This easy wing recipe is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. The wings are the perfect appetizer for watching sports or just hanging out!
I once made these Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings for my husband’s guys’ night. Word to the wise: three pounds of wings for six guys is NOT enough.
I figured that since I made a huge pot of chili and some veggies/dip, that four wings per person would suffice. I arrived home and everything was decimated. There were a few lonely carrots left, but the chili was wiped out and these wings were long gone.
I made the Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings again to try for myself, and it was easy to see why they disappeared so quickly. The sweet and spicy combination of honey and sriracha is irresistible. The addition of Everything Bagel Seasoning adds a nice onion flavor and a little texture thanks to the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic & onion flakes.
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- You can either purchase chicken wings or “party wings.” Chicken wings are whole (more on that below) and party wings have been separated into drumettes and flats.
- A mixture of honey and sriracha makes the sweet and spicy glaze.
- Everything bagel seasoning goes on top. You can purchase it in a jar (Trader Joe’s sells one) or you can make your own—scroll down for the recipe!
How to separate chicken wings
Each chicken wing has three parts: the flat, the drumette, and the tip. Use your fingers to locate the joint in between each part, and run a sharp knife through each joint.
The video on this blog post on separating wings is super helpful if you’re looking for direction. I discarded the tips (you can also save them for stock) and kept the flats and drumettes.
If you want to skip the step of separating wings, look for “party wings” at your local grocery store. They are already separated, making this recipe even easier. My local grocery store only has party wings occasionally, but I can reliably find them at Whole Foods Market.
How to make crispy baked wings
The goal is to get the skin of the wings extra crispy—that’s what makes a good chicken wing! There are three techniques for that:
1) Place the wings on a sheet pan fitted with a wire rack
2) Toss the wings with canola oil and bake at 400°F
3) Wait to add the seasonings until the wings are crisp
A wire rack on top of a sheet pan (I use this pan and wire rack set) ensures that air circulates around the wings, causing both the bottom and the top to crisp. The canola oil accelerates the browning process (its smoke point is 400°F).
And finally, the honey and everything bagel seasoning can easily burn. Add them, along with the sriracha, for the last 10 minutes of cooking time once the wings are already mostly crisp.
Bake chicken wings for 45–50 minutes at 400°F, or until the skin is crisp.
Reduce the amount of sriracha in the recipe to your liking. Start with one tablespoon of sriracha, taste the glaze, and add more as you wish.
Maple syrup makes a great substitute for honey in this recipe. You can also use agave nectar.
How to make your own everything bagel seasoning
You just need 5 ingredients to make your own everything bagel seasoning:
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
Stir all of the ingredients together, and store in an airtight container.
You can also purchase Everything Bagel Seasoning in a jar, already made. Trader Joe’s sells one, and you can also find it at Target in the spice aisle.
Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings are perfect for a guys’ night, the Super Bowl or NFL playoffs, college football watching, or really any get-together where you don’t mind your hands getting a little sticky.
Serve with cold beer and plenty of napkins!
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Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings with Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sriracha
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and top it with a baking rack.
- Using a sharp knife, separate the tips from the rest of the chicken wings. Then separate the flats from the drumettes. Discard the tips or save for making chicken stock.
- In a large bowl, toss the flats and drumettes with the canola oil and the salt.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the wings are beginning to brown.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the sriracha and the honey in a small bowl.
- After the wings have cooked for 40 minutes, brush the mixture evenly over the top of the wings. Sprinkle with the everything bagel seasoning.
- Bake for 10 more minutes, or until the glaze is sticky and the wings are cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.