Best Italian Grilled Chicken Wings

Sunday, May 16, 2010
Seriously grilled wings are delicious and easy to make and won't heat the house in the summertime.

These chicken wings just need a little time to marinate for the best flavors.

Our simple marinade consists of oil, garlic with added salt, and pepper will make these wings delicious along with many other popular recipes for wings we make  24 different kinds of wings you may also like to try.

Then you can dip them in any kind of Chicken Wings Dipping Sauces you like, they are the best of the best moist inside wings with that down-home smokey outdoor flavor.

Don't miss trying our Smoked Venison Tenderloin, Slow Cooked Beef Brisket or our Pork Belly Burnt Ends if you love smoked meats!

Scroll down to our recipe card for this recipe, it's printable.

grilling wings

Wings and Suggestions

These are super easy and flavorful to make grilled outdoors, smoked, air-fried, or oven baked.

For chicken, we always prefer to use hickory chips,  but pecan, mesquite, cherry, and apple are all popular wood chip flavors for chicken.

Baked wings are easy by just placing the wings in a deep baking pan in a preheated oven of 400 degrees until crispy ( you can also broil the tops after 25 minutes of baking for crispier skin).

We are chicken wing lovers and have made them fried, baked, air fried (see below at the end of this post for directions), or smoked, any way you cook them we're big fans of wings.

marinade for wings

Step By Step 

  1. marinate overnight or at least 4 hours before cooking
  2. oil spray the grates
  3. preheat grill to 400 degrees
  4. grill until the internal temperature on the chicken is 165 degrees around 25 minutes
  5. Optional: serve with chicken wing sauce of choice

barbecued sauce on smoked wings

Additional Side Dishes:

Curt Iffert Chicken Wing Recipe


  • always marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • use your favorite wood chips for different flavors
  • always use a thermometer for internal temp for the chicken to be completed cooking internally
  • make sure you are watching for smoke and oil fires keep a squirt bottle on hand to lower the flames
  • these chicken wings taste great plain or use your favorite dipping sauces store-bought or Our Homemade Chicken Wing Dipping Sauce

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wings on the grill

Outdoor Smoked Wings or How to Air Fry Wings

  1. Gas Grill Smoker: Fill your smoker box with wood chips if using and place them on top of cool grill grates
  2. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees
  3. Once the wood chips start to smoke, reduce the grill temperature to 350
  4. Arrange chicken wings on oil sprayed gas grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees around 8 to 12 minutes depending on the thickness
  5. AIR FRYER: Set the air fryer to 360 degrees and cook for 12 minutes, then flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 minutes more. Flip the wings again, increase the heat to 390 degrees and cook until the outsides are extra-crispy, about 6 minutes more.
  6. Baked wings are easy by just placing the wings in a deep baking pan in a preheated oven of 400 degrees until crispy ( you can also broil the tops after 25 minutes of baking for crispier skin).

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Best Italian Grilled Chicken Wings

Best Italian Grilled Chicken Wings

Yield: 40
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 35 M
These marinated garlicky grilled wings are moist and tender and addicting. Great with or without dipping sauces.


  • 35-40 wings fresh not frozen (medium-sized)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and black pepper


  1. Mix the wings in a big bowl and marinate them covered overnight or at least for 4 hours before grilling that day.
  2. After marinating, oil spray the gas grill grates and preheat the grill to 400 degrees.
  3. Grill on both sides until crispy and completely cooked, this took around 25 minutes to do all of them on medium heat (or until the chicken's internal temperature reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part using an instant-read thermometer).
  4. Coat the cooked wings with our assorted Chicken Wing Dipping Sauces of choice.
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  1. I love these!Make them all the time - winter and summer. They get gobbled up immediately. There's never enough. Good choice!

  2. Interesting marsala wings. I love wings...maybe a bit too much. Those really look good.


  3. Haven't tried wings on the grill yet, but they look wonderful.Your son Kurt is a handsome guy and he cooks too... You better watch out for him mom!

  4. These look delicious, Curt! But don't tell anyone I said so (smile). Everyone thinks I'm a vegan...

  5. Go Curt! Want to share any of those 40 wings?

  6. Lovin' this guest post!!!

    I could go for wings right now, too!

  7. yep, those do look good, great mix of ingredients Curt

  8. Look at all those wings! Delicious!

  9. Wow, Curt, you really cook very well. I love these wings...with all the garlic drooling! Claudia, you are very lucky! A family of great cooks!

  10. So tempting marsala they are small you need to eat a lot to fill your tummy and this grilled ones accomplish wonderfully :)



  11. Oh boy the wings look AWESOME!!! My husband thanks you :)

  12. Yum! These sound terrific and so flavorful!

  13. Love wings and grilled is even better! I would lose my head if I were facing that grill!

  14. In the warm weather I like to grill, beautiful guest post!

  15. I love grilling season. These look great!


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