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A delicious white platter filled with honey bbq wings with orange slices and honey in a container nearby

Orange Honey BBQ Wings

These Orange Honey BBQ Wings are coated in the best citrusy sauce you’ve ever had! Each wing is crisp on the outside, tender in the middle, and sinfully delicious all over! You can air fry, bake or grill these, and they come out perfect every time!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun/Creole
Keyword barbecue, bbq, chicken, chicken wings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 325kcal


For the Seasoning Blend

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs party chicken wing dings they should be disjointed with tips removed
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the Orange Honey BBQ Sauce

  • 2 tsp salted butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup fave thick bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1/4 cup Florida's Natural Orange Juice, No Pulp
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


For the Chicken Wings

  • In a small bowl, whisk together salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne until combined.
  • In a large bowl, pat dry chicken wings with a paper towel then sprinkle with baking powder to make sure they stay dry.
  • Then sprinkle on seasoning mix in two intervals until chicken is thoroughly coated.

For Baking

  • Line all the wings onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the wings and flip them to the other side. Return to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes. While wings are baking, prepare the Honey BBQ Sauce.

For Air Frying

  • Set your air fryer temperature to 400 degrees. Spray rack using a cooking oil spray and arrange chicken wings evenly on the rack. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the wings so they can cook evenly.
  • Allow wings to cook for 15-17 mins making sure to flip halfway. They should be pretty much done.

For Grilling

  • Oil your grill rack, preheat to medium heat (about 350) and grill your wings for about 12 minutes. Turn your wings occasionally to help slowly render the fat and cook the flesh without burning.
  • Place the wings on direct heat to get charred marks if desired when they are close to being done.

For the Honey BBQ Sauce

  • Add butter to a medium sized pot over medium heat until it melts then add garlic and cook until fragrant for about 30 seconds.
  • Next add bbq sauce, honey, Florida’s Natural Orange Juice, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer then decrease the heat to a low and continue stirring allowing the flavors to come together, for about another 10 minutes.

To Assemble Wings

  • When the wings have finished baking, air frying or grilling, place them all into a large bowl. Pour the Orange Honey BBQ Sauce over the wings, then toss the wings to completely coat.
  • Now return the wings to an oven or air fryer to get that sauce super sticky. Add them to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 7-8 minutes on 400 degrees or in the air fryer at 400 degrees. The sauce should be sticky, caramelized and bubbly.


If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, leftover chicken wings will last for up to 4 days. Just be sure to allow the wings to come to room temperature before tucking them away. 
To reheat leftover chicken wings, first remove them from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature (about 15-20 minutes is good). Place the wings in your air fryer, making sure there is enough space in between each piece so they will evenly reheat. Set the temperature to 400 degrees, reheat for 5-10 minutes, and remove wings from the basket. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy! 
Alternatively, chicken wings can be reheated in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spread your wings on a baking sheet in a single layer, and reheat for 10-20 minutes.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg