Korean Style Grilled Wings

These crispy grilled wings are coated with a savory and sweet sticky glaze inspired by Korean BBQ flavors. You can also easily make them in the oven.
close-up photo of Korean-style grilled wings
I had so many summery things planned for this weekend, including eating copious amounts of ice cream and practicing our grilling skills. And then Saturday morning came and it rained. Rain in the summer in San Diego is already a rarity, and I expected it to be a light rain that would soon disappear, but it stayed wet all day and there was even some scary sounding thunder involved too.

I don’t think I’m ever going to get over being freaked out by thunder.

It was tempting to cancel all our plans, but it was the weekend, so we forged ahead. We ate ice cream in the rain and we went grocery shopping to buy some chicken wings and other BBQ ingredients. And on Sunday, while it remained muggy and gloomy, at least it didn’t rain. It definitely didn’t feel like a BBQ kind of day, but we went ahead and did so anyway.
 close-up of one Korean-style grilled wing
So far this summer, I’ve made quite a few tasty crispy wing recipes via my oven, but now that we have a grill, I was eager to see how they would turn out on the grill. Plus it would be energy saving. Ever since we moved into our new house, I noticed that we can now get day to day energy readings, rather than just a summary at the end of the month. This energy chart has been both a blessing and a curse.

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On the one hand, it does help us save energy and determine what uses are affecting our electricity bill the most. On the other hand, once you see the chart, it’s almost like a game. You want to keep trying to get the lowest amount possible and I absolutely hate it when we go over the red line average.
 Korean-style grilled wings on a plate
Anyhow, these wings came out pretty tasty. Crispy and flavorful, with a sweet and savory glaze reminiscent of Korean BBQ. I confess, I like the oven method better but it may just be because we’re still new to grilling. I think the appearance of the wings comes out much nicer in the oven and there’s no bitterness from the char, whereas you could taste the slight bitterness from the grill marks left on these wings. They were still good nonetheless and I saved much more power grilling them on our natural gas grill rather than baking these in the oven.

Korean Style Grilled Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 5

These crispy grilled wings are coated with a savory and sweet sticky glaze inspired by Korean BBQ flavors. You can also easily make them in the oven and so I've included instructions in the notes section if you prefer the oven method.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of chicken party wings

marinade

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp black vinegar
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup water

glaze

  • 2 tsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water
  • white sesame seeds optional, for garnish
  • chopped parsley optional, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients into a bowl. Add raw chicken wings to a large ziploc bag and pour in the sauce. Let wings sit in the marinade for at least 1 hour. Heat grill (or oven) to 400°F and remove wings from bag, reserving marinade.
  2. Cook wings until skin is crispy, checking on them every few minutes and flipping as necessary so they don't burn or stick to the grill. It will take about 30-40 minutes. 

  3. When wings are almost done, pour marinade into a small pot on stove and bring to a boil. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add in, stirring constantly until glaze bubbles and thickens. Let sauce cool for a few minutes.

  4. Brush finished wings with sauce, and sprinkle white sesame seeds and parsley if using.

Notes:

How to Bake the Wings

If you don't have a grill, you can make these wings in the oven. Follow the recipe instructions for marinating the wings and these steps to bake them in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread the wings in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake them for 40-60 minutes.
  • Unlike the grill method, you don't need to flip the wings while they're in the oven. Just bake them until they are golden and crispy.
Nutrition Facts
Korean Style Grilled Wings
Amount Per Serving (0.2 of recipe)
Calories 587 Calories from Fat 356
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39.5g 61%
Saturated Fat 8.7g 44%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 201.4mg 67%
Sodium 676.1mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 20.4g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14%
Sugars 11g
Protein 38.3g 77%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 32%
Iron 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

4 comments on “Korean Style Grilled Wings”

  1. That glaze looks so shiny and scrumptious. SO appetite inducing. Yum!

  2. Can I use white vinegar instead of black vinegar?

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