Kicking off football season with these Baked Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings with Spicy Ranch. Breaded in corn flakes, oven-baked, tossed in an addictively sweet and spicy honey BBQ sauce, and served with a creamy, tangy yogurt-based ranch dressing. These boneless wings are the game-day meal you’ll be making all season long. And yes, just a smidge healthier, and so much tastier than the fried version. Serve with sweet potato fries and your favorite crunchy veggies…easy and delicious!
Boneless wings…did any of you grow up eating the boneless wings from Buffalo Wild Wings? Back when my family lived in Cleveland, we’d order out from BW3’s every so often on Sunday nights. My mom and I would get the boneless wings and the potato wedges. To be honest, I don’t really remember how I felt about the wings. I mean, I know I enjoyed them, but other than that I couldn’t really tell you anything else about them.
The fries however? I do remember those being extra salty and beyond good, but then when are potatoes not good?
But this is not a recipe for fries. Nope, it’s boneless wings today. Because one, football is starting back up. Two, my oldest brother has been begging me to make wings for forever now. And three, when I presented the idea of homemade boneless wings to my mom she was sold in a matter of seconds.
So, I made some boneless wings. And while I wasn’t sure I’d share the recipe, they ended up turning out delicious. Extra saucy, sweet, spicy, and just a little bit addicting.
It’s all because of the sauce, or sauces I should say, because two sauces are always better than one. Doubling dipping and quite happy about it.
You may have noticed, but recently I’ve really been enjoying BBQ sauce and ranch together. I don’t know if it’s just the time of year or what, I but I’m loving the combination. It’s not classy food by any means, but it’s good food for sure.
These boneless wings are possibly my favorite football recipe I’ve created yet. Though I do really love these instant pot tacos too…
These wings are GOOD. And when I say wings, that’s really a lie, these are really just chicken breasts cut into pieces, breaded, baked, and covered in sauce. They look like wings, but they’re not. In my opinion, they’re better. I’ve always felt that chicken wing bones were annoying anyway. Anyone else feel the same?
So I decided to recreate the boneless wing at home…with my own sauce and creamy, spicy ranch too. The verdict? Homemade is better.
Making these wings is really simple.
All you need are chicken breasts, buttermilk, and finely crushed cornflakes. The finely crushed cornflakes are key. They add just the right amount of breading and are ideal for soaking up all the honey BBQ sauce. If you are gluten-free, be sure to use these cornflakes.
The chicken is coated in crumbs and then oven-baked. While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. I used my favorite BBQ sauce, a touch of honey, a little mustard, and a pinch of cayenne. And you guys? This sauce could not be more addicting. It’s sweet, spicy, and just a little tangy. Delish.
For the BBQ sauce…I recommend using either homemade or a store-bought sauce that’s very low in sugar. The honey in this recipe adds a lot of sweetness on its own, so you want to use a BBQ sauce that’s either unsweetened or low in sugar. This is my favorite store-bought sauce.
As soon as the chicken is done, toss the “wings” in the BBQ sauce. Then return them to the oven to allow the sauce to really soak into the chicken.
While that’s happening, mix up the ranch. I always use a yogurt base with buttermilk, herbs, and a jalapeño for some heat. Super simple to make, but so good, especially with these wings. The ranch is the perfect creamy cooling dip that balances out the sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.
With the arrival of fall just a couple of weeks away, and football starting back up this week, I couldn’t think of a better recipe to make. The wings are great as an appetizer but work just as well for dinner too. If you do serve these wings for dinner, I recommend adding some greens. You could even cut the chicken up into strips and substitute it into this salad. Or simply serve the salad alongside.
Oh, and cook up these sweet potato fries to really complete the meal. And if you’re really feeling daring…throw the fries into the salad!
Best game day food, easy to make and food that everyone can really love!
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Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings with Spicy Ranch
Calories Per Serving: 364 kcal
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- 2 pounds boneless chicken tenders or breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups finely crushed corn flakes (use gluten-free, if needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- kosher salt and black pepper
- extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
- 3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1. Add the chicken to a bowl. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken. Toss well to coat.2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.3. Add the cornflake crumbs, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.4. Remove each piece of chicken from the buttermilk, allowing the excess to drip off, then dredge through the crumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the chicken has been used. Make sure not to crowd your pan, if necessary use two baking sheets. Lightly drizzle or mist the chicken with olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.5. Meanwhile, make the honey BBQ sauce. Combine the BBQ sauce, honey, mustard, and cayenne in a glass jar and shake or whisk until smooth and creamy. Drizzle each piece of chicken with BBQ sauce, then return to the oven for 5 minutes, until warmed. 6. To make the ranch. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake or stir until creamy. 7. Serve the chicken with fresh chives and spicy ranch for dipping.