There is so much more to this recipe than simply adding lemon and garlic to chicken wings. This lemon garlic chicken wings recipe is loaded with fresh herbs, packed with a fiery punch of hot sauce and mellowed out with flowery honey. It's awesome and only takes a minute to make!
This Lemon Garlic Wings recipe is: Gluten Free, Paleo, Low Carb, Primal and overflowing with flavor.
LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN WINGS ARE FLAVOR BOMBS!
Around our house, wings are a favorite for lunch or dinner. My kids just LOVE them, so I make a lot of wings. I'm always playing with different preparations and recipes for new wing sauces. This lemon garlic sauce was a happy accident.
I was trying to make more of a traditional lemon garlic wing sauce with just lemon, garlic and a few herbs. I left the kitchen for a minute and when I came back my son had dumped a bunch of hot sauce into the mix. Ok.
My concern was the amount of acid when combining hot sauce and lemon juice. Yikes- it really curls your teeth. Add in a touch of honey and BLAMMO! A delicious lemon garlic wing sauce with just the right amount of heat. I hope you love it too.
GRILLED LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN WINGS
When cooking chicken wings, it is best to cook them without the sauce. If you go into any restaurant, they are going to (most likely) deep fry the wings first and add sauce after. Some restaurants blanch, steam, bake or even microwave (nasty) the raw wings before they fry them to save time cooking. One thing applies: they are never coated with the sauce while cooking.
You can learn how to grill chicken wings with my helpful step-by-step instructions. Here's a snapshot on how to grill wings:
- Add the wings to a hot grill and lower the heat to medium.
- Cook one side for 4-5 minutes. Flip and repeat.
- Often times the flats will finish cooking prior to the drums. The flats also like to cause more flare-ups! Keep your eye on them.
- The wings are cooked when they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
After they are done cooking, simply add them to a bowl with some of the lemon garlic sauce. Lightly coat with tongs and serve hot. They taste really good when loaded up with the herbs.
LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN WINGS IN THE OVEN
There are a number of different methods to cooking chicken wings in the oven.
One way is slow and low, allowing the fat in the wings to render and the skin to crisp up. This is a great method, but takes forever.
Another method is to blast them with heat in the beginning to crisp the skin, reduce the heat to prevent burning and finish them off under the broiler. This method takes about 20 minutes and is my favorite.
Once you have cooked the wings to 165 degrees, remove them from the oven. Give them a bath in the lemon garlic sauce and serve hot.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE:
There are a couple things I want to talk about with this recipe related to the HEAT.
First, when you combine lemon and hot sauce, for some reason they seem to be HOTTER than normal. We eat Cholula hot sauce daily in our house and normally it doesn't taste all that spicy. When it is added to the lemon, my lips were burning and mouth felt like an oven. It was unexpected and awesome.
The takeaway: be cautious when adding the hot sauce. Make sure that you taste it first, then add more if you are comfortable with the level of heat.
Second, you can use whatever hot sauce you like. We love Cholula, but it would be tasty with Tabasco or even Franks Red Hot. Just use a good, quality hot sauce.