Honey Soy Oven Baked Chicken Wings (蜂蜜鸡翅)

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Juicy crispy honey soy oven baked chicken wings that are not only easy to make but also way healthier than takeout. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Honey soy oven baked chicken wings on parchment lined baking sheet

I have a few weak spots for foods such as donuts, pizza, and steak. Chicken wings are also up there, easily in the top 5. In the past I would stop by KFC to get my dose of guilty pleasure. But since I moved to the US and started to cook more often at home, I feel more and more reluctant to get my meals from a fast food chain.

Why Homemade Oven Baked Chicken Wings?

Two reasons:

(1) The food is TOO freakin’ salty.

I’m pretty heavy-handed on salt when cooking because my primary goal is always taste. In fact, my mom still criticizes my dishes for being too salty. But every time I eat food from a fast food chain (and 60% of the time at restaurants in general), I’m stunned by the insane amount of salt added to the food. (Maybe it’s my hallucination, but I also feel that the KFC wings in China taste slightly less salty.)

(2) Both my husband and I often feel terrible after a fast food meal.

Probably due to the low quality of the meat, the tons of added salt and chemical flavorings, and all the grease. This might sound like an exaggeration, but we always have a pretty bad food coma after a fast food meal. I get a bad headache and feel extremely bloated and heavy, and don’t want to do anything except sleep after my meal.

Baked honey soy chicken wings on baking rack

For those reasons, I tend to develop easy recipes so I can satisfy my immediate food cravings with the healthiest options possible. Plus, you have to admit, homemade food always tastes better if it’s done right. Homemade dishes like Thai sweet chili chicken, beef chow fun, and Mapo tofu are winners, simply because of the fresh ingredients they use. Not only does the food taste better, but you also take in way less sodium, artificial additives, and oil. Win-win.

I’ve shared plenty of Asian-style chicken wing recipes in the past, and this is one of my favorites in that collection. Not only is it super easy to prepare, but it also yields juicy crispy wings that are bursting with aroma. The marinade has a super concentrated umami from the wings, fresh ginger and garlic, and a touch of five spice. I glaze the wings with honey before baking, and it forms a sticky crispy crust that tastes heavenly.

Marinating chicken wings in ziplock bag

Chicken wings brushed with honey on baking rack

Close-up of baked honey soy chicken wings on parchment-lined baking sheet

My husband and I love this recipe so much that we usually end up devouring 3 pounds of wings in one sitting. But you know what? We never feel like we’re in a food coma, even after we overeat. That’s because homemade baked chicken wings are way better and healthier 🙂

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Grilled Chicken Wings - Chinese Style

5 from 1 vote
Juicy crispy honey soy baked chicken wings that are not only easy to make but also way healthier than takeout.
Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs (1.4 kg) chicken wings
  • 2/3 cup honey , separated

Marinade

Instructions

  • Mix the marinade ingredients with 1/3 cup honey in a one-gallon ziplock bag. Add the chicken wings. Massage a few times to mix well. Squeeze as much as air out as you can and seal the bag. Let sit in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight. Flip the bag in between, for even marinating.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Place a baking rack on top.
  • Place wings on the baking rack without overlapping, bottom side up. Brush a generous amount of honey on the bottom side of the chicken wings.
  • Bake until the bottom side of the wings turns golden brown, 10 minutes. Flip the wings and brush honey on top. Bake for 10 minutes. Take out the baking tray and brush honey again. Cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, until the wings are cooked and the surface turns dark brown and crispy.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot as an appetizer.

Notes

  1. For a gluten-free version, use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine, and use tamari instead of soy sauce.
  2. The nutrition facts below were calculated based on an estimate of the amount of marinade absorbed by the chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g, Calories: 372kcal, Carbohydrates: 8.2g, Protein: 31.9g, Fat: 22.8g, Saturated Fat: 6.4g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 248mg, Potassium: 260mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 5.9g, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.8mg
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The post was originally published on Aug 24, 2013, and updated on Apr 4, 2018.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Danielle says:

    5 stars
    I love how simple this recipe is, and love, love love the 5 spice! It sounds so yummy. Wings are a weakness of mine too, I just love them. But you’re totally right about fast food, we always feel awful after eating it! This is a much better way 🙂

  2. Melissa Griffiths says:

    You had me at juicy crispy – these are my kind of wings!

  3. Desmond says:

    Hi Maggie,

    Just wondering if bone-in chicken thighs would be an appropriate substitute. Thanks!

    • Maggie says:

      I think you can, just need to adjust cooking temperature and time because thighs are bigger and you don’t want to burn the honey.
      I would roast at 400F for at least 20 minutes before brushing the honey. You also don’t need to flip them, just place the skin side up from the beginning and brush on the honey at the end.

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