• Serves 4 people
  • 1 kg chicken wings

  • 60 ml honey

  • 1 pcs 3 cm ginger (peeled and grated)

  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup water

Recipe Courtesy of Asian Food Network

Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Sticky and sweet with a touch of brown sugar, this soy sauce chicken wing recipe is a fan favourite. Make this delicious chicken recipe for any event and this will absolutely be the star of the night. Asian Food Network has got you covered with the perfect chicken wing recipe that is easy and delicious.
  • Easy
  • 5 min
  • 50 min
  • 15 min
  • 3 steps
  • 9 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 3 steps
  • 9 Ingredients
  • 5 min
  • 50 min
  • 15 min

Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Did someone say chicken wings?

One of the most versatile meat options, chicken wings can be used to whip up amazing home-cooked snacks that pair deliciously as side dishes with dinner, not forgetting the lip-smacking finger foods they make for while you have your weekend dose of beers. Whether fried or grilled, you can prepare any kind of dish with these delicate wings but today, we want to share the flavors from the Malaysian Chinese kitchens with our recipe on the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings!

Irresistible chicken wings

What makes the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings so irresistible lies in its perfect glaze that is used to marinate the wings before cooking them in the oven. A mixture using one of the must-have Chinese sauces, the glaze comprises the all-famous liquid condiment light soy sauce coupled with sticky honey as well as hints of garlic and ginger.

Light soy sauce is a very important ingredient in Chinese cooking especially for its salty kick and the soy aroma it delivers to the dish. The soy sauce has also found its way to Malay and Indian homes to elevate a range of fusion dishes that came about due to the amalgamation of cultures in Southeast Asia - take Singaporean cuisine for example!

Also a common ingredient in stir-fry and for seasoning, light soy sauce is often chosen over dark or thick alternatives because it does not give the food a deep color. Just in small amounts, you can enjoy the goodness of the sauce in abundance while retaining the color of the dish!

Devour this, sweet yet slightly salty, crispy chicken wings that are bound to satisfy your chicken fix!

If this is your first attempt at making the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings, fret not - we will be here to help you. Read on for more tips on how to make Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings and some commonly asked questions you might need answers for.


Frequently Asked Questions about Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Are the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings salty?

While soy sauce is a necessary ingredient used in this recipe (we have used 2 tablespoons), the sweetness of honey balances the saltiness of the glaze. Topped with a hint of spice offered by the grated ginger and chopped garlic, you will not be biting into a chunk of salt-infused chicken meat but rather one that is packed with a range of flavors that will dance in delight on your palate.

If you prefer to reduce the salt content in your dish, you can choose to season the chicken wings with pepper and oil only.

Fun fact: Ginger and garlic help to take away the raw taste of the meat, which makes them very popular in a variety of Asian dishes.

How do we make the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings spicier?

The chicken wings are best enjoyed with its sticky sweet and salty zest. However, if you are cooking the dish for guests who prefer a hot kick to their wings, you can consider adding a teaspoon of chili powder or chili flakes when marinating the chicken together with the glaze. Should you want to retain the flavors of the wings with the original recipe, you can serve chili sauce with the wings for those who would love to add their preferred amount of spice to each bite.

Can I reheat the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings in the microwave?

If there is a need to reheat the chicken wings, we would advise you to put them back into the oven instead of the microwave. However, do ensure that the oven is not too hot as that could charr the wings and affect the sticky consistency. Nevertheless, the wings are best eaten when served hot fresh from the oven.

What can I garnish the Sticky Honey Chicken Wings with?

You can slice some onions for garnish and add some parsley to add colors to the dish.


Tips on how to make Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings

  1. Marinate the chicken the night before: If you are cooking up these delicious wings for a feast during a house party, you want to do your best to impress. The longer you let your chicken set after marination, the more flavorful your wings will be as they have more time to absorb the glaze and seasoning. It will also save you time on the day of baking!
  2. Line parchment paper on the baking tray before arranging the wings: The sticky glaze can be difficult to clean off from the baking tray. You can save yourself from the hassle of scrubbing the glaze off the tray by protecting it with parchment paper and throwing the paper away after each bake.
  3. Check the consistency of the glaze: The glaze is the most important component of this recipe so you must ensure that you cook it to your desired perfection before you marinate the wings with it. When stirring the ingredients, keep a lookout of the texture - it should be thick and not runny. You can also have a little test taste of the glaze before it cools so that you are more assured that you have made it just right.
  4. Marinate chicken with hands: When marinating the chicken, use your hands to mix the glaze with the wings and give them a good rub. Wear clear plastic gloves for this one.
  5. Check if the wings are cooked: Pierce the wings with a fork to check whether the meat is soft and tender. The meat should be white and the juice should not be tainted pink. You may otherwise use a well-calibrated meat thermometer if you have one.


How to make Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings

  1. Preheat oven and season chicken wings

    • As with any baking recipe, be sure to preheat the oven ahead of time before cooking your marinated wings. The ideal temperature you can start with is 200°C.
    • While the oven heats up, you can season your chicken wings to add more taste before marinating. In a bowl, toss the chicken wings together with salt, pepper and oil. Set them aside and prepare your glaze.

  2. Make glaze

    • The highlight of the Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings is the glaze. You must get this one perfect! In a pan on medium heat, mix honey, ¼ cup water, 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, garlic and ginger and mix them well.
    • Let the mixture cook for 6 to 8 minutes until thickened and reduced.
    • Let it cool for 10 minutes before marinating the chicken with it.

  3. Marinate chicken

    • Pour the glaze over the chicken and mix them all together.
    • Let them sit for 30 minutes. As we have shared before, you can marinate the chicken the night before to add more flavor to the meat.
    • Place marinated chicken on a baking tray. We recommend you to lay parchment paper first. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the wings turn golden brown. Use a fork to check if the wings are cooked through!
    • If the wings are too charred at any point, reduce the heat to 180°C and continue baking.

Plate and Serve!

Place chicken wings on a plate or dish and serve hot.


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