Honey on fire!
What’s not to love about sweet smoky heat? The mix of sweet honey and smoky chipotle pepper makes these chicken wings a real favorite for game day and gatherings of all types.
We cut the heat of the chipotle here by adding in smoked paprika. It adds a comparable smokiness with just a little simmering spiciness (much less than the jalapeño-level heat of chipotle pepper). Of course – make any adjustments you want there. All chipotle powder works if you like it extra spicy – or only smoked paprika for something milder.
Honey Chipotle Wings
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Mix the chipotle powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and salt until evenly combined.
Sprinkle the chipotle powder mix over the wings, evenly dispersing the spices.
In a separate bowl, combine the honey, lime juice, and olive oil.
Add the seasoned wings to the honey mixture and mix the wings to coat with the honey.
Arrange the honey-coated wings on the foil-lined baking sheet. Top the wings evenly with any additional honey mixture leftover in the bowl.
Bake the chicken for 30 minutes, until they turn a golden brown.
Both chipotle powder and smoked paprika provide a smoky flavor to the wings. The key difference is the overall heat. For spicier wings, you can opt for doubling the chipotle powder and removing the smoked paprika altogether. Or for milder wings, double the smoked paprika and remove the chipotle powder.