Monday, July 29, 2013

Crispy Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Those of you who have been around the blog awhile know I love a nice crispy chicken wing. As such I've tried many methods for cooking them and, up until now, had decided the best possible way to get the crunch I wanted was to deep fry them.

But, oh for the fat and calories! Deep frying meant that chicken wings were an indulgence I could only enjoy once, or maybe twice a year. However, thanks to the delectable dedication of J Kenzie Lopez at Serious Eats, a new method has been discovered that guarantees crispy, crunchy chicken wings when baked in the oven!

And then, oh for the sweet, sweet fabulousity, Mike Vrobel at Dad's Cook Dinner took things a step further and used the technique on the grill!

Something I had to try myself.

And the result... the best damn chicken wings I've ever had!!!

Visit the printable recipe here: Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Please enjoy my easy to follow step by step video to learn how to make these yourself!

  • 4 lbs chicken wings
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Honey Garlic Sauce Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons liquid  honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Siracha chili sauce
  • 2 tsps sesame oil
Directions for the Sauce
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a slow boil over medium high heat stirring constantly. Let boil 2 minutes, remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve. Recipe can be done ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Directions for Grilling or Baking the Wings
  1. Mix the salt, baking powder, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl
  2. Place the chicken wings into a large, deep mixing bowl and sprinkle with the baking powder mixture. Toss well until all the chicken pieces are well covered. 
  3. Place on a rack on a sheet pan and refrigerate uncovered 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Grill at 350 for app. 25-30 minutes, turning constantly and moving the wings around (as per the video) or bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven on cookie sheets for 40 minutes, turning once or twice during the cooking process. 
  5. Serve on their own with your favourite dipping sauce on the side or toss them in  sauce right before serving.



Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.

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  1. great tip for crunchy skin....yummy looking sauce!!!

  2. Great tips for crunchy wings and yummy looking sauce recipe!! Thank you so much!!

  3. Lyndsay, I made this recipe for my husband and my sister. We all loved the crispiness of the chicken and the flavour. Definitely the best damn chicken wings we've ever had. Thank you!