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Grilled Chicken Wings

Grilled chicken wings with a tangy Buffalo wing sauce. Health(ier) because they are grilled and not fried.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Calories: 2134kcal


  • Chicken Wings (thawed, if frozen)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Wing Sauce (Crystal or Budweiser are our favorites, look for them near the Ketchup)


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Grilled chicken wings tend to flare up quite a bit on the grill, so keep an eye on them.  If you see a flare-up, just move your wings out of the flame and close the lid to put out the flames.
  • Season the chicken wings on all sides with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  We also like to cut off the actual tips of the wings, you know, the part that has no meat.  They just get in the way and make it so our chicken wings don't lay flat on the grill.
  • Arrange the chicken wings on the grill and grill with the lid closed. At the same time, place the wing sauce into a pot and put over low heat.  As we talked about previously in our grilled baby back ribs recipe, we don't want to put the sauce on before grilling because it might burn.  The skin on the wings will soak that sauce up at the end really easily, so there's really no need to put the sauce on first.  Just get the sauce hot while you are grilling your chicken wings, we'll coat the wings with it while they are hot.
  • Continue to grill with the lid closed and turn the chicken wings every few minutes until the meat is not pink in the center.  This will usually take about 16 - 18 minutes total and the skin will get nice and brown and crispy when they are cooked right.  You'll know the wings are close to being done when you see bubbles forming underneath the skin. A little charring is delicious too once coated with the sauce.
  • Toss the chicken wings in the sauce immediately after removing from the grill while they are nice and hot.  I nice large wooden bowl is good for tossing the wings in the sauce. Leave them in the sauce for a few minutes to soak in the goodness.
  • Serve and enjoy with a little Blue cheese and some celery!


Calories: 2134kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 176g | Fat: 154g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 740mg | Sodium: 4420mg | Potassium: 1499mg | Vitamin A: 1413IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 9mg