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Grilled Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers and Herbs

Grilled Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers and Herbs

Steady medium heat is best for grilling wings; they need time for the fat to render and the skin to crisp.



  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Chicken and Assembly

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated if desired
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red jalapeño or Fresno chile, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups mixed tender herbs (such as mint, cilantro, and/or basil)

Recipe Preparation


  • Combine shallot and lime juice in a large jar or medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and let sit 10 minutes.

  • Add sesame oil, vegetable oil, soy sauce, and honey to shallot mixture; cover and shake (or whisk) to combine. Season sesame-lime vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

  • Do Ahead: Vinaigrette can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill. Shake to reincorporate just before serving.

Chicken and Assembly

  • Season chicken wings with salt and black pepper, place in a large resealable plastic bag, and add 1 cup vinaigrette. Seal bag and turn to coat; chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Prepare a grill for medium heat. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until wings are evenly charred and cooked through, 8–10 minutes if separated, 12–15 minutes if left whole. Transfer to a platter.

  • Meanwhile, toss shishito peppers and oil in a medium bowl; season with salt and black pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and blistered, about 3 minutes. Transfer to platter with wings.

  • Scatter jalapeño and herbs over wings and shishito peppers. Drizzle with ¼ cup vinaigrette (an unbeatable basic dressing; use leftovers on a rice bowl or in a crunchy carrot salad).

Recipe by Andrew Knowlton,

Nutritional Content

For vinaigrette, per 1/2 cup (4 servings): Calories (kcal) 540 Fat (g) 56 Saturated Fat (g) 8 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 1010 For wings: Calories (kcal) 760 Fat (g) 64 Saturated Fat (g) 13 Cholesterol (mg) 185 Carbohydrates (g) 16 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 34 Sodium (mg) 760

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Reviews SectionThese are great. But like others, I found the marinade to be too oily. I knocked it down this time, and they were amazing!!AnonymousWashington, DC05/06/20Maybe some of the best wings I have ever had. The vinaigrette is amazing, and the peppers were so Good!Knucklehead too oily... if its 2 to 1 acid to fat, my guess is you didn't add enough acid... this is right on!This was the hit of the party! I followed the recipe but cooked the wings on an open wood fire which added a light smokey flavor and really crisped up the skin. Will be making this dish again!!!AnonymousAustin,Tx07/08/18I did it a little different, starting with not paying attention. I put all the vinaigrette on the chicken, because I didn't pay close enough attention to your recipe. So after marinating the chicken I put the vinaigrette in a sauce pan to cook down. I also added a little more honey and also added some Sambal. Just for a little spice. I reduced it some, not to a thick syrup though. I loved it.AnonymousTulsa, Ok.07/05/18Marinade wasn't flavorful at all and far too oily. Just bland and lacking all around.

Grilled Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers and Herbs

3 lb chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated if desired
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups shishito peppers
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red Fresno chile, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups mixed tender herbs (such as mint, cilantro, and/or basil)


Combine the shallot and lime juice and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil, vegetable oil, soy sauce, and honey to the mix and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Season chicken wings with salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of dressing and coat and marinade from 2 hours to 1 day before cooking.

Prepare a grill pan on medium high heat. Grill chicken while turning occasionally until wings are charred and cooked through, about 12-15 minutes total time if whole. Transfer to a plate.

Toss the shishito peppers with oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Grill, while turning occasionally until charred and blistered, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate with the wings.

Garnish the plate with chile and herbs and drizzle 1/4 cup of dressing, then serve.

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This recipe was inspired by the June issue of Bon Appetit. Just before Mike and I left on a camping trip, we checked our mail (this doesn’t happen very often, adult fail) and there was a magazine waiting for me! I thought I had canceled the paper subscription for a digital one, but I definitely didn’t complain because paper magazines are a lot better on a camping trip where you have no power sources.

I read the magazine in our tent on one of our first days, when it was raining way too hard to be out hiking. One of the recipes that caught my eye was Grilled Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers. It seemed serendipitous – we had bought shishitos on a whim from Trader Joe’s that we were going to spear on forks and roast over the fire, but after the wings got in my head, I just couldn’t get them out.

I’m obsessed with wings. They have been and always will be one of my favorite cuts of chicken. My mom used to make them a lot while we were growing up. I think it was because back in the day chicken wings used to be really really cheap. These days I feel like chicken (and everything else) has gotten so much more expensive.

Do you remember Wings Wednesdays when you could get wings at the bar for some absurd price like 30 cents a wing? Now I’m pretty sure they’re 60 cents a wing. To be honest though, I don’t really frequent dive bars anymore so I’m kind of sort of out of touch with the cost of wings. But I do remember hanging out in bars, with dude friends devouring pounds and pounds and pounds.

Turns out that chicken isn’t *that* much more expensive. It’s maybe gone up about .50 per pound in the last 10 years. We went on a search for chicken wings and the cheapest bag we could find were frozen, which actually was a bonus in my eyes. Frozen wings last longer in an icy cooler so we didn’t have to worry about them too much before we got around to cooking.

Wings are a pretty good choice to cook while camping, especially if you’re doing them in a pan, covered. I started out by browning them up a little bit so they had some color, then covered and cooked – they ended up steaming a bit so they were extra juicy. When they were done, I made a quick Vietnamese fish sauce caramel with honey and soy, added in blistered shishitos and a bunch of herbs. Seriously one of our favorite camp meals!

Honey Harissa Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers

For the record, I don't trim the tips off my chicken wings. They become crispy vehicles for sauce, so I leave them. But you can trim them off if you prefer.

This is an easy chicken wings recipe with honey that is spicy and sticky. You can make it in the oven, and it works as well for game day as it does for a casual weekend dinner.

How to bake chicken wings in the oven:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix together soy sauce, garlic and ginger.

Place chicken in a container and pour marinade over. Rub marinade into meat, cover and place in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. Flip wings over one time during marinade. (You can use a plastic freezer bag, I just didn't want to waste one for something this quick and simple.)

Arrange chicken wings on a sheet pan.

Bake in oven for 25 minutes.

While wings are baking, blister the peppers.

How to cook the shishito peppers

In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add peppers, turning until blistered all over. As they finish cooking, remove from the skillet. Place in a bowl, top with a pinch of salt and toss. Set aside.

Mix together honey, harissa and water.

Remove baked chicken wings from oven and place them in a hot cast iron skillet over medium heat. Let the skin get brown and crispy on both sides.

Add shishito peppers and honey harissa mixture to the skillet. The water will steam off, so stir well until all wings and peppers are coated and sauce has thickened and gotten sticky.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup bottled original-style barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 ounces shishito peppers (about 3 cups)
  • 6 (12-in.) skewers
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (3 1/2-lb.) whole chicken, spatchcocked
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed
  • Lime wedges, fresh cilantro leaves, and pickled ginger

Combine barbecue sauce, gochujang, rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and grated ginger in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Thread shishitos on 2 parallel skewers so that 1 skewer runs through each end of each pepper. Brush shishitos evenly with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Rub chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Insert 2 skewers in chicken, each running vertically between the drumstick and thigh, and breast and wing on each half of chicken.

Preheat grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Place chicken, skin side up, on oiled grill grate. Grill, covered, 10 minutes. Turn chicken grill, covered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 160°F. Brush skin side of chicken with 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce mixture. Grill, skin side down, uncovered, until charred, about 2 minutes. Remove from grill, and let stand 10 minutes.

Grill shishitos and scallions, uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred, about 1 to 2 minutes for scallions and 4 minutes for shishitos.

Cut chicken into quarters. Serve chicken with grilled shishitos, scallions, and remaining barbecue sauce mixture. Garnish with lime wedges, cilantro, and pickled ginger.

Shishito pepper seeds

This is a great pepper for stir-fry & Japanse recipes. It is very popular in Japan, where it is often fried, drizzled with sesame oil and soy sauce, and eaten as an appetizer.

Grilled Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers

How you can grow Shishito pepper at home

The pepper can be grown from seed.

How to grow the peppers outdoors (garden, balcony, etc.)

If you want to grow the peppers than they will prefer warmth as well as direct sunlight, well drained soil and need to be frost free.

That is why if you want to grow them outdoors then the best option is to start them indoors about 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost and then transfer them when the nights are warmer.

Fully grown they can be upto 60 to 100 cm in height i.e. an individual pot might be the best option.

How to grow the pepper indoors (hydroponics or aquaponics)

You will get the best results if you grow the crop indoors with heat. This will mean that crops can be grown all year round with the correct temperatures. A very hot pepper extremely pungent plants reach up to 1 meter under cover.

Because of the importance of moisture and light the peppers are ideally suited for hydroponics with additional lights.

Not only are they easier to grow, but you will also get fast results.

More information

The secret to super-crispy chicken wings? Brine them and roast them — no frying needed.

It’s easy to think of chicken wings as a snappy-quick snack. Order some at a bar and, poof, they arrive, hot from the fryer, golden bubbly-brown, and probably slicked in buttery, spicy Buffalo sauce. Wings have a way of entertaining us as we angle for good bites, lick sauce from our fingers and go in for another. If there’s a game on TV, I might not even notice.

Because wings have so little meat, you might think they would be fast to make at home. But restaurants wield their fryers in ways that are hard to re-create. To make wings with juicy, tender meat and lots of shattery skin, you need to play a longer game — a hands-off one that can tap Buffalo sauce, sure, but many other coatings, too.

Wings contain the same elements, and challenges, as any other part of the chicken: Fat that needs rendering and meat that needs cooking without drying out. A wing, however, has a lot more fat to meat than, say, a thigh. As with other chicken parts, we desire crisp skin and cooked-through, succulent meat — a balance that’s easily achieved with a few tricks.

J. Kenji López-Alt, the always-hungry food scientist, has tips for that up his sleeve. In his investigation for Serious Eats, he discovered that a coating of baking powder and salt will raise the pH of the skin and promote the browning and crisping of the skin. We know that dried skin has a better chance of becoming crispy skin, and patting it down with towels is a good start, but that’s a lot of skin to get bone-dry.

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Instead, shower the chicken with salt and baking powder and leave it uncovered while the oven heats or, better yet, for an hour on your counter or in the fridge up to overnight. The salt will draw out moisture from the skin, season the meat and lock in its juiciness.

Judy Rodgers, who made her name at of Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, was famous for salting early, also known as dry-brining. She was known to season meat and poultry (and even some vegetables) days before cooking. There are numerous roast chicken recipes, but hers, with only salt, pepper and hard-stem herbs such as rosemary and thyme, is one of the most famous. It recommends dry-brining the chicken up to three days in advance and roasting it — without oil — in a very hot oven.

With dry-brined, baking powder-coated wings, you don’t need the fryer to get the sought-after texture. Instead, follow Rodgers’s roast chicken technique and choose a method with high, even heat: an oven or a grill with the lid, which traps the direct heat, circulating it around your food (like an oven).

What to Serve with Chicken Wings

Spicy, fried, or smokey wings really need a simple side to make a complete meal since you want the chicken to be the star. We are mostly a buffalo wings fan at our house since we enjoy our spicy foods so I have included cocktails, dips, and more that are perfect sides for hot wings. For an amazing hot wing recipe that is infused with so much flavor, you must try my recipe for HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN WINGS. They are spicy, juicy, crispy, and fall off the bone – amazing!

This is a tasty list of what to offer with chicken wings. To help you decide what to serve with it, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on your mood, preference, or diet, there is something for everyone. There are salads, low-carb/keto, potato & vegetable, and other sides. Of course, there are party recipes to go with your hot wings like dips and cocktails. This list of the best sides that are traditionally served with beef brisket or brisket sandwiches includes:

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Garlic Aioli

Several years ago we stopped in Vigo, Spain on a cruise. It was a very rainy day. How do I remember that? Well, I write down everything from trips we have taken, especially the food and restaurants. So, when we had the day to kill in Vigo, we walked, with our umbrellas and ponchos up and down the streets where all the restaurants and food vendors were located. I remember stopping at this particular place and we ordered frites and these fried green peppers. I never found out what peppers they were but I’m sure it was these shishito peppers. (Found out they are Padron peppers). The Shishito pepper is a Japanese pepper and a close relation to padrone.

Right before the 4th of July I saw were our “Veggie Lady” had some of these peppers, so I scooted up there to buy a bunch to do for the 4th. What would the 4th of July be without something hot and spicy. The Veggie Lady sold these for $12.00 a pound then I found at Whole Foods for $3.99 a pound. (So, I know where I will be buying these from now on.)

I came across this Magic Summer Sauce at She used yogurt, but I’m substituting mayonnaise cause I’m not a yogurt fan. I think this magic sauce can be used on anything — steak, veggies, peppers, you name it, give it a try.

Shishito peppers are the Japanese cousin to Spain’s Padron peppers. They are not actually a hot pepper but sweet and mild and I’ve read that one in ever 10 are hot. Grill these little peppers and sprinkle with a little togarashi (Japanese spice blend) and a splash of soy sauce and if you wish, serve with the Magic Summer Sauce I found at

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These are the peppers we had in Vigo, Spain. I almost feel like they deep-fried them since they look a little crisper.

One in ten of these peppers are supposed to be hot.

Drizzle the peppers with a little olive oil then put on a hot pan or grill and good until blistered and brown.

Coal-Roasted Shishito Peppers

Coal Roasted Shishito peppers prepared by Rochelle "Ro" Daniel at Fat Ox in Scottsdale, Ariz. on August 24, 2017. (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic)

From Rochelle Daniel, executive chef at Fat Ox

Servings: 2.


  • 2 pounds shishito peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon


Prepare grill on medium-high heat. Toss peppers with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the peppers in a single layer, turning occasionally, until tender and blistered, about 3 minutes. Grill lemon whole (can be put directly on the coals or grilled on rack with the peppers). Transfer peppers to a bowl and toss with the grilled lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

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Watch the video: From Larrys Kitchen: Fire-Roasted Shishito Peppers (January 2022).