These sweet and spicy hot wings are the ultimate game day appetizer! The wings are baked (not fried!) until crispy, then tossed in a honey Sriracha sauce!
Wings are one of things people go crazy for – there are even restaurants dedicated to just wings! It’s just a food people love, especially when combined with sports. I’ll admit, it took me a while to get on board with the whole wing thing. You see, I was a vegetarian for most of my teenage years, then slowly reintroduced poultry back into my diet. But wings were one thing I still resisted, perhaps it was just the thought of eating meat off a bone? Who knows why, but once I actually broke down and tried them, there was no going back.
In my book a great chicken wing is made up of two main factors: One, they must be crispy. absolutely no soggy/squishy wings. Two, it must have a delicious sauce. In fact, the sauce might be the single most important component. These two factors alone can make creating a great chicken wing at home.
Restaurant kitchens have big huge deep fryers to make their wings crispy, but I don’t own a deep fryer so I had to get creative in creating my crispy wings – so I baked them. The best way to make sure the skin stays crispy when baking chicken is to place it on a rack so the fat can drip off. Such a simple little trick!
The sauce is where it gets fun. While you can toss them in a regular old wing sauce, I like to switch it up with something a little more fun (like I did with these Dr. Pepper Hot Wings). One of my favorite flavor combinations are sweet and spicy – there is something about it that duo that makes me come back for more. I’ve been on a bit of a Sriracha kick lately ever since I made my own from Sriracha Chili Sauce from scratch. So naturally eating some chicken wings coated in the stuff would fit the bill – then add in some honey and you have yourself a match made in heaven!
- 1 lb of chicken wings (about 12-15)
- Cooking spray
- Salt & pepper
- ⅓ cup Sriracha chili sauce (store bought or homemade - or more to taste
- ⅓ cup honey
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack onto the baking sheet. Arrange chicken wings onto the wire rack. Spray wings lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake the wings for 1 hour until crispy and cooked through, flipping halfway through baking.
- While wings are baking, make the sauce. In a small bowl combine sriracha sauce and honey. Whisk to combine.
- Remove wings from oven and add them into the bowl of sauce. Toss to coat all sides of wings with sauce.
- Wings are best served while hot.