Fried Honey-Barbecue Chicken Wings

Fried Honey-Barbecue Chicken Wings

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 20 wings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
843 Calories
38g Fat
99g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 843
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 1373mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 477mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken wings are an American tradition, especially at football games and parties. No forks needed, delicious, filling, and the perfect canvas for tons of sticky sauces, wings are classically an appetizer but can also be the main dish when served with other sides such as potatoes and vegetables. Wings have a similar taste to dark meat while being white meat themselves. They are also budget friendly and are a quick and fairly easy chicken cut to make. Our take on BBQ honey wings brings you a delicious alternative for crisp and juicy wings. You simply need a few ingredients for the best sweet and savory wings you've ever tried.

Find your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, or make your own. A total of five ingredients and oil for frying and the wings are on the table in less than one hour. Our wings are first fried and then baked, which ensures an extra crunchy exterior. The sauce is added between the fryer and the oven, so this recipe is perfect to make any flavored wings you might like. Simply fry, add the sauce, and bake the wings as directed.

Chicken wings are a great buy at the store. Fresh or frozen, choose from whole wings for better value or cut-up wings for saving time. When on sale, buy in bulk and freeze for later use. Our recipe makes four to six servings, depending on how are you going to serve them. If other dishes are presented at the table, two to three whole wings are enough per person, but as a main meal, think of four to six whole wings. If using frozen wings, be sure they are thoroughly thawed before you start and that all wings are carefully patted dry before going into the fryer.


  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 2 to 3 large eggs

  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons water

  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce, plus more to taste

  • 1/4 cup honey, plus more to taste

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 20 cut-up chicken wings, tips removed and discarded

Steps to Make It

Fry the Wings

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fried Honey-Barbecue Chicken Wings ingredients

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  2. Heat up the oil to about 350 F in a deep fryer, heavy skillet, or Dutch oven. You need enough oil to cover several wings lying flat.

    Oil in a pot, thermometer

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  3. Whisk together eggs and water. Set aside.

    Eggs and water in a bowl, whisk

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  4. Mix together the barbecue sauce and honey. Taste test and add more of each sauce to taste to make it as sweet or savory as you want it. Reserve.

    Mix together the barbecue sauce and honey in a bowl

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  5. Add the flour into a paper food storage bag. Add the wings and shake them vigorously to lightly coat.

    Flour and wings in a paper bag

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  6. Roll the wings in the egg wash, then toss them back into the bag with flour. A fairly heavy coating of flour is needed so the sauce has something to hold on to. Dip in the egg wash and shake from 2 to 3 times, using more flour and eggs as needed. 2 eggs to 1 tablespoon of water is the ratio needed for the egg wash.

    Chicken wings dipped into egg wash

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  7. Once the oil has reached 350 F, fry the wings in batches until they're golden brown and crispy. Drain chicken wings on paper towels.

    Chicken wings frying in oil

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Bake the Wings

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Once the chicken pieces are browned and drained, dip the wings into the sauce and place onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Make sure the pieces don't touch each other.

    Fried wings dipped into sauce and placed onto a baking sheet

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  2. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they no longer look shiny. Test by opening up a wing and checking that juices run clear when poked with a knife.

    Fried Honey-Barbecue Chicken Wings

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