Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Honey soy chicken wings are my version of the classic Cantonese soy chicken wings. This dish uses ingredients that you’ll likely already have at home, making it very simple to make. You could buy pre-made, packaged chicken marinade from your local Chinese supermarket, however, I personally prefer making the marinade from scratch.

How to make these honey soy chicken wings:

Honey soy chicken wings require a simple, basic marinade of minced garlic, brown sugar, light and dark soy sauce, and finally sesame oil.  Let it marinate for at least an hour. The chicken can either be cooked in a saucepan for 10 minutes or on a baking tray for 15-20 minutes.

There are two ways to make this honey soy chicken recipe – either in the oven or in a saucepan:

Oven – to cook these honey soy chicken wings in the oven, you simply just need to bake them 25-30 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Cooking the chicken wings in the oven will make them more crispy. 

Saucepan – Add the chicken and any leftover marinade sauce into a saucepan. Add one cup of water and bring the contents to boil. Once boiled, let the chicken simmer in the sauce for 10-15 minutes. This method tastes just as good, but the chicken won’t be crispy. 

Alternative ingredients:

Honey soy chicken wings use brown sugar in its marinade but you could easily use white granulated sugar as an alternative. You could also use other chicken pieces like chicken drumettes, thighs or drumsticks to make this dish – you’ll just need to adjust the amount of marinade to cover the chicken pieces.

Why you should try this honey soy chicken wings recipe:

Honey soy chicken wings is a perfect side dish to any Chinese meal. It is quick and easy to make and tastes amazing.

what goes with honey soy chicken wings:

Honey soy chicken wings can simply be accompanied by some vegetables, such as garlic spinach and a plain bowl of jasmine rice.

How difficult is it to make this dish?

Honey soy chicken wings are one of the easiest Chinese dishes you can make. You can choose between baking the chicken wings or letting them simmer in a saucepan. The honey soy chicken wings will be crispier when baked in the oven. 

Are honey soy chicken wings gluten-free?

This dish using regular soy sauce to make the marinade. To make it gluten-free, simply use gluten-free soy sauce as an alternative. 

How to store this dish/​can you freeze honey soy chicken wings:

Honey soy chicken wings can be prepared and cooked for another day, making it an easy dish to meal prep. Leftover chicken wings can be stored in an airtight container for no more than 48 hours. You can simply reheat the refrigerated chicken wings in a saucepan. 

Hints and tips:

  • Honey soy chicken wings don’t need a bowl or ziplock bag to marinate. You could marinate them in the saucepan that will be used to cook it in!

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Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Recipe by YvonneCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy


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  • 8-10 mid-joint chicken wings

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp dark soy

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 minced garlic clove


  • Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  • Put all above-listed ingredients in a bowl (or a ziploc bag) and mix well. Marinate this in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • In the oven:
  • Preheat the oven 200C.
  • Lay chicken wings on a baking tray (or a rack if possible) and cook for 25-30 minutes or until cooked.
  • In a saucepan:
  • Add all the contents onto a saucepan and bring to boil. Once boiled, let this simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cooked.
  • Optional: Season the chicken wings with spring onions. Enjoy 🙂

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