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Honey hot sauce is a sweet and spicy condiment that can be used as a dipping sauce for wings, pork, or even vegetables.

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How to make honey hot sauce

Y’all, these Hot Honey Butter Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection in the air fryer before being tossed in what truly might be the BEST sweet and spicy sauce, EVER! This easy recipe takes just 20 minutes and you’ll get the crispiest, juiciest, flavor packed wings every time.

Overhead image of hot honey wings on parchment paper with a bowl of sauce and celery.

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Hot Honey Butter Chicken Wings In The Air Fryer

I don’t know how I ever enjoyed homemade chicken wings before the air fryer came along, I really don’t! I’m completely obsessed with how perfectly crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside, the wings always turn out. When cooked at just the right temperature for the right time, they’re always perfect – never dry!

But the air fryer isn’t all that makes these chicken wings truly unforgettable. No, what really elevates them is being tossed in the epic homemade hot honey butter sauce!

Ingredients like Challenge Butter, hot sauce, and sweet honey come together to make a remarkably mouthwatering wing sauce unlike any you have had before. It’s a sweet, spicy and buttery sauce over some perfectly crispy cooked wings. I guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one!

Up close image of hot honey wings covered in sauce on parchment paper.

Hot Honey Butter Sauce

The sauce is what elevates these wings to restaurant level. The sauce is made of only 4 key ingredients: Challenge Butter, hot sauce, honey and salt.

I always reach for Challenge Butter because it is churned fresh daily and is ready for the dairy case just 36 hours after the cows have been milked. The freshness and creaminess of the butter truly comes through in your recipes. Challenge is also farmer-owned since its inception in 1911!

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Over the years I have been invited to quite a few dairy farms and you can see the love that these farmers have for their work and the well-being of their cows. I love getting to support a company that supports their farmers!

Ingredients in bowls arranged on a counter top with a kitchen bowl and tongs.


Here’s what you’ll need to prepare the wings:

  • Olive Oil
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chicken Wings – Split the chicken wings into flats and drummettes.

For the mouthwatering hot honey butter sauce, all you need are these four simple ingredients:

  • Challenge Unsalted Butter
  • Hot Sauce
  • Honey
  • Kosher Salt
Uncooked chicken wings in a bowl with a spatula covered in sauce.

How to Make Hot Honey Butter Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Whisk. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Toss. Add the wings to the mixture and toss them to fully coat. To make life easier on yourself, you can also do this in a ziplock bag!

Overhead image of chicken wings being cooked in an air fryer.

Cook. Heat the air fryer to 400°F. Once it’s heated up, arrange the wings in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Cook them for 12 minutes.

Make the sauce. While the wings are cooking, make the hot honey butter sauce. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter, hot sauce, honey, and salt. Taste and add more salt, if desired.

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Coat the wings. Once the wings have cooked for 12 minutes, open the air fryer and generously brush on the hot honey butter sauce on both sides of the chicken wings.

Cook again. Cook the wings for 4 more minutes, or until the wings are fully cooked through.

Serve. Serve these hot honey wings immediately. You can coat them with any extra sauce or serve the extra sauce on the side to dunk them in!

Overhead image of hot honey wings cooked in an air fryer on parchment paper with a bowl of sauce and celery.

What kind of hot sauce should I use?

Rule of thumb – when a recipe calls for hot sauce, just use your favorite! The hot sauce is a key ingredient here, so if you already know you like a specific brand, use that one.

We personally love Cholula and think it makes the BEST Hot Honey Wings. We have tried many different hot sauces, and always go back with the Cholula. It’s spicy, without being too hot, and is perfectly balanced with the sweet honey.

How can I make these wings even spicier?

Besides just using a really hot sauce, you can make these wings even spicier by tossing the uncooked wings in extra hot seasonings like crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper. Just be warned – if you add those ingredients, you’ll really be breaking a sweat!

Up close image of air fryer wings covered in hot honey sauce with a spoon pouring extra sauce on top.

Looking for more air fryer recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Air Fryer Fried Avocado
  • Crispy Brown Sugar Air Fryer Chicken Legs
  • Air Fryer Donuts
  • Air Fryer Asparagus
  • Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Salad
  • Air Fryer Shrimp

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