Honey BBQ Wings (Air Fryer or Oven) + Video

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Honey BBQ wings made in an air fryer or oven are juicy and crispy like fried chicken, but healthier! Make this recipe for appetizers or dinner.

honey bb2 wings - air fryer

I love a good wing recipe because they can be served in so many different ways. If you’re looking for a new appetizer or finger food recipe, I hope you’ll try a few of these.

Lemon pepper wings have a zesty, irresistible sauce! This is another one of my favorite air fryer recipes, but you can bake them in an oven if you prefer.

Crock pot chicken wings (Buffalo) have a spicy Buffalo sauce for a fantastic snack or light meal. Make this slow cooker recipe for game day parties!

Sriracha honey chicken wings are out of this world. Sweet and spicy with a great added layer of flavor from the limes.

bowl of wings with spices

How to make honey BBQ wings

Making this recipe is beyond easy.

  1. Prep the chicken wings. 
wings in air fryer basket

First, use paper towels to pat the wings dry, then place them into a large mixing bowl.

  1. Spray the fryer basket and preheat the air fryer.
  2. Make the honey BBQ sauce and coat the wings with it.

After you make the sauce, add it to the bowl of wings. Toss everything well so each of the wings is covered with sauce.

  1. Cook the chicken, test for doneness, and serve!

Before serving, use a food thermometer to check hat the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

cooked wings in air fryer basket

Recipe tips

How many wings can I air fry at one time?

How much chicken you can fit in your fryer will depend on the brand and the size of the basket.

But, it’s very important that you place them into the basket in a single layer while allowing enough room for the air to circulate.

Can I make air fryer chicken wings with skinless chicken?

This honey BBQ wings recipe will work just as well with poultry without the skin. It’s a wonderful way to cut the fat content of your favorite recipe.

Tools / equipment needed for this recipe

ingredients for honey bbq wings

How to keep air fryer wings crispy

To keep your chicken crispy, it’s important that you leave enough room in the fryer for the air to circulate. And, never stack the meat on top of the first layer when cooking.

You can always remove the chicken from the fryer and keep them warm while you make another batch. This way they will be crispy every time you make them.

Cooking tips

  • If you want to make spicy honey BBQ wings, you can add a bit of hot sauce to the barbecue sauce.
  • You can reduce the honey by one third if you prefer a sauce that’s a bit less sweet.
  • If you want grilled honey barbecue wings, you can toss them on the grill for 25 minutes.
wings covered in honey bbq sauce

Serving suggestions

The honey sauce makes the chicken finger-licking good. But, if you want something to dip them into, you can try one of these options.

  • Ranch dressing
  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Thousand Island dressing

Then, garnish your honey barbecue chicken with sliced scallions, sesame seeds, or cilantro.

This healthy chicken wings recipe works wonderfully on its own as an appetizer at your next party. But, if you want to serve it as part of a meal, consider serving one of these dishes with it.

How to store leftovers

If these honey BBQ wings don’t disappear on the first day you make them, you can store them in the refrigerator. Place them in a container with a tightly fitting lid and use them within 3 to 5 days.

If you have extra sauce, you can store it in a separate container. Then, use it with your next batch or as a dipping sauce when you reheat them.

How to freeze leftovers

If you want your leftovers to be good for more than 3 to 5 days, you will need to freeze them. You can place them in a resealable plastic zipper bag in the freezer and use them within 3 months.

To reheat your air fryer chicken wings, allow them to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Then, toss them back in the fryer for 9 minutes, flipping them partway through for even reheating.


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honey BBQ chicken wings

Honey BBQ Wings (Air Fryer or Oven) + Video

Donna Elick
Honey BBQ Wings made in the air fryer or oven are juicy and crispy like fried chicken, but healthier! Make some for appetizers or dinner.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 6 – 8 Servings


For the wings

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and flats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, aluminum-free
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Honey BBQ Sauce

  • 1/4 cup good honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced


For the wings

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F. Place the wings in a large bowl, add the baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the wings in the basket in a single layer, not touching. Air fry for 12 minutes, flip, and air fry an additional 12 minutes. Continue until all the wings are done. Toss in your favorite wing flavor and serve.

Honey BBQ Sauce

  • Place all of the ingredients in a small medium-sized saucepot. Whisk to combine. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Let simmer 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Toss wings in sauce, garnish with optional sliced scallions.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 505cal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1242mg | Sugar: 34g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published September 2020

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  1. Could you give instructions on doing these wings in an oven? If they are in the recipe, I missed it.
    I don’t have an air fryer. Thank you

  2. 5 stars
    I opt for the air-fryer but I’m sure these would be just as delicious in the oven. They were nice and juicy, not chewy.

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