Make flavorful, crispy wings healthier by grilling them instead of deep frying! Use this simple dry rub for grilled honey garlic chicken wings to reduce calories and added sugar.
I’m hoping this post isn’t some kind of cruel and unusual punishment for anyone whose grill is buried in snow…
But this winter has been unusually mild, so we’ve been grilling out a little more often! I guess it is now almost March, so maybe it really isn’t that weird. And somewhere, other people have gotta be in the same boat. The blog’s most popular post on Pinterest last week was grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus, which tells me maybe grilled season is closer than I thought?! Grilling might be my favorite way to prepare food, and not just because I likely won’t be the one doing the cooking…
And it’s definitely my favorite way to make chicken wings at home. Although picking up wings from Buffalo Wild Wings or Pluckers (hadn’t heard of this place until I moved to Dallas, but it’s legit) is easy and the food is delicious, they aren’t quite as healthy as they could be. I’m pretty sure that even regular wings are still fried at the typical franchises, plus they come drenched in sauce unless requested otherwise. Most of those sauces are high calorie and loaded with sugar.
The alternative is making wings at home, and I know many people who bake them. I refuse to eat baked chicken wings. I’ve yet to have a baked chicken wing with crispy skin, and anything other than that kinda grosses me out. So the BEST way, if we’re not frying or baking them, is to throw them on the grill. I swear, you’ll never want to bake chicken wings again. Even if your grill is buried in snow!
A lot of the time we will serve grilled chicken wings with sauce, but at home we can control how much we actually use. I’ll typically spin them in a bowl with just 2–3 tablespoons of sauce. This last time we made them, though, I used a dry rub! With a dry rub you save a lot of calories and sugar that are otherwise mindlessly added. Since I’m weird and don’t really like super spicy stuff, I used a mild dry rub for these grilled honey garlic chicken wings.
Get ready for this easy, crispy wing recipe!
Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Yield 4 servings
- 24 chicken wings, thawed
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1.5 teaspoons garlic salt
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- Rinse wings and pat dry. Lay out on a tray.
- Mix olive oil and honey together. Brush onto both sides of wings.
- Mix together dry seasonings. Rub onto both sides of each wing.
- Start the grill on medium heat. Place on grill, and cook for about 25–30 minutes, until chicken is crispy, cooked through and no longer pink. While cooking, flip occasionally so wings are browned evenly on both sides.
Serving Size 6 wings
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Sodium 738 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16 g
Sugars 13 g
Protein 32 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.