These wings are SO good, you will have to stop yourselves from eating the whole plate of them!!
These wings are a popular sweet and sticky style chicken wing, whereas our Honey Mustard Chicken Wings are thick and creamy.
How do you make honey soy chicken wings
To make Honey Soy Chicken Wings we start with mixing our ingredients together for our marinade.
The photo below shows you the ingredients for this recipe. We have honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli, dried onion, salt and pepper. You can also see the type of wings that we are going to cook.
Packing lots of flavour into the marinade ensures the wings will blow your socks off. The marinade has 8 simple ingredients, many of which you are likely to have in your home already!
For the wings, you have a couple of choices. You can buy chicken wings and cut them into smaller portions or you can purchase nibblets at your local grocery store. This is where the butcher has cut the wing into 3 pieces. I find these handy for wings if I have less time.
If you prefer to buy the wings as a whole, you can do that, but you will need to cut them in 3 pieces and cut the tips off as you go.
Chicken wings are very common at the grocery store. You can find them in the deli area, meat section or local butcher.
When making honey soy chicken wings follow this process
For marinades, I combine the ingredients in a large jar. I recommend you do too. As this way you can seal and shake it. Sure you can put the ingredients in a jug and stir it, but I find the shaking really helps to get the ingredients consistently mixed and it only takes about 2 mins to do.
Once that is done, transfer your wings into a large zip lock bag. Then simply pour over your marinade and seal shut.
Then we need to leave it sit in the fridge for a least 20 minutes or overnight.You can use this time to prepare a salad, side dish or simply relax.
How long can you marinate chicken wings?
The marinade time for chicken wings can be flexible.
If you are starving and looking to eat sooner rather than later, then keep your marinade time short, but you can leave them in the fridge overnight if you are super organised and want to maximise the flavours.
How do you make honey soy chicken wings
To make honey soy chicken wings you need to follow some simple steps.
Once your wings are marinated, you need to cook them in the oven. Use a baking tray to do this initial step. I find marinades and baking trays can be a little bit messy, so 9 times out of 10, I use either greaseproof paper or alfoil to line the bakeware. This way there is less cleaning up and quite frankly ain’t nobody got time for that!
Once your baking tray is lined (turn your oven on to preheat at this stage), grab the marinade bag from the fridge and tip the contents into the lined baking tray. For a more refined method of doing this, you can use tongs for the wings, then pour the marinade over.
As the wings are such small portions the excess liquid in the tray won’t slow down cooking too much (it does for chicken legs). But we do this as we also want to use that marinade to serve our wings (just a little) and this will cook nicely for that.
How to cook chicken wings in the oven
The photo below shows you the marinated chicken wings in the baking tray ready for the oven.
We cook them like this for 30 – 40 mins, turning 1/2 way by pulling the tray out and using your tongs to rotate the pieces around to the other side.
Once that time is up, take a skewer and pierce it near the bone at the thickness part of one of the pieces. If the juices run clear they are done.
They are perfectly delicious and ready for eating at this stage. BUT, there is one final stage if you want to crisp up the skin and it takes them from pretty good to AMAZING!!
The pic on the right shows you the cooked wings on an oven rack over a lined baking tray. We transfer the wings to this tray and then we grill them for about 10 – 15 mins.
Can I freeze chicken wings
You can freeze chicken wings.
If you are going to do that, it is best to freeze them when the marinade is in the bag. Then at a later date, you can grab the ziplock bag out of the freezer defrost, and then cook.
That is easy if you have more time on the weekends and less during the week.
Chicken wings are crowd favourites at social gatherings, make sure you have serviettes handy for sticky fingers!!
Honey Soy Chicken wings questions answered:
About the recipe:
- this recipe uses pre-cut chicken wings
- dried onion provides flavour but saves time and tears!
- the garlic and ginger are both minced
- you can use any honey you like
- the marinade will stretch to cook 1kg of these or you can double the batch
Your quick questions answered:
- preheat your oven to make cooking the wings faster
- pour the whole marinade from the bag into your baking tray
- you can freeze the honey soy marinade bag with the wings in it
- serve with sides, a salad or own their own
- chilli in the recipe is not overpowering to taste
- This is an EASY recipe
This is the best honey soy chicken recipe and you are going to impress your guests with it!
If this chicken wing recipe makes you want to make wings every day forever then here are some other marinade ideas:
You will find that once you have sat and licked each of your 10 fingers clean after eating some then your mind will dream about all of the other combinations you need to try!
Or you might want to warm your belly with some comfort foods, in which case, check out the below dishes.
- Chicken Thighs in Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce (one pot recipe)
- Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese (vegetarian recipe)
- Beef Bean Pasta Bake (family favorite)
- Minestrone Soup (packed with veggies)
- Meatball Tomato Soup (one of my favourites)
What goes well with chicken wings?
Chicken Wings are one of the few recipes that I don’t sprinkle cracked pepper all over.
I prefer to use that to season the chicken in the marinade mix and then serve the wings with sesame seeds and sliced shallots.
That being said there are some options to serve these that tick a lot of boxes. You can go the route I have taken for this post and simply sprinkle with sesame seeds and thinly sliced shallots (green onions for my USA friends).
Doing this is great as you can make them look good with minimal effort. These are also the perfect way to prepare them if you want to take them as your ‘plate’ to a gathering with friends.
Otherwise if you want more of a meal than finger food the following are all good sides to accompany wings:
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
- Skin on Roast Potatoes (with rosemary and thyme)
- Potato Salad
- Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad (everyone loves this one!)
The toasted sesame seeds and sliced shallots are the perfect garnish! Not to mention simple as well. The seeds will stick to the outside of your wings giving them texture and an authentic Asian style presentation.
Honey Soy Chicken Wings
Honey Soy Chicken Wings
- 700 grams chicken wings Note 1
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey Note 3
- 1/2 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp ginger minced
- 1 tsp chilli minced
- 1/2 tbs dried onion Note 2
Honey Soy Chicken Wings
- Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F, gas 6
- Use a large jar to combine your honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli, dried onion, salt and pepper. Place lid on to seal and shake to combine.
- Add chicken wings to zip lock bag and then pour marinade in to cover. Seal and massage with hands to spread around. Note 4
- Place marinade in the fridge for at least 30 mins, up to overnight
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper Note 5
- Pour chicken wing marinade mix into baking tray and use tongs to arrange so all are flat
- Bake for 30 - 40 mins, rotating 1/2 way through. Use a skewer after 30 mins to pierce near the bone of the largest piece and see the colour of the juices. If they are clear, remove from the oven, if they are stil slightly pink, continue to cook for the further 10 mins
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place a cooking wrack on top. Place wings onto rack. Keep leftover marinade juice for drizzle
- Change oven to grill setting (same temperature) and grill for 10 mins to crisp up the skin Note 6
- Top with thinly slices shallots, sesame seeds and remaining marinade
- Note 1 your choice is to buy chicken wings whole and cut them yourself. Or buy precut chicken nibblets (different to drumettes)
- Note 2 these will be found in the spice aisle at the Supermarket, where the salt and pepper is. They are in a packet and are sometimes called dried onion and sometimes called onion flakes.
- Note 3 you can use any type of honey you like for this recipe
- Note 4 the large zip lock bags are best for this as they give you a bit more room to work with
- Note 5 the pink roaster that you see in the photos here is these dimensions: 6.5cm(H) x 19cm(W) x 30.5cm(L).
- Note 6 grilling can happen very quickly, stay close by and keep an eye on your wings so that they don't burn
- Note 7 portion size is 1 chicken wing piece (12 shown in pics of bake/cook image)
I find that once they are done, the texture and extra marinade for drizzle makes them juicy and finger looking good.
If you haven’t made wings before, give them a go, you will LOVE them!!
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