Honey Sesame Baked Chicken Wings

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These honey sesame baked chicken wings are cooked in the oven before being slathered with a delicious sauce made with honey, sesame oil, and soy sauce, then crisped to perfection before serving.

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Asian chicken wings

The flavors in the sauce we make for these wings will win you over, for sure. It’s a simple mix of honey, sesame oil, and soy sauce, with just a few other seasonings, but it turns out perfectly balanced with saltiness and sweetness that pairs perfectly with the fatty chicken wings.

It’s just the right combination for a glaze on these chicken wings. You might like our Keto orange chicken with some of the same Asian flavors. For me, this sauce is just irresistible.

Baking the wings helps cut down on extra fat and calories from deep frying, but these wings aren’t particularly low in calories. The sauce, however, is low in carbs, with just a little bit of honey used to keep the sugar count low.

Wings are best served as finger food for an outdoor party or as the main course for a family dinner. Pair these wings with the side of your choice for a complete meal.

Ingredients You Need

  • Chicken wings – You’ll want around 3/4 to 1 pound of wings per person, depending on whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or main dish. This recipe makes 4 servings of a good-sized dinner portion.
  • Sauce ingredients: soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, unsalted butter, fresh ginger, garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to season the wings
  • White sesame seeds for garnish
honey sesame chicken wings sauce ingredients
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How to Make Honey Sesame Wings

Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Season the wings with salt and black pepper. Place a metal rack inside the baking sheet and arrange the seasoned wings on top of the rack. This will help the grease and fat run off the wings and make them a little more healthy.

Bake the wings for 30 minutes.

Baked chicken wings

While the wings are baking, prepare the sesame garlic sauce by heating the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, butter, ginger, and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined. Then you can remove the sauce from the heat, until you’re ready to use it on the wings.

After 30 minutes, remove the chicken wings from the oven and transfer the wings to a large bowl. Pour half of the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Return the wings to the baking tray. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Remove the wings from the oven when they’re done and toss the wings with the remaining honey sesame sauce. Sprinkle with white sesame seeds and serve immediately.

To Cook In The Air Frying

Another great way to cook chicken wings is in the air fryer. If you have one, you’re going to love how quick these are to make. Just pop them in the air fryer for 20 minutes on 400° F. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.

chicken wings in the air fryer basket

How Many Carbs in Chicken Wings

The chicken wings themselves have no carbs, so they make a very good keto ingredient. They do have quite a bit of fat, but that’s not a problem on a keto diet. The carbs in this dish all come from the sauce.

Honey has quite a bit of carbs, due to the sugar content. With the full amount of sauce, this recipe has 10 grams of total carbs, which comes out to 9 grams of net carbs. If you want to cut the carbs down, use half the sauce or decrease the amount of honey you use.

You can also use a low-carb replacement instead of honey, which will greatly reduce the carbs in this recipe. I like to use the Wholesome Yum keto maple syrup as a substitute. The maple flavor is a great substitute.

sesame baked chicken wings

What to Serve With This Dish?

These side dishes go well with this main dish and you can make them alongside, so they’re done at the same time.

These chicken wings go really well along side this Asian Cabbage Salad or with this delicious broccoli cheddar soup. Keep it light by serving them with a side salad or some steamed broccoli.

Tips and Notes

  • This recipe is written for fresh or thawed wings. If using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.
  • Toss the wings in warm sauce. This helps the sauce coat the chicken more evenly.
  • Chicken needs to reach 165° F to be safe to eat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are chicken wings good for a low carb diet?

Absolutely! Chicken wings are naturally low in carbs. Enjoy your chicken wings just watch how they are prepared. Sauces can be loaded with sugar.

I don’t want to use honey, what can I substitute?

You can also use a low-carb replacement instead of honey, which will greatly reduce the carbs in this recipe. I like to use the Wholesome Yum keto maple syrup as a substitute. The maple flavor is a great substitute.

I don’t like chicken wings, what else can I use?

No problem! This sauce is great on other cuts of chicken as well. Try using it on chicken breasts, tenderloins or thighs. Cooking times will vary.

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Sesame Garlic Chicken Wings

These honey sesame baked chicken wings are perfect finger food for a party or as a main dish.
4.25 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1138kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 4-4 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey preferably local
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • White sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Season wings with salt and black pepper. Place metal trivet inside baking sheet. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sesame garlic sauce by heating the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, butter, ginger, and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined. Remove from heat.
  • After 30 minutes, remove chicken wings from oven and transfer the wings to a large bowl. Pour half of the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Return the wings to the baking tray. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and toss the wings with the remaining sesame garlic sauce. Sprinkle with white sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Notes

Note: This recipe is written for fresh or thawed wings. If using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.

Nutrition

Calories: 1138kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 85g | Fat: 82g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 357mg | Sodium: 1142mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 754IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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