Chicken wings are a game day favorite, but many people hate the odors of deep-
fried foods in their home kitchen. However, there is another way to get crispy and delicious wings at home -- without ordering takeout. Great tasting and nicely textured, chicken wings can be made using a two-stage cooking method on a gas grill. Not only do grilled wings keep your kitchen significantly cleaner, they have the added benefit of less fat and no need to purchase large amounts of cooking oil for deep frying.
Things You'll Need
- Gas Grill
- Split Chicken Wing Segments
- Baking Sheet
- Large Bowl
- Plastic Freezer Bag
- Wing Sauce
Preparing the Wings and the Grill
Season the wings liberally with equal parts salt and ground pepper. You can add additional seasonings like chili powder, garlic, ginger, mustard powder, chilies or lemon zest. Try to avoid sugary seasonings, however, because these have a tendency to burn on the grill.
Put the seasoned wings into a covered bowl, or large freezer bag, and place in the refrigerator. Allow the wings to marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, up to 24 hours.
Set up your grill for two-zone grilling. Turn all burners to high and heat the grill for 15 minutes. Turn half of your burners down to medium, leaving the other half of the burners on high. If you have a three-burner grill, leave one outside burner on high and turn the other two to medium low.
While the grill is heating, remove the wings from the refrigerator and place onto a cooking sheet. Pat the wings dry with paper towels. Drying the wings before grilling will allow for a crispier skin that better approximates the texture of a deep-fried wing.
Grilling the Wings
Put the wings on the medium side of the grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until the skin has turned slightly brown and fat has generally rendered from the skin. What you will want to look for is the skin being slightly “bubbly” and noticeably thinner than when you first started cooking the wings.
Move the wings to the hot side of the grill and cook over high heat for three to seven minutes, turning once, until they are crispy. Remove them to a large bowl for saucing.
Toss the wings, while still hot from the grill, in the bowl with your desired sauce. Traditional buffalo sauce and a number of barbecue sauces work well for grilled wings. For maximum crispiness, the wings should be served immediately after saucing.
Tips & Warnings
- Wings have a large amount of fat and can cause flare-ups on a grill, even over medium heat. Be sure to tend your grill during the entire cooking time. If you get flare-ups, move the wings away from the flames -- or momentarily off the grill -- until the flare subsides to avoid burning the wings.
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