Grilled Chicken Wings with Vinegar and Chiles

  • Written by Claire Saffitz
  • Published in Food & Recipe
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Grilled Chicken Wings with Vinegar and Chiles Photo by: Alex Lau)


2 chiles de árbol or ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, flats and drumettes separated

½ cup rice vinegar

2 Tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed

1 Tablespoon agave syrup (nectar) or honey

2 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more

2 teaspoons Kosher salt, plus more

Freshly ground pepper

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoons togarashi or hot paprika

Lime wedges, for serving


* Toast chiles in small dry skillet over medium-high heat; let cool slightly and lightly crush. Combine chiles, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, agave, and scallions in a resealable plastic bag. Season with 2 tsp. salt and pepper. Add chicken; seal bag, eliminating air, and shake to distribute ingredients. Chill overnight.

* Prepare grill for medium-low heat. Remove wings from refrigerator and let come to room temperature, 35-50 minutes. Remove wings from bag and pat dry very well with paper towels. Discard marinade.

* Mix baking soda, cumin, and togarashi in a large bowl; season with salt. Add wings and toss to coat. Grill wings, turning occasionally, until cooked through and charred in spots, 15-20 minutes. To serve, squeeze lime juice over wings and sprinkle with scallions.