Indian Style Chicken Wings

The spice level of these Indian inspired chicken wings can easily be adjusted based on your tolerance level.

When it’s a hot summer day, I prefer not turning on the oven or standing over a hot stove. Grilling or broiling are much better options!

These chicken wings are perfect to make because they can be broiled or grilled. With only a few ingredients, you get a spicy burst of Indian flavor! 

If you have time, marinate the chicken the night before. For extra spicy wings, increase the chili pepper.  

Strangely, in hot places like Kerala, India, people indulge in spicy food despite the heat and humidity.

One theory is that the spices cause you to sweat thus cooling your body off.

Another theory is that spicy foods act as an appetite stimulant which is helpful when hot weather suppresses your appetite.

How to Make spice rub for chicken wings

The dry rub for the chicken wings is made of chili powder, turmeric, and chicken masala.

For the chicken masala, gather 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 3 whole green cardamom pods, 3 black peppercorns or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 inch cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3-4 cloves, 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and optional 1 petal of star anise and 1 pinch of cumin.

Place the spices in a spice or coffee grinder and grind until they become a fine powder. Transfer this spice blend to a small jar and store in the fridge.

For the recipe you will need about 1/2 teaspoon of the masala, plus 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1-2 teaspoons Indian chili powder or cayenne pepper. Paprika can be substituted for the chili pepper for a less spicy flavor.

Mix the spice rub with the chicken pieces and let sit while reheating your broiler or grill. The wings can also be prepped the night before and kept in the fridge until ready to make.

How to Make Broiled Chicken Wings

Turn on the oven broiler and set to “High.”

Cover a large baking pan/sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Lightly oil the rack and arrange the wings on top, spaced out. Place the sheet pan in the oven about 8-10 inches below the broiler and shut the door.

Broil for 10 minutes or until slightly crispy. Take out the pan and flip each wing over. Place the pan back under the broiler and heat for another 10 minutes until the other side is crispy and golden.

How to Make Grilled Chicken Wings

Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high heat or 350°F.

Oil the grate and place the wings on top. Grill them for about 20 minutes with the lid on. Make sure to lift the lid and turn the wings over occasionally so they cook and crisp evenly.

If you are craving a spicy treat this summer, enjoy these savory wings alone or served with cilantro, lemon wedges, and a cooling yogurt dip or cilantro mint chutney. 

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Joby's Test Kitchen Indian style chicken wings with chili powder, cilantro, and lemon slices.

Indian Style Chicken Wings

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Flavorful chicken wings with a hint of Indian spice!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken Wings:

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsps Indian chili powder or cayenne pepper (or paprika for less spicy)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼-½ tsp chicken masala (homemade or store-bought)

Homemade Chicken Masala (Makes about 2 tbsps):

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 whole green cardamom pods
  • 3 black peppercorns or ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ inch stick cinnamon or ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • ⅛-¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 petal star anise, optional
  • 1 pinch cumin, optional

Optional Condiments to Serve With:

  • yogurt dip
  • cilantro mint chutney

Instructions
 

Homemade Chicken Masala:

  • Place all the spices in a spice or coffee grinder. Grind until it becomes a fine powder. Store in a jar and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Broiled Chicken Wings:

  • In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the wings. Let sit for 10 minutes while you turn broiler to “High” and prep the pan.
  • Cover a large baking pan/sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Lightly oil the rack and arrange the wings on top, spaced out. Place the sheet pan in the oven, about 8-10 inches below the broiler and shut the door.
  • Broil for 10 minutes or until slightly crispy. Take out and flip each wing. Place under broiler and heat another 10 minutes until the other side is crispy and golden.

Grilled Chicken Wings:

  • In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the wings. Let sit while you heat your grill to medium-high or 350°.
  • Oil the grate, and place the wings on top. Grill for about 20 minutes with the lid on. Make sure to lift the lid and turn the wings over occasionally so they cook and crisp evenly.
  • Garnish with cilantro and lemon wedges, and serve with condiment of choice.
Keyword chicken wings, chili pepper, Indian, Kerala, spicy

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