Grilled Chicken Wings with Sticky Thai Glaze

Sticky, sweet and savory, these grilled chicken wings with a Thai glaze are simple to prepare and great for summer!

Wings are a favorite at our house when we want a casual, simple dinner. We love cooking crispy air fryer chicken wings, as well as crockpot chicken wings, but these Thai chicken wings are simple to cook on the grill, which is great for summer!

overhead view of thai grilled chicken wings on plate with lime wedges

I love the contrasting flavors you can find in Thai food: sweet, savory, spicy and sour. And full of umami!

These grilled chicken wings marinate to infuse the flavors into the meat, and are brushed with some reserved marinade while grilling for a sticky and slightly charred glaze.

Serve with coconut rice and a crunchy rainbow Thai salad for an simple summery dinner!

Reasons you’ll ♡ grilled chicken wings with Thai glaze

  • they are simple to cook on the grill (with simple clean up!)
  • they have so much flavor thanks to the marinade and the glaze brushed on as they grill
  • you can customize the heat

Recipe video

Want to see how I prepped and grilled these chicken wings? Watch the video below to see how easily they arrive together! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel, or on Facebook.

overhead view of ingredients required to make thai glazed chicken wings (labelled)

Two steps to build flavor

These Thai grilled chicken wings have a two step method to add flavor.


The first flavor-boosting step is to marinate the chicken in a marinade.

To make the marinade, combine honey, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. These ingredients create a sweet,  savory, sour and umami-packed base for our marinade. To add depth, dimension, and a bit of heat, we add chili powder, ground coriander seed, garlic and hot red pepper flakes.

A few notes about the marinade:

  • If you are looking to reduce the heat, feel free to abandon out the red pepper flakes. If you like your food spicy, double it!
  • Make sure you reserve half of the marinade to brush on the chicken just before serving.
  • Marinate for 2-24 hours.
  • The marinade will have the smell of fish sauce, but the chicken won’t taste fishy at all. Pinky swear.

Glazing the chicken wings

After marinating the chicken, it’s time to obtain grilling! Heat the grill to medium heat (350°F), and brush the grill with oil before adding the chicken wings.

Cook for 15-20 minutes, until skin is charred and chicken is cooked through (you can check that they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165°F using a digital thermometer if you’d like).

While grilling, brush the chicken wings with the reserved marinade, and turn them frequently.

collage image showing how to grill chicken wings

How to grill and glaze the wings

  1. Prepare the marinade in a large bowl. Reserve 1/3 to brush on as a glaze while grilling.
  2. Add the chicken wings. Toss to coat, and marinate for 2- 24 hours.
  3. Heat grill to medium heat (350°F). Brush grill with oil. Place the wings on the grill, spaced apart.
  4. Cook with the lid down for around 30 minutes, turning the wings each 5 or so minutes.

close up shot of a pile of thai glazed chicken wings


Recipe tips

  • All grills cook differently, and some may have hot spots, so keep an eye on the wings and turn them as needed
  • Long-handled tongs are great for flipping the wings while avoiding burnt hands
  • Wings can cope with a longer cook time than other types of chicken, so don’t be afraid to cook until you obtain that kind char on them
  • If your wings came whole, you’ll want to break them down. See this post for step by step directions
  • Fish sauce should be simple to find in the international section of your grocery store
  • Leftover wings may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: heat in a frying pan or on the grill for 3-5 minutes.

More recipes for the grill

Grilled Chicken Wings with Sticky Thai Glaze

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Thai

Keyword: chicken, grill, summer

Calories: 318kcal

Servings: 4

Sticky, sweet and savory, these grilled chicken wings with a Thai glaze are simple to prepare and great for summer!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time30 mins

marinate2 hrs

Total Time2 hrs 45 mins

  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer ⅓ of marinade to a small container to be used later, for glazing.

  • Add chicken wings to remainder of marinade and toss to coat. Marinate for 2-24 hours, tossing occasionally.

To Grill

  • Heat grill to medium heat (350°F). Brush grill with oil before adding wings.

  • Add wings to the grill, spacing them out by 2 inches.

  • Cook with the lid down for 30 minutes, turning the wings each 5 minutes (note 2), and brushing with the reserved glaze.

  • Once wings are cooked through, slightly sticky and charred, remove from the grill.

  • Serve with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

1- ~1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes for mild spice, increase for spicier

2- some grills have a hot spot, and you may want to move the wings around on the grill as you turn them so that they cook through evenly.

Serving: 0.5lb | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1942mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 847IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

recipe adapted from about.com

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