Spicy Ranch Grilled Chicken Wings

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Apparently, this is the week of not-so-original recipes.

In case you notice the different color, the darker wings are the Spicy Ranch and the lighter are salt, pepper and garlic.

Again, I kind of stole this one.  This time it was from my very best friend Martha Jo's kitchen (or more accurately, grill) instead of a restaurant.  

I will never forget how Martha Jo and I met.  The night before we started law school, I was hanging out with some friends at a local college bar, Pavlov's (obviously I was real nervous about my first day), when a mutual friend introduced me to a girl who was also starting law school at USC.  I will never forget thinking that she was every bit as prim and proper and I was unrefined and rough around the edges.  I decided then and there there that there was no way this girl and I would possibly have enough in common to develop a friendship, and wrote her off as one of the 200 something people I was about to meet as a 1L. 

Little did I know that the prim and proper girl would become one of my best friends.  We became inseparable after the first week of law school.  We were fortunate enough to land in the same law school section, so we had all of the same classes.  We survived the first year of law school by leaning on each other - we rode to class together, ate together, covered for each other on days where one of us couldn't quite make it out of bed, and when we found the motivation to study, we did that together too.  We were referred to as the twins.

We managed to make it through three years of law school taking every class together except for two (we hated those classes).  And when it came time to study for the bar, we holed up in her brother's house for a week straight studying for 10+ hours a day and ending every night with a bottle of wine and a swim in the pool. 

Unfortunately, she lives in Sumter with her husband now, so we do not get nearly as many wine nights on the porch as I would like.   But no matter how much time passes between our conversations, we always pick right back up where we left off. 

I am so grateful that my prediction from the first night we met couldn't have been more wrong.

Back to the wangz.  I first tasted the amazingness of these wings a couple of years ago when I visited Martha Jo and her husband Steven to meet their new baby, Joe.  The weekend of my visit happened to coincide with a USC football game weekend.   Martha Jo's husband may be one of the most die hard Gamecock fans I have ever met, so of course that Saturday was centered around the game (for him), and food (for us girls).  Martha Jo made these wings and one bite left me all oooohhhhhh-ing-and-aaawwwww-ing-and-whattheheckdidyouputinthesethingstheyaresodamngood-ing.  They were unreal.

So, when we decided to spend the afternoon on the boat a few weeks back for my dad's 65th birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted to make to contribute to our floating picnic.   Thankfully, MJ passed along her recipe to me and gave me permission to share it on here.

Spicy Ranch Grilled Chicken Wings (or "Wangz" as I like to call them)*
Serves: 8 (as an appetizer)
Prep Time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes marinate time
Cook Time:  1 1/2 to 2 hours

30 chicken wings (about 2 pounds)
1 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
2 tablespoons of parsley
2 teaspoons of dill
1 teaspoons of thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon of salt

Combine all ingredients except for chicken wings in a large bowl and mix well.  Add chicken coat and with the spicy ranch sauce.  Allow chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.  Preheat grill to low heat.  Add wings to grill, preserving the left over marinade.  Grill wings for 1 1/2 to 2 hours flipping every 20 minutes and basting with remaining marinade after each flip.  Remove wings from grill when wings reach the desired level of crispiness.  Serve with blue cheese and extra hot sauce. 

*Martha Jo's recipe called for a packet of ranch dressing mix, which I did not have on hand. The recipe above includes my own ranch mix.

There was no way I was waiting until I got to the boat to try one...


  1. Hi April!!! Okay, so I have been slacking on my comments, but I still stalk your blog, and my husband is obsessed with all your recipes. Lol! This chicken looks DIVINE! must try!

  2. This formula is an incredible one. I've made it a few times, including for a major family supper with my in-laws, and I generally incorporate the zucchini rounds with Parmesan cheddar. It's an excellent plate that influences me to feel so fed. Much obliged to you April, keep doing awesome.

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  5. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe of spicy ranch grilled chicken wings. We should try the recipe and surprise your near and dear once. Let me share the recipe of Jerk Chicken In a mixer add the tailed peppers, cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, garlic cloves, bay leaves, chopped spring onions, vegetable oil, salt, vinegar and honey. Blend and add soy sauce. You can check the complete recipe on Living Foodz and have for lunch.


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