Next to sausages and burgers I've found that barbecue chicken wings are probably the most popular dish to make; they are always one of the first things to go. Surprising considering that they consist mostly of skin and bone with comparatively little meat. The fact is though that they are very tasty and fun to eat, nibbling away at the crispy skin and the meat between the bones.
The question I'm often asked, "is how long to grill chicken wings?".
And the answer is, "that depends on how you're going to cook them".
There are four methods that I use:
Before I get to the wings recipes, there are a couple of other things to consider.
Many recipes, whether for grilling wing tips on the BBQ or indoors, call for the wing tips to be cut off. Well, this can make the chicken wings look neater, but I like to leave them on most of the time; it's up to you.
If you leave the wing tips on then you need to decide whether to fold the wing tips up behind the rest of the wing to make a good shape, or to not.Some recipes call for the wings to be folded while others state that you should spread them out to get more of the wing in contact with the grill and therefore heat. Personally, I leave them untucked most of the time. If I'm doing something 'special' I'll fold them up.
Most of the time I'll use a marinade with the wings but it's fine just to brush the wings with a liitle oil prior to grilling.The skin of the chicken prevents that marinade from getting to the meat itself, so if you want, make 2 or 3 deep slashes in the wings prior to marinating.
The times below regarding how long to grill chicken wings are basic instructions and don't include any marinading times, etc. More detailed receipes are included at the bottom of the page.
Spicy Chicken Wings