With Australia Day coming up and the end of summer approaching, I thought I would share my special chicken wing marinade recipe which is always a winner at BBQs. I’m already dreading the upcoming shorter days (without daylight saving) so will be BBQing at every given chance.

Vietnamese South-East Asia Asian style chicken wings marinade for the BBQ

The flavours in this are vibrant and zesty and will help you appreciate the simplicity of Vietnamese cuisine. With nothing more than a stalk of lemongrass, a bulb of garlic, some fish sauce and sugar, this marinade punches and kicks the liveliness of Saigon in your mouth. It can be served alongside a fresh green mango salad or even just a bowl of fluffy white rice. Or as I have done, within a meat-fest of marinated beef, sausages and nem nuong (grilled pork patties).

Marinading chicken wings Asian style with lots of lemongrass, shallots, ginger and coriander

A killer chicken wing marinade

1kg chicken wings
2 stalks of lemongrass, chopped finely (using only the main part of the stalk)
⅓ cup coriander, chopped coarsely
⅓ cup fresh ginger, chopped finely
1 bulb garlic, chopped finely
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons salt

  1. Combine all ingredients except for salt.
  2. Clean chicken wings, removing the tip if preferred and sprinkle salt all over.
  3. Rub the marinade into the chicken wings.
  4. If you have time, pour the leftover marinade over the wings and store in the fridge for several hours or even overnight.
  5. If you’re in a hurry, then keep the leftover marinade on the side and while cooking the chicken wings, baste them with the sauce every few minutes.
  6. Cook the chicken wings in the oven, grill or barbecue.

Chicken wings on the barbie BBQ

Asian style BBQ with Vietnamese sausages, chicken wings, beef sausages, asaparagus, corn on the cob and nem nuong and steaks

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.