Grilled Citrus Spiced Chicken Wings

Confession time! I have an absurd addiction to chicken wings! They are my guilty pleasure. Any flavor…any style. I’m not overly picky when it comes to my choice of wing flavors. I just L.O.V.E. them!

So the other day when I found a small package of wings on sale at my local market…I snatched them up before another wing loving shopper could! (I’d hate to take down another shopper over wings…but I would!)

Grilled Chicken Wings

I decided to come up with a new easy marinade for grilled wing recipe.

One with LOTS of flavor was in order! After all…There are wingless birds out there, strutting around, who gave their all so that we could enjoy this taste treat! I had to come up with something great…Worthy of their sacrifice! (Your now envisioning wingless chickens walking around aren’t you? lol  They live next door to their cousins…the “boneless” bunch…they just lay around all day! It’s a sad lot!)

You’ll need 6-8 whole wings.

Rinse the wings. (We don’t know where they’ve been! I mean…if chicken had “hands”…) Cut tips off of the wings. Next,cut between the drum and flats to create two portions per wings. Flats and “Drummies” as we call them at this nest. (One of us is a “flats” hog…but I still love him!) 

Place in a bowl. Drizzle with 3 Tablespoons of olive oil.

Washed wings

Add 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder, 1/4 teaspoons chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and of coarse black pepper. 

That’s a lot of flavor going on in that bowl. Is it enough? I think not. We need a little more!

spices added to wings

Add the juice of one lime and 4 Tablespoons Orange Juice. Add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro.

Addition of orange juice and lime juice to wings

Stir that all together. You can use a wooden spoon or go in there after it with your hands. That is entirely up to you my wing loving friends.

Isn’t that a beautiful marinade? We can just sit here and admire it for a minute if you want…Okay…that’s enough!

Time to cover these babies up and let them marinate for at least 4 hours.

TIP: The longer they marinate the better chance those flavors have to soak in. (Let them soak at the “day spa” for at least 4 hours…it’s the least we can do for their sacrifice.) 

marinade wings

Heat grill to 350 degrees. Set  the outside burners to medium-high, and leave the center burners on LOW! You’ll want to cook these at least 20 minutes a side. We want them crispy on the outside, and cooked on the inside. No raw chicken please!

TIP: Have a spray water bottle handy for flare ups! (This is for the chicken…not YOU! lol) We want a little char…not a total cremation.

Aren’t they purty! You can baste with any left over marinade, if you’d like while they are cooking. Do NOT baste after cooking with left over marinade because it had raw chicken in it. Only while cooking.

Chicken Wings on the Grill

When done remove from the grill and allow to rest 10 minutes.

The “Grill Master” cooked these to perfection! Just the right amount of “char”, juicy on the inside, and great depth of color. Yep, he nailed it! They even look juicy and crispy! What more could a gal ask for?

Grilled Wings

Serve with a side of lime wedges so that your guest can give a little squeeze over their wings! Don’t worry about napkins…they’ll be licking their fingers and reaching for their next wing before they’d even think to use it!

Only thing I’d change? Next time…bigger batch of wings! Wouldn’t a jalapeno cilantro dip just be the bee’s knees to finish these off? A little kick of creamy heat! I’ve gotta get to work on that!

For now just enjoy these amazing wings before winter is here and we have to say “so long” to our grills for the season!

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Grilled Citrus Spiced Chicken Wings
Grilled Citrus Spiced Chicken Wings
Norine Rogers

Delicious grilled wings loaded with citrus and spice flavors and touched with the perfect amount of char to great a finger licking appetizer you're sure to love.


  • 6-8 whole chicken wings, rinsed and dried
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • Juice of one lime
  • 4 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges for garnish

  1. Cut tips off of chicken wings. Cut wings into two sections. The flats and the drums.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chipotle powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add Juice of one lime and 4 Tablespoons of Orange juice.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped Cilantro
  6. Mix well with wooden spoon.
  7. Cover and Chill for 4 hours to allow flavors to marinate into meat.
  8. Heat grill to 350 degrees. Set outer burns at medium high heat and center burners, where you'll be cooking, to low.
  9. Cook wings for 20 minutes PER side turning often. Close lid between turns to "bake" the wings.
  10. Remove from heat and allow to "rest" for 10 minutes. Serve with lime wedges. Squeeze lime over wings before eating.

Please not "prep" time includes 4 hour marinating time.

Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes - Cook Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2-3 wings a piece
https://www.norinesnest.com/grilled-citrus-spiced-chicken-wings/

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots | 29th Jul 18

    Hi Norine! So much flavor in this recipe!! It looks delish! Thanks for sharing this recipe on Foodie Friday!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Jul 18

      Hi Julie!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so excited to share my recipes on your link party! I love your site! Darling logo…so cheerful.
      Have a GREAT week!
      ~Norine

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