).

🥣 Finally, toss the crispy wings with the hot honey and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip

You can also bake these chicken wings in the oven. I like to place the wings on a wired rack sitting on top of a baking sheet. If you don’t have a wired rack, bake them on a baking sheet (they just may not be as crispy). Bake the wings at 425F (218C) until crispy and golden.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Variations and Substitutions for Hot Honey Chicken Wings

  1. You can use as much of the 🍯 hot honey as you wish. I only used a few tablespoons but feel free to use as much as you enjoy.
  2. For more of a honey-garlic flavor, add minced garlic clove to the simmering garlic.
  3. You don’t have to make it 🌶️ spicy and if you don’t like spice you can leave out the cayenne and adjust the chili flakes/hot sauce.
  4. Use whatever hot sauce you enjoy, such as chipotle or sriracha.

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Common Questions

which air fryer do you use?

This is my air fryer: COSORI Pro II Air Fryer Oven Combo. If you’re making this recipe with another brand, please read the instruction manual for their recommended cooking time and heat.

can I bake these Hot honey chicken wings in the oven?

Yes, you can bake these in the oven, no problem. I like to place the wings on a wired rack that sits on top of a baking sheet. If you don’t have a wired rack, bake them on a baking sheet (they just may not be as crispy). Bake the wings at 425F (218C) until crispy and golden. You can flip halfway through if you wish.

can I make this recipe with another cut of chicken?

Yes, you can follow this recipe using chicken thighs or legs, but you will have to adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Can I adjust the heat level?

Yes, you can certainly adjust the heat level in this recipe. Feel free to omit the cayenne pepper and reduce the amount of chili flakes/hot sauce to suit your taste.

How do I get crispy wings?

Make sure that the chicken wings aren’t overlapping in the air fryer. You may have to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding.

can I prepare the hot honey chicken wings ahead of time?

Yes, you can season the wings and keep them in the refrigerator for a few hours before cooking. You can also make the hot honey in advance and store it in a jar at room temperature.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

These chicken wings are fall-off-the-bone tender, with a fantastic crispy skin that's deliciously sticky and sweet. I dialed up the flavor here with my homemade hot honey sauce that gives these a great kick.
4.80 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

Chicken Wings

  • 2.5 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Hot Honey⠀⠀

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tablespoon chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, I used Franks
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, optional

Instructions 

  • In a bowl add the chicken wings, avocado oil, and the seasonings to taste. With clean hands massage everything well.
  • Add the chicken wings to your air fryer basket, making sure not to stack them. If needed, cook in two batches.
  • Air-fry at 380F (193C) for 25 minutes tossing them halfway through. If your air-fryer has pre-heating instructions please pre-heat it for 5 minutes prior.
  • In a small pot or pan, add the ingredients for the hot honey and heat it through. Be careful not to let it boil.
  • Toss the crispy wings with the hot honey and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 1073kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 57g, Fat: 63g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 29g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 236mg, Sodium: 3855mg, Potassium: 605mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 70g, Vitamin A: 1649IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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