A super sweet, spicy and simple Sweet Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings recipe.

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This recipe is short and sweet, and a little spicy too. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings have become a regular weeknight meal for us, usually every Monday, our BBC Top Gear Family TV Night. The wings are quick and perfect with a side of sweet potato fries, and seasoned beans of some sort. Plus they’re grilled. Which means a bit lighter, with no greasy, frying mess to clean up.

If you’re familiar with grilling, this recipe is as simple as it gets. (Of course there are alternate instructions for baking them in the recipe below.) We use a charcoal grill with these over a low, even heat, and for better control over flame. My husband is the grill master in our home and prefers charcoal over gas when time permits. Nothing beats an old kettle charcoal grill.

Other than grill skills, the sweet and spicy sauce is made with equal parts of balsamic vinegar, honey, and hot sauce. For the hot sauce, we usually use sriracha hot chili sauce (the one with the rooster on the bottle), but any of your favorite hot sauces will do. We use this sauce for other cuts of chicken too. It’s a nice balance of sweet and spicy for us, but if you can kick it up a notch or two if you like it hot.

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Try this one soon, y’all! I think you will find these Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings become a favorite regular in your home too. Whisk up some sauce, light the grill, and get those paper towels ready! Happy cooking!

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This lighter wing option is so easy and super delicious to prepare. Perfect for game-time grub!


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot chili pepper sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken wings, thawed*


  1. Whisk together first three ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Place wings on grill over low, direct heat. Grill 15 minutes per side, then baste chicken with sauce, turn, and continue to baste until done, and desired crispness, color, coverage is reached.


* Substitute your favorite cut of chicken. Thighs and legs are fabulous! To bake in oven: Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Place wings on baking sheet (line with aluminum foil for easy cleanup). Cook for 15 minutes, then baste wings with sauce, turn over, baste. Continue to cook and baste until done, checking every 15 minutes or so.

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Originally published May 15, 2012.