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If you are wondering how to grill chicken wings easily, this Grilled chicken wings recipe is a simple way to cook wings fast and perfectly every single time.

The added grill marks create a crisp crust combined with juicy and perfectly grilled wings.

grilled chicken wings served with hot sauce and BBQ Sauce
These grilled chicken wings are always a hit!

One of our go-to grilling recipes, once the weather gets warm, is grilled chicken wings. There’s nothing quite like the perfectly cooked flavor of easy-to-hold and eat wings.

In fact, grilling wings just might be our favorite way to cook up wings because of the smoky flavor and taste.

How long does it take to make this grilled chicken wings recipe?

This can vary depending on the meatiness of the wings and the size. On average, you’re looking at about 25 – 35 minutes to cook chicken wings on the grill.

grilled chicken wings served with hot sauce and BBQ Sauce
Perfectly grilled chicken wings – great for BBQ’s and gatherings

Should I boil my chicken wings before grilling?

Some people do, some people don’t. As long as you cook your wings until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, you really don’t have to boil them ahead of time if you don’t want to.

dry rub for chicken wings, served in glass bowl
Homemade dry rub recipe

Boiling chicken wings is just a simple way to ensure that they’re thoroughly cooked with minimal effort and once that happens, you just finish them off on the grill for flavoring.

Do you put sauce on wings before or after grilling?

If you’re going to add sauce to your wings, do it after you’re done grilling. This way it coats the cooked chicken well and stays on.

If you’re going for a caramelized taste and texture on your wings, you can add BBQ sauce throughout the grilling process as long as it has a high level of sugar as the main ingredient.

The sugar is what is going to crystalize and give that sticky texture and taste.

How do you keep chicken wings from sticking to the grill?

The easiest way to keep your wings from sticking is to spray the grill with a nonstick cooking spray. Do this before you add the wings and you can even do it again when you flip them.

raw chicken wings on grill
Don’t forget to spray grill with nonstick cooking spray

Do you flip chicken on the grill?

Absolutely. You need to flip your chicken wings every couple of minutes on the grill. This is the best way to get a well-rounded flavor. It will also alleviate any issues from potential hot spots on the grill as well.

Flipping chicken wings on grill
Place wings on grill and cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes to get a good crisp on the skin.

Are grilled wings bad for you?

My rule of thumb is that everything should be eaten in moderation. Grilling wings is healthy than fried chicken if you’re comparing it to that.

Just be certain to pair it up with a side dish like Corn on the Cob (with the Husks) or Grilled Asparagus (With Foil) to balance out with a healthy veggie option.

What temp should you grill chicken wings?

You’re going to want to keep the grill at around 350 degrees if possible. This would be the prime temp to grill wings without drying them out or overcooking.

How do you know when chicken wings are done cooking?

The easiest way to ensure that the chicken is done cooking is to invest in a meat thermometer. It is the only way to be 100% certain that your chicken is fully cooked.

Flipping chicken wings on grill frequently
Make sure to flip chicken wings frequently

All you have to do is insert the thermometer into the meaty party of the chicken, away from the bone and look for a temperature reading of at least 165 degrees.

Tips for Seasoning & Saucing your Grilled Chicken Wings

Some people prefer a dry rub for their wings while others love to add on the sauces. If you’re going to add a dry rub, you can add this to the raw chicken before placing it on the grill.

dry rub on raw chicken wings in glass bowl
Homemade dry rub for chicken wings

If you’re going to add sauce, this is best done after the wings are cooked enough or cooked entirely.

Season with a sweet sauce, BBQ sauce, or even a hot sauce as well. The best part about grilling wings is that you can change and alter the flavor easily.

dipping chicken wing in hot sauce
Hot sauce with chicken wings are my favorite

How to reheat leftover chicken wings

If you can reheat the leftover wings low and slow in the oven, that is going to be the best bet to making certain that you don’t overcook them.

Otherwise, you can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds of time.

Ready to make these grilled chicken wings yourself? The simple recipe is listed below!

You are not going to be able to eat just one!

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

If you are wondering how to grill chicken wings easily, this Grilled chicken wings recipe is a simple way to cook wings fast and perfectly every single time.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Wings, how to grill chicken wings, smoked chicken wings, Wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Mark Rogers

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings both flats and drumettes
  • 2 tablespoons homemade All-Purpose Seasoning or store bought recipe below
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

All-purpose Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  • Combine seasonings and cornstarch in a large bowl or ziplock bag
  • Add chicken wing pieces and toss to coat chicken evenly
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat, or 400 degrees F
  • Place wings on grill and cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes to get a good crisp on the skin. Then reduce the heat to medium (275F) and grill an additional 20-25 minutes until done, turning several times
  • Serve with dipping sauces or your choice

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1840mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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