Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings – crispy, baked chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy sticky honey lime sauce! These are the perfect party appetizer!! 

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings | Creme de la Crumb

Chicken wings have been on my mind lately. Maybe it’s that we’re now into September and football season is officially in full swing. Maybe it’s just the fact that chicken wings are crazy delicious and I haven’t had them in far too long. Either way… chicken wings are happening in this house.

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings | Creme de la Crumb
Generally I prefer boneless wings – more meat ya know?? plus I heart the breading – but I have a special place in my heart for bone-in wings too. They’re just so…. chicken wingy. And by that I mean authentic. As in, the traditional style of chicken wing we think of when game day or a family par-tay rolls around.

But as a side note, you could totally make these with boneless wings and I would 100% support you in that decision.

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings | Creme de la Crumb

So what’s the deal with these really incredible chicken wings?  These babies are baked to crispy perfection, then tossed in the most addictive honey lime sauce. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s tangy… it’s everything I want in a chicken wing sauce. And sticky! Gotta have sticky fingers when you’re chowing down on chicken wings, it tastes better that way.

Really, it does.

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings | Creme de la Crumb
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Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings - crispy, baked chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy sticky honey lime sauce!
Recipe type: Appetizer / Side Dish / Main Dish
Serves: 3-6
  • 2 pounds of chicken wings
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola, take your pick)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1 cup hot sauce (I used Frank's original hot sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 3 limes
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cold water + 1 tablespoon corn starch
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick foil. Place two wire racks (like wire cooling racks, the kind you use for cookies etc) on top of the foil.
  2. Place chicken wings in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Place in a single layer on the wire racks (on top of baking sheet), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once half way through, til crispy and golden.
  3. While chicken wings are baking, prepare the sauce. Combine butter, hot sauce, cilantro, garlic, lime zest and juice, brown sugar, honey, and salt and pepper to a medium sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together cold water and corn starch. Stir mixture into the sauce until thickened. Remove from heat.
  5. When chicken wings are done, toss in the sauce, then serve.

 Sauce adapted from Food.com

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Yummy!! These look really good!

Hi there, these look divine! Quick question: What’s the dip you’re serving them with? The one in the pictures? 🙂

    Hi! It’s just ranch dressing 🙂

These remind me of the first time I ever made baked chicken wings at home…it’s amazing how similar they taste to a restaurant’s!! Love the idea of these spicy honey lime wings, will have to try this combo at home again soon!

You make food look better than imaginable!These are finger lickin’ good!

Omg saw these and just have to make them,however I dont have any hot sauce will it completely miss the marks without the hot sauce?

    Hi Kay! Ooh, that’s tough because there’s a lot of hot sauce in this recipe… Is there any chance you can get some? A big bottle is only a couple of dollars and will make a huge difference!

Made these last night!! Dipping them once didn’t seem to give them as bold of a flavor and color than I expected, so I baked them with the sauce on at 375 for another 10 minutes or so, then I brushed on more sauce for a second coat. That seemed to do the trick and my men cleaned the tray! Made these with your cheesy ranch zucchini as a side dish 🙂

Do you think these could be kept warm in a crockpot for an hour or so for a potluck? They look amazing!

    I bet they could!!

These look delicious but I would hardly call them healthy with the skin from the chicken wings and all that butter besides.


Can you use this recipe as a marinade?

    I bet that would be delicious!

Could you put this sauce on chicken breasts and bake them? Or should the sauce be put on after the chicken is baked?

These wings are a hit every time!!! I have made them 3 times and they always disappear. No need for a dipping sauce as they are so sticky gooey and delicious all on their own. I love that they are baked vs. deep fried. Once they are done you can see all the fat that has dripped off. Yes, they still have the skin on, but if you are going to eat wings these are healthier for ya. After I bake them I put them in a deep dish with all the sauce. I toss them several times as they cool. The sauce seems to stick to them more and more as they cool. Many people have asked me for the recipe!! This is a keeper! Thank you!

p.s. I modified this a bit so its more kid friendly. 1/2 c frank’s hot sauce instead of 1cup
1/3 c brown sugar instead of 1/4 c
1/4 c honey instead of 3T

Honestly the sauce recipe will easily cover more than 2 pounds of wings.

    cant wait….

looks great….definately will try