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Honey Teriyaki Wings Recipe

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Adjust Servings:
500g Chicken Wings mid joints
Honey Sauce
50g Honey
20g Red Vinegar
50g Tomato Sauce
12g Worcestershire Sauce
17g Light Soya Sauce
5g Japanese Cooking Wine
5g Mirin
25g Sugar
100ml Water
Home made Teriyaki Sauce
2 tbsp Light Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Mirin
1 tbsp Japanese Cooking Wine
2 tbsp Honey Sauce Home made
4 tbsp Teriyaki Sauce Home made

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Honey Teriyaki Wings Recipe

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  • 2days
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


  • Honey Sauce

  • Home made Teriyaki Sauce

  • Marinade



Most kids will love honey teriyaki wings. It is sweet, savoury and aromatic. And it is wings! You can also make drumlets or chicken sticks (satays) with this recipe.


I am sure all of us have our go-to recipe for BBQ chicken wings. I LOVE BBQ wings. Who doesn’t? So this was one of the first things I learned to cook and I remember helping to prepare tons of wings and drumlets for my Primary School fund raising fair and I have always been tasked to prepare the wings for class BBQs. I have many recipes (means no recipe, and all by feel and mood) and luckily for me they usually turn out great but there is no consistency.

I thought it is high time I get a little bit more organized and try to document my wing recipes that is totally full proof. I don’t have to test one to make sure it is not too salty or under-seasoned or not enough aromatics, etc. So I am starting with this basic Honey Teriyaki Wings recipe I tried for the first time because the party had kids so I cannot do spicy wings and I thought, hmmm… Kids like teriyaki and they like honey…so let’s try combining that! Let’s just say the 3 kids loved it and one of them basically only ate the honey teriyaki wings the whole night. In fact, the wings were attacked so quickly, I did not have chance to take photos.

Honey sauce

I came across this honey sauce recipe when I learned to make Pan seared pork chops with Honey Sauce from a restaurant chef. And I find it is a handy sauce to have in the fridge as I add it to salads and if I combine with some freshly cut chilli, cilantro and fish sauce, it is a great dip for Vietnamese spring rolls. Now I will use it for the first time as an ingredient to marinade chicken.

Teriyaki sauce

If you do not have teriyaki sauce, fret not. You can easily make it yourself using equal parts of light soya sauce, mirin and Japanese rice wine. You can refer to my teriyaki chicken recipe for the teriyaki sauce recipe. In fact, you can make teriyaki wings using just this teriyaki sauce. In fact, I prefer to mix my own as it is more versatile. In this case, I actually used more soya sauce as the honey sauce is already sweet so I wanted the savoury to stand out a little more.

japanese sauces


I use ginger juice in this recipe and it looks like this and can be bought from redmart and sheng siong. But if you do not have that, you can simply grate ginger and squeeze out the juice. And if that is still not quite possible, just throw in 1 thumb size worth of thinly sliced ginger.

ginger juice


Another secret is to give the wings ample time to absorb the marinade. I hate wings that are only marinated on the surface but the flesh within is just tasteless or worse has “frozen wings” smell!

Minimal time needed is 30minutes to 1 hour depending on recipe. So far, my belacan wings can do with 30 minutes. It is tasty because the seasoning is strong but you can tell that insides are not yet marinated if you eat carefully. For this recipe, I recommend 2 days but if you are really pressed for time, I will recommend at least 1 hour and poke some holes on the wings with a fork so that the marinade can go in more easily.

I am quite kiasu and usually try to marinate the wings 2 days in advance and they can stay in the fridge for maybe 5 days or freezer for months. It takes like 5 minutes to throw all the marinade together and 2 days later, you can have wings at your disposal. Tea snack, let’s air fry 6. Lazy to prepare dinner, let’s air fry 20 and have it with roasted vegetables. It is just so easy. In my Uni days, we used to order 100-200 wings for supper and will eat like at least 15 each… with ice cream from gallon tub. TOTALLY sinful but well, those were the days. =P Definitely not recommended on this site because we are a “healthy lifestyle blog”… =P


There are many ways you can cook the honey teriyaki wings. You can pan fry them or bake in the oven, or on a BBQ pit or use the air fryer. Pan frying and BBQ pit is out of question as it will be too messy, oily and requires constant supervision. And we don’t have a BBQ pit at home. Ed wanted me to use the oven as he felt all can bake in 1 batch and we don’t have to fuss it. But from my experience, baking in the oven will take at least 40minutes, I need to turn the wings, and it is hell washing the tray and rack later even if I use a foil under the rack.

So I used the Air Fryer because I know that it will only take about 10 minutes per batch and all I have to do is lay the wings on and then I don’t have to bother with it till it is ready and they come out perfectly cooked both sides with a glaze on top. If you want the skin crispier, cook at 200C for 12-15 minutes to crisp the skin more.

The wings are great by itself or you can serve it with some sambal chilli or dust some chilli flakes over if you want some spice.

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Prepare Honey Sauce

Mix all ingredients for honey sauce in a pot and bring to boil, stirring to ensure evenly mixed.


Combine Marinade and marinate wings

Combine marinade in a container using 2 tbsp from honey sauce and all of teriyaki sauce.
Taste if making for first time to ensure this taste profile suits you (right amount of sweet, savoury and ginger). Please note that this is stronger tasting and chicken will not taste as sweet of salty. If you prefer a little sweeter, add a bit more honey sauce, if you prefer a little saltier, add more soya sauce.
Once happy, throw in the wings and coat evenly.
Marinate for at least 1 hour or ideally 2 days. Please refer to post for tips.


Air Fry

Air fry at 200C for 10 minutes. If you want a crispier skin, can fry for 12-15 minutes.
Tip: Add a foil under the basket to catch drippings so that the drawer will be much easier to wash.


Sprinkle with sesame seeds

Sprinkle wings with sesame seeds and serve.
If you would like a spicy option for those who take spice, dust with some chilli flakes or serve with sambal belacan.


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