Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

October 30, 2017 by Jenny Melrose

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings are always a family crowd pleaser on game days! These are the perfect combination of heat and sweetness with that classic chicken wing flavor. Touchdown!

sweet & spicy chicken wings are great for a football party

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

Hi there! It’s Heather from Totally Tailgates, and I am so excited to share this wing recipe with you today. You can make restaurant-style chicken wings right at home! And with only four ingredients, not only are they a snap to make but you can also serve a crowd economically. Round out your tailgate menu with Football Game Day Hot Corn Dip! The best part for families? Your weekend chicken wing leftovers will make a easy weeknight meal, too. Just pair the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings with a baked potato and salad for a quick supper.

football tailgate food sweet & spicy chicken wings

When Copa and I met in college, we ate a lot of chicken wings. There was a tiny hole-in-the-wall hot wing restaurant very close to Mercer’s campus called Bay Street Wings. Catering to college students, they kept the prices really low. 🙂

When I moved out of my sorority house and into my first apartment, making chicken wings from scratch was one of my first forays into cooking. After MANY trial and errors, a version of this Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wing recipe was born. We went back to Macon, GA years later, and were saddened to learn that our favorite hot wing restaurant had closed its doors. However, this wing recipe is mighty close to their signature wings, so all is well!

How To Make Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

Making Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings is a snap. First, melt your butter and add the garlic. Stir in the wing sauce and add the honey.

how to make sweet & spicy chicken wings

Let everything simmer for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Then, simply toss pre-cooked chicken wings into the sauce! Super easy, right?

sweet & spicy chicken wings sauce

Have you heard the saying “the secret is in the sauce”? Truer words cannot be found! This wing sauce is VERY versatile. If you want to make Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Wraps, just bake frozen chicken tenders as directed and toss them in the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wing Sauce. Lay out a flour tortilla, and layer lettuce, ranch dressing, and sauced up chicken tenders. Roll it all up the tortilla and voila! You have a delicious wrap.

I hope you and your family enjoy these chicken wings as much as we do!

sweet & spicy chicken wings


And, make sure to take a peak at my Skirt Steak Crostini Bites if you are grilling at your tailgate!

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings are always a family crowd pleaser on game days! These are the perfect combination of heat and sweetness with that classic chicken wing flavor. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4
Author Heather


  • 2 pounds cooked or fried chicken wings
  • 8 tbls unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cups hot wing sauce
  • 5 tbls honey


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. 

  2. Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. Do not let the butter brown.

  3. Add hot wing sauce and simmer 2-4 minutes. 

  4. Add honey and cook mixture until thoroughly heated. 

  5. Toss cooked chicken wings in sauce. Serve immediately. 

Hi there! I’m Heather from Totally Tailgates….the home of Southern Sideline Hospitality. Join me for the best game day foods, fashions and stops along the way! Want to know all about sorority recruitment? I have a series on rush tips for PNMs and their mamas – it’s never too early to plan for rush!

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