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Crispy grilled chicken wings are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside! I love the extra flavor that the outdoor grill gives these chicken wings. If you’re looking for an easy chicken wing recipe, this is it!

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Despite the summer heat, you’ll want to fire up the grill for these grilled chicken wings! I’m not lying when I say they’re so juicy, tender, and have that perfect crispy exterior! They’re absolutely perfect for any occasion — cookout, game day, block parties, whatever!

Now, I beg the question: are you a drums or flats person? I used to be a drums person but now I’m all about the flats! Although, who am I to discriminate on this? All chicken wings are good and I will take what I can get!

ingredients for grilled crispy chicken wings

Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings – drums and flats!
  • Avocado oil – I prefer using this because of its high smoke point.
  • Salt and pepper
  • BBQ or buffalo sauce for serving and dipping – ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dipping sauce works here too!

How to Make Grilled Chicken Wings Step by Step

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  • Preheat the outdoor grill to high.
  • Prepare the chicken wings. Lay the wings onto a flat surface, like a baking sheet, and brush the wings with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill for 10-12 minutes per side, depending on size of wings.

Grilled Chicken Wing Variations and Tips

  • Use a grill brush or a paper towel to lightly grease your grill with oil before cooking for easy release with the chicken wings.
  • Add different seasonings for a different flavor. Use lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, etc. to change up the flavor profile.
  • Make saucy wings. You can coat the wings in sauce after grilling, or just serve on side.
grilled chicken wings next to a red sauce and sliced cucumbers and carrots


Can I use frozen chicken wings?

You can use frozen but I would let them thaw before throwing them on the grill.

Can I make these in the oven or air fryer instead?

You can! They just won’t have that grilled smoky flavor you get with grilling. If you’re going to do an oven or air fryer, here is a great baseline recipe. You can swap out the flavor to whatever you want.

How do I know these are cooked through?

The internal temperature should be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to take the temperature of the meat close to the bone(s) as that’s where it takes a bit longer to cook!

What dipping sauces for these chicken wings?

I’m bias but creamy cilantro lime dipping sauce would be excellent and honestly so would this copycat sauce from a famous fast food chicken restaurant! BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, ranch, blue cheese, hot sauce, your favorite!

a large platter of grilled chicken wings next to a red sauce and sliced cucumbers and carrots

Storage Instructions

I would store leftovers in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. To reheat, pop them in a toaster oven at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes! Alternatively, you can use an air fryer too and it would get them all crispy again!

Serving Suggestions

Serve grilled chicken wings with your favorite dipping sauce and sliced cucumbers and carrots to cool you down. A Broccoli Salad is classic to serve for a cookout or even a Big Mac Salad to make this a heartier meal. Since you have the grill on, whip up Grilled Corn Fritters or Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza for a chicken wing and pizza combo that everyone will love!

a grilled chicken drum being dipped into red sauce

More Grilled Chicken Recipes

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Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings

These super crispy grilled chicken wings are made with just 4 ingredients and they’re ready in under 30 minutes. Jazz them up with different seasonings or serve plain with barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, etc. An easy, but perfect summer recipe for busy weeknights.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 34 pounds (1 ⅓ kg) chicken wings, ~12 flats and 12 drumsticks
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Your favorite sauce for serving/dipping
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  • Preheat your grill to 450 °F (232 °C)500 °F (260 °C)
  • Brush the wings with avocado oil, then sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. Flip them over and repeat the process.
    raw chicken wings on a metal baking sheet being brushed with oil with a silicone brush
  • Grill for 10-12 minutes per side with the lid to your grill closed, making sure the thermometer on your grill stays between 450 °F °F (232 °C)500 °F (260 °C), for a total cook time of 20-24 minutes.
    a metal tong is grasping a chicken wing on the grill
  • If your wings are on the larger side, you might need to extend the cooking time per side up to 15 minutes.
  • Serve with buffalo or barbecue sauce, and an optional sprinkle of herbs on top.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 530kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.3g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 141mg, Sodium: 716mg, Potassium: 293mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.003g

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