Sticky Chicken Wings with Chili Garlic Sauce

Sticky Chicken Wings with Chili Garlic Sauce

Baked sticky chicken wings with a sweet and spicy chili garlic sauce and served with a heavy dusting of sesame seeds and scallions. Perfect for Game Day!


Sticky Chicken Wings with Chili Garlic Sauce

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There’s a silver lining if you happen to be watching a major sporting event this weekend but have no team to root for. You can make these Sticky Chicken Wings with an addictive Chili Garlic Sauce and you will be very happy.

These wings won’t ask why you root for one team or the other. They won’t question why you decided to double down on pajama time this morning instead of going for that jog.

These sticky chicken wings know that there is an excrutiatingly long football game to watch this weekend and all they want to do is help.

I’ve made a fair amount of chicken wings over the years and all of them have different purposes. My low and slow wings are a great entry level wing as they are almost impossible to mess up and require just a few ingredients. I’ve even tried homemade boneless wings which are a fair amount of work, but pretty delicious!

These wings have a few more ingredients but are just as easy to make as the low and slow wings.

You could start these before the game and they would be ready by the second quarter.

How to Buy Chicken Wings

You can buy chicken wings in two ways these days. Some come already chopped up, but they charge you more for those. Personally, I like to buy the full wings and then just chop them up myself. You can save the wing tips for chicken stock if you want, but really you just want the drums and flats for this recipe.

Use a sturdy knife to cut through each joint to separate the parts. Once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take long.

Prepared chicken wings

How to make Chili Garlic Sauce for Wings

This sauce is dark and a bit mysterious. Well, it’s not mysterious to you because I’m giving you the recipe. But, it will be mysterious to anyone you serve these to because the flavors are so deep and interesting, but it’s tough to pick out any one single ingredient.

The ingredient that gives the sauce a serious kick is a huge spoonful of chili garlic sauce, but the ingredient that most people won’t be able to identify is preserves. I used cherry preserves, but almost any good quality preserve will work. It gives the sauce a little sweetness and makes it, well, sticky.

Sticky sauce for chicken wings
Those are cherry preserves.

Stir the sauce together and then toss in your wings!

Sticky chicken wings tossed in sauce

How to Cook Sticky Chicken Wings in the Oven

I like to bake these at a relatively high 425 degrees F.

One tip: Protect your baking sheets so you don’t have to soak them for hours. Just line the baking sheet with some heavy duty foil. Thank me later. Spread out the wings on the sheet and also pour over any sauce left in the bowl.

Sticky chicken wings ready to bake.
Please protect your baking sheets.

Once these sticky chicken wings have baked for 20 minutes, take them out and turn them all a few times to re-coat them with the chili garlic sauce.

Flipping sticky chicken wings.
Flip a few times.

Then another 20 minutes or so should do the trick. Again, it’s always a good idea to take out the wings and turn them so the get coated more with the sauce that is rapidly thickening beneath them.

The wings are done when they are browned in spots and the sauce has thickened nicely on them. You might even notice the sauce burned on the foil in spots. That’s why you have the foil there!

Sticky Chicken Wings done.
Lookin’ good.

Pile these sticky chicken wings high in a bowl and serve them sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.

Make these Sticky Chicken Wings and save the weekend – even if you don’t have a team to root for!

Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe with Chili Garlic Sauce
Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings: Glazed with a soy sauce, hoisin, and chili garlic glaze, these baked wings are so addictive. You won't want to share the bowl! |
Sticky Chicken Wings with Chili Garlic Sauce

Sticky Chicken Wings with Chili Garlic Sauce

Sticky chicken wings glazed with a sweet and spicy chili garlic sauce and served with a heavy dusting of sesame seeds and scallions. Crazy addictive!
3.47 from 43 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizers, Side Dishes, Snack Time
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Yield 3 pounds wings



  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons preserves cherry or similar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Sesame seeds garnish
  • Chives garnish
  • Blue cheese dressing for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 425 °F. Line a baking sheet with heavy duty foil.
  • If you are starting with whole chicken wings, cut off the tips of the wings and then cut the flats and drumsticks apart. This is easily done by using a sturdy knife and slicing through the joint of the wing.
  • Mix soy sauce, hoisin, preserves, chili garlic, sesame oil, kosher salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add wings into the bowl and stir to coat wings well.
  • Spread wings out on baking sheet and pour any extra sauce over the wings. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  • Remove wings and turn a few times to re-coat them in sauce. Return to oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Check wings and turn another time. If they aren’t sticky yet, feel free to return them to the oven for another 5-10 minutes. It’s very hard to over-cook chicken wings.
  • When wings are glazed nicely, sticky and crispy in spots, remove and garnish heavily with sesame seeds and chives. Serve with blue cheese dipping sauce.



Serving: 6wingsCalories: 474kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 35gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1560mgPotassium: 330mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
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  1. I’m not a wing fan, but the sauce sounds great! Maybe some drumsticks and baked a little longer at say 350?

    1. That would work for sure. I’m not completely sure on baking time but would probably be 45ish minutes. Just check one to test doneness!

    1. Hey Vivian, almost every grocery store should carry it in the Asian section. The most common brand is in a clear container. If you can’t find it you can also just use Sriracha! Good luck!

    1. Incidentally, you should know that UAB is much more known for our hospital and our med school. If UAB had won against UCLA, they might have made us give up our bumper stickers that say, “Our nationally ranked team wears scrubs.”

  2. We do Thai Sticky Wings for our “Anything Butt” category for BBQ contests and that always scores well. These look really great too, the Hoisin is a great base to work with.

      1. No worries, Nick. I have done that before with other recipes and I can do it with these. I like what you do and appreciate it the site tremendously.

  3. These wings were fantastic. The dark glaze on these wings was terrific. Chicken got crispy. The tip about turning the wings “over and over” at the 20 min intervals really made a difference in how the sauce got picked up and redistributed and took just an extra minute or two. And, apart from the wings and the scallions, this is a “pantry pull” recipe.

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