Garlic, Cilantro Lemongrass Wings

Project Description

Source: Robyn Lindars, GrillGirl

This recipe combines the flavors of garlic, lemongrass, cilantro, and turmeric to make for a fragrant spice paste that is an awesome combination of smoked/grilled chicken wings. Simply pulse all the ingredients together in the food processor and then let the chicken wings marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Reserve a bit of the marinade for an extra flavor kick at the end right before serving. I made these on my Green Mountain Grill Pellet Smoker which adds a ton of smokey flavor with minimal fuss, for the ultimate combo of aromatic ingredients paired with smoke from the grill. These chicken wings were OUT OF THIS WORLD!


  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 lemongrass stalks OR 3 tbsp. lemon or lime zest
  • 1 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 10-12 chicken wings (approximately 1.5 pounds)


  1. Combine olive oil, lemongrass/or zest, cilantro, garlic, turmeric, sea salt and pepper in the food processor and pulse until uniformly mixed – you are looking to make a seasoning “paste”.
  2. Marinate the chicken wings for 30 minutes before putting on the grill. Reserve about 2 tbsp. of the marinade to drizzle before serving.
  3. Prepare your grill for medium direct heat at 350 degrees.
  4. Marinate the chicken wings for 30 minutes before putting on the grill. I used my Green Mountain Grill and set it to 375 degrees with the smoker holes wide open.
  5. Grill your wings, turning halfway during the process, for approximately 15-18 minutes OR until the internal temperature has reached 170 degrees with an internal read thermometer.
  6. Once you’ve reached 170 degrees, pull the wings off and drizzle with the remaining marinade.
  7. Prepare for out of this world flavor combinations! Enjoy!