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Hot Honey Fried Chicken Wings

Crunchy fried chicken wings slathered in a hot honey sauce.

  • Author: Jaylynn Little
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 pounds 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry

Ingredients

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The chicken wings

  • 12 lbs chicken wings, cut or whole
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Cooking oil for frying

The hot honey sauce

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 +2 tbsp cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less depending on tolerance)

Instructions

  1. Add the frying oil to a frying pan or cast iron skillet and set the heat to medium high.
  2. While the oil heating, season the clean chicken wings with seasoning salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Massage the seasonings into the chicken and add more if you feel like you need more. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken and let it sit while the oil heats up. Add your flour to a bowl or bag and set aside. You can also season your flour with salt and pepper as well.
  3. When your oil is hot (test it by sprinkling a little flour in the oil and if it begins to fry, it’s ready) add a few pieces of chicken to the flour, coat the chicken very well, then place your chicken in the hot oil to fry. Depending on how big or small your pan is you may need to fry your chicken in batches so that you don’t over crowd your pan. Cover the pan and let the chicken fry on both sides until done. You should only have to flip the wings once. When the chicken is done drain on a paper towel. Also be sure to discard the buttermilk batter.
  4. While your chicken is frying, add the butter to a small pot and melt it over medium heat until it begins to boil. Remove it from the heat and add in the honey, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper then stir well until everything is smooth and combined. Keep the sauce warm on low heat.
  5. To coat your chicken, dip the wings into the sauce and evenly coat. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I used peanut oil for the chicken. I recommend vegetable, peanut, or canola oil.
  • To bake the wings see the instructions in the post.

Keywords: Hot Honey Fried Chicken Wings, hot honey wings, fried chicken