Dean shares recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings

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WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards is sharing social distancing comfort food recipes.

Today, Dean shares an easy recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings.



  • 10 whole chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flappers
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder (optional: BBQ chicken rub)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup sauce of choice (BBQ, Buffalo, Teriyaki, Orange)
  • Celery sticks
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing


Oil your grill racks and then prepare your grill for direct grilling over medium heat, about 350ºF. Keep one burner off or on low in case some wings are cooked before others.

In a plastic bag shake the wings with the spices.

Put the wings in a single layer on the grill over indirect heat. Cook the wings for about 20-25 minutes.

Start by leaving them on there, lid closed, for a few minutes. Then use big tongs to have look underneath them all. Some tend to get darker faster due to hot spots on the grill. If some are starting to char too much, flip those over. Keep monitoring and flipping as they all darken. If a few pieces seem to be dark before others, shift them to a cooler part of the grill. They’ll keep cooking but not browning.

After about 18 minutes of flipping and moving them around as needed, use an instant read thermometer in the center of a few wings to make sure that they’ve all reached 165ºF. If some aren’t quite there, give them another 5 minutes.

Transfer fully-cooked wings to a bowl and toss with sauce.

Serve with celery sticks and dressing.


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