How To Grill Chicken Wings: 10 Stunning Recipes

Everyone loves finger food and when you’re planning to get the grill out, there’s nothing better food than chicken wings.

Instead of grilling plain chicken wings, we’ve listed 10 recipes for you that will add flavor and texture to the humble wing.

For the recipes in the following pages you can use fresh or frozen chicken wings. If you choose to use frozen wings, just make sure they’re defrosted thoroughly before cooking.

Useful Tools for Grilling Wings

To successfully grill wings, you don’t need much beyond your usual grilling tools and kitchen utensils.

But there are a few things you can use to make life easier.

A decent thermometer will allow you to measure the temperature of the grill, which is important when using a charcoal grill.

Charcoal grills do not have thermostats or controls and it can be tricky to get the heat correct.

It’s also worth investing in a meat thermometer to check that your chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Use a pair of heat-proof gloves when you’re grilling to protect your hands from the heat. A sauce mop is also useful for basting wings while they are on the grill.

10 Recipes for Grilled Chicken Wings

The following ten recipes are reasonably easy to follow and all of the ingredients are readily available.

They’re also tasty, quick, and bound to go down well with your guests.

Sticky Grilled Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings

These chicken wings are a classic grill favorite and are so easy to prepare and cook.

There’s no polite way to eat them, it’s simply a case of picking them up and getting messy. They taste amazing off the grill and they’re just as good as a cold snack.

This recipe will serve 2 to 4 people. The grill needs to be nice and hot before you start to cook.

Ingredients

  • 18 chicken wings
  • 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
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    2 tablespoons hot chilli sauce (optional)
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    1 cup BBQ sauce
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    1 teaspoon sea salt
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    1 teaspoon garlic powder
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    ½ teaspoon black pepper
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    ½ teaspoon refined sugar
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    ½ teaspoon paprika
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    ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Rinse the chicken wings in cold water and pat them dry with a paper napkin to get rid of any excess moisture.

Mix the sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper together. Then, toss your wings in this spice mix.

Place the seasoned wings on the grill and cook for 30–40 minutes. You can turn the wings after 20 minutes, unless you’re smoking them, in which case they can be left.

Mix the butter, BBQ sauce, honey, ketchup and hot sauce in a large bowl until all the ingredients are combined. 

When the wings are cooked, remove them from the grill and coat them generously with the sauce.

Place the wings back on the grill for 5–10 minutes or until the sauce begins to sizzle and bubble before serving.

Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Grilled Chicken Wings

If you like your food to have a bit of a kick this is a must-try recipe and it’s one of the simplest out there.

It takes a few minutes to prepare and cook and you can tailor the heat to your own tastes.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 sliced green onion
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
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    ½ cup hot sauce (choose your favorite)

These wings are best done on a charcoal or gas grill that’s been preheated to medium to high heat.

Season the chicken wings with the garlic powder and place on the grill for approximately 15 minutes, or until they start to get some color. Brush with the hot sauce every 5 minutes and turn the wings regularly.

When the chicken is cooked, the sauce should have a shiny glaze. Plate up the wings and top with the sliced onion.

If you need an extra kick, try adding some jalapeno peppers just before serving or use a hot chilli dipping sauce.

Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings

If you have a pellet grill, this recipe is perfect as you’re going to bake the wings to get them crispy, rather than grill them. As well as the ingredients, you’re able to choose your favorite woods to add some extra flavor.

Ingredients

  • 24 chicken wings
  • ½ cup plain flour (sifted)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
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    1 teaspoon onion powder
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    1 teaspoon garlic powder
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    1 teaspoon chilli powder (add more if you like it spicy)
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    1 teaspoon sea salt
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    ½ teaspoon black pepper
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    ½ cup BBQ sauce or hot sauce

In order to get the crispy skin you’ll need to get the grill very hot, at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more if your grill allows it.

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and coat each chicken wing in the dry rub until they’re all completely covered. If you’re using a pellet grill, place the wings directly on the rack and close the lid for 20–30 minutes. If you’re using a charcoal or gas grill, it’s better to wrap the wings in foil before grilling.

Regularly brush the wings with BBQ or hot sauce until they’re fully cooked, crispy and coated in a crust.

Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Salt And Vinegar Chicken Wings

If you like salt and vinegar chips then you’ll adore these chicken wings, with their moreish flavor. The wings are a perfect accompaniment to a few cold beers on a hot summer’s night.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons chilli powder
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    2 teaspoons black pepper
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    2 teaspoons garlic powder
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    1¾ cups distilled vinegar
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    ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
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