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Grilled Chinese Chicken Wings (Chuan’r Chicken Wings)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 36 wings 1x


Grilled Chinese Chicken Wings (Chuan’r Chicken Wings) recipe - Chinese street food style chicken wings from your own back yard.


  • Ingredients
  • 18 whole chicken wings, cut into wing and drumette portions, wing tip discarded
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan pepper salt (or 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper, or substitute black pepper for the Sichuan pepper)


  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green onions, root end trimmed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar


  1. Season and skewer the wings: Sprinkle the wings heavily with Sichuan pepper salt, then skewer lengthwise. (If you have the time, do this up to 24 hours ahead of time, wrap the wings with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until it is time to grill.)
  2. Make the sauce: Put the sauce ingredients in the blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into a grill-safe pot. (Or, bring the sauce to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, then set aside.)
  3. Set the grill up for indirect high heat: Set the grill up for cooking on indirect high heat, 450°F or higher, with one zone set for direct heat and another zone set for no heat. For my Weber kettle, I light a chimney full of charcoal, wait for it to be mostly coated with gray ash, and then pour it into two piles on the side of the grill, with a drip pan in the middle.
  4. Roast the wings over indirect heat: Put the chicken wing skewers on the grill over indirect heat, over the drip pan. Close the lid and cook until the wings are cooked through, about 45 minutes. (If you have a grill-safe pot, put the pot on the grill over direct heat after 35 minutes, close the lid, and let the sauce simmer for ten minutes.)
  5. Sauce and sear the wings: Brush the skewers of wings with the sauce, then move them to the direct heat part of the grill, flipping them and brushing them with sauce until they are glazed and browned, about 4 more minutes.
  6. Serve: Remove the wings to a platter and serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Chinese