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Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings

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Whether you need an appetizer for the Super Bowl, 4th of July, or simply want to treat Dad to something special on Father’s Day, these Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings fit the bill! They are perfect for feeding a bunch of dudes or just that one special dude in your life. 

pile of grilled chicken wings on plate

Irresistible Grilled Chicken Wings

I’m so glad I was asked to contribute to Dude Food Week! To be honest though, dude food is tough for me to define. Sometimes, for me, it means a big salad or a veggie wrap. But, if I’m feeding a group of other dudes, you better believe I’m making garlic parmesan chicken wings.

During the summer, my nightmare is to turn on the oven for an hour to bake wings or heat up the deep fryer, so I always turn to the grill for stuff like this. Grilled wings are so easy and so delicious.

Personally, I like my grilled wings on the spicy side, but these savory garlic parmesan wings are crowd pleasers no matter what. Whether your friends like spicy food or not, everyone will be able to dig into these bad boys.

raw chicken wings in bowl being prepped to make garlic parmesan chicken wings

Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings Ingredients 

These garlic parmesan chicken wings really are the BEST chicken wings recipe. Here’s everything you’ll need to grill the wings: 

  • Chicken wings
  • Oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

garlic parmesan wing sauce ingredients in glass bowl

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings

Never grilled chicken wings before? Don’t fret, it’s easy! Here’s the basic rundown of how to grill chicken wings: 

  1. Prepare grill for indirect heat grilling (keep scrolling for detailed tips on how to do this).  
  2. Toss the wings in a neutral oil. 
  3. Add wings to the grill in a single layer. Grill until done. 
  4. Meanwhile, mix up the garlic parmesan wing sauce recipe.
  5. Toss the grilled wings in some of the garlic parmesan wing sauce. Return to grill. 
  6. Pull the wings off and toss them a second time with the rest of the garlic parmesan wing sauce.
  7. Sprinkle them with extra Parmesan and serve them with any sauce you like.

How Long to Grill Chicken Wings

You’ll want to cook these garlic parm wings low and slow for 45 minutes on the grill. After the grilled wings have been tossed in the garlic parmesan wing sauce, you’ll return them to the grill and let them cook just until slightly charred. 

how to grill chicken wings

How Long Will Chicken Wings Last in the Refrigerator?

These grilled wings should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking. Cooked chicken wings will keep up to 4 days in the fridge. 

How to Reheat Chicken Wings

First, take the grilled chicken wings out of refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and place the garlic parmesan chicken wings on the foil. Bake for 15 minutes-once they have achieved that crispy goldenness, remove and enjoy.

Can I Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings Without a Grill? 

You can, although I’ve only ever made this specific recipe using my grill. I imagine you could use a grill pan on your stove instead, or you could bake the garlic parm wings. I recommend referencing this Sweet Hot Mustard Chicken Wings recipe for instructions on baking chicken wings. 

grilled chicken wings being tossed in garlic parm wing sauce

Tips for Making Grilled Chicken Wings

When making grilled chicken wings, I like to start with whole wings and cut them into the smaller pieces that people are used to. 

The key to grilling wings successfully is to start them on low heat. If you are using a gas grill, turn off one zone entirely so your garlic parm wings can cook over that zone without getting hit with direct heat. If you’re using charcoal, scoop your coals to one side so you have a big section of indirect heat. This will give them time to cook while rendering out a lot of the extra fat in the wings.

You ready for the BIG secret to making these extra good?

When the grilled chicken wings are done (you can test one if you want. It should fall apart basically), toss the wings with about 3/4 of the garlic Parmesan sauce. Then return them to the grill, but this time crank the heat up to medium-high heat (or stick them over direct charcoal heat). You have to keep a close eye on them as they will burn quickly, but this direct heat blast will crisp up the skin on the wings and make them even better.

pile of grilled chicken wings on plate


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Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings

3.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Whether you need an appetizer for the Super Bowl, 4th of July, or simply want to treat dad to something special on Father's Day, these Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings fit the bill! They are perfect for feeding a bunch of dudes or just that one special dude in your life. 


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus some for garnish


  • Prepare grill for indirect heat grilling. If you’re using charcoal, move the coals to one side. If you’re using gas, turn off one zone entirely.
  • Chop chicken wings into flats and drumettes.
  • Toss wings with neutral oil.
  • Add wings to the grill in a single layer and cook for 45 minutes, turning occasionally to make sure they are cooking evenly.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter and stir with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan.
  • When wings are done grilling, toss with 3/4 of the butter sauce.
  • Turn grill heat up to medium-high.
  • Return wings to grill over direct heat and grill a second time for just a few minutes.
  • Watch them closely until they get some char marks and the skin crisps up.
  • Remove wings and toss with remainder of sauce.
  • Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese and serve with a sauce of your choosing.


leftovers will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Grilled Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 701 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 213mg71%
Sodium 942mg41%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1410IU28%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

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  • So good!!! I’d use a little less salt, but that’s Just a personal taste! These are amazing.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback!

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  • These Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings sound tasty, but I plan to use Chicken Thighs, NOT Wings!! IMO, Chicken Wings are nothing more than ‘cheap scrap parts’ of the chicken, which should only be used to collect into a freezer bag, to make chicken stock. They’re nothing but bones and skin! My family & I like to bite into some ACTUAL chicken meat, NOT into fatty skin & bones. Chicken Wings are (presently) a huge CRAZE, but I still can’t understand why! Restaurants are making a KILLING by serving them. I know this first hand, since my son is the Head Chef in a local hotel & restaurant. They sell their wings for $16.99/doz.! What a RIP-OFF!, but they’re laughing all the way to the bank,….since there’s no waste, and it’s all profit. This is definitely a very tasty recipe for chicken, so do yourself a favor and make it with chicken ‘thighs’, instead of wings. You won’t be sorry.

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  • I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! The recipe is so simple. My husband commented that it was the juiciest chicken he has ever had. I definitely bookmarked this recipe for future reference.

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    • So glad to hear that!

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  • Hi
    What if you don’t have a grill?

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    • Wings can be baked in the oven too. 🙂

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