Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings

I absolutely love chicken wings! Spicy, sweet, saucy, or dry I love them all. There is nothing better than binge-watching a new show with a plate of wings on the table (please don’t judge me haha). Want to know what kind of wings I’m eating as I type this post? Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings! Guys, this sauce is incredibly easy to make, it literally takes a few minutes to whisk everything up.

Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings

Quick Tip: 1. If you want the wings spicier, let the sauce sit for an hour in the fridge before you pour over the chicken wings. The longer the sauce sits, the spicier it will get.

2. In order to achieve a nice crispy skin, you can dry-brine the wings with salt and baking soda overnight in the fridge. Dry-brining and air-chilling help to draw out moisture, resulting in crispy wings (nobody likes soggy wings).

Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings

Honey and sambal chili paste are a winning combination; the mild heat of the sambal works perfectly with the sweetness of the honey and brown sugar. Now you can definitely grill or deep-fry your wings but baking them is much easier and takes less time. These Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings are perfect for parties! The sauce is sweet, with a little kick, and finger licking good (literally)! This sauce can also be stored in your fridge and used as a dipping sauce.

Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings

Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings

These Sweet & Spicy Sambal Chicken Wings are perfect for parties! The sauce is sweet, with a little kick, and finger licking good! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs Chicken wings (drumette and wingette)
  • 2 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped green onion (for serving)

Sambal Sauce

  • 1/3 Cup Sambal oelek chili paste (to taste)
  • 6 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly grated ginger
  • 5-6 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Ketchup


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Whisk all Sambal Sauce ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Place a baking rack over a sheet pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with the kosher salt. Place the wings in rows on the baking rack. (make sure the wings come to room temperature)
  • Place the wings in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, be sure to flip, and continue to cook the wings until golden and crispy.
  • When the wings are done, remove them from the oven and brush them with the sauce on both sides.
  • Place the wings back in the oven on the high setting on broil for about 3 minutes to get a nice char on them. (Be sure to watch them or they will burn)!

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