These Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken Wings are perfect for the Fourth of July or any summer barbecue.
Summertime is my lazy time. Meals are very casual and often thrown together on the spur of the moment using whatever I have in the refrigerator. Grilling is my cooking method of choice when I’m really lazy and don’t feel like washing any pots or pans. Recently, I picked up some organic chicken wings from Costco’s – it’s the first time I’ve seen them there. I don’t know a kid or husband who doesn’t love chicken wings. I think they just like eating with their fingers.
One of the easiest ways to grill chicken wings is simply to toss them with a spice mix and some olive oil. Marinating the wings is worth it if you have the time. I let mine sit overnight in the refrigerator in a ziploc bag. If you’re feeling especially lazy, lay the marinated chicken wings in a single layer on an oiled aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Slide the chicken and foil onto the grill and cover to cook; flip the chicken wings after about 15 minutes. There’s no grill scraping required.
There are lots of spice blend options – you can find already mixed blends at Penzeys and the supermarket, so use your favorite. Just taste the spice blend before you add it to the chicken wings because some have a lot more salt than others and you don’t want to end up with over-salted wings.
Here are some spice blends and recipes you might like to try:
I love Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming, Forward!, Mitchell Street Steak Seasoning, and Mural of Flavor spice blends
Cooking Light Indian Spice Blend
All Recipes Jamaican Jerk Spice Mix
Behind the Bites Caribbean Spice Blend
This isn’t really a recipe, but I thought it might inspire you to try new spices and blends this summer. Have fun!
Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken Wings
- 2 pounds chicken wings separated
- a few glugs of olive oil
- a liberal sprinkling of your favorite spice mix taste for saltiness before using
Place chicken wings in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Caribbean Spice Blend. Toss well to coat all pieces. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Tear a long piece of aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and place chicken wings on top of foil in a single layer; slide entire piece of foil with chicken onto grill; cover and grill until cooked through, turning halfway through cooking time. Total cooking time will be 25-30 minutes. Use tongs to slide aluminum foil with chicken back onto baking sheet. Serve.