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Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings

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These mouthwatering grilled garlic parmesan wings spend some time on the grill, crisped to perfection in the air fryer, and tossed in a simple garlic-parmesan butter mixture.

garlic parmesan wings

Elevate your wing game with these fantastic grilled garlic parmesan wings! Our recipe takes classic chicken wings to a whole new level by grilling them to perfection, air frying for a crispy finish, and then coating them in a mouthwatering garlic-parmesan butter mixture. No air-fryer? Don’t worry! Use your oven to crisp these wings just right. See the recipe card below for details.

Ingredients

  • Split chicken wings, wingettes and drummettes
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Grated parmesan (not shredded!)
  • Fresh parsley

Making grilled garlic parmesan wings

  • Preheat the grill or smoker to 275 degrees F or medium-high heat. Cherry, apple, or pecan wood pellets or wood chips are recommended.
  • Trim off any excess bits of fat or loose skin the chicken wings. Blot dry with paper towels, toss wings with olive oil, and season with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place the wings on the grill and cook for about 50 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are nearly done or have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Finishing touches: air fryer and sauce

wings in an air fryer

Using an air fryer is a great way to crisp up the wings. Depending on the size of your fryer, you may need to complete this process in batches. If you’d like them done all at once, see the broiling option below.

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Transfer the grilled wings to the air fryer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until they are crispy, and cooked all the way through to an internal temp of 175 degrees F.
  • While the wings are in the air fryer, melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Once melted, stir about 3/4 of the grated parmesan cheese and all of the minced garlic. Cook over low for 30 seconds to release the flavor. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • Place the cooked wings in a large heat-resistant bowl. Pour the garlic-parmesan sauce over top and toss to coat.
  • Plate the wings on a serving platter. Garnish with remaining parmesan and chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Store leftover wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven or air fryer.
Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings

Broiling wings in the oven

  • Cook wings to an internal temperature between 160-165 degrees F.
  • Preheat the oven broiler to high.
  • Place the grilled wings on a wire rack set on top of a parchment-lined sheet pan.
  • Adjust the oven rack so that the wings will be around 6 inches from the broiler element.
  • Place the wings in the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden, crispy, and have reached an internal temperature 175 degrees F. Keep a close eye on the wings to prevent burning.
  • Remove them from the oven and toss in the garlic butter sauce. Garnish and serve immediately.

Dipping sauce for wings

Some recommended dipping sauces for the grilled garlic parmesan wings include creamy ranch, Loaded Blue Cheese Dip, and Comeback Sauce.

Side dishes

These versatile grilled garlic parmesan wings can be paired with a variety of sides. Consider serving them with crispy French fries, a refreshing garden salad, or chopped vegetables. For a well-rounded meal, serve the wings with:

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings

These mouthwatering grilled garlic parmesan wings spend some time on the grill, crisped to perfection in the air fryer, and tossed in a simple garlic-parmesan butter mixture.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, American BBQ
Keyword: air fryer chicken wings, garlic parmesan wings, grilled garlic parmesan chicken wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 362kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 pounds split chicken wings wingettes and drummettes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan not shredded!
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill or smoker to 275 degrees F or medium-high heat. Cherry, apple, or pecan wood pellets or wood chips are recommended.
  • Trim off any excess bits of fat or loose skin the chicken wings. Blot dry with paper towels, toss wings with olive oil, and season with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place the wings on the grill and cook for about 50 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are nearly done or have reached an internal temperature 160 degrees F.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Transfer the grilled wings to the air fryer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown, crispy, and cooked to an internal temperature of 175 degrees F.
  • While the wings are in the air fryer, melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Once melted, stir about 3/4 of the grated parmesan cheese and all of the minced garlic. Cook over low for 30 seconds to release the flavor. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • Place the cooked wings in a large heat-resistant bowl. Pour the garlic-parmesan butter mixture over top and toss to coat.
  • Plate the wings on a serving platter. Garnish with remaining parmesan and chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Store leftover wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven or air fryer.

Notes

Broiling the oven
  • Cook wings to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Preheat the oven broiler to high.
  • Place the grilled wings on a wire rack set on top of a parchment-lined sheet pan.
  • Adjust the oven rack so that the wings will be around 6 inches from the broiler element.
  • Place the wings in the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden, crispy, and have reached an internal temperature of 175 degrees F. Keep a close eye on the wings to prevent burning.
  • Remove them from the oven and toss in the garlic butter mixture. Garnish and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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