Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings

Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, smothered in a chipotle rub then bathed in honey lime hot sauce.  One of my favorite flavor combinations EVER made into easy wings for a crazy addicting appetizer or meal!

Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings on a white plate with lime.

With it being football season, I thought it was past time to bake up some wings!  Or just past time because I just love me some wings…

Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings in a bowl with lime.

As I was thinking of what both men and woman, and the football watching and non-football watching type, would like in wings, I almost immediately landed on the flavor profile of chipotle honey lime.  Its smokey, sweet and spicy and I am pretty sure everyone who has the pleasure of gobbling up these Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings will LOVE them – even your kids  –  because you can completely customize how spicy they are.

Close up of Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings in a bowl with lime.

Another reason I love wings is they are one of the simplest, most flavorful ways to prepare chicken!  All you do is shake your wings in a bag of spices, line them on a baking rack and bake until nice and crispy – no babysitting or standing in front of the stove.

Showing how to make Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings on a baking pan.

This rub is an alluring combination of chipotle powder, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic, onion and baking powder,  (you can read more about baking powder as the key to crispy wings HERE), resulting in wings so dripping with flavor you will have to exercise all your will power not to eat them fresh out of the oven with just the rub.  But please.  Exercise your will power because the sauce – oh the Honey Lime Hot Sauce!

SHowing how to make Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings by adding honey to the wings.

The Honey Lime Hot Sauce is a melody of honey, splashes of lime, a little butter, and hot WINGS sauce (not original/traditional hot sauce).  Perfectly sweet, as spicy as you want, tangy and bright.  Perfectly balances the smokey, earthy Mexican spiced wings.  Perfectly sticky.  Perfectly ready for you to make.

Side view of Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings on a white plate with lime.

And eat.

Close up of a single Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wing held near a bowl of wings.

Like now.

Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings

Baked Chipotle Honey Lime Hot Wings, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, smothered in a chipotle rub then bathed in honey lime hot sauce. One of my favorite flavor combinations EVER made into easy wings for a crazy addicting appetizer or meal!
Servings: 24 wings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 chicken wings with skin , rinsed and patted dry (approx 3 pounds)

Chipotle Chicken Rub

Honey Lime Hot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice whisked with ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ - 1 1/2 teaspoons Frank's hot WINGS Sauce not Frank's original
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Top baking sheet with baking rack/oven proof cooling rack and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together Rub Ingredients. Add half of the Rub to a large freezer bag. Add half of the wings and shake until coated evenly. Line wings on prepared baking rack so they are not touching (they will be snug). Add remaining Rub ingredients and wings to freezer bag and repeat.
  • Bake on upper middle rack for 45-50 minutes at 400 F degrees. Move oven rack approximately 6-8" from broiler and turn oven to Broil. Broil to desired crispiness, watching closely so they don't burn! Optional - for extra crispiness, flip chicken wings over and broil the other side until crispy.
  • While wings are cooling, melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in remaining Honey Lime Hot Sauce ingredients** and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer until slightly thickened, approximately 1 minute. Taste and add additional hot sauce for spicier sauces/more honey for sweeter.
  • Add cooked chicken to a large bowl and gently toss with Honey Lime Hot Sauce with a spatula OR serve Honey Lime Hot Sauce as a dip

Notes

**You might want to taste cooked chicken wings before deciding how much hot sauce to add to the Honey Lime Hot Sauce (I add a total of 1 ½ teaspoons hot wings sauce for spicy wings – use less for milder/kid friendly).

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23 Comments

  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! I use chipotle a lot – I add it to mac n’ cheese, corn muffins, anywhere I want a little kick. I learned the baking powder trick from Nagi, who is amazingly creative! These will be on the menu soon!

    • Jen says

      Great minds think alike! I LOVE chipotle in EVERYTHING too! I think you will love these then, can’t wait for you to make them! And yes, Nagi is AMAZING! she is one of my dear friends and I admire her work so much!

  2. Brenda says

    I tried making the buffalo hot wings but had trouble with a lot of smoke when I opened the oven door to turn them over. The smoke billowed out of the oven and caused my smoke alarm to go off. I think the grease from the wings caused all the smoke . ( ? ) I saw a recipe that suggested steaming the wings first to get most of the grease out and then baking them. Any advice ? The wings were absolutely delicious andI would like to make them again : )

    • Jen says

      Hi Brenda, I am so sorry about your previous fire alarm incident – ah! I really wish I could offer you more help/advice but I am not sure why yours smoked like that – did you have a baking rack to catch all of the extra grease? were your wings patted dry? was there anything else in your oven to make it smoke? You could try baking at 250F in the lower quarter of the oven for 30 minutes to help render the fat then move the tray to the higher rack and bake at 425 F degrees for another 40-50 minutes, rotating the wings half way through. Hope this works for you!!

    • Mike says

      You need a range hood that ducts to the outside. I know. Before I ducted mine to the outside, there were a few recipes that I couldn’t use because of the smoke.

      • Jen says

        Thank you so much Mike! I had no idea!

  3. Mike says

    I made these and they were very good. Thanks for the recipe. You may want to clarify that when raising the rack to within 6″ to 8″ of the broiler, the temperature should also be turned up to “broil”. And watch them closely to keep from burning!

    • Jen says

      Yes, I do want to clarify, thanks Mike, will do right now! Glad you enjoyed them!

  4. Kiwi says

    These are the absolutely best wings myself or anyone I have made them for have ever had! A definite home run! I am going to be trying the chipotle lime ones next. I’ve tried some of your other recipes and wow!

    Thanks for sharing, Jen! Please continue to do so.

    • Jen says

      Is your name/nickname Kiwi? My little Frenchie’s name is Kiwi and we just love her 🙂 Anyway, thank you so much for leaving a comment! I am thrilled to hear these are the best wings you are anyone else has had – the ultimate compliment! I love hearing you are enjoying my recipes – yay – thank you! Have a great weekend!

  5. Jared says

    Hey Jen I just wanted to double check on the hot sauce. It’s just 1 1/2 teaspoons not tablespoons right? I made these once before and they were really tasty just not as hot as I was expecting so I wanted to make sure I didn’t goof something up before I make them again this weekend. I’ve made a few of your recipes now and they’ve all been pretty awesome. Keep cranking them out so I can keep experimenting you’re doing awesome
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    • Jen says

      Thanks Jared, I am so happy you are having fun experimenting with my recipes! Yes, I would start with 1 1/2 teaspoons and add more to taste. Also make sure you are using hot WINGS sauce and not original hot sauce as the hot wings sauce is much spicier. I like to start with just 1 1/2 teaspoons and let everyone add more to taste so it is can be loved by all instead of immediately being too spicy 🙂 Hope this helps, enjoy!

  6. MARK says

    Hello from Paris, France 🙂

    I love your recipe called Chipotle honey lime wings, and i would love to make it for my entire family for a dinner party, but I would like to make them try some other recipes too (buffalo sauce, bbq….).

    So my question is: do you think it’s possible to precook my chicken drumsticks (I don’t wanna use wings) so then my family members can pick their sauce and then I can cook it in my oven in only 10 minutes ?
    if yes how can I make it ?

    Thanks in advance for your tips! 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Mark, what a fun idea for your guests to be able to pick their sauces! This should be super easy and doable because the wings/drumsticks are cooked before you coat them in sauce. So you can have your drumsticks completely cooked and ready for when your guests arrive and have a “sauce bar.” If you are eating later and you you are worried about the drumsticks not being warm, then you can precook them like you suggested but not all the way through then add them back to the oven for another 10 minutes like you suggested until done. Hope this helps! Have fun!

    • Salesha says

      Omg these were absolutely fantastic!! The dry rub on the chicken is sooo flavorful and delicious! The sauce was the perfect compliment to the seasoned wings. Will definitely make again. Thank you!!

      • Jen says

        Thanks so much Salesha! I’m thrilled you loved them!

  7. Brent Ordway says

    !!! I think I just found my new favorite wing recipe!!! The rub blend along with the sweet & spicey sauce was a huge hit for everyone… a definite recommend!

    • Jen says

      Hi Brent, sorry for the delay as I am way behind after recovering from pneumonia, but I so appreciate your comment! I am thrilled you love this recipe so much and that it was such a hit! Thank you so much!

  8. Luanna Paterson says

    Jen, do you thaw the wings in the refrigerator or bake them from frozen? Thanks.

    • Jen says

      Hi Luanna! I thaw them first in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

      • Luanna says

        OK, thanks. I’m looking forward to making them!

  9. Joshua says

    We really want to try your wings recipes but our family isn’t a fan of regular wings – we prefer boneless wings (aka chicken tenders). How would you change the recipe to make boneless? Would we adjust the time baking? Anything else?

    • Jen says

      Hi Joshua, in addition to altering the baking time, I would omit the baking powder because it is used to dry out the skin/make them crispy which you don’t need. Enjoy!