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Chili Lime Chicken Wings

Chili Lime Chicken Wings on the grill are tangy and sweet with a little bit of heat. Scrumptious even cold (if you manage to have any leftovers, which I doubt).

The fresh lime, honey, chili and garlic flavors permeate the wings and don’t just coat the top.

Grilled Chile Lime Chicken Wings

We had one chili lime chicken wing left over from dinner the other night, only because I pried it away from my husband who figured ‘why save one wing’.  Well it’s gone. I tiptoed downstairs later that night and at that lone wing. Couldn’t resist.

The honey-lime-chili glaze is added at the end because of the sugar content which makes it burn easily, so be careful during the last few minutes of cooking.  I actually like a bit of char on my grilled chicken wings, but it’s not the healthiest option. You can certainly avoid it if you want.

A few great sides for these grilled chicken wings are:

Tailor To Your Taste

  • The recipe calls for a gas grill, but you can use charcoal or even the oven (bake at 400F, then glaze and broil for a couple of minutes).
  • I often leave my wings whole because it’s less work to turn on the grill.  Split wings are fine too, of course. Just reduce the cooking time a bit.  In fact split wings are better for appetizers and buffet tables as they are easier to eat.

Shortcut

  • Marinate the wings at room temperature (instead of the fridge) for 20-30 minutes. Or skip the marinating step altogether (the flavors won’t be as intense though).

Make Ahead 

  • The wings can be made ahead and either kept in a warm oven for up to an hour (covered) or served at room temperature.

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Chili Lime Chicken Wings

Chili Lime Chicken Wings on the grill are tangy and sweet with a little bit of heat. Scrumptious even cold (if you manage to have any leftovers, which I doubt).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
marinating time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, tips off (whole or split) about 12-15

Marinade

  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • MARINATE WINGS: Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl. Place marinade in a ziploc bag with wings. Seal bag and massage to coat the wings well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • GRILL WINGS: Spray grill with oil (or use an oiled paper towel to oil grills) and heat to High. Tip: I also spray the wings with oil to avoid sticking on grill. Lower burners on half of grill to medium low heat (about 325F). Leave other half on High. Place wings on side with low heat. Cover and grill for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the wings, turning once or twice.
  • MIX GLAZE: In the meantime, combine ingredients for the glaze in a bowl. If you prefer the glaze a little thicker, place the ingredients in a small saucepan and boil for a minute until slightly thickened.
  • FINISH WINGS: Increase heat under wings to medium-high and continue grilling wings for a few minutes on each side to get a golden crispy skin on the wings. Brush glaze on wings with a pastry brush. Grill for a few minutes. Turn the wings. Glaze the other side and grill for a few more minutes. Watch carefully as the sugar in the glaze can burn easily. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Make Ahead: The wings can be made ahead and either kept in a warm oven for up to an hour (covered) or served at room temperature.
 
Nutrition value estimates are based on a substantial portion of a pound of wings per serving. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chili Lime Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 193mg64%
Sodium 1232mg54%
Potassium 461mg13%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love grilled chicken. And I personally prefer using charcoal when grilling because it adds more flavor to the dish. This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try making this! I bet this will turn out really really delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

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