Spicy & Sweet Chipotle-Honey Baked Chicken Wings

Love chicken wings? Here’s an awesome alternative to Buffalo Wild Wings that I think tastes even better – and you’ll be surprised just how easy these baked wings are to make…

First of all, forget frying or parboiling or any of the other crazy gyrations you may think you need to go through to serve a succulent plateful of buffalo-style wings.

Chicken wings with chipotle seasoning mix applied
Be sure and give these little guys a good coating of the Chipotle Seasoning Mix before you bake them.

For this chicken wings recipe, you’ll only need your oven – and my special Chipotle Seasoning Mix.

For the guys out there especially, I should point out you want to buy a package of pre-cut wingettes and drumettes. Not knowing the difference, my hubby grabbed a package of whole wings for me. He wasn’t thrilled when he had to get the chopping board out and separate those little suckers!

Anyway, take your wings and apply the seasoning mix to both sides like you mean it. Really coat them well.

Next, place your wings on small wire racks and place those in some kind of foil-lined pan or cookie sheet to catch the drippings. You do not want these laying directly on the foil – they’ll stick to it big time.

So now all you do is bake your seasoned wings for about 35 minutes, stop to baste them in honey, bake them for another 10, take them out and brush them once more with honey. That’s it, you’re done. Simple right?

easy paleo chipotle and honey wings recipe

I’m not kidding you, these are incredibly good. Take a bite and you get the sweetness of the honey, and then a layer down comes the wake-up-your-mouth spiciness from the chipotle mix. Wowzer!

This recipe makes enough for 2 people, so if you’ve got a crowd coming over (and you will if word gets out you’re making these!) then adjust the recipe accordingly.

Hope you give this easy spicy and sweet baked chicken wings recipe a try!

Paleo Spicy & Sweet Chipotle-Honey Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

by Trina
Easy, do-it-yourself, spicy and sweet chicken wings recipe that's all-paleo — these just might be the best chipotle and honey baked wings you've ever tasted!
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs chicken wings pre-cut
  • 1/4 cup honey

Chipotle Seasoning Mix (this is key — don't skip!)

  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard


  • In a small bowl, prepare the dry Chipotle Seasoning Mix – stir to combine
  • Place chicken wings on small wire racks, and set inside a foil-lined cookie sheet to catch drippings
  • Generously coat all sides of the wings with the Chipotle Seasoning Mix
  • First bake at 400ºF for about 35 minutes
  • Next baste the chicken wings with honey
  • Continue baking an additional 10 minutes at 400ºF
  • Remove from oven and coat one more time with honey
  • Serve hot, add a side of celery and carrots if desired


Keyword wings, chicken, spicy and sweet, chipotle, honey, baked, poultry

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  1. let me just say i am so excited and happy i found this recipe, i started to get bored with chicken, i made this with chicken breast, it tasted amazing!! thanks so much !

  2. These wings were fantastic. Glad I found your site, I am now following. I am relatively new to paleo and dishes like these make it so easy.

    1. Thank you Jason! :)

  3. Thank you for this delicious recipe! My fiancé and I love going out for wings but after finding your recipe we have officially declared them the best wings in the world! ??

    1. Thank you Mirtha! They are my husbands favorite as well! He lives on them during Football season. :)

    2. Can you provide recommendations and or recipes for a ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce?

  4. Have these cooking in the oven right now! Super excited!!!

  5. I made these for my hubby & I and they were great! Didn’t have chipotle powder but had habanero powder. Also added a tsp of red pepper flakes. They were awesome!

    1. Sharon, I’m so happy you enjoyed them! It’s one of my favs for sure! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  6. These were a great success at the party. Thanks again Also absolutely delicious on salmon! I can’t seam to find metal racks that go in the oven. Can only find cooling racks that have rubber legs. Where did you get yours?

    1. Hi Amy! We use the Chipotle seasoning on everything! Roasted veggies, fish, chicken…I’m glad you enjoy it as well! I found mine at the grocery store! In the baking isle. 2 for 5$. :) You might try Target as well. I use mine in the oven all the time. Probably more than as cooling racks! :)

  7. made these last week and couldn’t believe how flavorful they were best wings ever! Making them again for a get together can’t wait. Thank you. Great recipe and photo

    1. Amy, Thank you! We love them too! :) I get so excited when people make them for a crowd. It’s our favorite football food! Thank you for taking time to let me know! :)

  8. Amazing! I made these wings using your recipe and they were a huge hit, I’m already getting request to make them again!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed them! I’m making them this weekend! It’s a repeat request during football season. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  9. Can I use frozen wings or do they have to be defrosted?

    1. Jill, I haven’t made them from frozen. I would thaw or plan on cooking a bit longer. Hope you enjoy the recipe. It’s a big hit in our house! :)

  10. This recipe is awesome!! We used leg quarters and regular sugar. We didn’t have chipotle powder but substituted with chipotle chili powder. Thanks for making a normally boring chicken dinner.. amazing!!!

    1. Great thinking Alicia! Sounds delish! :)

  11. Those look delicious! Where do you find chipotle powder or could I substitute chili powder for it?

    1. Rebecca, Chiplotle powder is in almost every grocery store now. I haven’t made them with chili powder, but if you do maybe add a little cayenne for heat.

  12. Sounds amazing! I believe the website http://www.topglutenfreerecipes.com has copied your recipe and picture. It’s just been rotated and zoomed in. They had other recipes that I asked them to give credit to the real person or site, but they have yet to do so.

    1. Yes, You are right. Thanks for the heads up Brenda. I contacted them. Last time this happened google took down the site. It’s so frustrating to get ripped off over and over again..

  13. This looks so delicious. Pinned

    1. Good! Try them. They ARE delicious! :)

  14. If i did this with chicken breast tenders, would you still cook them for that long?

    1. Hi Erin, It all depends on the size of the tenders. It should work out just fine, but you may have to cook a bit longer if they are large.

  15. These were AMAZING. Glad I found this site =)

    1. Thank you Devin! It’s our best wing recipe to date and my husband’s favorite. I’m so glad you liked them too! :) Thank you for your comment!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Cannot wait to try these!!!

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