Grilled Chicken Wings

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Nothing beats crispy grilled chicken wings; use this delicious chicken wing rub to flavor them up, and then grill them to crispy, juicy perfection! Game day or any day, these are some of the best chicken wings there are.

Make sure to make your very own Chicken Wing Rub for this recipe. Or why not make these Amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings instead?

Table of Contents
  1. Grilled Chicken Wings
  2. Grilled Chicken Wings Ingredients
  3. How To Make Grilled Chicken Wings
  4. How To Easily Remove The Tips From Your Chicken Wings
  5. How To Stop Accidentally Burning Your Chicken Wings
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  7. Gilled Chicken Wings Recipe
grilled chicken wings on a white platter

Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken wings used to be nothing more than a useless waste product of a perfectly good chicken. Nowadays, though, chicken wings are almost the most coveted part of the chicken – they are crunchy, savory, and super delicious, especially when they are slathered in a good quality chicken wing rub or sauce.

This recipe prioritizes some great grill marks, which, when combined with a smoky and slightly spicy seasoning rub, will make for some incredibly tasty chicken wings.  

grilled chicken wings ingredients

Grilled Chicken Wings Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Chicken wings with the tips removed

• Chicken wing rub (You can use your own, but I have a good recipe here!)

• Vegetable oil

grilled chicken wings seasoned in a clear bowl

How To Make Grilled Chicken Wings

• Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels and place them in a large bowl

• Sprinkle the chicken wing rub on top of the wings and then toss them to coat

• Preheat the grill and, when hot, brush and oil the grates

• Add the wings and cook, occasionally turning until the skin is crisp and the meat is cooked through about 15 minutes

• Once cooked, remove from the grill, cool briefly, and enjoy!

grilled chicken wings on a white platter with sliced green onion on top

How To Easily Remove The Tips From Your Chicken Wings

If chicken wings have a flaw, it is that the tips of the wings have the unfortunate tendency to burn really, really quickly.

This is a serious problem for those looking to cook their chicken wings over high heat because those thin, crispy tips usually burn extremely quickly.

To avoid your chicken wings burning on the grill, you can try and wrap them in a little bit of foil. The foil helps to avoid scorching while also allowing them to still cook.

This method only really works well when you cook your chicken wings in the oven, though, and not so much on the grill, as the foil can actually catch on the grates of the grill and burn.

Instead, if you are going to grill your chicken wings, the best thing to do is just to cut the chicken wing tips off entirely.

This is actually pretty easy to do – you just need to locate the little joint that connects the tip of the wing joint to the chicken using your fingers or your knife.

Once you find that joint, you just need to lay a heavy chef’s knife on the joint and press down hard to break the joint, followed by a slight slicing motion to help cut through the skin.

It sounds complicated, but it is actually really easy to do; once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself going through chicken wings in a blink of an eye, cutting off the tips without thinking about it.

Make sure that you don’t throw these tips away, though! Chicken wing tips have plenty of collagen and extra chicken flavor inside them, so don’t waste it.

Just throw all of the chicken wing tips into a freezer bag and keep it in your freezer until you feel like making some chicken stock, and you won’t regret it.

grilled chicken wings on a white plate with ranch dip

How To Stop Accidentally Burning Your Chicken Wings

One big problem with using the grill for cooking your chicken wings is that flare-ups can happen really easily.

Flare-ups are when a bit of fat drips down into the flame and a big surge of flame shoots up – this can really negatively affect the taste of your chicken wings because the fire is simply too hot for the thin skin and meat of the chicken wing, resulting in some pretty bad burning.

Chicken wings usually really suffer from this because they have a lot of fat on them, making it really easy for a bit to drip down and erupt in flames.

The key to avoiding flare-ups is to be proactive on the grill and keep an eye out for them.

If you see a bit of fat dripping down and a flare-up is imminent, pay attention and move your chicken wing out of the way. Properly oiling your grill grates should mean that the chicken wing won’t stick to the grill, allowing you to move it around as you need it.

By moving it around, you can easily avoid any big patches of fire or burning – plus, moving the chicken wings around on the grill allows for a more even cooking time, resulting in more tender and well-rendered chicken wings as well.

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Happy Cooking

Love,

Karlynn

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Gilled Chicken Wings

Nothing beats crispy grilled chicken wings! Use my delicious chicken wing rub to flavor them up and then grilled them to crispy, juicy perfection! Game day or any day, these are amazing chicken wings!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Servings
16 wings
Calories
68
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken wings tips removed
  • 2 tablespoons chicken wing rub
  • vegetable oil for grilling

Instructions
 

  • Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels and place in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the chicken wing rub on top of the wings and then toss to coat.
  • Preheat the grill. When the grill is hot, brush and oil the grill.
  • Add wings and cook, turning occasionally, until skin is crisp and meat is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Move the chicken out of the flame if there is a flare up at any time!
  • Once done, remove from the grill and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • There are usually about 7-8 wings in a pound of chicken wings.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 68kcal, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 48mg, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. June Robbs says

    Awesome wings…best ever. What is that dipping sauce in picture? Please let me know…I got kids who have to have dipping sauce. I just love all your great recipes.5 stars

  2. June Robbs says

    I DON’T GRILL . Please tell me how to cook these in the oven on my iron grill pan. What is that dipping sauce? Looks so good. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

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