better-for-you spicy grilled wings

For the superbowl, we both wanted wings. But I'm super picky about wings, as well as their sauces, and have been known to turn my nose up at them in restaurants. Several years ago, we frequented a wing joint that had a really good dry-rub wing meal on the menu, and I feel in love with them. Now, it's about the only way I like them: a little spicy with a hint of sweetness, a crunchy bite and a juicy middle, but not nuclear (unlike the hubs).

After a lot of hunting online, I found this recipe and chose all drummettes at the grocery store. Before tossing them in the spice rub, I trimmed off most of the skin and drizzled them in a little canola oil. (Don't use olive oil or it will burn on the grill.) Try it next time you're craving a flavor-packed dinner of wings! We'll be bringing this out for company soon.

Better-for-You Spicy Grilled Wings
  • 24 lean chicken wings (I used all drummettes) 
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Canola or vegetable oil (not olive oil)
  1. Mix the seasonings together in a shallow bowl. Trim the wings and drummettes off any excess fat or skin. Toss with a little oil. Sprinkle chicken with most of the seasoning mixture. Allow to sit for 1-4 hours in the fridge.
  2. Grill until almost cooked and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning. Serve immediately.
Note: We also brought out the Red Hot wing sauce and added it to taste. Added some good heat!

No comments:

Post a Comment