Detroit Honey Hot Wings
Detroit Honey Hot Wings

I tried to find out why these are called Detroit Honey Hot Wings and to be honest Google let me down. I assume that these delicious little sticky, drippy, amazing bites o’ heaven were created in Detroit (natch, right? Why else would they have Detroit in the name?) but hey, I’m not going to start false rumors here.

What I can start, is a WING REVOLUTION! Er, or maybe not. Sorry, I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning and when I get too much caffeine in me, I get a little wired and start yelling about chicken wing revolutions. True story. I digress as always. I L-U-V these chicken wings. These wings make two people in our house happy – Mike and me. Mike likes spicy wings and I love the flavour of hot sauce ( I craved it while I was pregnant with The Rose) but I don’t like the heat, aka burning chicken wing mouth. The butter calms and soothes the hot sauce down, as well as the honey, thus the name Detroit Honey Hot Wings, I’m sure. Makes sense, right? Mike liberally doused his with extra hot sauce on his own plate and I ate these as is.

 Detroit Honey Hot Wings from @kitchenmagpie

How to Make Hot Wings

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees or pre-heat your BBQ, making sure to oil the grill.If using the oven, line a large baking sheet with tinfoil.
  • Toss the chicken wings with the peppers, salt and then the oil to coat.
  • Cook the chicken wings on the BBQ grill until completely cooked through and the juices run clear, 20 to 30 minutes. I using the oven, cook on the foil lined sheet until the juices run clear.
  • Melt the butter, pour into a large bowl and mix in the 1/2 cup of honey and hot sauce.
  • Remove the wings from the grill or the oven and toss them in the hot butter sauce to coat.
  • If wanted, you can return to the oven for another 5 minutes to “set” the sauce a little more, but they can also be eaten right away!

 Detroit Honey Hot Wings from @kitchenmagpie

Hot Wing Tips and Tricks

  • While a lot of Hot Wing recipes call to grill these on the BBQ – and you certainly can when the summer months get hot- I personally will keep making them in the oven, until the house is too hot and the thought of using the oven makes me want to scream. They are delicious!
  • I recommend finishing them off in the oven for an extra 5-10 minutes or so with the sauce, it always seems to “set” the sauce a bit better.
  • These are a 10-napkin kind of chicken wing, so make sure you have your finger bowls or wet naps at the ready!

We demolished these for lunch. There were Detroit Honey Hot Wings and chicken bones flying, paper towels with sticky honey hand prints all over the table…it was carnage. Delicious, delicious carnage.

Happy Cooking!

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

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5 from 6 votes
Detroit Honey Hot Wings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Hot and sweet in the same bite, these chicken wings are amazing! Did I also mention EASY??
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot wings
Servings: 24
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds of chicken wings cut and the wing tips discarded & patted dry with paper towel
  • 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp cayenne pepper optional I didn't use this
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees or pre-heat your BBQ, making sure to oil the grill.
  2. If using the oven, line a large baking sheet with tinfoil.
  3. Toss the chicken wings with the peppers, salt and then the oil to coat.
  4. Cook the chicken wings on the BBQ grill until completely cooked through and the juices run clear, 20 to 30 minutes. I using the oven, cook on the foil lined sheet until the juices run clear.
  5. Melt the butter, pour into a large bowl and mix in the 1/2 cup of honey and hot sauce. This is where you can season the sauce to your liking. My husband likes more hot sauce in this, I like it perfectly as it is. Taste test and see what you'd add more of right now!
  6. Remove the wings from the grill or the oven and toss them in the hot butter sauce to coat.
  7. If wanted, you can return to the oven for another 5 minutes to "set" the sauce a little more, but they can also be eaten right away!
Recipe Notes

The nutritional calculator adds in ALL of the sauce which you don't actually eat unless you lick the plates and in that case that's totally fine by me

Nutrition Facts
Detroit Honey Hot Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 39mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

8 Comments

  1. angela hammill Reply


    these are soooo good!!! i love me some messy wings 🙂

  2. Imae Davis Reply

    Where are the recipe ingredients listed for Detroit wings & banana pudding cake


  3. These are simply the best hot wings I have ever made. The sweet honey sauce, holy Dinah! cray cray good!

  4. My husband is from Detroit so I made these and he gave them two thumbs up! Thanks for the tip on the napkins!

    Take care!

    Michelle

  5. Lana Michelle Strachan Reply

    These sound and look amazing! Making them this week for sure!

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