Savory Honey Chicken Wings


Any wing sauce that has the name “honey” in it, you bet your bottom $ that we’ll be there to try it!

(And probably make it better!)


In this case, we did both! Spencer and I are about 58 days away from saying I do, and we recently had a “couples shower” hosted by Spencer’s sister (my absolutely lovely future-sister-in-law!) and she had cookbook that served as a guest sign-in book. Essentially, everyone who was able to attend, was able to look through this cookbook and write their names on a recipe that they think we should try! So we’ve decided that we’re going to cook our way through all those recipes!

These wings started out as one of those recipes, and like some things in life, they didn’t turn out quite as good as we had hoped. The rub was great, but the original sauce was incredibly sweet and only really tasted like caramelized (almost burned) honey and there was almost NO savory element- just not a good sauce at all. So, instead of throwing it out, Spencer decided to work his magic (he is absolutely A.M.A.Z.I.N.G at throwing spices and rubs and flavor profiles together) and boy did he cast some serious wizardry upon this wing sauce!

The sauce is now, in the only way I can describe it, a savory burst of honey deliciousness…  Umami at it’s finest!

I truly did not think that I was going to like this sauce,  it was just so-not-good that I didn’t really think Spencer was going to be successful, but I was wrong. I’ll admit it. Spencer was right and I was wrong. He thought he could save the sauce, and by golly did he ever!


This wing sauce is going to be a great staple for you to keep around- and it’s a perfect opener for GAME DAY!  Which is why we are choosing today to debut this recipe!


What you will need for the wing rub:

  • Bone-in Chicken Wings
  • Kosher Salt
  • Paprika
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Black Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Powder


For the Sauce

  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Coriander
  • Lime Juice
  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Water


Savory Honey Chicken Wings

Delicious wings to get your mouth watering for any Game Day Party!
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Snack


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 lbs Bone-In Chicken Wings
  • 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Coriander
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Chili
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup Water


  • In a large bowl, add your salt, paprika, sugar, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder and give it a good whisk to make sure it is all incorporated. Add in your chicken wings and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Set your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and add as many wings as you can fit in a single layer- do not stack them in your air fryer or you'll miss out on that beautiful crispy texture! Cook for 12 minutes total, flipping the wings halfway (six minutes) through. If you don't have an air fryer- check the notes below!
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the chili powder, ginger, coriander, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, crushed red pepper and 1/2 cup of water. Heat until warmed through.
  • In a small bowl, combine a 1/4 cup of water and your cornstarch to create a slurry, then whisk into your saucepan. Stir the sauce constantly until thickened.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, coat your cooked chicken wings in the sauce and serve.
  • Enjoy!


  • If you do not have an air fryer and you still want to try these wings out-no worries! Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat. Bake your chicken wings for 35 minutes or until crispy and browned.
Keyword Chicken, Honey, Savory, Wings



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