Chargrilled Chicken Wings

, from Issue #38. September, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Chargrilled Chicken Wings

Serves: 4


12 chicken wings, wing tips removed

3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped coriander root
1 tablespoon palm sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

To cook
12 wooden skewers soaked in water for 1 hour


Marinade: Pound the garlic, shallot, ginger and coriander root in a mortar to a fine paste. Pound in the sugar then stir in the remaining ingredients. Tip into a large bowl.

Cut three slashes in each wing and add the chicken to the marinade, turning well to coat. Cover and marinate for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To cook: Thread a skewer through each chicken wing.

Grill the wings over a medium-low heat on a lightly oiled barbecue for 25 minutes or until fully cooked through. Don’t have the grill too hot or the wings will burn before they are cooked.

Transfer to a platter and serve with lime wedges. 

Alternative cooking method: Cook the chicken wings on the barbecue for 5 minutes, browning on all sides then transfer to a baking dish and roast in a preheated 180˚C oven until cooked through.