Grilled 5-Spice Barbecue Chicken Wings with Herbs

July 10, 2013

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 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
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. In a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, combine first 5 spices and smash or pulse until pulverized. Stir together spices, ketchup, sugar, soy sauce and garlic.
  2. In a large bowl, toss wings with 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Add wings to grill and cook 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Toss grilled wings with reserved sauce. Top wings with herbs and drizzle with remaining oil and rice-wine vinegar.

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Reviews (3) Questions (0)

3 Reviews

ghainskom December 2, 2015
Another note on this recipe: if you have all the ingredients required to make your own 5-spice as instructed, then by all means go ahead and do it. It's worth it. But if instead you have good quality store bought mix, 2 teaspoons work for me. Also, there's no limit to the mixture of herbs you can use, e.g. basil-mint-parsley or cilantro-mint only. Can you tell I've been making this often?
 
dawn S. September 6, 2015
I love this Asian inspired dish add some Asian cole slaw and some brown rice and what a hit...if you like spice add some sirrachi!!
 
ghainskom August 6, 2014
I wonder why no one tested/commented this recipe. It's extremely simple and really delicious. My almost vegetarian 7yo could not stop eating tonight. This recipe is really surprising. I though the wings would be swung in the sauce before grilling (by the way, I oven baked an broiled instead) and expected the meat to be really bland but not at all. I also almost skippedbthe herbs. Don't do any of this. Just follow the recipe. You won't regret it.