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Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings are the perfect summer grilling recipe and would be a nice addition to your tailgate or football party this fall. Chicken wings are marinated in a tangy Greek marinade and grilled to create a tender and flavorful chicken wing. Serve with a yogurt tahini sauce for dipping and a big Mediterranean salad. 

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings on blue platter.

GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WINGS 

Today I am celebrating summer grilling season with Smart Chicken, my favorite brand of chicken that I use on a weekly basis for my family.

These Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings are the best chicken wings in my opinion and the easiest way to make them. 

There is something about that tangy, lemony marinade and the char from the grill!

Honestly, this is my favorite marinade for chicken.

You can locate Smart Chicken near you at this link

This wing recipe is not only great for summer grilling it would be a nice addition to your tailgate or football party.

You can easily make these in the air fryer or bake them in the oven using this Sumac Lemon Baked Chicken Wing Recipe

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings on white plate.

I like to pair these Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with a yogurt tahini sauce or this Creamy Dill Sauce and a big Lebanese Salad

You might remember a few of the other chicken recipes that I created in partnership with Smart Chicken like these Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs, Yogurt Marinated Chicken and this Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

My family loves chicken so I have these recipes on repeat in my house. 

If you like grilled chicken recipes a few I really enjoy Chicken Souvlaki Recipe, Grilled Huli Huli Chicken, Greek Marinated Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce or these Greek Chicken Thighs

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with yogurt sauce.

WHY I LOVE SMART CHICKEN?

  • Smart Chicken is a Midwest company. I love supporting brands that are local to where I live. 

  • They also believe in doing things the right way when it comes to raising chickens. In other words, to do things the right way, not necessarily the easiest, fastest or most efficient way. This way includes the proper treatment and care of our chickens and also their people, and the utmost care and discretion in how they process and package their product.

  • Smart Chicken air chills their chicken which keeps the chicken tender, moist and when it cooks it develops that juicy flavor we all love. It really effects the flavor of the chicken! I feel good feeding my family Smart Chicken because of their commitment to quality.

  • They use no antibiotics ever in the chicken that is sold in stores. 

  • They handle their chickens through humane practices, comfortable living conditions, and protocols that promote the health and well-being of the birds.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS GRILLED CHICKEN WING RECIPE?

  • SMART CHICKEN PARTY WINGS

  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 

  • LEMON JUICE

  • GARLIC

  • OREGANO

  • THYME

  • PAPRIKA

  • CUMIN

  • CAYENNE PEPPER

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with lemon.

HOW DO YOU MAKE GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WINGS?

In a small bowl combine the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and whisk until combined.

In a large bowl or a ziplock add the wings and pour the marinade. Using tongs or your hands work the marinade into the wings. Refrigerate for at least a 1/2 hour or up to 2 hours.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings marinating in bowl.

Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat (about 350 degrees F). Brush the grill with olive oil to prevent the wings from sticking.

Mediterranean Chicken Wings on grill.

Place the wings on the grill {you actually want the wings to be crowded together on the grill to help them stay moist while cooking}.

Cook the wings for about 20 minutes, flipping them every 5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with parsley.

GRILLING WING TIPS 

CROWD: When grilling you are often told not to crowd the meat on the grill. With chicken wings the opposite is actually true.

You want to crowd the chicken wings on the grill to help keep the moisture in them as they steam on the grill. 

MARINADE: I really like to marinade my chicken wings because it helps to infuse the flavor into the chicken and create a tender chicken wing.

Because this marinade uses lemon juice I suggest only marinading the chicken up to 2 hours otherwise the acidity begins to break down the chicken. 

TENT: Once I pull off the chicken I like to tent the chicken wings with aluminum foil after they are doing grilling for about 5 minutes to help the juices distribute in the chicken. 

SAUCE: While these chicken wings are marinaded before cooking you could also toss them in your favorite sauce after they are done cooking.

If you like hot wings try adding a buffalo sauce once they are done grilling or a sprinkling or cayenne or crushed red pepper. 

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with lemon slices.

WHAT TO PAIR WITH GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WINGS?

There are also some great side dishes that pair well with this chicken. I often make these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Ratatouille or this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Salads pair really nicely with grilled chicken. I especially love this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad or this Mediterranean Eggplant Salad

Potatoes are always a great match for chicken. I especially love these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes, Lemon Cilantro Potatoes or these Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with logo.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings with lemon slices.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinade Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wings are the perfect summer grilling recipe and would be a nice addition to your tailgate or football party this fall. Chicken wings are marinated in a tangy Greek marinade and grilled to create a tender and flavorful chicken wing. Serve with a yogurt tahini sauce for dipping and a big Mediterranean salad. 

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of Smart Chicken Party Wings
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

YOGURT TAHINI SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt 
  • 2 teaspoons tahini 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • Dash of salt and pepper 

LEBANESE SALAD

  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced {about 2 cups}
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped 
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber, seeds removed, chopped 
  • 5 green onions, green and white parts chopped 
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1 small onion, diced {about 1/2 of a cup}
  • Romaine Lettuce, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite spice {sumac or za'atar are nice}
  • Dash of salt and pepper 

Instructions

FOR THE WINGS:

In a small bowl combine the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and whisk until combined.

In a large bowl or a ziplock add the wings and pour the marinade. Using tongs or your hands work the marinade into the wings. Refrigerate for at least a 1/2 hour or up to 2 hours.

Preheat a gas grill to medium heat (about 350 degrees F). Brush the grill with olive oil to prevent the wings from sticking.

Put the wings on the grill {you actually want the wings to be crowded together on the grill to help them stay moist while cooking}.

Cook the wings for about 20 minutes, flipping them every 5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

FOR THE YOGURT TAHINI SAUCE:

Combine the yogurt, tahini sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk until it is mixed well.

FOR THE LEBANESE SALAD:

In a large bowl mix the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, parsley and onion.

In a mason jar combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, mint, salt and pepper. Seal the mason jar and shake the dressing until combined {or use a small bowl and whisk the dressing}.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Taste and adjust mint, salt and pepper.

In the bowl with the salad add the romaine lettuce {optional} and toss to combine. Alternatively you can lay a bed of romaine in a bowl and add the Lebanese Salad on top.

Today’s post is sponsored by Smart Chicken. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Emma

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hey Julia! Your recipe really came out amazing. Nice job... Fell in love with juicy wings.

Julia

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

I am so glad! I thought there was so easy and juicy too. Thanks for the feedback.

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