Tequila Lime Chicken Wing Recipe

  • Author: Test Kitchen


  • 1 pound of chicken wings, cut into segments, tips removed and discarded
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper

Tequila Lime Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup/nectar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare the wings: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Season the wings with salt and pepper and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until just brown and crisp, about 45 minutes.
  2. Make the sauce: Combine the lime zest and juice, tequila, honey or agave syrup, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 tablespoon pepper in a bowl. Pour over the warm wings and let marinate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a grill to high. Grill the wings until marked, 10 to 15 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer the marinade to a saucepan and cook until slightly thick, about 8 minutes (you can do this on the grill as well). Drizzle the wings with the sauce and top with cilantro, if desired.