Grilled Chicken Wings – Just Wing it Baby!

8 Mar

Grilled Chicken Wings: A Classic Sports App!
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What’s more American than apple pie? How about apple pie chicken wings?!!?!? Or, perhaps maybe chicken wings on the grill minus the apple pie? This past Super Bowl I was looking for something to enjoy during the game that was a little more red, white, and blue then some of the previous appetizers I normally create. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll enjoy bruschetta, crostini, empanada, or croquette under any circumstance or sporting event but I was feeling all-American for this occasion. What I decided on was some good old Chicken Wings on the grill but with a little twist that turned out to be a real crowd pleaser (and by crowd I mean myself and my wife). Nothing wrong with a few wings, a cold beer, and a Super Bowl game that was interesting for about one quarter of play. Ok, two out of three isn’t bad.
Grilled Chicken Wings with crushed red peppers, fresh squeezed lemon, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of thyme from Paggi Pazzo

To prepare the grilled chicken wings, get a large bowl and dress lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper and then mix. In a different smaller bowl, add olive oil, garlic powder, crushed red peppers, fresh squeezed lemon, and a sprinkle of thyme and stir/mix (you can use real garlic if you wish rather than garlic powder but make sure it is minced). Get your grill started with lump hardwood charcoal and some apple wood chunks in a cylinder and once turned grey, dump into grill pit. Then oil the grates and add the chicken wings, over the high heat zone, turning once the wings begin to darken on the outside. After 3-4 minutes on each side, move to a medium heat zone. Once the wings are almost ready, lightly dress them with the olive oil, garlic powder, lemon, crushed red peppers, and thyme using a brush. Place again over high heat quickly on both sides and then move to a bowl adding the remaining mix to the wings and mixing well. Now it’s time to get all American up in here!!!

For a sauce or dip I used ranch and blue cheese but I imagine honey mustard would go nicely as well. Crack open an ice cold beer or enjoy a margarita (I know it’s not American but they, they’re our neighbors) and enjoy Paggi Pazzo’s grilled chicken wings, oh say can you see!!!!

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 25 min
Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • pinch thyme
  • 1 lemon

Cooking Directions

  1. Wash and clean chicken wings, then place in large bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and mix
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, add remaining olive oil, garlic powder, crushed red peppers, thyme, squeezed fresh lemon, and mix
  3. Prepare grill by adding 1/2 chimney starter filled with wood lump charcoal and apple wood chunks, ignite and when coals turn grey add to grill pit
  4. Oil grates and then place chicken wings on grill, turning after 3-4 minutes per side over high heat. Then move to medium heat zone
  5. Lightly brush chicken wings with mix then place over high heat for another 1-2 minutes per side and then place in bowl
  6. Add remaining mix to bowl and use thongs to distribute evenly to all wings, then serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing

All American Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

3.5 out of 5
stars based on 3 ratings.

Click here for full Grilled Lemon & Garlic Chicken Wings recipe, and other Paggi Pazzo recipes.

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