Baked Honey Chili Chicken Wings

These Baked Honey Chili Chicken Wings are a delicious twist on traditional fried wings. Baking them in the oven creates the same crispy outside, while the easy homemade sauce has a unique flavor all of it’s own! They’re perfect as a game day appetizer or pair them with a side & veggies for a main dish your whole family will love.

honey chili baked chicken wings

Crispy oven baked chicken wings are so easy to prepare and you don’t have to bother with all the grease and tending that goes with frying!

How long does it take to Bake Chicken Wings

Chicken wings take about 45-50 minutes to bake, flipping them halfway through for even crispness. Cook time can vary depending on the size of your wings and can take up to an hour until crispy and browned.

How to make the Honey Chili Sauce

This sauce has such a great flavor and only uses 4 ingredients! Similiar to traditional buffalo wing sauce using butter and Original Franks Red Hot, but I added a little honey and chili powder to take this sauce to next level flavor!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Hot Sauce. I only make this recipe with the original Frank’s Red Hot.
  • Melted Butter. Go ahead and use vegan butter if you need dairy-free.
  • Honey. Only 1 tablespoon of honey is needed in this recipe…a little sweetness goes a long way!
  • Chili Powder. Gives the sauce a delicious smokey flavor.

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and you’re ready to go!

How to serve your Honey Chili Chicken Wings

Serve your wings as an appetizer or main dish with optional blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

To serve these wings as a family meal, I normally keep some separate without sauce. This way any picky kids can still enjoy the crispy chicken wings without the sauce because it defintitely has a  kick to it!

Don’t forget the celery & carrot sticks on the side, or any other veggies you love munching on! If you need some guidance on creating a beautiful display of vegetables for your next game day party, check out this post on how to create the perfect veggie platter.


Let’s Eat!

Honey Chili Chicken Wings

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, Franks Red Hot
Author: Thriving Gluten Free


  • 3lbs Chicken Wings cut into drumsticks and flat wings
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Pepper to taste

Honey Chili Sauce

  • ¼ cup Hot Sauce Frank's Red Hot
  • 4 tbsp Butter Melted; use vegan butter for dairy-free
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Toss the chicken wings with salt, pepper garlic powder and baking powder. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack inside the baking sheet. Arrange the chicken wings on the cooling rack in a single layer.
  • In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix the hot sauce, melted butter, honey and chili powder until well combined.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flip the wings and brush on 1/2 of the Honey Chili Sauce evenly coating the chicken wings.
  • Bake another 20-30 minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  • Toss wings with the remaining sauce. Broil for the last 2-3 minutes for an extra crispy coating.
  • Serve immediately, or keep chilled and reheat at 350° before serving until warmed.
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