This recipe boasts garlic, cumin, chili, and oregano flavored chicken wings which are cooked beautifully on the barbeque. These are ideal if you have a crowd to feed or if you just want to make something tasty as a treat for the family. The recipe is simple to double or triple anyway. Use regular chicken wings or jumbo-cut party wings if you prefer. Feel free to marinate them for a few hours before cooking them to offer additional flavor. Marinating them results in a richer flavor. You will find the seasonings work very nicely with the chicken. Serve these wings with lemon wedges, coleslaw and cornbread perhaps, for a full meal. This serves 2 as an entrée or 3 to 4 if you are also offering burgers and steaks from the barbeque.

Do not worry if you have leftovers because these keep for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, so you can use them for picnics or box lunches. The wings are cooked for a while, then you can apply the spice mixture and finish them off on the barbeque. Do not apply any of the basting mixture during the final 5 minutes of cooking time so if there is any bacteria in there from the raw chicken, the heat from the barbeque will cook it off and prevent cross-contamination. Because these are piquant, they are nice served with something creamy on the side. If you do not want coleslaw, consider potato salad, homemade guacamole or a creamy macaroni salad on the side, to provide contrast.

A Perfect Blend of Spices

In the recipe you will see we recommend a teaspoon of chili powder or ‘to taste’ which means if you do not want these hot and spicy you can reduce the amount of chili powder used. A teaspoon will give quite a fiery result, so add less to the spice mix if you like. Along with the chili we are using cumin, garlic, oregano and salt to balance out the flavors, along with olive oil so you can spread it over the wings. Feel free to tweak the spice mix if you want to use other ingredients. Some people like to add a little brown sugar for sweetness, or honey instead. That is fine although be careful it does not scorch on the barbeque. Another way of sweetening the dish is to serve a sweet sauce on the side, or even cornbread with some butter and honey drizzled over it to add contrast. Chicken wings are always popular and you can expect these to disappear fast.

The following recipe is an excellent way to prepare wings and the smoky taste from the barbeque makes them really special. Whether you are also putting ribs, burgers and steaks on the grill for a huge meal or just focusing on the wings, you can expect plenty of spicy flavor in every bite. Ensure you have plenty of napkins to hand because these can be messy. This is a great dish if you want to make something spicy but you do not want to marinate anything overnight, because you can literally brush the spice mixture on to the chicken while it is on the barbeque, and get plenty of mouthwatering flavor.

Chicken Wings with Garlic and Chili
Summary: These wings are flavored with cumin, garlic, oregano and chili, so you can expect a real kick. If you are into spicy food and you like chicken wings, try it!
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2
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  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Preheat the barbeque to medium.
  2. Combine the cumin, garlic, salt, oregano, oil, and chili powder.
  3. Grill the wings for 15 minutes, turning them occasionally.
  4. Baste them using the cumin mixture and give them another 10 minutes or until they are done.
  5. Do not baste the wings during the final 5 minutes of the cooking time.
  6. Serve the wings hot with lemon wedges.

Photo Description:

It is nearly impossible to look at this chicken wings picture without your mouth watering, don’t you find? These are so good. They are flavored with garlic, cumin, chili and oregano, and boast so much flavor. These chicken wings will also take on a smoky accent from the barbeque, which suits their spicy taste very nicely. Serve them with lemon or lime wedges, and we suggest something creamy like coleslaw, potato salad or macaroni salad on the side, to contrast with their fiery flavor. This recipe is easy to double or triple, for feeding a crowd, and everyone will love their amazing spicy flavor.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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