This keto-friendly, Crispy “Honey” Sriracha Chicken Wings recipe has all of the flavor of regular sriracha honey wings without the added sugar. I include a sugar-free substitute for honey making these perfect for people who want to cut sugar and carbs from their diets. In this post, I share how to make honey sriracha sauce for wings; describe whether sriracha is keto-friendly; and give directions to make these in the oven or air fryer.
Why share a Keto Honey Sriracha Wings recipe?
There’s nothing like watching a football game or a movie with a big plate of chicken wings. So, when Lee Kum Kee reached out about making some low-carb and keto-friendly dishes for a crowd with their sauces, I knew I’d remake one of my faves: Crispy Honey Sriracha Wings.
How do you make Honey Sriracha sauce for wings?
Even if you’re not keto, making Honey Sriracha Sauce is super simple. To make the sauce you simply put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix it together with a fork.
Honey Sriracha Sauce Ingredients
This sauce contains just a few ingredients. They are:
- Honest Syrup (I’m using it to substitute for honey)
- Sriracha Sauce
- Unseasoned Rice Vinegar or Lime Juice
- Sesame Oil
Is honey keto-friendly or good for the keto diet?
We’ve all heard it before: keto is not a food. Instead, it’s a metabolic state (called ketosis).
Even though it’s not a specific food, there are some things that when eaten in normal portions will prevent us from reaching ketosis (or kick us out of ketosis).
Honey is one of the things that I avoid on keto since one tablespoon has almost 20g net carbs
In this recipe, I substitute honey for ChocZero Honest Syrup because I get similar results and a tablespoon is only 1g net carbs.
If you are not concerned about net carbs, are paleo, or just eat clean foods, then you shouldn’t worry about substituting honey.
What about Sriracha? Is sriracha keto-friendly?
Sriracha has about 1g net carb per serving
If you look at the label of some sriracha brands, you will definitely see sugar listed as one of the ingredients. In fact, its sugar content is why each serving has 1g net carb.
If you are strict keto, then you might want to avoid regular sriracha.
But….keto is about ketosis. And this recipe has about 3g net carbs per serving. This means that if you’re sticking to 20g net carbs per day, 3g net carbs is unlikely to keep most from ketosis.
Whole30 Compliant Sriracha is a good option for those who wish to have 0g of added sugar in their diet
If you are eliminating sugar completely, then you can choose Whole30 compliant brands to incorporate into this recipe. Whole30 brands will not have added sugar.
Some Whole30 Sriracha options are:
You can also make your own Whole30 Sriracha
You might also be interested in making your own sugar-free, Whole30 sriracha. A well-reviewed recipe is this one from 40Aprons. It takes about 5 minutes and 3-5 days of fermenting (a process for letting all of the flavors to meld).
How do I make Honey Sriracha chicken wings in an air fryer?
I love my air fryer because it cuts the cooking time for making chicken wings from 1 hour to nearly 40 minutes.
If you’re not cooking for a crowd (maybe you just want to make about 14 wings) and you have a large air fryer, then you should use an air fryer to make these.
To make these in the air fryer, you’d simply use the recipe below:
Ninja Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings RecipeGet this recipe
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Chicken Wing Seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Mix all of the wing seasonings in a large mixing bowl
- Dry the chicken wings with a paper towel
- Add the wings to the bowl with the seasoning and toss to coat
- Add the wings to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the wings for 30 minutes.
- Use a tong to flip each wing to their other side. Bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until you reach your desired level of crispiness.
- Whisk all of the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl
- When you are ready to eat, toss the wings in the sauce. Serve immediately to maintain a sticky, crunchy texture
- Top these wings with freshly sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds