Honey Chili Crisp Grilled Chicken Wings

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These Honey Chili Crisp Grilled Chicken Wings are a total flavor explosion! Our sticky wing sauce made of ingredients like honey, butter, and chili crisp coat perfectly grilled and crispy chicken wings for a delicious blend of sweet, hot, and savory flavors.

Serve them at a backyard BBQ, game day party, or any other gathering for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes featuring hot honey glaze on social media lately… and for good reason! It’s freakin’ PHENOMENAL, and our team is obsessed. The flavors are just so good. But add in some chili crisp? Well, that’s a game-changer.

 To make these irresistible honey chili crisp grilled chicken wings, prep your wings and sauce. Then cook over the grill and toss ’em with the magical sauce. So simple, yet so delicious!

Honey Chili Crisp Grilled Chicken Wings – What You Need

  • Unsalted butter: We used butter instead of olive oil because it adds a rich and creamy texture to the sauce.
  • Chili crisp: A chili oil condiment with crispy chili flakes and spices. We used the Momofuku brand, but you can use any chili crisp or chili sauce of your choice.
  • Honey: Honey adds a delightful sweet flavor and also balances out the spicy chili crisp.
  • Soy sauce: Gives the sauce a nice savory umami flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar: A dash of acidity really adds a depth of flavor to the honey-chili wings.
  • Chicken wings: Any type of chicken wings will work for this recipe. Just make sure they are fully cooked before adding the sauce.
Ingredients in a saucepan including butter, chili flakes, and a dark liquid, possibly soy sauce or vinegar, preparing for a recipe.

Substitutions & Variations 

These flavor-packed, grilled chicken wings can be easily customized to fit your taste preferences. For instance, add some garlic powder or your favorite dry rub to the wings before grilling for some extra flavor. 

You can also finish off these wings with a squeeze of fresh lime juice to really amplify the tangy and spicy flavors. 

Don’t have a charcoal or gas grill? You can still enjoy these wings by using a grill pan or baking them in the oven with an oven rack. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Grilled chicken wings on a barbecue grill with grill marks visible.

Tips for the BEST Honey Chili Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings

If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure the charcoal is mostly gray ash and has a bright orange glow before you place the wings on the grilling grate.

When taking the temperature of the wings, insert the thermometer into the thickest part, being sure not to touch any bones. 

To make this sauce less spicy, add 1-2 more tablespoons of honey. Taste test as you go!

Pouring sauce over a plate of cooked chicken wings.

How to Store

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat, simply pop them in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes until crispy and heated through.

Glazed chicken wings sprinkled with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

What to Serve with Honey Chili Crisp Grilled Chicken Wings

These delicious wings would taste fantastic with a side salad. Our favorites are this Green Goddess Quinoa Salad, Grilled Caesar Salad with Grilled Croutons, or Dill Pickle Chicken Salad. The flavor combo is out of this world! 

You could also serve them with some classic BBQ sides like our Pineapple Coleslaw, Skillet Cornbread, or Red Potato Salad for a complete and satisfying meal. 

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try making some homemade Blue Cheese Dressing or Ranch Dressing. The creamy and tangy dressings will pair perfectly with the spicy and sweet wings.

Glazed chicken wings on parchment paper garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Honey Chili Crisp Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

These honey chili crisp grilled chicken wings are a must-try for all wing lovers! Featuring a sticky and flavorful sauce made with honey, chili crisp, butter, and other delicious ingredients, these wings are perfect for any occasion.

Prep:10 minutes

Cook:25 minutes

Instructions 

  • Preheat grill to 425℉.

  • Season the chicken wings by placing them in a bowl with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and set aside.

  • Next, prepare the sauce. Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Spray your grill grates with nonstick cooking spray and then grill chicken wings over direct heat for around 15-20 minutes or until the chicken wings reach an internal temp of 165℉. Flip the wings every 3-5 minutes. The goal is to get beautiful grill marks on each wing. We placed the drummettes in the middle of the grill with the flat parts of the wing around them.

  • When the chicken wings are fully cooked remove them from the grill and toss in the honey chili crisp sauce.

  • Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • If you are using a charcoal grill make sure the charcoal is mostly gray and has a bright orange glow before you place the wings on the grill.
  • When taking the temperature of the wings, make sure to insert the thermometer into the thickest part, not touching any bones.
  • To make this sauce less spicy add 1-2 more tablespoons of honey.

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