Easy Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe for Chicken Wings

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This honey garlic sauce recipe for chicken wings is made with only six ingredients, but it packs a ton of flavor.

The sauce has a mild spiciness which makes it perfect for anyone who prefers their chicken wings not that hot.

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to make this amazing sauce.

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Honey garlic sauce served with chicken wings

Easy Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe for Chicken Wings

This honey garlic sauce blends sweet and tangy notes in a simple package that comes together in less than ten minutes.

Unlike other similar sauces, it doesn’t contain any spicy ingredients such as hot sauce or chili flakes.

This gives it a mild flavor that’s close to that of my Honey Hot Wing Sauce Recipe but the latter is significantly spicier.

In any case, you can still add some hot sauce or another spicy ingredient to this one if you want to make it more spicy.


  • Butter – I am using unsalted butter since the soy sauce contains plenty of sodium and using salted butter will make the sauce too salty.
  • Honey – You’ll need a quarter cup of honey to make the sauce.
  • Sesame Oil – Sesame oil adds depth of flavor to the sauce and helps to thin it out.
  • Garlic – Garlic acts as the main source of flavor for the sauce.
  • Soy Sauce – Soy sauce will balance the flavor of the sauce and add a dash of umami.
  • Rice Vinegar – Rice vinegar will impart a tangy kick and make the flavor of the sauce more nuanced.

Ingredients for honey garlic sauce

How to Make

Check out the recipe card at the end of this article for detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Start by sauteing the finely chopped garlic in the melted butter and sesame oil.

Set your stovetop to medium to prevent the garlic from burning.

A pot with melted butter next to a pot with sauteed garlic and melted butter

Continue by adding the soy sauce and honey to the mixture and cook for a few more minutes.

Stir the rice vinegar into the pot and take the pot off the stove.

Let the sauce rest for a few minutes and use it to toss the chicken wings.

Adding soy sauce and sesame oil to the sauteed garlic

Serve the chicken wings while they’re warm.

There’s usually some leftover sauce which you can use as a dip for the chicken wings.

A serving of chicken wings with honey garlic sauce


This sauce is best enjoyed while it’s still warm.

Nevertheless, you can store leftovers in the fridge using a mason jar.

This way the sauce will stay fresh for about 3 to 4 days.

Once you decide to use it, you should reheat it on the stove over low heat.

Try These Out Next

If you want to try out a non-sweet garlicky buffalo sauce, you can check out this homemade garlic parmesan sauce.

For more chicken wings sauce ideas, you can head out to this page where I list some of the most popular Buffalo sauce recipes on my site and from around the Internet.

Easy Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe for Chicken Wings

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Easy Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe for Chicken Wings

This honey garlic sauce has an excellent flavor balance of garlic, honey, and soy sauce. It will complement the taste of your chicken wings without being too overpowering.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
by: Aya
Servings: 3 people
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 cloves garlic fine-chopped
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar


  • Finely chop the garlic and set it aside.
  • Melt the butter along with the sesame oil over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute it for about a minute. Keep a close eye on the pot to make sure the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Stir in the soy sauce and honey and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the rice vinegar and take the pot off the stove.
  • Set the sauce aside and let it cool off for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the sauce into a large bowl and toss the chicken wings in it.
  • Serve the wings while they're still warm.


Since this sauce uses butter as a base, it will get thicker the longer it sits out.
That's why it's a good idea to start making it halfway through the cooking process of the chicken wings.
For me, this is about 20 minutes before I have to take out the wings from the oven (I already have the garlic chopped at that point). 
Likewise, you should serve the chicken wings while the sauce is still warm.

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Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg

I do my best to provide you with the nutritional information for recipes but I'm not a certified nutritionist. The nutritional information provided should only be treated as an estimate since it will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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