Indian Masala Chicken Wings


Marinate chicken wings ahead of time in a simple homemade masala paste for an explosion of spicy Indian flavors. Serve with lemon wedges and steamed basmati rice.

close up view of Indian Masala Chicken Wings garnished with fresh herbs on a white platter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
10 chicken wings


  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon hot chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more as needed

  • 5 large chicken wings, cut in 2, tips discarded


  1. Combine coriander, cumin, cardamom, chile powder, pepper, and cloves in a dry pan over low heat. Stir until fragrant. Remove from heat, add oil and water, and stir until combined. Set spice paste aside.

  2. Rub salt over wings in a shallow dish, then rub spice paste all over. Cover and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Add wings and cook, turning halfway, until well browned, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can also cook these in an oiled grill pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 49mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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