Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Learn how to make baked chicken wings with a glaze like you’ve never had before. Brown sugar and soy sauce marinade help to flavor these Honey Garlic Chicken Wings that bake up fork tender. Perfect for game day and holidays.

A close up of chicken wings

Honey Garlic Wings Recipe

We’ve been all about those baked chicken wings lately and no one is complaining. Buffalo chicken wings are a classic, but what if you’re not into spice? Honey garlic chicken wings to the rescue!

Honey Garlic Sauce

This easy chicken marinade is a wonderful combination of honey, soy sauce, dark brown sugar (yes…dark brown. It really deepens the flavor!), butter and spices. This marinade is really easy to throw together and can be made up a day or two in advance. If you end up having leftover sauce, serve it on chicken breasts, pork chops or add to a stirfry.

If you’re watching salt intake, use low-sodium soy sauce and unsalted butter. This is what we normally use and don’t notice any difference. You can always add salt after baking if you’d like.

How to Make Wings

There are many different ways to make wings. Some are battered and fried, some are fried without batter. You can grill wings or even air fry wings. But for us? We like to bake wings. Baking wings slowly on a low temperature in the oven creates fork-tender wings that are the perfect base for any sauce you’d like. Are baked wings as crispy as fried wings? The short answer is no. But they are healthier and I’ll give you a few tricks to making baked wings crispier than usual.

Baked Chicken Wings

Here’s how we do it:

  • Allow the wings to defrost completely in advance.
  • Place the defrosted wings in a single layer in a large baking pan. About 11×15 would be a good size for 5 pounds of jumbo wings. You can use 2 9×13 pans if you’d like.
  • If desired, you can place an oven-safe wire rack on top of the baking pan. This allows the juices to fall down into the pan leading to a little bit of a crispier baked wing. We normally don’t do this, but it is an option!
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  •  For these honey garlic wings, we let the wings marinate for at least an hour before baking. They can be marinated overnight if you’d like.
  • Pour 1 cup sauce over the wings.
  • Bake the wings for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the wings over and brush them with an additional ½ cup sauce.
  • Bake them for another 30 minutes.
  • Pour off any extra chicken juices if desired (this will allow the skin to get a little crispier than if it would continue to cook in the juices. This step is not necessary if you use the wire rack method mentioned above.)
  • Turn the chicken wings over again, brush them with sauce and bake them for 25 minutes.
  • Broil the chicken wings on low for 5 minutes so that the tops get a little browned.
  • Toss the wings with additional sauce once they are done.

A close up of chicken wings in baking pan

What to Serve With Honey Garlic Chicken Wings?

If you’d like to serve these wings as the main dish, simply serve them on a bed of rice with steamed veggies. Or you can do a baked potato or oven roasted potatoes. They’re even good with a simple salad.

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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

4.67 from 3 votes
Learn how to make baked chicken wings with a glaze like you've never had before. Brown sugar and soy sauce marinade help to flavor these Honey Garlic Chicken Wings that bake up fork tender. Perfect for game day and holidays.
Servings 10
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 5 pounds jumbo chicken wings

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the onion, honey, sugar, soy sauce, butter, garlic and mustard over medium heat.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a low boil and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Place the wings in a single layer in an 11x15 baking pan. You can use 2 9x13 pans if you'd like.
  • Pour 1 cup honey garlic sauce over the wings and allow them to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, up to overnight. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake the wings for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the wings over and brush them with an additional ½ cup honey garlic sauce. Bake them for another 30 minutes.
  • Pour off any extra chicken juices if desired (this will allow the skin to get a little crispier than if it would continue to cook in the juices. This step is optional!).
  • Turn the chicken wings over again, brush them with sauce and bake them for 25 minutes.
  • Broil the chicken wings on low for 5 minutes so that the tops get a little browned.
  • Toss the wings with additional honey garlic sauce once they are done.
  • Serve immediately or place the wings in a slow cooker on warm until you are ready to serve them. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the 5 pounds of chicken wings, with 1 serving being 1/10th of the recipe including sauce. Since different brands of ingredients and chicken wing sizes have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1042mg | Potassium: 277mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 551

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

An hour and a half for baking chicken wings? Plus 5 min under broiler? And they are moist?

Pat Whitley
4 years ago

Would legs work ?

Elmo
3 years ago

Can you use frozen legs

Matthew
3 years ago

How fine does the onion need to be chopped?

Helen
2 years ago

5 stars
This recipe was delish!! My family loved it. We did not have ground mustard so I used spicy brown mustard. Also I cooked it on 425 for 25 min then added the rest of the sauce and cooked for an additional 15 min. They were cooked perfectly!!! Will make this again.

Pee
1 year ago

Do you cook the wings in the sauce?