Honey-Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings

Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

Sticky sweet replaces blazing buffalo with these tasty wings. Serve them as finger food appetizers for an outdoor party or as the main course for a family dinner when paired with seasonal sides.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings or 2 main course servings
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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili paste
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, cut apart at joint
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, trimmed and chopped

Preparation

  1. 1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Add chicken and let marinate for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  2. 2. Set up a gas or charcoal grill for medium heat (350° to 400°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above the cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). Put chicken on grill and cover with lid. Cook, turning often, until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. 3. In a small bowl, combine honey and hoisin sauce. Using a pastry brush, generously baste chicken wings with honey glaze. Cover grill with lid and cook till honey glaze starts to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Turn chicken wings over and baste again, using the remaining honey glaze. Cook 3 minutes more, being careful not to let the glaze burn, removing pieces from the grill as they're done.
  4. 4. Transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve any remaining honey glaze on the side.
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