Spicy Sweet Chicken Wings

  • Author: Charlotte Smythe
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: game-day recipes
  • Cuisine: American


Crispy oven-baked chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. Not only are they Whole30 compliant, but they are perfect to add to your game day menu. Serve we fresh carrots and celery.



2.5 lbs chicken wings

1/2 cup unsweetened BBQ sauce (I like Primal kitchen BBQ sauce)

1/4 cup compliant hot sauce (I like Franks Red Hot)

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (Find great options at Target and Wholefoods)

1 tbsp coconut aminos (I like Big Tree Farms)

Juice of 1 orange


To begin, put the chicken wings in a large pot and cover with water. Transfer the pot to the stove and bring it to a boil. Boil the chicken for 7 minutes.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425˚F.

When the chicken is done, drain it and use paper towels to pat the chicken dry. Transfer the chicken wings to a large baking sheet, about an inch apart. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and cook the chicken for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. 

While the chicken cooks, add the BBQ sauce, hot sauce, applesauce, coconut aminos and orange juice to a small saucepan. Stir and bring the sauce to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer the sauce for 5-7 minutes until it starts to thicken. Turn the sauce off and remove about half of the sauce from the pan and set it aside. 

Add the hot chicken into the saucepan with half of the sauce. Toss the chicken with the sauce, adding more sauce as needed. Serve immediately. 


I just enjoy serving this with fresh carrots and celery but you can also serve with homemade or Whole30 compliant ranch dressing 

Keywords: sweet and spicy chicken wings, sweet and spicy wings, whole30 chicken wings