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How to Parboil Chicken Wings

Learn how to parboil chicken wings, it’s easy, and it cuts down cooking time. Bake, grill, or deep-fry the wings after parboiling to make them crispy and delicious.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wings, parboiled chicken, parboiled chicken wings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 258kcal
Author Adina


  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon


  • 8 whole chicken wings or 16 split wings
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt or ½ tablespoon fine sea salt or Kosher, Note 1
  • 5 black peppercorns or ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Dissolve the salt or chicken stock cube in the boiling water, add pepper.
  • Add the chicken wings carefully.
  • Parboil for 8 minutes if the wings are split and for 10 minutes if they are whole. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Dry well before rubbing them with spices.
  • Cook them until done; the internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit/ 74 degrees Celsius. You can either bake (Note 2), grill (Note 3), or deep-fry (Note 4) parboiled chicken wings.


  1. Alternatively, use 1 chicken stock cube (or 1 teaspoon stock powder or paste)
  2. Bake: 20-30 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit/ 230 degrees Celsius or until cooked through and crispy. Check with a meat thermometer. Cook them on a lined baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
  3. Grill: 15-20 minutes on medium heat or until slightly charred and crispy. Flip regularly. Make sure that they are cooked through.
  4. Deep-fry: 10-15 minutes. Fry them in a large pan, in batches. Fill vegetable oil in the pan, about 3 inches/ 7 cm deep. Heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 180 degrees Celsius. Dry the chicken pieces thoroughly. Fry until golden brown and crispy. Place on kitchen towels to remove the excess fat.


Serving: 2whole or 4 split | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1854mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg