Argentinian Chimichurri Chicken Wings

A bright chimichurri sauce adds freshness to chicken wings marinated in fragrant paprika and lightly charred on the grill. Sliced avocado served alongside helps cool you down between bites.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

4 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, wingtips removed and discarded

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons sweet paprika

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons packed fresh oregano leaves

1/4 cup ice cubes

1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped

Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill grates

Directions

  1. Combine the chicken wings, 1/4 cup of the olive oil and paprika in a large bowl, sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper then toss until evenly combined. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, make the chimichurri: Combine the vinegar, garlic and a generous pinch of salt in a blender and blend on low until smooth. Add the parsley, cilantro, oregano, ice and jalapeno and blend on medium speed. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary. Season the chimichurri with more salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil. Grill the chicken wings, turning every 6 minutes, until golden brown, lightly charred at the edges and cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer the wings to a serving platter and season with salt to taste. Drizzle with some chimichurri sauce and serve the remaining sauce on the side.
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