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How to Grill Chicken Wings

This easy recipe will show you how to grill crispy chicken wings using a charcoal or gas grill set at the perfect temperature. Serve these dry or drizzle them in BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, or ranch. 

grilled chicken wings on a plate with BBQ sauce

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Nothing screams summer more than chicken wings on the grill. These are perfect for your next cookout, BBQ, or tailgate!

What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

raw chicken wings in a large bowl

How to Season the Meat

I use my Homemade BBQ Rub and Seasoning for these. It’s a combination of the following:

I like to use a dry rub in conjunction with a liquid marinade to tenderize the meat. Chicken is served best when crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. For the liquid marinade I use:

You may also enjoy my Homemade Ranch Seasoning and Homemade Blackening Seasoning for these.

liquid smoke, soy sauce, and BBQ rub in separate bowls

Do You Have to Marinate them?

Marinating is completely optional. When it comes to chicken, I prefer to marinate. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Flavor: A good marinade will penetrate into the meat, which results in amazing flavor on the inside and outside.
  • A plus when grilling at high heat: Excessive heat can result in the creation of harmful substances while cooking. A marinade with an acidic base can help reduce the formation of these chemicals.
  • Dry Chicken: Marinades will tenderize the chicken by breaking down the tissues of the meat, which helps keep it from drying out.

You can read more about How to Marinate Chicken here.

How to Grill the Best Chicken Wings

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Drizzle the wings in liquid smoke and soy sauce. Sprinkle the BBQ rub throughout.
  2. Coat the grill grates in olive oil using a cooking brush or towels to prevent sticking.
  3. Grill.
raw chicken wings in a large bowl with seasoning

Grill Temperature

Getting to know your grill is important. Most modern and newer grills will display the temperature. For this dish, medium-high heat and 425 degrees is optimal.

If you don’t have a temperature dial you can do a hand test to see if the grill has reached medium-high. You can read more about How to Check the Temperature of Your Grill here.

raw chicken wings on a grill

Cook Time/How Long Do You Grill the Wings

How do you know when the wings are done? Wings can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to grill. I like to flip them every 5 minutes to ensure they crisp up nicely. The wings should brown on both sides when finished cooking.

According to the USDA, chicken should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present. Use a food thermometer to be sure they have reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.

When testing with a meat thermometer, insert it into the thickest area of the chicken wing.

chicken wings on a grill

Charcoal Grill vs Gas Grill

You can use either grill for this recipe. I personally use a gas grill most often. They are just so convenient, there’s less clean-up, and they preheat very quickly.

Grilling Frozen Chicken Wings

Frozen wings should be cooked on medium heat, around 350 and for 30-40 minutes. Cook time will vary. Use a meat thermometer and ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. You will also need to wait and season the wings once they have thawed some on the grill.

chicken wings on a grill

Sauce for Dipping or Drizzling

For cookouts, I prefer my wings without any sauce. They don’t need them because there’s so much flavor, but here are some ideas!

chicken wings on a grill

Leftover Wings

You can store leftovers in the fridge, tightly covered for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

I like to use the air fryer, grill, or oven. I’m not a fan of using the microwave for these (there’s a change in flavor), but you can.

For the grill, air fryer and oven, I reheat on 350 degrees until warm.

Freezer Tips

Cooked wings can be frozen for later, tightly sealed and covered, up to a few months.

grilled chicken wings on a plate with BBQ sauce

Pair These Wings With These Recipes

Southern Macaroni Salad
Southern Coleslaw Recipe

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Southern Baked Beans
Air Fryer Hush Puppies

Southern Potato Salad
Easy Spaghetti Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Lobster Mac and Cheese

grilled chicken wings on a plate with BBQ sauce
grill chicken wings glazed with BBQ sauce on a cooking brush

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grilled chicken wings on a plate with BBQ sauce
grilled chicken wings on a plate with BBQ sauce
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How to Grill Chicken Wings

This easy recipe will show you how to grill crispy chicken wings using a charcoal or gas grill set at the perfect temperature. Serve these dry or drizzle them in BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, or ranch. 
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken wings, how to grill chicken wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
marinate (optional) 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

Homemade BBQ Rub (Feel free to use a store-bought rub if you wish)

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken wings dry. Drizzle the wings in the liquid smoke and soy sauce. Sprinkle the BBQ rub throughout. Marinate the chicken in the fridge for at least an hour. (You can refrain from marinating if you wish).
  • Coat the grill grates in olive oil using a cooking brush or towels to prevent sticking.
  • Preheat the grill to 425 degrees.
  • Place the wings on the grill. Grill for 15-20 minutes (flip the wings every 5 minutes) or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • I like for my wings to have a little char and I like them crispy. I ensure the wings have met the appropriate internal temperature and from there I leave the wings on the grill until crisp.
  • Remove the wings. Cool before serving.

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Notes

  • Liquid aminos or coconut aminos may be substituted for soy sauce.
  • Liquid smoke and soy sauce are optional and used for optimal texture and flavor. Omit if you wish. Soy sauce is acidic which will tenderize the meat.
  • Feel free to use your favorite BBQ rub or seasoning. Use 2 tablespoons or enough to fully coat the wings.
  • Take note of the temperature on the grill. Chicken wings are more prone to error because they are so small. If you cook the wings at too high a heat, you may notice they are fully cooked and crisp on the outside and raw on the inside. Proper temperature and use of a meat thermometer is key.
  • You can marinate chicken up to 24 hours. Do not save used/reserved marinade.
Marinating is completely optional. When it comes to chicken, I prefer to marinate. Here are a few reasons why:
  • Flavor: A good marinade will penetrate into the meat, which results in amazing flavor on the inside and outside.
  • A plus when grilling at high heat: Excessive heat can result in the creation of harmful substances while cooking. A marinade with an acidic base can help reduce the formation of these chemicals.
  • Dry Chicken: Marinades will tenderize the chicken by breaking down the tissues of the meat, which helps keep it from drying out.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 6oz | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 21g
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Recipe Rating




Caroline Brown

Monday 21st of June 2021

I used Brandi’s homemade dry rub recipe and loved it!! Everyone was saying how perfect it was. Also love that she took the time to give such good directions for every step!!! Thank you girl!

staysnatched

Thursday 24th of June 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad it worked out.

Brittany

Friday 11th of June 2021

Bomb.com!!! So I made these on my indoor grill and they were to die for. Didn’t get to have left overs because the hubs ate about 15. Can’t wait to make them on our outside grill once we move!!!!

staysnatched

Friday 11th of June 2021

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Katie

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

I just used this guide to grill up wings tonight and it worked perfectly. I usually roast them, but it was too hot to deal with that. Thank you for the comprehensive tips!

staysnatched

Thursday 10th of June 2021

You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

Felicia

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Brandi is the queen of wings so I knew this one was going to be good. The instructions and all of the tidbits of information are so helpful. This recipe was foolproof. The wings were amazing! Only bad news is there were none left. Definitely a keeper. Thank you for a great recipe and all of these grilling tips. I made a batch of the bbq seasoning so I’m ready for next time.

staysnatched

Monday 7th of June 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.