Monday, April 22, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings | My Life as a Mrs

Oh. My. Word.

These wings, ya’ll… SO good.

I have always been a fan of chicken wings since I was a little girl.

To me chicken wings always have to be 2 things…

  1. Small. (None of those jumbo hormone-enhanced flappers… those GROSS me out!)
  2. Crispy (Wings with soggy-chewy skin are NO BUENO)

Typically to get that crispiness, people deep fry those bad boys. While that’s a delicious option… it’s messy, a pain, and not exactly figure friendly! Then I remembered this South Florida Bar chain, Bru’s Room… they have AWESOME wings. My favorite? Their GRILLED wings. Yes GRILLED. They got this awesome crispy charred texture from the piping hot grill that was to. die. for. I thought, “what the heck… I can TOTALLY make those at home!”

So I did.

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings | My Life as a Mrs

Hubs wanted a Sweet and Spicy Asian-Style sauce, so I found a great one in Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook and tweaked it to the ingredients I had on hand (plus I turned down the fir a notch… her original recipe called for 5 whole jalapenos!!! Holy Smokes that’s some HEAT, girl!)

Can I just tell you how delicious these were????


Hubs and I didn’t even sit down to eat these. We stood next to the kitchen sink, hovered over the bowl like a bunch of wolverines, gobbling them up.

We are classy like that. 😉

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings | My Life as a Mrs

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Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings

Yield: 24 wings

Wings with the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy!


For the Sauce:
3/4 cup grape jelly
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 Jalapenos, finely minced (may remove some of the seeds if desired)

For the Wings:
24 chicken wing parts (12 wings separated into 2 pieces)
1-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Ranch Dressing, for serving


For the Sauce:
Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until combined. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until slightly thickened.

For the Wings:
Preheat grill to medium high heat (between 375º-400ºF). Note: We like to use the charcoal grill for this as it imparts that awesome smokey flavor! Cut the whole wings into wings & drummets (you can google how to do this and tons of videos come up). Rinse the wing pieces and then thoroughly dry with a paper towel (you want to dry them well so they can crisp up). Place them in a large dish (I used my 9 x 13 Pyrex). Sprinkle with a healthy amount of salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Toss the wings in the dry spice mixture, making sure they are all well coated.

When grill is nice and hot (letting it pre-heat is KEY to getting the nice char marks), spray with a little non-stick cooking spray and add the wings. Grill over direct heat for 8-10 minutes per side until cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF).

Toss in sauce and serve with a side of Ranch Dressing.

Sauce adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

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14 Responses to “Sweet & Spicy Grilled Asian Wings”

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    Ashley - baker by nature — April 22, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    My boyfriend and I were just talking about wings last night! More specifically how hard it is to find some dang good ones around our neighborhood. Yours look perfect, and we’ll be trying them soon!

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    Natalie — April 22, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    genius idea! i never think to grill wings, but you’re right- these are on my list!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — April 22, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    These wings look absolutely perfect!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 22, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Oh my goodness - that sauce sounds AMAZING! And I’m with you on crispy. A must. 🙂

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 22, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Fabulous! I love the flavors in the sauce!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 22, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    Totally mouthwatering! These look amazing, Tina!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 22, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Yum! I love chicken wings so much 🙂 this Asian style sounds amazing!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 23, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    That sauce sounds so yummy!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 23, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Yum! Your wings look so good!! The sauce sounds amazing!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 23, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    These look amazing….I will have to put this on my to do list.

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    Jim Ambrose — April 24, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I will have to try your asian wings. I like to grill my wings with all three pieces of the wings as one piece although there isn’t any meat on the wing tip. I do it this way mainly for presentation and because my mother-in-law likes them this way. I put the wings in a brine (kosher salt, sugar, lemons, peppercorns, thyme, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes) for 30 minutes before I grill them. In the last 5 minutes I glaze the wings with a honey dijon mustard mix (2 parts Grey Poupon and 1 part honey and red pepper flakes).

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    carrian — April 24, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Those look so juicy and saucy!! Two of my fave combos!

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    jessica — May 23, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    I made these last week for a girls night potluck. everyone went insane. They really are wonderful. I did leave out the jalapenos, since I didn’t have any, and they were still wonderfully spicy!

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