The Ultimate Chicken Wing Recipe.

This is a recipe I’ve been chasing for a long time and well-made chicken wings are a joy. Korean wings from Hang Fire Southern Kitchen in Barry have been a recent joy. I’ve made dry, crispy wings, but absent a good dip they were merely only OK so this month we encountered the monthly magazine in Tesco and there was a recipe. I thought I’d give their chicken wing recipe a try. Boy, was I glad I did.

This recipe should be treated as a base and fiddle with you as you like. I used white vinegar, dijon mustard and sweet chilli sauce and it was no worse for that.

You can tell I’m a bit biased towards certain ingredients. There’s a reason for that. A Taiwanese wife!

I found the greek yoghurt dip in the recipe unnecessary.

Tesco Barbecue Chicken Wings

The ultimate, to me, chicken wing recipe.

Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2
Calories 315 kcal


  • 1 kg Chicken wings

Dry Rub

  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds toasted and ground or powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried oregano or Italian seasoning


  • 2 tbsp Dark soft brown sugar The darker the more barbecue the taste
  • 100 grams Tomato ketchup The base of many sauces
  • 2 tbsp Cider vinegar I used white
  • 2 tbsp Runny honey Don't use your best
  • 1 tbsp English mustard I used dijon
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce Kikkoman obviously
  • 1 tsp Hot sauce I used sweet chilli


  1. Prepare the wings. Dry them then cut in half along the joint. I was surprised this made a difference. Set the oven to 200C/180C fan.

  2. Mix the spice rub ingredients and crush in a pestle and mortar. Coat the chicken wings in the dry rub. Put in the oven in a tray covered with foil for 30 minutes, turning halfway.

  3. Simmer the glaze mix for 5 minutes until slightly thick. Coat the wings in the glaze and then return to the oven of put on a barbecue for 10 minutes or so. Top with chopped spring onion.

  4. Feel free to make substitutions. The second time I made this I added a little liquid smoke to the glaze for example. The basic method remains the same.

  5. Serve with white rice (Nishiki in your rice cooker) or potato wedges, and a side vegetable like sweetcorn, charred on the BBQ if you like.