These easy, delectable Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings are perfectly seasoned and tossed in a luxurious honey butter buffalo sauce. They’ve got delicious sweet-heat flavor, and they’re paired with an epic homemade blue cheese dipping sauce that you’ll love! With 3 ways to cook: deep fryer, air fryer, or oven-bake; these wings are sure to be a hit for game-day/party grub or an anytime appetizer/snack!

sticky honey butter buffalo chicken wings on beige oval platter with celery sticks

Chicken wings foreverrr. Are you team flats or team drums? Another good one…are you team ranch or team blue cheese? Both questions are crucial in determining what kind of person you are ya know, ha. If I could always have my way at the butcher counter, it’s team flats all day for me. And when it comes to chicken wings, step aside ranch, gimme dat blue cheese! That’s just law in my book. Friends, when I tell you these honey butter buffalo wings are bomb, whew.

Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings 😛

Can’t stop, won’t stop singing the praises of these wings. Listen, just when I thought garlic parmesan wings and lemon pepper wings are my top favorite, these ones right here are giving them a run for their money! What’s the deal here? They’re loaded with sweet-heat flavor from honey and buffalo sauce + a pop of butter for richness. I love the crispy exterior of these wings that are well-seasoned in simple yet flavorful spices. I’ve expertly paired them alongside a scratch-made blue cheese sauce that is out of this world delicious!

With 3 cooking methods: deep fry, air fry, or oven-bake ’em…whether you’re entertaining for a party, planning game-day eats, or it’s the weekend and you just wanna whip up something GOOD…these chicken wings are clutch! 🙌🏾

black hand dipping honey butter buffalo chicken wing into blue cheese sauce

Ingredients Needed For These Chicken Wings:

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Chicken wings: The star of the recipe! I like to buy whole chicken wings and then split the flat and drumette pieces myself- save the tips for homemade stock if you’d like! If you prefer all flats or all drumettes, do your thing.
  • Seasonings: I use Cajun + Old Bay seasoning that spice up these wings so well. Even though these honey butter buffalo chicken wings are sauced up, seasoning the chicken adds even more flavor. Seasoning is key!
  • Olive oil: For massaging the seasoning into the chicken to coat.
  • Cornstarch: To help ensure the crispiest chicken skin, chef’s kiss.
  • Peanut or canola oil: For frying- skip if using an air fryer or oven-baking.
  • Honey: For the sauce, love the sweetness it brings to the party.
  • Buffalo sauce: A must for classic buffalo flavor and slight heat intensity.
  • Butter: Rounds out the honey butter buffalo sauce with flavor and richness.
homemade blue cheese dipping sauce in small beige bowl with spoon

& For The Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce:

  • Blue cheese: I’m a big fan of a good Stilton or Roquefort variety, yummm.
  • Buttermilk: Adds so much tang and silky creaminess.
  • Mayonnaise: Another tangy, flavorful element for the sauce.
  • Garlic paste: For smooth, biggg garlicky flavor.
  • Fresh herbs: I use fresh chopped chives but parsley works, too!
  • Worcestershire sauce: This condiment is a powerhouse of added flavor.
  • Salt/pepper: To season the homemade blue cheese sauce to preference.

There are no words to describe the magic that is this scratch-made blue cheese sauce, peeps. But I’ll try. The sauce is super creamy, insanely flavorful, fresh, and full of crumbled blue cheese. You’ll prep this and let it chill in the fridge while you work on the honey butter buffalo chicken wings. The blue cheese sauce flavors have a chance to meld while sitting. It’s the velvety, cool, and funky-good flavor that’s a nice contrast to the sticky, sweet-heat wings! 😮‍💨👌🏾

How To Make These Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings:

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Then place the wings into a large bowl and season the wings with Cajun seasoning and Old Bay seasoning, and drizzle the olive oil over the wings. Use your hands to massage everything into the chicken. Then add the cornstarch and toss again to coat. Then set the chicken aside to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the blue cheese sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the blue cheese sauce ingredients and stir until well combined. Place the blue cheese sauce in the refrigerator until the chicken wings are ready to serve.
  3. Back to the wings: In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add a couple of inches of oil, enough for deep frying. Alternatively, follow the specific air fryer & oven-baking instructions.
  4. Working in batches, drop the chicken wings into the oil. Fry the chicken wings until golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Then transfer the fried chicken wings onto a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. Repeat the process until all chicken wings have been fried and set aside.
  5. For the honey butter buffalo sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the honey and buffalo sauce, and heat until the honey is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 2-3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low, and add the butter. Slowly swirl the pan, encouraging the butter to melt into the honey/buffalo mixture. Keep gently swirling until the butter is fully melted. Then remove sauce from heat.
  6. Place the crispy wings into a large bowl, and pour in the honey butter buffalo sauce. Toss the wings with the sauce to fully coat. Serve these honey butter buffalo chicken wings STAT alongside the creamy blue cheese sauce for dipping. Yuhh!
honey butter buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce on oval platter

Can I Use An Air Fryer?

Yes! Follow the same instructions to prep and season the chicken wings. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Then add the wings into the air fryer, don’t overcrowd the basket, work in batches if you need to. Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping the wings at the halfway mark. I find 20 minutes to achieve nice and crispy wings but feel free to add on a few more minutes until the wings reach your desired level of crispness. Then transfer the cooked wings into a large bowl, coat/toss with honey butter buffalo sauce, and serve with blue cheese sauce (sauce instructions in recipe card).

Can I Bake Them In The Oven?

Also, yes! Follow the same instructions to prep and season the chicken wings. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grab a large baking sheet fitted with a wire rack (airflow ensures crispiness). Then spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place the wings on the rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping them at the halfway mark. Cook the wings until they’re golden, crisp, and cooked through. Then transfer the cooked wings into a large bowl, coat/toss with honey butter buffalo sauce, and serve with blue cheese sauce (sauce instructions in recipe card).

Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings Tips + Tricks & Extra Notes:

  • How do I know when my wings are done? Chicken is fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F when checked using a meat thermometer. If you don’t own a thermometer, you can pierce the flesh of one of the wings and check to see if the juices run clear and not a pinkish color. If so, cook the wings a bit longer until they’re cooked through.
  • Storing leftover chicken wings. Make sure leftovers have cooled completely. Transfer them to an airtight container and they’ll keep in the fridge for 3 days. For the best crispy texture, I highly recommend reheating your wings in the air fryer or oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes- or until heated through.
  • Storing blue cheese sauce. Transfer leftover blue cheese sauce into an airtight container and it will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days.
buffalo chicken wing sitting in blue cheese sauce on beige platter with chicken wings

We’re obsessed with these Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings, y’all. The flavors here, that blue cheese sauce…mmm! Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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sticky honey butter buffalo chicken wings on beige oval platter with celery sticks

Sticky Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Appetizers & Snacks
  • Method: Stovetop, Air Fryer, or Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These easy, delectable Honey Butter Buffalo Chicken Wings are perfectly seasoned and tossed in a luxurious honey butter buffalo sauce. They’ve got delicious sweet-heat flavor, and they’re paired with an epic homemade blue cheese dipping sauce that you’ll love! With 3 ways to cook: deep fryer, air fryer, or oven-bake; these wings are sure to be a hit for game-day/party grub or an anytime appetizer/snack!


Ingredients

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For the chicken wings:

  • 3 lbs chicken wings (flats & drumettes)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • Peanut or canola oil, for frying- (see notes for air fryer & oven-baked methods)

For the blue cheese sauce:

  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled- (I love Stilton or Roquefort!)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives (or parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the honey butter buffalo sauce:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce (I use Frank’s RedHot)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Then place the wings into a large bowl and season the wings with Cajun seasoning and Old Bay seasoning, and drizzle the olive oil over the wings. Use your hands (fitted with disposable gloves if desired) to toss the wings, massaging the seasonings into the chicken. Then add the cornstarch and toss again to coat the wings. Then set the chicken aside to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the blue cheese sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the crumbled blue cheese, buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic paste, chopped chives (or parsley), worcestershire sauce, and salt/pepper- to taste. Stir the sauce together until well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and transfer the blue cheese sauce to the refrigerator for the flavors to meld/chill until the chicken wings are ready to serve.
  3. Back to the wings: In a large heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, add a couple of inches of oil, enough for deep frying. For optimal precision, use a deep-fry thermometer to heat the oil to 350°F. *See notes below for air fryer & oven-baking instructions).
  4. Set a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack aside. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, drop the chicken wings into the oil. Fry the chicken wings until golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165°F. Then use tongs or a slotted utensil to transfer the fried chicken wings onto the prepared baking sheet fitted with a wire rack to allow any excess oil to drip off. Repeat the process until all chicken wings have been fried, ensuring the oil is back up to 350°F in between each batch of frying chicken. 
  5. When the wings are done, keep the wings on the baking sheet to rest while you prepare the honey butter buffalo sauce.
  6. For the honey butter buffalo sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the honey and buffalo sauce, and heat until the honey is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 2-3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low, and add the butter. Slowly swirl the pan, encouraging the butter to melt into the honey/buffalo mixture. Keep gently swirling until the butter is fully melted. Then remove sauce from heat.
  7. Place the crispy wings into a large stainless steel bowl (or any large bowl), and pour in the honey butter buffalo sauce. Toss the wings with the sauce, ensuring every inch is nicely lacquered with sauce, and add the wings to a serving platter. Serve these honey butter buffalo chicken wings immediately alongside the creamy blue cheese sauce for dipping with celery sticks and/or carrots, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Air fryer instructions: First, follow instruction step #1 in the recipe card, above. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Then add the wings into the air fryer, careful not to overcrowd the basket, work in batches if you need to. Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping the wings at the halfway mark. I find 20 minutes to achieve nice and crispy wings but feel free to add on a few more minutes until the wings reach your desired level of crispness. Then transfer the cooked wings into a large bowl, coat/toss with honey butter buffalo sauce, and serve with blue cheese sauce (sauce instructions step #2 & step #6 above).
  2. Oven-baking instructions: First, follow instruction step #1 in the recipe card, above. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grab a large baking sheet fitted with a wire rack (airflow ensures crispiness). Then spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place the wings on the rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping them at the halfway mark. Cook the wings until they’re golden, crisp, and cooked through. Then transfer the cooked wings into a large bowl, coat/toss with honey butter buffalo sauce, and serve with blue cheese sauce (sauce instructions step #2 & step #6 above).
  3. Please read blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.

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