Barbecue Thyme & Garlic Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a favourite of many people and work well as an appetiser or finger food when entertaining. As Christmas approaches, you might want to wow your guests with these finger licking barbecue thyme and garlic chicken wings.

It’s a shame that I have never shared any wings recipe on here. However, that changes today.

Chicken wings are easy to work with. I usually prefer separating the wings into two winglets, as for the wing tips, I reserve them for chicken stock.

For maximum flavour it’s important you marinate the wings. Overnight marination is ideal, however, if you are pressed for time you can marinate for at least 2 hours.

For this particular recipe, I marinated them in dried thyme, crushed garlic, soy sauce and of course salt and black pepper.


Combine the wings with the marinade and ensure every winglet is coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and let the wings marinate in the fridge overnight.

Once ready to cook, pre heat your oven at 425 degrees F or about 210 degrees C.

Lay out the wings on a wire rack that’s on top of a baking tray, this is to catch any drippings.

Bake for 20 minutes, then turn them over and bake for another 20 minutes.

At this point the wings are basically done and if you want you can serve them. However, we are looking to blow the socks off our guests feet. How about coating the wings with some barbecue sauce?

Using your preferred barbecue sauce, I usually make my own, toss the wings in the sauce. Pop them back in the oven under the broiler for 5-7 minutes on each side after applying the barbecue sauce.

Alternatively you can use ukwaju barbecue sauce.

Tossed in barbecue sauce
Tossed in barbecue sauce

The sugars in the barbecue sauce will caramelise in the oven, making the wings sticky thus finger licking.

There you have it, barbecued thyme & garlic chicken wings.

Sweet and spicy!

This holiday season, dare to impress with these wings.

I served these for my friends and they gave rave reviews.

*Updated 9th December 2021

Barbecued Thyme & Garlic Chicken Wings

See Detailed Nutrition Info on
  • 1 kg chicken wings, separated and wing tips removed
  • Barbecue sauce
  • For the marinade

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


In a bowl with the chicken wings, add the marinade and coat completely.

Marinate the chicken wings in the fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Pre heat the oven at 425 degrees F or 210 degrees C

On a wire rack lay out the chicken wings.

Bake for 20 minutes, flip over the wings and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Once cooked, remove the wings and toss them in your preferred barbecue sauce.

On a foil lined baking tray, broil the wings for 10-15 minutes. This is about 5-7 minutes per side, ensuring you coat the wings with the sauce between flips.

Serve and enjoy. You can drizzle over more of barbecue sauce.


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