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Southern Fried Wings with Chipotle Aioli and Honey Drizzle

Southern Fried Wings with Chipotle Aioli and Honey Drizzle. Some of the most indulgently delicious wings you’ll ever try. This is great homecoming that meets a touch of gourmet in some pretty irresistible wings!

Close up photo of Southern Fried Wings being drizzled in honey

Southern Fried Wings with Chipotle Aioli and Honey Drizzle.

Originally published June 2017.

Where do I even start with these wings! I’ve had some pretty tasty wings in my day and this blog is no stranger to great chicken wing recipes, but these over-the-top crispy, juicy sweet and slightly spicy morsels are among the very best I’ve ever tried.

It all started a week or so ago when Spouse and I had lunch at The Merchant Tavern, one of our favourite spots here in downtown St. John’s. The lunch special was their version of these wings and they were utterly delicious.

Southern Fried Wings Close up photo of one wing dipped in the aioli

Southern Fried Wings dipped in the chipotle aioli.

As with many great dishes I’ve had in restaurants, I inevitably end up trying to replicate them and add a bit of my own twist to them.

In my mind, honey and fried chicken go together really well. I remember when I was younger, I would often drizzle honey on Mary Brown’s Fried Chicken during late night, after party take-out runs.

Stock photo of raw chicken wings on chopping board with parsley

Fresh chicken wings will always be juicier than frozen but either can work in this recipe.

They always had the little condiment packets at the location in Bay Robert’s. I wonder do they still have them? Did they have them everywhere? Do they still? I haven’t asked for them in years but I just may next time.

Fried chicken memories.

The honey on Merchant Tavern’s wings brought back those fond, gluttonous, late night memories. Since I am an unrepentant garlic junkie, the rich, spicy aioli just took these wings out of the stratosphere for me.

Southern Fried Wings on a slate platter

Southern Fried Wings

Southern fried chicken wings, garlic, spice and honey is a perfect combination of some all time favourites.

Yes, they are incredibly indulgent and not an everyday food to be sure, but if you are hosting a get together soon, just serve these up to your guests and wait for the reaction. They are all going to want this recipe!

If you want to make these wings the oven rather than baking, just follow the directions in our recipe for Oven Fried Chicken.

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Southern Fried Wings Close up photo of one wing dipped in the aioli
Yield: 6 or more servings

Southern Fried Wings with Chipotle Aioli and Honey Drizzle

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Southern Fried Wings with Chipotle Aioli and Honey Drizzle - some of the most indulgently delicious wings you'll ever try. This is great homecoming that meets a touch of gourmet in some pretty irresistible wings!


  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • honey for drizzling
  • canola oil for frying

For the Chipotle Aioli

  • 1 cup plain mayo (I use low fat)
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch salt and pepper to season

For the flour and spice dredge

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


To prepare the chipotle aioli

  1. Remove the roasted garlic cloves from the skins and mash them into a smooth paste with a fork
  2. Add the garlic to the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine thoroughly.

To prepare the wings

  1. Fill deep fryer with canola oil and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash, trim excess skin and fat and cut the wings into pieces, discarding the tips.
  3. Mix together all of the ingredients in the flour dredge.
  4. Dredge the wings in the flour mixture, pressing it on well to get good contact.
  5. Drop the wings into the preheated fryer.
  6. Fry for about 8-10 minutes or little longer for larger wings, until a medium golden brown.
  7. Drain on a wire rack placed on a cookie sheet. Hold in a 175 degree oven if making more than one batch.
  8. Drizzle the platter of wings with honey and serve with the aioli for dipping.


Note: To roast a head of garlic, cut a little off the top of the head (1/4  inch or so) to reveal the cloves inside. Place the garlic head on a square of aluminum foil, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper to season and then drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil. Bring all sides of the aluminum foil together and twist to seal the garlic head inside. Roast in a 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and mash with a fork until a smooth paste forms.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/2 pound wings

Amount Per Serving Calories 1023Total Fat 74gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 47gCholesterol 192mgSodium 1611mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 41g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Thursday 14th of February 2019

Can these be baked? If so what temperature and time?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Refer to this recipe for baking method.


Saturday 2nd of June 2018

I’m so making this tonight!

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