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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Wings

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Crispy grilled chicken wings with a sweet homemade teriyaki sauce.

I realize that for much of the country, it’s far from grilling season right now. But here in Northern VA, we’ve had a warm spell, and I’ll take any excuse to start up our grill.

I make homemade teriyaki sauce all the time, but this is the first time I’ve used it on grilled chicken wings. I usually opt for lemon pepper wings or buffalo wings – sometimes even Korean chicken wings – but we eat those so often that I wanted something different.

The teriyaki sauce only takes about ten minutes to make and it tastes much better than store-bought. But if you want to use a bottled version, that will work just fine!

What is teriyaki sauce made of?

Teriyaki sauce typically contains soy sauce, mirin (or sake), and a little sugar. This version skips the mirin and uses more common ingredients to achieve the same result: delicious.

You’ll need soy sauce, ground ginger, a garlic clove, brown sugar, honey and cornstarch for this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe.

How long does it take to grill wings?

Grilling wings is pretty quick! It usually takes wings about 30 minutes total on the grill, give or take depending on their size. I put our wings on the grill, then turn them after about 10-15 minutes. If you’re adding a sauce like these teriyaki wings, you’ll want to brush it on about 5 minutes before your wings are done.

What temperature should chicken wings be grilled at?

Wings should be grilled over medium or medium-low heat. I usually go for medium-low since I’ve had better success at that temperature. You can also start the wings over medium-high heat until they’re seared, then move them to the cooler part of the grill to finish cooking.

How do you know when chicken wings are done on the grill?

Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. A meat thermometer can test this for you. It’s simple to do, just press the thermometer into the thickest part of the wing and pull them when they reach the right temperature.

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Wings

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

You'll love the flavor combination of grilled wings with sweet teriyaki sauce. These are great as an appetizer or a main course.


For the wings

  • 2 lb chicken wings
  • 1-2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, chopped

For the sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 5-6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


In a small saucepan, add the water, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Cook over medium heat until very hot and the sugars are dissolved.

Mix the cornstarch and cold water together in a small dish. Add it to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to your preference. It will thicken a bit more as it cools.

Grill the chicken wings over medium-low heat with the cover on until they're almost cooked through, about 20 minutes (flip them once halfway through). Brush on some of the teriyaki sauce over the wings, then continue cooking until they're completely cooked through, about 5 more minutes.

Place the wings on a serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve them with the remaining teriyaki sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1108Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 1794mgCarbohydrates: 113gNet Carbohydrates: 112gFiber: 1gSugar: 85gProtein: 40g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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