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Kung pao chicken wings

Grilled Kung Pao Chicken Wings

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 Kung Pao Chicken Wings come together quickly with a barrage of peanuts, chiles, spices, and that sticky-sweet sauce. No one will pass these up.

  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: Serves about 2-3 1x


  • 2 lb chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Chili Rye
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 scallions diced, greens and white separated
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • 8 dried red Chinese chiles,  or chile de arbol
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns ground
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

Kung Pao Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp white sugar


  1. Preheat the charcoal grill for medium heat, with the coals in the center. We will be cooking the wings indirectly, and then using the coals to heat up the skillet for searing.
  2. Mix the cornstarch with the Spiceology Lemon Chili Rye seasoning. Add the chicken wings into a large bowl or plastic bag, and add the seasoning. Toss the wings to make sure they are coated evenly, and set them aside.
  3. We’ll prepare the rest of the ingredients, which will be added into the skillet later. Dice up the vegetables as instructed. Add the whites from the scallions to a bowl with the garlic and ginger. Set the peanuts and chiles together. The scallion greens can be added with the Szechuan peppercorns.
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients together.
  5. Set the wings on the grill, making sure they are not directly over the coals. They should be cooking indirectly. Allow them to cook on the grill for 6-7 minutes per side, flipping as needed. Close the lid on the grill to speed along the process. Grill the wings until they are about 170F internal temperature.
  6. Remove the wings and set them aside.
  7. Place a cast iron skillet directly over the coals and add the peanut oil, allowing it to heat up. Add a piece of red bell pepper to test the temperature, it should sizzle immediately if ready.
  8. Add in the diced red bell peppers into the oil, stirring immediately. Cook for about 2 minutes until softened. Add in the chiles and peanuts next, stirring for about 30 seconds. Next add in the bowl of scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Stir the ingredients in the skillet well, and cook for about 1 minute.
  9. Take the chicken wings and add them into the skillet, tossing them gently to make sure they are frying with the ingredients. Add the sauce, continuing to stir and coating the wings. Cook for 1 minute, and add the scallion greens and Szechuan peppercorns. Toss to mix everything, and serve.


Prepping everything ahead of time is the key, everything cooks very fast! Be ready and you won’t be stressing.

  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Chicken & Poultry
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Asian
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