Hot Honey Lime Wings

Appetizers, Dinner

A little spicy, super lime-y and delicious sweet, these Hot Honey Lime Wings are the perfect weeknight meal. The marinade takes 5 minutes to whisk together and the wings bake in the oven. Toss the wings with the sauce and dinner is one the table!

Hot Honey Lime Chicken on an oval green plate

What is Hot Honey?

Well, it’s spicy honey! I first had it on a pizza at this place in Brooklyn (I can’t remember the name right now, grrr!). But it’s essentially some type of chili steeped in honey. The spicy and sweet combination is delicious and wonderful. So I thought, why not put it on wings.

spices, raw chicken, salt and honey

How to Make Crispy Wings in the Oven

File frying things high up on the list as things I dislike (except churros – those are worth it). I like to toss chicken wings in baking powder and salt. And then put them on a rack and place them on top of a baking sheet.

I bake them at 250 degrees F for 15 minutes and then and then another 30 minutes at 350 F. What this does is renders out the fat in the chicken skin and then bakes them throughout.

raw chicken wings on baking sheet

Making Hot Honey Lime Wings

  1. Follow the steps above for the baking of the wings.
  2. While they’re in the oven, make the marinade. Whisk together the honey, lime juice and spices. Set it aside.
  3. When the wings are warm, transfer them to a bowl and pour half of the sauce on top, toss the wings in the sauce and add the remaining sauce. Toss one last time and plate it up.
  4. Garnish it with green onions and sesame seeds.

small plate with a variety of spicesmarinade in a bowl with a whisk

Tips and Tricks

If you want to make these ahead, you can certainly toss the wings in the baking powder/salt mixture and then put them on a cooling rack and stick ’em in the fridge for up to 3 hours.

And you could also whisk together the marinade up to 2 days ahead (if you don’t like spice, I would leave out the crushed red pepper until right before you’re going to use it).

Hot Honey Lime Wings on an oval plate

 

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Hot Honey Lime Wings Recipe

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5 from 2 votes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 180kcal
A little spicy, super lime-y and delicious sweet, these Hot Honey Lime Wings are the perfect weeknight meal. The marinade takes 5 minutes to whisk together and the wings bake in the oven. Toss the wings with the sauce and dinner is one the table!

Ingredients

Chicken Wings:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings or drummets

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Garnish:

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, , thinly sliced (for garnish)

Directions

To Make the Wings:

  • Place a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Prep the chicken: wash the chicken wings, followed by drying them off thoroughly using paper towels. *Washing chicken is super controversial - some people do it some people don’t. Do what you want lol.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the baking powder and salt. Add the wings to the bowl and toss them with the mixture, thoroughly. Transfer the wings to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly crispy.
  • Turn the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for a remaining 20 minutes, until medium golden brown.

To Make the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and spices.
  • Add the chicken wings to a bowl and pour the the sauce on top, tossing them in the sauce until completely coated.
  • Transfer them to a serving plate and garnish them with sesame seeds and sliced green onion.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
I like to toss chicken wings in baking powder and salt. And then put them on a rack and place them on top of a baking sheet.
I bake them at 250 degrees F for 15 minutes and then and then another 30 minutes at 350 F. What this does is renders out the fat in the chicken skin and then bakes them throughout.
Equipment: 
OXO Spoons | OXO Cups | Stainless Steel Bowls | Kitchen Towels | Baking Sheets
CourseAppetizer
CuisineAmerican
Keywordcrispy chicken wings, hot honey, what is hot honey
Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Lizzie September 12, 2019 at 11:57 am

    These look fantastic! Definitely want to make for a party this weekend, but I am not seeing the preparation instructions…what am I missing? Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply vivian May 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Made these tonight for my husband, and a version of them for my son who has food intolerances to some of the ingredients. Both of them liked them very much, and the baking powder salt trick worked very well. I didn’t need to bake them as long, probably because they were pretty small wings. The only thing I would do differently next time is spray the foil with cooking spray, as they were difficult to unstick to flip. Thanks for a wonderful, easy, adaptable recipe that I will definitely use again.

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 5, 2014 at 2:33 am

    We are always making chicken wings at home and always bake them. I don’t need the super crispy but I can tell you for sure we are going to try the baking powder and salt trick next time. We are fans of the super spicy. In fact my husband went to three different stores to get the right peppers.

  • Reply Anna February 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I made these for the Game tonight, and they were OUTSTANDING. Definitely adding these to our regular repetoire.

  • Reply Diane February 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I’m making these for tomorrow. Hope they are good, they look delish and a much healthier version of fried wings. I’m doing drying them overnight per your instructions will totally let you know how they come out. Thank you!

  • Reply Marcella January 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    These look fantastic! Love that you baked them. Also please thank Josh for that baking powder/salt trick — I will definitely use that!

  • Reply Patricia January 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Looks delish! Is it possible to keep after baking? Or freezing?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Ooof. I don’t think so. I have a feeling the chicken skin won’t be crispy after a freeze and something funny would definitely happen to the honey.

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