Need the perfect appetizer for game day? How about chicken wings with a hot honey glaze!! These crispy wings have all the flavor, slightly sweet with a hint of heat. Don't worry about dealing with a messy deep fat fryer, these wings cook perfectly in the air fryer in just 25 minutes making them perfect for any night of the week!
Why these hot honey wings are the best!
These hot honey chicken wings get a beautiful crispy skin with no breading and no extra greasy mess! They also have an amazing flavor from the homemade hot honey sauce. The flavor combo of honey and red chili pepper is completely different from a standard buffalo wing. If you are looking for a touchdown on game day you have to serve these wings, they will not let your team down!
chicken wings- fresh or frozen wings will work in the air fryer! If you get frozen no need to thaw, check out my tips to cooking frozen wings in the air fryer!
hot honey sauce- you can buy hot honey at the grocery store or make your own homemade hot honey recipe with just two simple ingredients ingredients.
If you are starting with fresh wings toss the wings with spices and place wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray well with an olive oil spray. Do not use a cooking spray in the air fryer.
Cook the wings for 10 minutes and then remove the basket and turn the wings over and set the air fryer for an additional 12-15 minutes. The air fryer will make extra crispy wings without the mess!
When the wings come out of the air fryer place them in a large bowl and drizzle with the spicy sauce. Take tongs and toss to coat the wings evenly. Plate the wings and serve with extra sauce.
If you do not have an air fryer
Let me be the first to say go buy an air fryer, you will thank me later. However, if you are reluctant to add yet another kitchen gadget to clutter the counter I do understand. So here's how you can make these wings in a conventional oven.
You will need a rimmed baking sheet and a wire rack to place the wings on. This way the fat from the wings will drip through the rack and the large baking sheet will catch the drippings. This is the best way to make crispy chicken wings. If they sit in the fat while they cook they will not crisp! You can even line the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up! To make these using the oven method cook in a 400 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Flip the wigs every 15 minutes and check with a meat thermometer to insure they are cooked through.
Taking the internal temperature - is the only way to insure that the wings are cooked properly. The safe temperature to serve chicken is 165 degrees according to the USDA.
If you are having a hard time finding wings at the store you can make this with boneless wings or even chicken thighs, You will just need to adjust the cooking temperature.
How to store leftover wings
I doubt there will be any leftovers but if there are you can store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can reheat by placing in the air fryer for 4-5 minutes. If the wings have hot honey sauce on them when reheating put them on aluminum foil for easier clean up.
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Hot Honey Wings
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound chicken wings
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon sage
- olive oil spray
- 3 tablespoons hot honey sauce
- If starting with thawed wings, sprinkle wings with seasoning. (if cooking frozen wings see notes) Place the wings in the air fryer basket.
- Use an olive oil spray and NOT cooking spray to mist the wings with olive oil.
- Set the air fryer to 400 and time for 10 minutes. Flip the wings using tongs and return to the air fryer for an additional 12-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. This can vary depending on the size of the wing.
- Remove the wings from the air fryer basket to a large bowl. Toss the wings with warmed hot honey sauce. Serve with extra sauce on the side if desired.