Grilled Wings with Agrodolce
Thomas J. Story
Yields2 ServingsTotal Time3 hrs
AuthorDavid Nayfeld

Don’t underestimate the power of a good wing, especially this sticky-sweet version. For a crowd, double or triple the recipe.

How to Make It

1

Make the brine: Place ice in a large container.

2

Place remaining ingredients and 4 cups hot water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over ice to cool.

3

Place chicken in brine for 2 hours.

4

Make the agrodolce: In a pan, cook garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add chile and cook for 1 minute. Add honey, cover with lid, and cook for 7 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 240°.

5

Remove lid and slowly add hot sauce and vinegar. Cook for 12 minutes. Whisk in xanthan gum and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

6

Preheat oven to 375° and prepare a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°).

7

Grill wings until cooked through.

8

Toss wings in agrodolce, then arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.

9

Arrange wings on a platter and top with green onion, Fresno chile, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to taste.

Ingredients

CHICKEN BRINE
 6 ½ cups ice
  cup salt
 Pinch of sugar
 2 sprigs thyme
 1 fresh bay leaf
 ½ tbsp peppercorns
 1 ½ cups sliced onion
 3 garlic cloves
 4 cups hot water
AGRODOLCE
 5 garlic cloves, sliced
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 tbsp chopped Calabrian chile
 1 cup honey
 ½ cup hot sauce
 ¼ cup red wine vinegar
 Pinch of xanthan gum
CHICKEN WINGS
 1 lb chicken wings (4 to 5 wings)
 ½ cup agrodolce
 1 green onion, top sliced into matchsticks, bottom also sliced
 1 tbsp matchstick-size slices Fresno chile
 1 tbsp sliced red onion
 Juice of half a lemon
 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
 Salt

Directions

1

Make the brine: Place ice in a large container.

2

Place remaining ingredients and 4 cups hot water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over ice to cool.

3

Place chicken in brine for 2 hours.

4

Make the agrodolce: In a pan, cook garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add chile and cook for 1 minute. Add honey, cover with lid, and cook for 7 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 240°.

5

Remove lid and slowly add hot sauce and vinegar. Cook for 12 minutes. Whisk in xanthan gum and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

6

Preheat oven to 375° and prepare a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°).

7

Grill wings until cooked through.

8

Toss wings in agrodolce, then arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.

9

Arrange wings on a platter and top with green onion, Fresno chile, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to taste.

Grilled Wings with Agrodolce