Detroit Hot Honey Wings

Yowsa. Somebody needs to open a gallery of chicken wing pictures. A picture of these Detroit hot honey wings would be right by the entrance. Under heavy guard. I loved them more than I ever thought I would. They’re almost like your standard Buffalo wings with one very obvious addition: sweet honey. Oh, and cayenne. Sweet heat, exactly what you’re searching for in a great wing.
Detroit Hot Honey WingsYou can add more cayenne pepper to the wings as they marinade if you like, but I leaned towards more sweet than heat when I made Detroit hot honey wings. The sauce is so great you could eat it by itself. I think it might also make for a great ham glaze too. And it would also make for a great sauce over roasted or grilled chicken.

If you like your wings with a little heat and a little sweet, also try my Spicy Honey wings or Dragon Fire wings.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Detroit Hot Honey Wings

Note: If you like your wings nice and saucy, double the sauce recipe. You won't be sorry that you did.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike


  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon or more, to taste cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce


For the sauce

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the honey and hot sauce.
  • Reduce heat and keep sauce warm until ready to use.

2 thoughts on “Detroit Hot Honey Wings

    • Hi! Sorry to hear that about the sauce! Mine wasn’t super-duper thick, but it wasn’t runny either. You could try letting it simmer while to reduce it. You can’t really get thicker butter or honey, so maybe see about using a thicker hot sauce too?

      Good luck

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