If you love chicken wings, but you would never cook them yourself.. This recipe couldn’t be easier, I promise! It was included in my weekly email from FoodNetwork.com right before the 4th of July and was also featured in the Food Network Magazine. These wings are cooked ON the grill but IN foil! There was one FN recipe for Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wings (with sauce) or a much simpler Jerk wing recipe included in 50 Things to Grill in Foil, but as I didn’t have any jerk seasoning I decided to make my own Portuguese inspired rub. This rub works so well with a whole chicken, chicken wings or even just some skinless chicken strips.
For about two dozen wings, I combined a couple tablespoons of Paprika, a large heaping tablespoon of Cumin, a couple teaspoons of Garlic Salt, a teaspoon or so of red pepper flakes and if you like it extra spicy add some more Chili Powder or Cayenne. Mix these together and be sure to taste! Add it to a large ziploc freezer bag with the wings, the juice of 1 or 2 Limes and a few large tablespoons of Canola or vegetable oil. If the marinade looks a bit dry, add more oil so that the rub is evenly distributed. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight if possible.
Get the grill hot with high heat. Cut out a couple long pieces of foil, drizzle lightly with more oil and using tongs arrange the wings so that they lie flat. First fold the long sides together and then the short ends to seal. Be sure that it’s fully sealed but do it loosely. Close the grill and let them go for about 15 minutes. Using tongs, gently open the foil packets and turn all the wings over once. Re-seal and let them cook another 10-12 minutes. When you turn them over they should have a nice caramelized color/crisp. When they’re done, open the packets up and squeeze fresh lime juice and sprinkle chopped Cilantro/Coriander. Serve them hot and I guarantee that you’ll be licking your fingers!
If you don’t have time to make this rub yourself, try some Nando’s Peri-Peri seasoning, jerk seasoning, Cajun or just any fajita/taco seasoning. A bit of fresh lime juice is a perfect finish for these juicy wings!