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19 July 2018

A recipe for spicy grilled ghost pepper chicken wings that have been rubbed down with a vibrant mix of ghost pepper flakes and other seasonings, then grilled to crispy perfection. Fire up those grills and get cooking. For true spicy food lovers.

These “no sauce” hot wings will keep you at home and will save you a ton of cash, as you won’t need to run out to your local wing joint. Excellent!

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE running down to one of the many local chicken wing establishments near my home, but there is something special about making them at home, especially when I’m in the back yard, firing up the grill.

FAVORITE THING! I love grilling!

We have a nice backyard that backs up to a pond and it’s rather serene. I can enjoy a nice adult refreshment as I let my chicken wings SIZZLE on the grill grates.

SO GOOD!

Just look at these babies.

These Grilled Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings are ready to eat!

The rub is simple – ghost pepper flakes, dry seasonings – but the grilling gets them extra crispy.

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we? It’s SUPER EASY.

How to Make Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings – The Recipe Method

First, pat the chicken wings as dry as possible, then add them to a large mixing bowl. Be sure to remove the wing tips, as those will just burn on the grill.

Next, sprinkle in your seasoning mixture, including ghost pepper chili flakes, chili powder, paprika, garlic, onion powder and salt. Give them a nice toss to make sure all the wings get nicely covered with your dry seasonings.

Chicken Wings Rubbed with Ghost Pepper Flakes and Seasonings

Cover the bowl and refrigerate the chicken wings for at least 1 hour. This ensures the seasoning intensifies, but also helps the wings dry out even further before grilling them. This the primary secret to “crispy” wings on the grill. Dry chicken skin. The drier the skin, the crispier they will turn out.

When you’re ready for grilling, fire up the grill to medium-high heat.┬áSprinkle the chicken wings with a bit of olive oil, then set them onto the grill grates. The combination of dry skin, high heat and olive oil will add to the overall crispiness.

Grill the chicken wings for 30-40 minutes, flipping them occasionally, until they are cooked through and the skins are nice and crispy.

Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings on the Grill

I like to blacken my wings, as you’ll see from the photo, but you can lower the heat and cook them a bit more slowly for less char.

Serve them up with a bit of ranch or blue cheese dressing on the side, if desired, or just gobble them up!

How to Get Crispy Chicken Wings on the Grill

There are three main factors in achieving super crispy chicken wings on the grill. They are:

  1. Very Dry Chicken Skin. Pat the chicken skins as dry as possible with paper towels before grilling them. It helps to sprinkle them with salt afterward and set them into the refrigerator. This helps draw out the moisture from the skins, which you can wipe off again. Baking powder is another secret ingredient that can help draw out the moisture from chicken skins. Additionally, the environment in the refrigerator helps dry the skin out even further. Try leaving them in the fridge overnight, covered, and see how dry they get.
  2. High Heat. You won’t get as hot as fry oil, but a high temperature in combination with your oil run before grilling will really help crisp up that dry skin.
  3. Oil. I use an olive oil blend typically, but you can use any neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, or avocado oil. Try them all!

Grilled Ghost Pepper Wings Heat Factor

As with most ghost pepper recipes, you’ll notice a HIGH heat factor that starts off with a mild burn and slowly builds.

Ghost peppers are an original superhot chili pepper, topping 1 Million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), so expect a very respectable level of heat. OH YEAH!

I know you want it.

You probably will only notice a bit of heat with the first couple of wings, but after a good 8 to 10 of them, oh yes! Pleasant heat.

Learn more about the Scoville Heat Scale Here.

Check Out Some of My Other Popular Chicken Wing Recipes

Try Some of My Other Ghost Pepper Recipes

I love cooking with ghost peppers and have a number of spicy ghost pepper recipes to share with you. Here is a list of recipes:

Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings - Ready to Serve, Nice and Spicy
Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings – Ready to Serve, Nice and Spicy

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.75 from 4 votes
Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings - Recipe
Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Wings Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Refrigeration
1 hr
Total Time
45 mins
 

A recipe for spicy grilled ghost pepper chicken wings that have been rubbed down with a vibrant mix of ghost pepper flakes and other seasonings, then grilled to crispy perfection. Fire up those grills and get cooking. For true spicy food lovers.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, ghost pepper, hot wings, wings
Servings: 4
Calories: 319 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon ghost pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Add chicken wings to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle them with the ghost pepper flakes and other dry seasonings. Toss until they are well coated.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Toss the seasoned chicken wings with olive oil.

  4. Grill the chicken wings for 30-40 minutes, flipping occasionally, or until they are nicely cooked through.

  5. Serve!
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: HOT. You'll get some excellent level heat from the ghost pepper chili flakes. Reduce the heat by omitting the ghost pepper flakes and focusing on the spicy chili powder.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Wings Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 32.2%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally posted on 6/6/2014. It was updated on 7/19/2018 to include new photos.

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4 comments

  1. Just made these and they were just the right amount of spicy. Ghost peppers all the way.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Joey. Ghost peppers are one of my favorites.

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