Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.84 from 6 reviews

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.

Grilled Chicken Wings

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.

Grilled Chicken Wings

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

Grilled Chicken Wings

How to make grilled chicken wings on the grill pan?

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

  • Dry-rub: Prepare the dry rub by mixing the above ingredients together. Then, coat the meat thoroughly with it.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Grilled Chicken Wings

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.

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4.84 from 6 reviews

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!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Dry Rub:

Buffalo Sauce:


Nutrition information

Calories: 481 Carbohydrates: 2 Protein: 28 Fat: 39 Saturated Fat: 16 Cholesterol: 156 Sodium: 1122 Potassium: 276 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 925 Vitamin C: 1.3 Calcium: 27 Iron: 1.6
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Sarah Bailey

This sounds like such a great idea of something to do with chicken. I love how you can do so much with chicken and hands up I LOVE chicken wings as well!


GiGi Eats

I adoreeeeee chicken wingsssssss!! I air fry them and make them all crispy. UGHH soooo good! I do love em on the grill too. ANDDD now I want them for lunch!



My son is a huge fan of wings. I have to make sure to make this recipe for him once he's on spring break. 



Perfect for my family party that we are having next week! I love to grill food anyway in this looks delicious.


Tara Pittman

My teen loves wings and he needs to make these. That way he can stop wasting his money at those wing places.



Those look really good! I love grilling wings. They have a great flavor, and they make excellent game day food.



Chicken wings are one of my fave meals. I haven't grilled mine before but we will have to try it out.


Amy Desrosiers

These wings look and sound like the wings I make! I love using the basic spices of garlic, and onion powder in a lot of recipes.



I wonder if I could make these on a campsite type of grill? We have a camping trip coming up soon.



I have recently discovered rubs and I think they make all the difference in the world.


Brianne Manz

What an awesome post about all of the ways you can do chicken wings. With your post alone we could do a Chicken Wing Bar with sides and have a great party.


Gervin Khan

One of my favorite part in the chicken is the wings part because for me its more tasty compare to the other part and this recipe of yours makes me run to my kitchen to check for available ingredients. I am going to make this for our dinner tonight.



I am normally not a fan of chicien wings but these grilled wings sound amazing! Thanks for the recipe!



YUM! Summer is coming and it is time to break out the grill. These chicken wings look absolutely delicious!! Definitely want to try.


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Oooh I love that these chicken wings are grilled. What a smart idea! It would make it so much healthier than [email protected]



This looks great! I love chicken, it is one of my favorite foods. I will totally use this recipe soon!



I love making classic chicken wings like this on the grill. They are so super delicious. Yours looks mouthwatering!


Myrah Duque

Making this recipe this weekend. We love chicken in any way or manner.



Another great recipe! I love chicken wings! I think it’s time to get a new outdoor grill so I can make this recipe!


Celebrate Woman Today

The magic is in the sauce and what it turns into during the grilling process. Love your recipe, Catalina!


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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