Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Ever since I was a very young kid I enjoyed spicy food. I remember sitting at the table with my dad and brother over a Styrofoam container of wicked hot wings from the local pub. With our faces bright red, our noses running and sweat accumulating on our foreheads, we chowed until our lips burned like a wildfire.

Many years later, my love for all things spicy has not been tamed one bit. In fact, my condiment of choice is Sriracha, I’ll pretty much squirt it on anything that doesn’t contain sugar.

Since it’s Super Bowl week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my favorite recipe for sweet and spicy chicken wings. You can definitely control the level of heat by simply backing off a bit of the cayenne and Sriracha. The honey adds amazing glaze factor that sends these wings over the edge! Serve these Sweet and Spice Chicken Wings with some homemade blue cheese or ranch dressing and a side of celery sticks and you’ll be all set for game night!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Yield: about 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 pounds chicken wings and drums
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup honey, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large jellyroll or broiler pan with foil and place a metal rack on top of the foil. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Rinse the wings in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Arrange wings on metal rack and season with pepper.
  4. Place wings in oven and set timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the wings from the oven and brush the wings with ½ cup honey. Be sure to glaze both side of the wings, using metal tongs to turn.
  5. Place wings back into the oven, set the timer for 30 minutes, and prepare the sauce.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup of honey, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, cayenne, and garlic powder; whisk to combine.
  7. While the wings are baking, periodically baste both sides of the wings with the sauce (about every ten minutes). Once the timer goes off, crank the heat up to 400 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


  • Lining your pan with foil will save you a lot of work, trust me, you don’t want to skip this step. Baked honey and a pan equals a hot mess!
  • Control the level of heat by increasing or decreasing the amount of amount of cayenne and Sriracha.
  • Things may get a little smoky during the last 15 minutes of cooking, so be sure to turn your ventilation system on.
  • Sriracha is typically found in the ethnic aisle of the grocery store.

54 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings”

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

    We LOVE chicken wings! I like that you added honey for sweetness :)

  2. Eliana — January 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Hmmmm – these not only look perfect for the big game but for any other day of the year!

  3. Leah @ Beyer Beware — January 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Seriously, how amazing do those look! Thinking we might need to do wings now for the super bowl!

  4. Posti4 — January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I can’t believe they are baked! They look sooo yummy! I am going to make them. Thanks!

  5. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — January 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Wings fanatic here. I love them hot, sweet or a combination of the two like this. Yum, there I said it.

  6. Mrs Mix It — January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Wow love the sweeet and savory of the chicken wing I can’t believe you roasted them in the oven….

  7. Happy When Not Hungry — January 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    These chicken wings look amazing!!! Perfect for the Super Bowl. Thanks for sharing!

  8. naomi — January 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Um, yeah, time to get messy with some wings! I love the way you coated these!

  9. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Want want want! Who needs the super bowl? I want these for dinner.

  10. Marjorie — January 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    This recipe sounds wonderful but I have never heard of the spice Sriracha, Is this available in your neighborhood grocery store? Is it a powder or paste where would I look for this spice? http://www.pastrybakingschools.com

    • Jamie — January 31st, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Sriracha is typically found in the ethnic foods aisle of any grocery store. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Christienne — February 3rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        FYI my Walmart on Long Island has it the cheapest I’ve ever seen it. If you get desperate amazon always has it but for about double the Walmart price!

  11. Amanda — January 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this… I have been looking for a good recipe, and I totally trust yours!!! :)

  12. Wenderly — January 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Those look finger licking good! YUM!

  13. Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Awesome! I’d take a plate of these over most game day food anytime. Thanks for including the celery, now I don’t fee as guilty about eating the whole plate!

  14. I wish I could say I love my food spicy, but I’m afraid I’m a wimp and I can’t take the heat :-) I’m always impressed with those who can.

  15. Katrina — February 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I love spicy food too! This looks like a great superbowl snack!

  16. kierste — February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I featured this on my blog today–looks DELISH!

  17. Leslie — February 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Gotta love the runny nose from the spicy foods! Love the wings!

  18. Sharlene — February 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I love the fact that these are baked! They sound like a crowd pleaser!

  19. Shaina — February 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I am always looking for good chicken wing recipes, and spicy definitely keeps me coming back.

  20. Olivia — February 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love sweet and spicy things; I might try this recipe with tempeh or tofu! Btw, this is the wrong post, but I thought I should tell you your last two recipes for cupcakes…and your peanut butter torte…are sooooooo sooo good looking! I’m literally salivating on my keyboard! Love your blog:)

  21. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I just realized I had better get my rear end to the store and pick up some wings! My boys will love these. I love glazing chicken with honey!

  22. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Yum! These wings look fabulous… I always love the sweet and spicy combo!

  23. blackbookkitchendiaries — February 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    this recipe sounds really delicious! i cant wait to try this out. thank you for sharing this post.

  24. amy — February 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I found your chococolate chip recipe on foodgawker and made them tonight. Amazing. I am putting an adapted recipe on my blog and linking yours!!! I also am a new follower!!!
    I Love wings!!!

  25. Dennis — February 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This wing recipe was easy to follow and they were awsome! My kids really enjoyed them.

    • Jamie — February 3rd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Woo-Hoo! I am so glad you enjoyed these! They are a family favorite around here!

  26. Kristen — February 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have made these twice so far and they are AWESOME! The best part is that my kiddos love them, and they are the pickiest of eaters. I did tone down the spice a bit for them and they are still wonderful!!

  27. Lori — April 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    Wandered over here from…hmmm. Maybe Pioneer Woman?

    My husband and oldest son LOVE wings. My hubby isn’t a big fan of sweet on them, though…he wants ’em straight spicy. If I decided to leave out the honey, would I need to change any of the other ingredients or reduce the cooking time?



    • Jamie — April 8th, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by from PW! Ya know, that is a very good question. I have made these wings many times, but never left out the honey. It imparts that sticky slightly sweet texture and taste that I wouldn’t want to be without! Sorry I can’t be of more help here, but if you do give it a shot, please let me know how it works out!

  28. Melody — May 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Made these tonight for dinner and they were amazing! Perfect amount of spicy and sweet! Will definitely make again!

  29. Susan — September 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I just made these toady and they were very good. JUST the right amount of sweetness and spice! The only thing I would change is the amount of butter I use next time. Next time might be by the end of the week! I am so glad I found this! Thanks so much!

  30. Jaime L. — November 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I am so glad I found your blog! This is the very recipe I have been trying to find. I am hosting a 70th surprise birthday get-together tomorrow for my mother, who is a lover of all things sweet & spicy. She is going to love these!! Thank you for posting this recipe. I tried a mini-batch last night and, wow… so yummmmm! My hubby & boys gobbled them up, even after a day full of Thanksgiving feast.

    You have saved me many a trial and error by going it alone. I will definitely be a regular follower.

  31. ashlee — December 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    What would be your thoughts about making these a day ahead of time? We are going to the SunBowl this Saturday but then have a New Years Eve Party to attend shortly after, was wondering if I could make these Friday to save myself some time since they take about an hour in the oven. Thanks for the advice!

  32. Van — September 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This recipe was really good. Even my 5 and 3yr old boys loved it. Thanks for the foil tip. And my kitchen smelled sweet and spicy. mmmm.mmm..good!

    • Jamie — September 24th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe – thanks for reporting back on your experience with it! Have a great day.

  33. Nicky F. — October 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Made these today for our office Hallo-Wing party and tied for first place! Used 1/4 tsp cayenne! Everyone loved them!

    • Jamie — October 31st, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the wings – thank so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! Woo-Hoo to first place! Have a great day.

  34. paula — August 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    looks great! Thanks for posting.

    • Jamie — August 12th, 2013 at 10:25 pm


      You’re very welcome! Thank you for following MBA and have a great day!


  35. RedLobbster — November 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    First, I’d like to say that these wings were very good. I doubled the sauce recipe as we enjoy a saucy wing. It was the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. That said, if you are looking for a crispy wing, this may not be for you. Though they look crispy, and can get a nice texture, they are not “crispy”

  36. Missy — January 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Yum! These sound delicious. I love the touch of honey. I recently posted a recipe for baked sweet and spicy wings too but my secret weapons are ketchup and soy sauce! http://www.behindtheplates.com/simplesweetspicywings/

  37. Porschae — April 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I made these the other day… Most of my family didn’t get to try them because I was inhaling them… OMGSH they were great. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  38. Mia — October 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    These look great! Question – what metal rack do you use? I’m always on the lookout for one!

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      I use a generic one that came with a roasting pan – no clue which brand. Sorry I am not more of a help.

  39. carol — December 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I’m dying to try this…..but afraid it’s to hot…..I love sweet and spicy, but having a get together and some don’t like it hot. can you give me an idea on the scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the hotest, how hot these are. i think she can take some heat but not tons of it. thanks, Carol

    • Jamie — December 1st, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      You can adjust the heat by adding a little less cayenne and Sriracha. I hope this helps.


  40. Chrisie — January 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Made these tonight for football, delicious. They were a great balance of sweet and spicy, definitely will be making these again.

    • Jamie — January 5th, 2015 at 10:15 am

      I’m glad you tried them and liked them. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  41. LaKeesha Ousley — August 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Do they come out crispy? I like my wings crispy. These look great thanks for sharing with all of us.

    • Jamie — August 9th, 2015 at 11:10 am

      YES! I hate non-crispy wings! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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