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Indian spiced chicken wings with tamarind dipping sauce pack tons of flavour into what is already the world's most perfect food.
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indian spiced chicken wings with tamarind dipping sauce

Grilling your Indian spiced chicken wings gets them crispy and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken wings, indian chicken wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 363kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


Indian spiced chicken wings

  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp mild kashmiri chili powder - or 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 3 lbs split chicken wings - tips saved for stock
  • Enough vegetable oil to coat the wings
  • Fresh lime to drizzle over the wings

Tamarind dipping sauce

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp concentrated tamarind - available at any Asian grocery store
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chili powder


Indian spiced chicken wings

  • Combine the turmeric, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, granulated garlic powder, ginger powder and paprika in a small bowl. This is your spice mix.
  • Toss the wings in enough oil to coat. You don't need to drown them but you do need enough to coat.
  • Sprinkle the wings with the spice mix and toss.
  • Prepare your grill for medium-high indirect heat. As always, I prefer charcoal for the flavour.
  • Grill the wings for 10 minutes then flip the wings. Cook the wings for about another 10 minutes. They should be crispy but not dry so be careful not to overcook them.
  • If you want some grill marks or char, cook them quickly over direct heat to finish. Don't try to cook them over direct heat all at once. That's a good way to end up with burned wings. 5-6 at a time is a good pace.
  • Drizzle them with fresh squeezed lime juice (this is key for everything to come together) and serve with tamarind dipping sauce if you want.

Tamarind dipping sauce

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small, non-reactive saucepan.
  • Simmer until reduced by about half. This takes around 15-20 minutes. You can do this while the wings are grilling.
  • Let cool slightly and serve.


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.8mg