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Thai BBQ Chicken Wings.
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Thai BBQ Chicken Wings

This is absolutely the best way to make Thai Chicken Wings! The wings are marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce, and are loaded with authentic Thai flavors. This Thai BBQ chicken wings recipe is inspired by the traditional gai yang ไก่ย่างAbsolutely delicious, even better than take out!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4
Calories 251 kcal


  • pounds chicken wings, (pat the wings dry with paper towels)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk , (finely minced, white part only) - you can use a knife or food processor. Here's a good tutorial on how to cook with lemongrass.
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp + 1 teaspoon Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp + 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp honey
  • (optional) 2 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • black pepper, (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon neutral oil , (such as canola or vegetable oil)


  • In a medium bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients.
  • Place chicken wings in a large zip lock, add marinade sauce. Massage and make sure all chicken pieces are covered with sauce. Marinate in the fridge for at least 8 hours or up to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade. Spread chicken wings on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
    Cook for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature registers at 165°F, turning the chicken halfway through.


How to Grill the BBQ Chicken Wings:
Preheat the grill, grease, and cook the wings on medium heat. Flip the wings every 5 minutes for a total of 20-25 minutes of cooking time or until fully cooked and no longer pink.
How to Air Fry the Chicken Wings:
Preheat the air fryer and spray the basket with cooking spray. Place the wings in the fryer basket in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the basket. Work in multiple batches if needed.
Cook the wings for 24 minutes at 360°F, flipping halfway through. Increase the temperature to 390°F, and cook for about  4 minutes or until the outsides are crispy. Watch carefully so the wings don't burn.
Fish Sauce
Please note that not all fish sauce products/brands are created equal and they usually have different sodium levels (ex: Thai fish sauce has a lower sodium content than Vietnamese fish sauce).
To add saltiness to the dish, just add a small amount of salt (about ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt) . Do not go overboard with fish sauce or all you’ll taste is fish sauce.
You can purchase fish sauce at any Asian grocer or Target, Kroger/Ralphs, Vons, and Amazon.com
The best substitute: Soy sauce is a great alternative to fish sauce at a 1-to-1 ratio.
The Sodium Content 
The amount of sodium per serving seems too much but remember that you will discard most of the marinade sauce before cooking. 


Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 17gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 152IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baked Thai Chicken Wings, Thai Chicken Wings
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