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Chicken Wing Skewers

chicken wings on a green plate with orange slices
Prep Time
55 min
Yields
4 servings

Grilled wings in a sweet honey orange glaze.

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ingredients

2
- 2 ½ lbs chicken wings (about 12 wings)
1
Tbsp vegetable oil
2
tsp fresh orange zest
1
tsp ground fennel seeds
1
tsp kosher salt
½
tsp freshly ground white peppercorns
Honey Glaze, recipe follows

Honey Glaze

½
cup orange juice
¼
cup honey
½
tsp kosher salt
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directions

Notes

Special equipment: eight 10-inch metal skewers

Step 1

Preheat your grill (propane, charcoal or wood fired) to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Remove the wing tips from the chicken wings and save for another use, or freeze to make a stock. Cut the wings in half at the joint to separate the drums and the flats.

Step 3

Mix the vegetable oil, orange zest, fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss the drums and flats in this mixture to coat well.

Step 4

Separate the drums and flats to skewer. First skewer the flats using 2 metal skewers, one on each end of the flat placed lengthwise. You should be able to fit 6 flats per pair of skewers. Now, skewer the drums only with 2 skewers, one on each side of each drum. For even cooking, alternate the placement of the meatier end as you add on each piece. You should be able to fit 6 drums per pair of skewers. After the skewering assembly, you will have a total of 2 lines of flats and 2 lines of drums ready for grilling.

Step 5

Transfer the wings onto the grill over direct heat and grill for 6 minutes per side on medium-high heat. Remember the metal skewers will be hot; use sturdy tea towels or long tongs to help with flipping.

Step 6

Turn the heat down to medium. At this point (the wings will be about three-quarters done), brush the top side of the wings with the Honey Glaze. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, then flip onto the other side and glaze again. Grill for another 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes; the glaze will still be very hot. Serve warm.

Step 7

Put the orange juice, honey and ½ cup water in a small pan on medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to maple syrup consistency, about 8 minutes (the glaze will thicken very slightly as it cools down). Season with salt and set aside.

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