Experience the sweet and savory sensation of Honey Garlic Chicken Wings. Deep-fried to perfection, these crispy wings are generously tossed in a homemade honey garlic sauce, creating a perfect blend of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Whether it's a game day, movie night, or just craving some sticky finger-licking goodness, these wings will surely hit the spot.
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Honey Garlic Wings
Honey garlic chicken wings are nothing short of fantastic with their magic flavor combination of garlic, ginger, and soy. They're sticky and sweet and make the perfect party food. Or try these wings for a finger-licking good appetizer.
Why You Should Try This Honey Wings Recipe
Honey garlic chicken wings make one of the best additions to your appetizer platter and are the perfect game-day finger food. These wings will make your next party take flight!
This is bound to become one of your favorite chicken wing recipes because it's easy to make, and the result is mouthwatering! These wings are so flavorful, fun to eat, and a real crowd-pleaser. Sticky fingers are totally worth it – just make sure you provide plenty of napkins!
The honey garlic sauce is also a great dipping sauce for chicken tenders or nuggets.
Ingredients You Will Need
Here's what's needed to make this honey garlic wings recipe:
- Chicken wings
- Vegetable oil
- Fresh garlic cloves
- Fresh ginger
- Soy sauce - regular or low sodium soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Scallions for garnish
How to Cut Chicken Wings
Are you a drumstick or a wing person? On the one hand, the wing is dark meat which is moist and juicy. However, the drumstick is a small handheld lollipop of tasty meat. So, this honey garlic chicken wings recipe will please everyone.
If you stretch out the whole wing, you'll see that it is divided into three parts (the drumette, wingette, and tip), each separated by a joint. You can feel a break in each joint – you slice through that joint between the bones to separate the wingette and the drumstick.
Typically, a cut is made between the drumette and the wingette, and the tip is discarded. (You can save the tips for making chicken stock.)
Watch this video on how to cut wings.
Note: Chicken wings usually come in large 2 to 3-pound value packs, which may or may not already be separated. You may be able to hunt down wings that are separated and called party wings. You can also ask if they will separate your wings at the butcher counter, which they are often happy to do to make your life easier!
How to Make Honey Garlic Wings Using Your Deep Fryer
For alternative cooking methods see the instructions below for baking, grilling, and air frying wings.
Honey Garlic Sauce for Wings
- Cook the garlic and ginger in butter until fragrant and softened.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients (soy sauce, honey, and brown sugar) and stir to heat through.
- Deep fry the chicken wings at 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Drain the fried wings on a wire rack over a large baking sheet lined.
- Place some of the wings in a medium or large bowl.
- Pour some sauce over the wings and gently toss the wings to coat them with the sauce,
- Serve and garnish with scallions or toasted sesame seeds.
Chicken should be cooked until it has an internal temperature of 165°F. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temp.
Instructions – Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
- Preheat your oven to 425°F.
- Completely dry the wings with paper towels.
- Toss the wings with flour and salt/pepper. Shake off any excess flour and spray or brush with olive oil.
- Line a pan with foil and place parchment paper on top. Bake for 35 minutes, turning at about halfway through.
- While the chicken bakes, prepare the sauce.
- Remove the wings from the oven and toss with the sauce.
- Return to the oven for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir the wings every few minutes to coat them in the sauce as it thickens.
Instructions – Grilled Wings
- Follow Steps 2 and 3 for baked wings.
- Grill the wings over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes until they are cooked through.
Instructions - Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- Follow Steps 2 and 3 for baked wings.
- Arrange the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry at 400°F for 10 minutes or until crispy, turning halfway.
Honey Garlic Wings Recipe Notes
- Don't skip patting the wings dry with a paper towel. This is how you get nice crispy wings that aren't soggy!
- Take care not to boil the sauce, which will make the flavor more bitter. Keep your sauce at a simmer and stir it continuously.
- Also, if you leave the sauce on the heat for too long, it will reduce, and your sauce will be overly sweet.
- You can prepare the wings in advance and keep them warm in the oven at 160°F. Toss the wings in the sauce when you are ready to serve.
How to Serve Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
These honey garlic wings are the perfect addition to any appetizer platter. Treat your guests to the perfect party spread by including them alongside other easy snacks like buffalo chicken bites and loaded nachos.
If you want to make these honey garlic wings into a dinner entrée, serve them over rice with a side of vegetables, such as green beans or broccoli.
How to Store Leftover Wings
Refrigerator: If you have leftovers from this honey garlic chicken wings recipe, they can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Allow your wings to cool completely, then freeze for 2 to 3 hours on a baking sheet before transferring them to an airtight container. They will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Reheating: Chicken wings taste pretty good just eaten cold out of the fridge. However, you can reheat the wings in the oven on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for about 25 to 30 minutes at 325°F. You can also use your air fryer at 360°F for approximately 5 minutes. Reheating wings in the microwave is not recommended because they will get a little rubbery.
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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 pounds chicken wings cut into drumettes and wingettes (wing tips removed)
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- scallions for garnish
- Place the butter in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant and softened. Then add the soy sauce, honey, and brown sugar. Stir to combine and cook until heat through. Set the sauce aside as you prepare the wings.
- Pat the wings dry with a paper towel.
- In a deep fryer, heat the oil to 375°F and fry the chicken wings for 10 to 12 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the wings from the fryer and transfer to a wire rack.
- Place ¼ of the fried wings into a medium bowl. Add a ladle of sauce and gently toss. Repeat until all the wings have been coated in sauce. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve.