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Bill Granger’s Honey & Lemon Chicken Wings

Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. As only a few of you know, my eldest has Asperger’s Syndrome and I’m very, very proud of him and his achievements. He’s a great kid and is going to grow into a lovely adult.

A lot of kids on the spectrum have a very limited range of foods and repetition is key for them. For years I’ve cooked broccoli and carrots every day but I’m lucky that my son likes a wide range of proteins such as shepards pie, chicken goujons and salmon, and is willing to try something new like calamari. The all-time favourite is chicken and as he hates knives and forks he prefers to eat “like a barbarian” with his hands. If we lived in India, nobody would bat an eye when using his hands to pick up the broccoli and carrots so I don’t mind either. Using a knife and fork will come eventually; right now, I’m just happy that he eats.

“Barbarian food” for us includes chicken drumsticks, chicken wings and BBQ spare ribs. At the moment I’m cooking a lot of chicken wings flavoured either with hickory sauce or a homemade honey and lemon mix. The lemon and honey combination is absolutely delicious and is a recipe from Bill Granger’s Open Kitchen cookbook {Murdoch Books}. The lemon and honey combine into a runny mix that slides over the wings and gives a lovely tangy punch that is irresistible.


What I’ve learned:

  • I line my baking dish with foil having learnt the hard way after two destroyed tins how much sauce burns and burns badly.
  • I add a small amount of oil to the wings for the initial cooking stage to make sure they don’t stick to the foil.
  • I leave the wings in for longer than 50 mins as per the recipe, until they are a lovely golden colour…keep an eye on the oven!

And I am delighted to share Bill’s recipe with you by kind permission of Murdoch Books.


  • 16 free-range chicken wings, tips removed and jointed
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 90g (1/4 cup) honey

To serve:

  • Flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, to garnish
  • Lentil feta salad
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F/Gas 6).
  2. Place the chicken wings in a baking dish, sprinkle with salt then roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the lemon juice, garlic and honey in a small bowl and stir until the honey has dissolved.
  4. Pour over the chicken wings and stir until well coated.
  5. Cook for another 20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve with lentil salad and lemon wedges.

Serves 4

Bill’s Open Kitchen by Bill Granger is published by Murdoch books, RRP AUS$45.00


Xx Paula

10 comments on “Bill Granger’s Honey & Lemon Chicken Wings

  1. foodfrommetwoyou
    April 3, 2013

    yum..your chicken wings look just beautiful Paula…in just in case someone hasn’t told you today, you are a wonderful mother for just taking the time to make the food your son loves..i too like to eat my wings like a barbarian 🙂 lovely post…sarah

  2. So glad to have found your blog through Sarah’s (food from me two you) above. 🙂 I too have a child with special needs and loved reading your post. The wings look and sound wonderful. I am looking forward to following along and reading more of your posts.

    • Thank you so much Danielle! I too am glad to have found you through Sarah. Your blog is wonderful – you’ve a lovely writing style – and you have a beautiful family. I love the story of your great aunt Helen and her lemon cookies! I will enjoy making them and passing on her story. I love the idea of a church fundraising cookbook as we don’t have that as part of our culture here in Ireland so I might just see if I can start a new trend here ;). Thank you again and I very much look forward to reading your blog. Xx Paula

  3. We eat a lot of chicken wings are our house, especially off the grill during the summer! I know my husband will want to try this recipe, because it sounds awesome, and it’s not a combination I’ve heard of before. 🙂 Your wings do look beautiful.

    • Thanks Crystal! Yes, do give them a try. The honey and lemon is lovely and so easy to put together giving a lovely sweet sticky quality. Let me know what you think of them when you try them. I’ve yet to try them on the grill myself and am hoping for a dry day to give them a try. I might be lucky today as the sun is shining…at last! Enjoy! Xx Paula

  4. Natalie
    September 10, 2013

    Hi Paula!

    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂 I’ll be trying this today. However, do you bake the chicken in the top or middle of the oven?

    Thanks again! 🙂

    • Hi Natalie, thank you!!! The recipe doesn’t give directions on where to place the wings. I cook mine mainly in the top oven and my main oven is fan. Given the length of time Bill gives to cook them as well as the high temperature, I think the middle of the oven would be better otherwise they’ll burn rather than cook. What you’re doing then is effectively cooking them before adding the honey mix. Also, I’ve switched from lining the dish with tin foil to parchment paper – MUCH better! Let me know how you get on and what you think of the wings. Hope that helps. Xx Paula

  5. Natalie
    September 10, 2013

    The wings are inside me as I type this. 🙂

    They were delicious so thank you! 🙂

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