Barbecue Chicken Wings

I’d invited some Canadian friends over for dinner and, as they were lamenting the lack of “wings” in Brisbane, I decided I would make them for dinner. I made 3 flavours, the first of which is these barbecued chicken wings from The Cook’s Companion. I also made ‘hot’ wings and honey garlic wings. The variety of the three chicken wings was delicious and, especially when served with salad and cornbread, made for a very filling dinner.


  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs honey or hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek or chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • freshly chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 12 chicken wings/drumettes

Although this recipe does not require you to marinate the chicken (which is great if you’re in a hurry), I marinated all the wings the night before to make preparation quicker as we had the dinner on a week night. Whether you’re marinating them or not, begin by placing all the marinade ingredients in a bowl, mix well, add the chicken wings and toss to coat.

When you’re ready to cook them, preheat oven to 200° (or the barbecue if you choose).

Select a baking dish with plenty of room for the wings. and line it with foil. Baking paper will go soggy and the marinade is sticky; you don’t want to have to scrub it off your tray!

In a bowl, place all ingredients, then add the chicken wings and stir to coat.

(The recipe states that the wings should be cooked straight away, but I chose to marinate them overnight).

Bake initially for 30 minutes, then raise the oven heat to 220° and bake for a few minutes, until the marinade caramelises.


Then, if you’re like me (hungry!) with a table of hungry people to feed, you will completely forget to photograph the baking stages, throw the wings in the oven and then straight onto plates!

Luckily, I did remember to grab a few shots before all was reduced to a pile of bones. We managed to polish off 45 wings between 5 of us. And washed it down with some Riesling, salad and cornbread.

It was a VERY satisfying meal and the barbecue wings were definitely a favourite on the night. I think I’m beginning to see what those Canadians are on about…..

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