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Best Chicken Wing Recipes

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Whether you’re having a cookout or game day event, what better way to celebrate than with our Best Chicken Wing Recipes! These recipes can be adapted for any grill, oven or air fryer.

The best wing recipes

From the earliest days of fried and sauced wings to grilled and smoked versions, the chicken wing remains the go-to appetizer. Our best chicken wing recipes demonstrate the versatility of the chicken wing, and we all can use a little more crunchy, smoky goodness in our lives! Our wing recipes range from sweet and spicy to aromatic and savory, and are anything but bland! 

Wings are perfect for the grill or smoker, as they render fat during the cooking process and pick up all that divine live-fire flavor. We must admit that there are few things better than a perfectly cooked, smoky chicken wing. We aren’t saying that this beloved appetizer is strictly for game nights and tailgating events. You can serve them at cookouts, and parties, and they make a delicious weekend meal. 

As always, we recommend having a reliable instant-read thermometer when grilling. If you’re looking to make tender, juicy chicken wings, then try placing them into a brine for 2-3 hours before cooking. Our Chicken Wing Brine is a great place to start! That way you can pull the wings at just the right time. Now, let’s have a look at these Chicken Wing Recipes for the Grill or Smoker!

1.) Old Bay Chicken Wings


These Old Bay Chicken Wings are seasoned with an Old Bay seasoning rub, grilled to perfection, then coated in a fantastic honey glaze. They are delicious and make the perfect appetizer for cookouts, parties, and game nights. While this recipe is tailored for a pellet grill, you can cook them on any grill.

2.) Garlic-Pepper Chicken Wings

Chicken wings on a charcoal grill

These dry-rubbed, garlic-pepper chicken wings can be served with a dipping sauce or topped with a glaze right before coming off the grill. We recommend using a mild fruit-based glaze for these wings, but the seasonings will stand out on their own. These wings make the perfect appetizer for cookouts, tailgating, and Super Bowl parties.

3.) Smoky Szechuan Chicken Wings

Smoky Szechuan Chicken Wings

These perfect Smoky Szechuan Chicken Wings start with a flavorful rub and are doused in a rich, slightly piquant Szechuan sauce. We recommend smoking these wings for additional flavor! After trying them, you’ll see why it made our Chicken Wing Recipes list!

4.) Spicy Chicken Wings

These mouthwatering spicy chicken wings have always been a hit at our parties. Despite making large batches, they are usually gone within minutes! Yes, that’s how good these spicy wings are. The seasoning is simple, and they spend a short time on the grill, a plus in our book. We usually serve these spicy wings with a blue cheese dipping sauce, but we recommend ranch dressing and our popular Comeback Sauce

5.) Lemon-Garlic Wings

Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings

These grilled Lemon Garlic Wings are perfect for any cookout or game day gathering. The best part is that these wings pair well with creamy ranch dressing or a blue cheese dip. Chicken wings work well with any flavor combination but become star quality when coated in lemon and garlic. We recommend using a wing brine before grilling these lemon garlic wings. 

6.) Hoisin Honey-Garlic Wings

We had to add this to our list of the best grilled wing recipes! These Hoisin Honey Wings are perfectly grilled and basted with a delectable East Asian-inspired sauce. If you want a new flavor profile for Super Bowl or casual events, these hoisin honey wings are it!

7.) Tequila-Lime Wings


These wings have a fantastic earthy, pungent, spicy flavor combination! Marinate them for 2-4 hours before your party, and throw them on the grill right before your guests arrive. These tequila-lime grilled wings are so good you’ll need to make a double batch!

8.) Tabasco Chicken Wings


These Tabasco Chicken Wings make a delicious appetizer for game days and cookouts! We take these Tabasco chicken wings to the grill (or oven) to cook and crisp up perfectly, then coat them in a tart, savory, spicy Tabasco mixture. Oh wow, these wings are good! Serve with a big bowl of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping. Grab a napkin while you’re at, and dig in!

9.) Peach Jalapeno Chicken Wings

These Peach Jalapeno Glazed Wings are grilled and then coated with a homemade fruit and jalapeno BBQ glaze. Looking for a scrumptious appetizer to serve at your next party, cookout, or game-day event? Look no further than these hot wings with a unique twist!

10.) Salt and Vinegar Grilled Chicken Wings

Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

You will love this delicious chicken wings recipe if you enjoy salt and vinegar potato chips. These grilled wings make the perfect appetizer for cookouts, game nights, and Super Bowl parties. They are served with a creamy blue cheese dipping sauce for the best grilled wing experience. Even better, these grilled chicken wings are low-carb and keto-friendly. You can’t beat that!

Now that you have had the chance to peruse of delicious chicken wing recipes for the grill or smoker, it’s time to pick a few favorites and start menu planning! Match these wings with crave worthy butter burgers and a side of onion rings for the full experience. And remember that every one of these recipes can be cooked in the oven or in an air fryer for your convenience!

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