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Grill-Fried Chicken Wings

Pair this nouveau fried chicken with Ben's classic French Rosé

"Grill-fried chicken" sounds like an oxymoron, but it's actually possible to make this American staple without deep frying. We brined the chicken to ensure that it stayed moist, tossed it in a heavily seasoned flour mixture, and grilled drumettes and flats over hot coals. To get the fried texture we were looking for, we brushed the wings lightly with oil, and watched them sizzle ‘til golden brown.

Ever had a glass of Rosé with a bucket of fried chicken? The crisp, bright flavors balance out every ounce of crunchy richness.

Air date: July 2019

Photo Credit: Joe Keller

Grill-Fried Chicken Wings

Serves 8 to 10

Pair this nouveau fried chicken with Ben's classic French Rosé

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Why this recipe works:

Grill-fried chicken sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s actually possible to make great fried chicken without deep frying. To make it happen on the grill, we separated whole chicken wings at the joints into drumettes and flats. Then we brined the chicken to ensure that it stayed moist. We coated the chicken with flour that we seasoned heavily with black pepper, granulated garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper and then built a hot fire with the coals banked on one side of the grill. We put the chicken opposite the coals, on the cooler side of the grill, to cook until the coating was dry and set, about 30 minutes. Then, to get the fried texture we were looking for, we brushed the wings with a mere 3 tablespoons of oil and let them continue continue to cook until they were golden brown, which took another 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, cut at joints, wingtips discarded
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions:

We prefer to buy whole chicken wings and butcher them ourselves because they tend to be larger than wings that come presplit. If you can find only presplit wings, opt for larger ones, if possible. Ideally, 12 whole wings should equal 3 pounds, which will yield 24 pieces of chicken (12 drumettes and 12 flats, tips discarded) once broken down. Do not brine the chicken for longer than 3 hours in step 1 or it will become too salty. Charcoal grills tend to produce more-intense heat than gas grills do, hence the difference in cooking times.

  1. Dissolve 1/4 cup salt and sugar in 2 quarts cold water in large container. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
  2. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Whisk flour, granulated garlic, paprika, cayenne, 1 tablespoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Remove chicken from brine. Working in batches of four, dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, pressing to adhere. Place chicken on prepared rack. Refrigerate chicken, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
    1. FOR A CHARCOAL GRILL: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter mounded with charcoal briquettes (7 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour into steeply banked pile against side of grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes.
    2. FOR A GAS GRILL: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Turn primary burner to high and turn off other burner(s). (Adjust primary burner [or, if using three-burner grill, primary burner and second burner] as needed to maintain grill temperature of 425 degrees.)
  3. Clean and oil cooking grate. Place chicken, fatty side up, on cooler side of grill, arranging drumettes closest to coals. Cook chicken, covered, until lightly browned and coating is set, about 30 minutes for charcoal or about 45 minutes for gas.
  4. Brush chicken with oil until no traces of flour remain (use all oil). Cover and continue to cook until coating is golden brown and chicken registers between 180 and 200 degrees, about 30 minutes longer for charcoal or about 45 minutes longer for gas. Transfer chicken to clean wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve.
    • This gloriously refreshing French blush carries all the subtle, delicate flavors the region does best.
    • Ben’s eye-popping Provencial Rosé is made from Grenache, a soft, medium-bodied grape that gives this summery wine a squeeze of fruity flavors like strawberry and melon.
    • When you’re not sure what to open, this ALWAYS does the trick. Sit out in the evening sun with a large chilled glass of Ben’s Rosé and a Mediterranean salad flecked with roasted red peppers and fresh crumbly feta.
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