Garlic, Cilantro Lemon Grass Chicken Wings


“This recipe, inspired by Sri Lankan cuisine, combines the flavors of lemongrass, cilantro, garlic, and turmeric to make for a fragrant spice paste that is an awesome combination on smoked/grilled chicken wings.” -Robyn Lindars, GrillGirl

Simply pulse the marinade ingredients in a food processor, marinate the chicken wings for the 30 minutes and then pop them on the grill for an easy weeknight dinner or game day appetizer!


  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 lemon grass stalks OR 3 tbsp. lemon or lime zest
  • 1 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 tbsp. numeric
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 10-12 chicken wings (approximately 1.5 pounds)


  1. Combine olive oil, lemon grass/or zest, cilantro, garlic, turmeric, sea salt and pepper in the food processor and pulse until uniformly mixed – you are looking to make a seasoning “paste”.
  2. Marinate the chicken wings for 30 minutes before putting on the grill. Reserve about 2 tbsp. of the marinade to drizzle before serving.
  3. Prepare your grill for medium direct heat at 350 degrees.
  4. Marinate the chicken wings for 30 minutes before putting on the grill. I used my Green Mountain Grill and set it to 375 degrees with the smoker holes wide open.
  5. Grill your wings, turning halfway during the process, for approximately 15-18 minutes OR until the internal temperature has reached 170 degrees with an internal read thermometer.
  6. Once you’ve reached 170 degrees, pull the wings off and drizzle with the remaining marinade.
  7. Prepare for out of this world flavor combinations! Enjoy!

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