Make these Crispy Grilled Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings at your next tailgate or house party and watch them get devoured.
Skip B’Dubs and grill your own garlic parmesan wings at home at a fraction of the cost.
Hot and spicy buffalo sauce spiked with nutty parmesean and bold garlic makes this chicken wing recipe an absolute go-to during football season, grilling season, and really, every season I’m craving hot wings.
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Who doesn’t love running to Buffalo Wild Wings on game night, getting hot and fresh chicken wings and enjoying the game?
I’ll tell you, someone who can make them better and cheaper at home and sit in front of a giant TV at home with friends.
So, invite people over and get ready for the game, because there is no need to order out.
Tonight, we are serving up better than restaurant quality garlic and parmesean hot wings that fall off the bone and never dissapoint.
Ingredients To Make Garlic Parmesan Hot Wings
Hot Sauce. Im a big fan of Texas Pete hot sauce. Truthfully, it has always been my go-to base for all my buffalo wing sauces. However, Franks Hot Sauce is also tasty and a great option. Don’t want to use either? That’s fine too, grab your favorite hot sauce to use as your base.
Butter. For this sauce you can use salted or unsalted butter. I normally use salted but whatever you have on hand will be fine.
Brown Sugar. When it comes to brown sugar, I like to use light brown sugar instead of dark drown sugar. You can use either or, but I find that the light sugar gives the sauce sweetness and extra body.
Honey. There is nothing better than the combination of brown sugar and honey to give the hot sauce the perfect sweetness but also adding the right amount of viscosity.
Garlic. You can’t have garlic and parmesean hot wings without garlic. I recommend chopping up and using fresh garlic cloves instead of the already minced stuff in a can or jar. Why? Because I promise, you can tell the difference big time! Love the taste of garlic? Add a little garlic powder for even more bold and garlicy flavor!
Parmesan Cheese. Don’t go crazy and spend a lot of money there. This is actually the one rare occasion where I’ll recommend you using the cheap grated parmesan in the green can. Because it’s getting mixed, you don’t be able to tell the difference.
Pro-Tip: Make the hot sauce first and blend it then add the parmesan after and whisk by hand. This will give you those little flecks of parmesan in each bite.
How to Make Grilled Garlic Parmesan Hot Wings
Prep the wings. The first thing you need to do when grilling wings is to get them out of the package and dried off. Moisture will make the skin soggy so pat them dry as soon as possible. I highly recommend patting down the wings with a paper towl or paper towels if you want super crispy skin.
Seasoning the wings. Season your wings with just salt and pepper or use your favorite dry rub seasoning. Add a few tsp of baking powder to the seasoning though to help the skin get crispy.
Cook the wings. Set up the grill for indirect grilling with coals off to one side so you don’t burn the wings over direct heat. You want to aim for a grill temperature around 350-375 degrees F.
Make the wing sauce. While the wings are on the grill, make the wing sauce! The sauce is super simple to make, however, the key to a thick sauce that coats your wings is to use a stick blender to emulsify the butter and thicken the garlic parmesan hot sauce.
Tossing the Wings in Sauce. Once the wings are fully cooked toss them in a large bowl immediately with plenty of buffalo sauce and make sure they all get a nice and even coat.
Serve. Serve immediately and enjoy!
What to serve with Grilled Garlic Parmesan Wings
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When it comes to dipping sauce for chicken wings, I’m very much team Blue Cheese!
However, I do like to change it up from time to time. I also have a fantastic homemade Ranch dressing recipe so you don’t ever have to choose, just make both.
What Internal Temperature Should You Cook Hot Wings?
The safe internal temperature to cook chicken is 165 degrees F. and for chicken breast that’s perfect but to get the best texture on wings, I cook mine to around 185 degrees F.
It is important to remember that dark meat poultry has more fat and can handle the longer cook time to give you fall off the bone, crispy chicken wings!
What are the two types of Chicken Wings?
Drums aka Drumettes. The drum, which people are most familiar with, resembles a small version of a chicken leg. This particular wing has 1 bone and it runs down the middle of the wing.
Flats aka Wingettes. These chicken wings get their name because, well, they are flat and kind of look like part of the wing. This chicken wing has 2 smaller bones that run the length of the wing and are equally as tasty as the drum.
Should I Bake, or Fry Chicken Wings?
Because chicken wings have a higher ratio of skin to meat there are so many ways to cook them and keep them super flavorful.
Deep Frying or Air Frying. If you choose to fry your chicken wings, it will make them super crispy and more than likely give you that restaurant taste.
Oven Roasting. Baking your chicken wings will caramelize the skin and although it’s not crispy, it creates its own mouthwatering taste.
Grilling. You of course have another option and the one I love the most in the Summer time. Grilling over indirect heat will render the fat nicely and give you that famous grilled taste.
They are not, however, you can substitute the honey and brown sugar for low carb sweeteners and make this recipe keto friendly.
Grilled wings take usually take between 30-45 minutes depending on size. Before eating, just be sure they are cooked to at least 165 degrees F.
Typically, garlic parmesan sauce is made with butter, heavy cream, garlic, a bit of flour, herbs, salt and pepper, and of course a load of parmesan cheese.
Prepare your chicken wings the same way, but place them on a baking rack and bake for about 45 minutes. When done, toss the wings in sauce and enjoy!
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Grilled Garlic and Parmesan Hot Wings
- In a saucepan add butter, brown sugar, honey and hot sauce whisking until butter is completely melted. Use a stick blender to emulsify the sauce until it thickens and becomes bright orange
- Whisk in (do not blend) your garlic and parmesan and remove from heat. Set aside
- Season wings to your liking and then toss with 2 tsp baking powder to help crisp the skin. Grill for about 30-45 minutes over indirect heat until wings reach an internal temperature of about 185 degrees F.
- Pour a generous amount of the garlic parmesan sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Serve with celery and bleu cheese or ranch.