Grilled Lemon Wings

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wings.

Sabrina S. Baksh / Regarding BBQ, Inc.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
860 Calories
47g Fat
33g Carbs
74g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 860
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 228mg 76%
Sodium 11538mg 502%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 74g
Calcium 116mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Even though this chicken wing recipe is intended as an appetizer, it works equally well with larger pieces of chicken. Thighs and drumsticks are delicious as the lemon flavor penetrates to the bone


  • 3 lbs/1.3 kg chicken wings
  • 2 to 4 large garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 1 cup/240 ml. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml. olive oil
  • 1 tsp./5 ml. dried thyme
  • For the Brine:
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml. salt
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml. sugar
  • 1 quart/1 L water

Steps to Make It

Brine and Grill the Wings:

  1. Mix the salt, sugar and water together.

  2. Put wings in a one gallon, resealable plastic bag along with the brine and allow to marinate in fridge for about an hour and a half. Discard brine.

  3. Prepare your grill for indirect cooking and grill wings turning occasionally so as to brown evenly.

Prepare the Lemon Sauce:

  1. On a cutting board sprinkle a little salt on the minced garlic and mash together to form a paste.

  2. Heat the oil and garlic together in a sauce pan over low heat for a couple of minutes to allow the garlic to become very aromatic.

  3. Mix the oil and garlic with the lemon juice in a glass baking pan (or bowl) and set aside.

Finishing the Grill:

  1. When wings have about 15 to 20 minutes left (total grilling time should be an hour to an hour and a quarter) remove them from grill and roll them around in the lemon sauce and return to grill.

  2. After another 10 minutes baste the wings with the lemon sauce.

  3. When the wings are ready coat them one last time with the lemon sauce and serve them puppies up.