Grilled 5-Spice Barbecue Chicken Wings with Herbs

August 27, 2013

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: A simple, tasty dinner that won't interrupt a lazy summer afternoon. 

Grilled 5-Spice Barbecue Chicken Wings with Herbs from Food52

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I've been lucky enough to brave many of the recent Dallas summer days by a friend’s pool, and I'm even luckier still that this pool has an incredible grill within splashing distance. These wings were eaten as a meal at one such dinnertime when our small group was craving a simple meal to grab between bobbing in and out of the pool. The chicken wings -- just seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled, and then tossed with an aromatic stir-together sauce -- were the perfect summer meal when served with large handfuls of lightly dressed herbs and crudité vegetables.

Grilled 5-Spice Barbecue Chicken Wings with Herbs

Serves 4

1/2 cinnamon stick, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon Szechuan or regular peppercorns
1 star anise, broken into pieces
5 whole cloves
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 pounds chicken wings
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups mixed herbs, such as basil, cilantro and mint
1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright

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