Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

5 stars based on 7 votes

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Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill — they are truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin’ good! The key is to cook them over a moderate flame so that the fat renders out and the skin gets nice and crispy. They’re delicious plain but the seasoned Buffalo sauce takes them over the top; it’s made with garlic and spices, which makes it more flavorful than your typical hot sauce.

The wings have a little kick but are still mild enough for most kids. As you can see, my son and his friends polished off an entire 3-pound test batch in about ten minutes!

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You can buy chicken wings already cut up or whole. If you buy them whole, the wings will consist of three parts: the drum, the flat/double-boned “wing” part, and the tip. To cut up a whole wing, start by cutting off the tip (which you can either discard or save for stock), then cut between the drum and the wing part.  Try to cut the sections apart at the joints, where the cartilage is softer than solid bone. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

ingredients

Begin by seasoning the wings with salt and pepper.

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Grill the wings over moderate heat, turning frequently, until golden. You don’t want the wings to char at all, so keep a close eye on the flame.

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Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter with the garlic in the microwave. Stir in the hot sauce and spices and set aside.

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When the wings are done, dip them in the sauce. (Alternatively, you can serve the wings plain with the sauce on the side).

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Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Note: I like Frank’s Hot Sauce for this recipe because it’s pretty mild. For spicier wings, use a hotter sauce.

Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

Servings: 4-6 as an appetizer
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Wings

  • 3 pounds chicken wings (if whole, cut into sections; discard the wing tips or save for stock)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for grill

For the Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce (or similar brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat the grill to medium-high. Season the wings with salt and pepper.
  2. Using grill tongs, dip a wad of paper towels in oil, then carefully rub the grill grate until glossy and coated. Grill the wings, covered, flipping occasionally, until they are golden brown, crispy and completely cooked through, about 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on the grill: if there are flare-ups or the wings begin to burn, move the wings to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat. You don't want grill marks on the wings; just a nice and even golden-brown color.
  3. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Combine the butter and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for about one minute in the microwave until the butter is melted. Stir in the hot sauce, salt, onion powder, chili powder and sugar. Set aside.
  4. Dip the cooked wings in the sauce and serve immediately. Alternatively, serve the wings plain with the sauce on the side.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    The Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce is easy and is always a hit with my friends and family when I make them. It’s easy to double (or triple!) this recipe for a crowd, but more often than not we make these wings on movie night and settle in for a guaranteed delicious treat.

    Tip: you can swap the grill for the oven. I heat the wings at 400F for 35-45 minutes, or until the skin is crisp (turn once). It’s delicious, but you’ll miss the great smokey flavor the grill adds.

    - Abbie on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    If like to make these for a cocktail party so need to make them ahead of time. How would you recommend preparing them and reheating please? Thanks!

    - Leslie on November 30, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Leslie, I would make them as per the recipe and then just reheat them in a 300 degree oven, uncovered, until hot.

      - Jenn on December 1, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was simple and very good! I don’t like hot stuff so I was a little hesitant to make this but the Frank’s sauce was really good and flavorful and not too hot. We really enjoyed these and made complete pigs of ourselves…ha, ha!

    - Lynn on July 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hot wings are delicious!!!!

    - Sheila Bunn on July 22, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Grilling the wings makes them so easy to prepare, and the sauce is absolutely delicious!

    - Sarah on July 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is fantastic! I have made these twice in one week….husband loves them and I love them because they are a healthy version. I just threw the wings on the grill with whatever I was making for dinner and had them on the side….and had plenty for leftovers. I will keep this recipe and share it with friends!

    - Jamie P on June 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    WOW – these were so delicious!! The wings were crisp but not greasy and the sauce was so flavorful – not too spicy either. My family loved!!

    - Erica on June 3, 2014 Reply
  • Trying these tonight!! Tried the chicken Marbella last weekend and it was delicious! :-)

    - Kelly on May 25, 2014 Reply
  • That looks really good!

    - Neelu on May 22, 2014 Reply
  • Oh, how I love anything with Frank’s Red Hot….These look amazing and perfect for weekend noshing :)

    - Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks on May 22, 2014 Reply
  • I love chicken wings….however I only own an electric grill. Can these be done on an electric grill or in the oven?

    I love your recipes and just made the Moroccan Chicken (again) the other night for dinner along with the Warm Couscous Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette…..yummy! I have shared your website and recipes with many of my friends….they always ask after they taste one of your dishes (corn salad with scallions and basil; chicken meatballs, etc.).Thanks and keep the recipes coming!

    - Pat Rice on May 22, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Pat, Yes, you can definitely bake them. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Arrange the wings in a single layer on a greased wire rack set over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, then bake for 45-50 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy. So glad you are enjoying the recipes and thank you for helping to spread the word!

      - Jenn on May 22, 2014 Reply

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