Spring 2024

Sticky BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

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Serving: 6 people (as a starter)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Kalahari Chicken Wings



750g chicken wings

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tsp of Kalahari Desert Salt, Selected by Maldon, crushed

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 small sweetheart cabbage, finely shredded

1 green chilli, deseeded and finely diced

A handful of parsley, roughly chopped

2 tbsp Crème fraiche

1 tsp Dijon mustard

3 spring onions, julienned

2 lemons, one juiced and one griddled


Indulge in the perfect game day with our sticky BBQ chicken wings recipe, featuring Kalahari Desert Salt, Selected by Maldon. This chicken wing recipe is a savoury delight, marinated in a mouth-watering blend of honey, a cup of brown sugar, garlic cloves (or garlic powder if cheating!), cayenne pepper, ketchup, soy sauce and a teaspoons of Kalahari Desert Salt. This naturally coarse salt was selected by our seasoned experts, harvested from the vast desert plains of the Kalahari, South Africa. It has a delicate taste that’s perfect for grilled meats like BBQ chicken wings, when boosting the flavours of meat dishes is elevated.

With the ultimate sticky, sweet and spicy marinade that you made, toss the chicken wings in it, let the marination work it’s magic and prepare for a flavour-packed experience that will be the start of any gathering!

How to prepare BBQ chicken wings

If you are choosing to cook your chicken wings on the BBQ, make sure it is warm and ready to go – alternatively, if you want to cook these in the oven preheat it to 200C.

How to season chicken wings for BBQ

  1. In a small bowl mix together the honey, dark brown sugar, crushed Kalahari Desert Salt, garlic cloves, cayenne, ketchup and soy sauce.
  2. Place the chicken wings into a baking tray and drizzle half of this sauce over them, then use your hands to rub it in and make sure they are fully coated.
  3. Place the coated chicken wings onto a baking tray.

How do you cook BBQ chicken wings on the BBQ?

  1. If your barbecue has a lid similar to a classic Charcoal BBQ, then the chicken wings should be cooked between 20-25 minutes.
  2. On the other hand, if you are using the barbecue to cook other things, such as burgers or sweetcorn, you can start gently cooking the wings in the preheated oven and finish on the barbecue for a delicious charred flavour.

How long to cook BBQ chicken wings in the oven?

  1. Once the oven has preheated to a desired temperature around 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6, you can then pop the chicken wings in.
  2. Cook the wings in the oven for 35 minutes, turning halfway, until they are cooked through, charred, and deliciously sticky.

What to eat with BBQ chicken wings?

  1. While the wings are cooking you can make a delicious and easy slaw recipe to go with it. Finely shred the cabbage and add this to a large bowl along with the diced green chilli and parsley. Then add the crème fraiche, Dijon mustard and juice of ½ a lemon. Mix well until everything is coated and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Finely julienne the spring onions and then place them in a small bowl with iced water. Putting them with iced water will make them curl which makes a pretty garnish.
  3. When the chicken wings are ready, remove from the oven or barbecue and toss in the toasted sesame seeds.
  4. Serve with the remaining sticky glaze to drizzle over, with the curled spring onions scattered, paired with the creamy slaw and griddled lemons for squeezing.
  5. Serve immediately.

What to serve with BBQ chicken wings?

With our delicious sticky BBQ chicken wings being the star of the show, what side dishes would complete the menu for your summer party?

Homemade chips

Classic Homemade Chips

Deliciously golden and crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the inside. Our homemade chips (or fries) are perfect with the sticky, honey BBQ sauce that’s coated on the BBQ chicken wings. You can choose the classic potato chip, or alternatively choose baked turnip chips if you’re wanting extra crispiness!

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

With the rich, sticky sauce ingredients that’s used in the marinade for the chicken wings, it nice to pair this with something fresh, and what could be better than refreshing cucumber salad. Super quick and easy to make, the cooling flavours of the cucumbers compliments the rich, bold flavours of the chicken wings.

Four pieces of BBQ sweetcorn that have been flavoured with harissa and coriander butter on a griddle pan next to a box of Maldon Salt

BBQ Sweetcorn

Fresh corn on the cob, grilled to perfection and coated in butter that’s uniquely blended with harissa and coriander. It’s a flavour explosion that matches the honey element of the chicken wings’ marinade perfectly. This side dish is sure to make you want to bring to any dinner party!

Can you BBQ frozen chicken wings?

Yes, you can barbecue frozen chicken wings without thawing them, but it will take much longer to cook. We recommend grilling to a medium-high heat around 190 – 200C from frozen. This will allow them to cook thoroughly without burning the outside. It will typically take around 30-40 minutes to cook fully from frozen, but it depends on the size and thickness of your chicken wings. It’s highly important to note that the internal temperature of the chicken wings should be around 165F / 74C.

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