Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.84 from 6 reviews

Chicken Keto Main Dishes

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Grilled Chicken Wings are tastier than breasts and coated with a perfect rub and sauce. This dish will surely be a hit for your summer backyard barbecue party!

This recipe is super easy to make and goes well with salads such as Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Chickpea Salad, and Mexican Black Bean Salad.

Buffalo Sauce Grilled Chicken Wings 

Grilled Chicken Wings give out that smokey flavor that fried or baked ones do not have. Compared to breasts, this part is tastier and dries out a lot slower. It makes this a hearty finger food and the juiciness is amplified by the sauce.

In this recipe, we will share with you how to make the buffalo sauce that pairs nicely with them. Also, we will share how to make the perfect rub to add flavor. You do not even have to buy fancy ingredients, just the ones that you can most probably find in your pantry.

All you need is a functional grill to end up with the most delicious and flavorful wings. This is a perfect summer bbq dish, that can feed a large crown in no time!

How to cut chicken wings?

Each piece is divided into three parts, each separated by a joint. You have to feel a break in each joint, and slice through that in between the bones.

Typically we cut in between the drumette and the wingette and use these pieces for this recipe. Also, you can cut between the wingette and the tip. However, remember to feel a break in between the bones. 

The tip has little meat in it, so if you will be detaching it from the wingette, you might as well keep it for later.

How to make chicken wings dry rub?

The dry rub is essential for perfectly cooked wings as it gives them the much-needed flavor. Luckily, making a rub at home is super easy, and requires just a few easy to find ingredient. 

In a bowl, simply mix, and combine the following ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder (optional)

How to make the buffalo sauce?

In a bowl, just whisk together the following ingredients:

  • Melted unsalted butter
  • Frank’s Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder

Feel free to check the recipe for homemade buffalo sauce here

How to make grilled chicken wings on the grill pan?

This recipe works great on both regular or pan grill. Follow these easy steps: 

  1. Dry-rub: Prepare the dry rub by mixing the above ingredients together. Then, coat the meat thoroughly with it.
  2. Grill: Heat the grill pan to medium heat. Oil the grates. Then, put the seasoned wings on top and cook the meat for about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that they are cooked through.
  3. Serve: Serve the crispy wings with the buffalo sauce.

How to make chicken wings crispy on the grill?

First, it starts off with the dry rub. Since we do not marinate it, it will not have excessive sauce on it that will prevent it from getting crispy.

Also, you must have the grill set on medium heat. Turn on the rest of the grill aside from the center in which you will put the meat. The indirect heat will cook the meat slowly, thus, preventing it from burning too soon before it even cooks.

How to cook chicken wings in the Instant Pot?

You can easily make them in the Instant Pot. Also, the beauty of cooking them in the pressure cooker is that you can cook them fresh or frozen. The result is just amazing – super moist and tender wings. 

Check out this post on how to cook chicken wing in the Instant Pot

How many calories in grilled chicken wings? How many carbs?

There are 65 calories in a piece with the skin on with zero carbohydrates! So, this dish is compatible with the keto diet.

What to serve chicken wings with?

It goes well with our other recipes like the following:

Recipe Tips

  • Before oiling the grates, check if the grill pan is hot enough by dropping water. It should sizzle upon contact.
  • Also, you can double the rub and keep a portion in a sealed container for your next grilling session.
  • The wings can also be served without the buffalo sauce but with lemon juice and zest. The tangy lemon adds more a nice refreshing and citrusy flavor!
  • The best way to reheat them is to put them in the oven at 350 degrees. Just put them on a foil-lined baking tray and pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Grilled Chicken Wings

Grilled Chicken Wings

Grilled Chicken Wings are tastier than breasts and coated with a perfect rub and sauce. This dish will surely be a hit for your summer backyard barbecue party!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 lb. chicken wings

Dry Rub:

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • Vegetable oil (for the grill)

Buffalo Sauce:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  • Add all the Dry Rub ingredients to a large bowl, whisk to combine.
  • Pat wings dry, add to the rub mixture and toss well to coat the wings.
  • In a medium bowl combine all the sauce ingredients, stir until smooth and set aside.
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Oil grill grates with vegetable oil. Add wings and cook, pressing and turning occasionally, until the skin is crisp and meat is cooked through 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve with the sauce.



Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1122mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Ruth I

Oh yum! I am definitely going to try this. It looks so good. I bet my family would love this.


Shannon Gurnee

These Grilled Chicken Wings look amazing! I would love to make these sometime.



I haven't tried making grilled chicken wings, your recipe sounds easy to put together I am going to give this one a try. Looks perfectly done.



I'm so happy that it's summer and grilling season! This would be great to make for a crowd. We usually buy wings when we have guests, but it would be nice to make them fresh.



Buffalo chicken wings are my son and husband's favorite. And the hotter it is, the better. I don't like spicy food, but I would love to make this for them.



We love chicken wings, making them on the grill has to be even better than the regular way!


Ruth I

I am thrilled just seeing a wonderful recipe like this. It is quite simple yet no question delicious. I would love to give this a try.


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