How do you like your chicken wings? Maybe it’s crispy and slathered in buffalo sauce, boneless with honey barbeque or perhaps grilled with a sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce? (It’s also okay if you say all of the above.)

I have to say, I am a pretty big fan of the grilled version with this homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce, heavy on the pineapple. The sauce itself is super easy to make, as you simply mix together and simmer pineapple juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger and let it thicken. You can put it on pretty much anything, like kebabs, wings or chicken tenders, and you can also use it as a dipping sauce. I tell ya, it’s pretty stellar and a healthier alternative to the bottled kind.

The wings are also quick and simple to make, as they only require a brush of oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. They take about 8-10 minutes per side on the grill, and I suggest using an instant-read thermometer to test for doneness. This is the easiest and best way to know when chicken is a perfectly cooked 165!

Slather the sauce on as the chicken wings cook, and you’ll be ready for a fabulous dinner or have the star dish at your next potluck!

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Wings

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 5-10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15-20 mins
  • Total Time: 20-30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Grilling

Description

Simple grilled chicken wings with a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce.


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Ingredients

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • ½-piece ginger, peeled and finely minced

 Grilled Chicken Wings:

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice and cornstarch until dissolved. Whisk in the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic and ginger. Transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium heat, whisking until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Reserve half for brushing on the wings during cooking and half for serving.
  3. Brush the chicken wings with oil, then sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Grill 8-10 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through (reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees). During the last few minutes of grilling, brush chicken wings with the teriyaki sauce.
  4. Remove the wings from the grill and use a clean brush to brush the remaining teriyaki sauce on top. Serve.

Notes

Cooking Tip: Make the teriyaki sauce in advance for a quick weeknight meal.

Make it a Meal: Serve with Lightened-Up Potato Salad or Asparagus Caprese Salad.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 317
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 485mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg

4 Comments

  1. Kechia Mignault on June 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    These look delicious but I am terrified of the grill. Can I make them in the oven? I’m not an experienced cook at all.

    • Julie Andrews on June 30, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Hi Kechia – you can definitely make them in the oven! I’d roast them at 400 degrees, spread out on a baking sheet and follow the rest of the directions as-is. For cooking time, you’d have to play around with it a bit, but they’d likely cook in the same amount of time as if you grilled them. Let us know how they turn out!

  2. Sherill on June 30, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Sound great, but they are full of sugar. Not sure how this is a healthier option?

    • Julie Andrews on June 30, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Hi Sherill – These wings are a healthier option for a few reasons: 1) they are not battered or deep fried, but grilled, which cuts way back on the saturated fat and eliminates the trans fat, 2) the sugar is less than half of what a typical teriyaki sauce would provide, as there is only 3 tablespoons brown sugar + 1 tablespoon honey in the sauce rather than the 1/2 cup or more in traditional teriyaki sauce + the pineapple juice provides some natural sugars. I would follow the suggested portion size, then the wings only provide 10g of total sugar (not all added sugars) and serve with grilled vegetables and/or something like the Asparagus Caprese Salad – making an overall low sugar, balanced meal. I hope that answers your question!

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