These honey buffalo wings are what you're missing. Perfectly crispy, glazed, and sweet with a wonderful kick of spice at the end. They're almost too good to share!
I have been working hard at developing some great chicken wing recipes lately (at the request of my husband), who would otherwise be spending $15+ a month at Publix for wings.
Making my own chicken wings means we can save money, and I can try out new flavorful concoctions. These honey buffalo chicken wings are just the latest in development, and they're certainly going to be made more often!
From the crispy skin to the sticky sweet honey glaze, these wings are addictingly good and perfect for any occasion, football game, etc. Pair them up with my Beer Brine Chicken Wings, Honey Lemon Pepper Wings, or Garlic Parmesan Wings for a buffet of delicious options.
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple ingredients. We don't need anything too fancy to make this recipe work, and that's awesome. With simple ingredients like wings, ketchup, and honey, we get fantastic results, and minimal shopping is needed.
- Easy to follow steps. There is very little hands-on work needed for this recipe, keeping it very simple and basic. Just bake the wings, prep the sauce, and toss them together at the end. This recipe would be great for beginner chefs.
- Cheap alternative. Buying chicken wings precooked from anywhere can be pricey, but making them yourself can definitely help to save a few dollars here and there. Enjoy your favorite appetizer, but with a frugal twist.
Chicken wings- You will want to use raw unbreaded chicken wings for this recipe. I like to buy a big bag of frozen wings and let them thaw before use.
Salt and pepper- To help season the chicken as it cooks. Added to taste.
Honey Buffalo Sauce:
Honey- Use your favorite honey or honey alternative like agave.
Hot sauce- We like to use Franks Red Hot Sauce for this recipe, but you can try using your favorite hot sauce or whatever you have on hand.
Butter- Adding a little butter (salted or unsalted) helps to add richness to the sauce.
Lime Juice- This is an important ingredient! Adding lime juice truly makes the sauce feel complete, as it helps to make it feel fresher and more vibrant.
Ketchup- Adding in ketchup will give us a little more red color as well as sweetness and a touch of tangy acidic goodness that pairs so well with everything.
Garlic- You will want to use some minced garlic. You can use fresh garlic that you mince yourself, or you can buy it pre-minced in a jar from the grocery store. I often choose the latter for convenience.
Cornstarch- This is a thickener and will help the sauce to thicken up as it cooks so that it clings well to the chicken wings.
For specific quantities, see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make Honey Buffalo Wings with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Place your chicken wings onto the pan in an even layer.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper on top. Bake for 45min in the oven at 400F.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce.
Add the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened. Adjust flavor as desired by adding in more hot sauce for more spice or more honey for a sweeter taste.
After the chicken wings have finished cooking, turn on the high broil.
Broil on High for 3 minutes or until your desired level of crispiness. Keep a close eye so that they do not burn.
Flip over and broil the other side as well.
Remove the chicken wings from the pan and place them into a large mixing bowl.
Add your honey buffalo sauce to the chicken wings.
Toss together using tongs (so you don't burn your hands) until well coated.
Serve warm with Blue cheese or ranch dip. Enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
I recommend clinging the baking sheet with foil instead of parchment paper as it will create a crispier skin on the wings. The foil also helps to make for easier cleanup later!
When tossing the sauce and chicken together in a bowl, I recommend using tongs instead of your hands to prevent burns, as they can be too hot to handle.
If you prepare the sauce too far in advance and still have several minutes left before the chicken wings are finished cooking, you can let it simmer over low heat until ready to use.
You will know that your chicken has finished cooking properly when you can insert an instant read food thermometer into the meat hand have it register as 165 degrees F. The meat and juices may still have a slight pink coloration to them but it should not look raw.
Microwave- I recommend laying chicken wings on a microwave-safe plate between two sheets of slightly dampened paper towels. Heat for 2 minutes or until warmed through. The paper towels will keep the chicken from drying out.
Oven- Preheat your oven to 350F and lay your chicken wings onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until fully heated through and crispy.
Air fryer- Reheat chicken wings in the air fryer by laying them in an even layer in the basket and cooking at 360F for 5 minutes. You may wish to flip them over halfway so that they can cook evenly.
🥗 Side Dishes
Serve up these chicken wings with a side of Spicy Deviled Eggs, or Jiffy Jalapeno Cornbread. Even some Tomato Jalapeno Salsa and Corn Tortilla Chips would be a great idea!
You can store your leftover chicken wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. For the best tasting results I recommend eating within 2 days and reheating again before serving.
Chicken wings are considered white meat. The white meat parts of a chicken are the breasts and wings, while the legs and thighs are dark meat because they have more muscle fibers thanks to standing all-day.
It takes about 40-45 minutes to cook chicken wings at 400F in the oven. This should make the wings crispy and fully cooked through. Please note frozen wings may take a little longer.
Flipping the wings over will help to make both sides nice and crispy. We flip them over at the end under the broiler and only need to flip them once during this recipe.
More great chicken recipes to check out soon
- Crispy Baked Chicken Quarters
- Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Cheesy Chicken with Quinoa and Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
- Chicken Cream Cheese Crescent Bombs
- Sheet Pan Chicken, Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes
Honey Buffalo Wings
- 2 pounds Chicken wings, thawed ($4.98)
- Salt and pepper ($0.02)
Honey Buffalo Sauce:
- ½ cup Honey ($1.12)
- ¼ cup Franks red hot sauce ($0.35)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter ($0.18)
- 1 Tablespoon Lime juice ($0.24)
- 1 Tablespoon Ketchup ($0.03)
- 1 teaspoon Minced garlic ($0.05
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch ($0.02)
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place your chicken wings onto the pan in an even layer.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper on top.
- Bake for 45min in the oven at 400F.
- Turn to High Broil for about 3 minutes or until your desired level of crispiness. Keep a close eye so that they do not burn. Flip over and broil the other side as well.
- Add the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium high heat and stir occasionally and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened. Adjust flavor as desired by adding in more hot sauce for more spice or more honey for a sweeter taste.
- When the chicken is finished cooking, add to a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the sauce over the top.
- Mix well until evenly coated.
- Serve warm with Blue cheese or ranch dip. Enjoy!
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