Honey mustard chicken wings are crispy on the outside but juicy and tender inside. Baked in an air fryer to crispy perfection (or in the oven), they have the best texture and taste -- bringing saucy flavor without the mess. Marinate these wings overnight if you have the time or if you are in a rush, an hour is enough time for them to soak in all the flavor from the delicious, garlicky, and sweet homemade honey mustard marinade. The best part? The prep is so effortless, taking just 5 minutes to toss everything together.
Why You’ll Love Honey Mustard Chicken Wings
- It’s so simple to make. This honey mustard chicken wings recipe takes only three simple steps. Combine the ingredients to make the marinade, marinate the chicken, and cook the wings in an air fryer or oven. That’s it!
- The best honey mustard marinade. What really makes this recipe shine is the marinade. Made with oil, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper, the marinade tastes best when you give it time to soak into your chicken wings.
- A delicious air fryer recipe. You can bake these honey mustard chicken wings in the oven, or in the air fryer. Air frying chicken wings is fast, easy, and delivers the perfect crispy bite.
Ingredients and Substitutions
To make these delicious honey mustard chicken wings, you will need the following ingredients (full quantities in recipe card below):
- chicken wings
- vegetable oil - you can use any vegetable oil that you have on hand such as avocado oil or coconut oil. You can also use olive oil.
- garlic - the flavor you get from fresh garlic is unmatched. You can get a similar taste by substituting with ¼ teaspoon garlic powder instead.
- soy sauce
- white vinegar - you can substitute with any vinegar such as wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.
- honey - feel free to substitute with maple syrup or brown sugar.
- Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- green onions - optional, for garnish on top.
How to Make the Best Honey Mustard Chicken Wings
- Marinate the chicken wings. In a small mixing bowl, combine oil, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well with a spoon until smooth. In a large Ziploc bag, add chicken wings and honey mustard marinade. Press air out of the bag and seal tightly. Press the marinade around the wings to coat. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight. You can also marinate the wings in a large bowl, covered.
- Cook the chicken wings. You can cook the wings in the air fryer or bake them in the oven.
- To air fry: Place the marinated wings in the air fryer basket and cook at 375 F for 22-25 minutes until nicely charred (not burnt). Open and shake the basket halfway through to make sure they cook evenly.
- To bake in the oven: Preheat oven to 400F. Place the marinated wings on a parchment-lined quarter sheet baking pan, evenly spaced apart. Bake for 25 minutes. You can turn on the broil function on at the end and broil for 1-2 minutes to achieve more crispy and browned skin.
- Serve. Let the wings rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with green onions, and serve with extra honey mustard sauce if desired.
Storing and Reheating
- How to store: If you don’t finish all of your honey mustard chicken wings, let them cool completely to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Letting the wings cool will ensure that condensation doesn’t build and your wings stay crispy.
- How to reheat chicken wings: Reheat wings in a 350F preheated oven or air fryer for 10-15 minutes until warmed through.
- How to freeze: You can freeze these wings once marinated for an hour. Transfer to the freezer in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months. To cook, allow to thaw completely and cook within one day.
More Chicken Wing Recipes
- Air Fryer Breaded Fried Chicken Wings
- Miso Garlic Chicken Wings
- Baked BBQ Chicken Wings
- Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- Game Day Buffalo Hot Wings
- Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings
Did you make this recipe? I would greatly appreciate a comment and rating below, letting me know what you thought of the recipe. You can also snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @aheadofthyme or share it on the Pinterest pin so that I can follow along.