These zesty and crispy tequila lime chicken wings are easy to make in the oven. Flavorful wings are coated in a tequila lime wing sauce that’s perfect for parties, summer, or a weeknight dinner.

Tequila lime chicken wings laying on parchment paper.

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This is the Best Tequila Lime Wings Recipe

Have you found yourself wondering, “Where can I buy tequila lime chicken wings?”? I’m a big fan of making them at home. They taste so much better and you can customize them to your liking.

When you’re thinking about making tequila lime wings, you’ll want to make this recipe. These wings are perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are finished off with a sweet citrus tequila glaze.

These wings are perfect for parties or to serve in the summer. Everyone will love the tangy, spicy, and sweet glaze.

You can make these wings in the oven as written, or by using the air fryer (my favorite method).

These wings are so easy to make. There’s no brine or deep frying required. You simply season them, bake them in the oven, and then toss them in the tequila lime wing sauce.

Not only are they perfect for parties, but they make a great weeknight meal as well.

Ingredients shown that are used to prepare baked tequila lime chicken wings.

Tequila Lime Chicken Wings Recipe ingredients

  • chicken wings (I use the wings and drumettes package)
  • salt and pepper (I always use coarse kosher salt)
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • tequila
  • limes (you want fresh lime juice for this)
  • honey
  • cumin
  • cornstarch

How to make Tequila Lime Wings

This tequila lime wings recipe is really easy to make.

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 425°F.
Raw chicken wings with seasonings added over them in a mixing bowl ready to combine.
  1. Add the wings, salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and chili powder to a mixing bowl. Mix to coat all of the wings in the seasonings.
Seasoned raw chicken wings laying on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  1. Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, leaving a little space between them.
Seasoned chicken wings on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake the wings for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Avoid over cooking them so the wings are juicy.
Tequila lime sauce ingredients measured and added to a saucepan.

Tequila Lime Sauce

  1. While the wings are cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a saucepan. Cook it over medium heat, whisking frequently so that the cornstarch is smooth and combined.
Tequila glaze simmering in a saucepan.
  1. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, letting the tequila cook down and the sauce thicken.
Baked chicken wings in a bowl with a tequila glaze.
  1. Add the baked chicken wings to a clean mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them. Toss to coat and then they’re ready to serve!

The key to this delicious recipe is the tangy sweet tequila lime sauce that has a hint of spice.

A key to a smooth glaze is to add the ingredients to the saucepan before you turn on the burner. By doing it before the burner is on, the cornstarch can incorporate properly.

Once you start simmering the sauce, it’ll begin to thicken and give you a texture that’s perfect for coating wings.

The best Tequila Lime Chicken Wings Recipe tips & tricks

  • It’s important to let the sauce simmer so that the tequila can cook down.
  • If you like extra lime, add more lime juice to the sauce. You can also serve it with lime wedges to squeeze over after it’s done cooking.
  • A great alternative to wing seasoning is chili lime seasoning.
Tequila lime glazed chicken wings with chopped cilantro served on parchment paper with a lime wedge.

Storing Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

To store leftover chicken wings, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long do wings last in fridge?

They will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

You can also freeze the chicken wings. Once they’ve cooled completely, place them in an airtight container (or vacuum seal them). Put them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating Tequila Wings

When you’re ready to reheat the wings, I recommend using the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F and cook them covered for 20 minutes. Then let them cook under the broiler uncovered for 1 minute to crisp them up.

Tequila Lime Wings Recipe FAQs

What kind of wings should I buy?

I recommend buying what is normally referred to as “party wings”. They are already sectioned out into wings and drumettes.

I find large bags of them in the freezer section of both Costo and Sams Club. My local grocery store sells them in smaller packages as well.

Can I make these wings from frozen?

You can make wings from frozen, but I don’t recommend it for this recipe. In order to get that perfectly crispy skin in the oven, you should thaw them first.

Can I use key limes in this recipe?

You can use key limes in this recipe. Use them the same way you would regular limes. Your wings will just have a bit more tangy flavor.

What does tequila sauce taste like?

Tequila sauce is a sweet citrus glaze with a slight hint of tequila. The combination of honey with lime and cumin give it a sweet lime flavor.

How to season wings before sauce?

To season wings before tossing them in sauce, you’ll want to add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder to them. Make sure they are fully coated in the seasoning before cooking.

Lime wedges on parchment paper next to tequila lime wings.

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Tequila Lime Wings Recipe

By: sweetlysplendid.com
5 from 15 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Servings: 4
These zesty and crispy tequila lime chicken wings are easy to make in the oven. Flavorful wings are coated in a tequila lime wing sauce that's perfect for parties, summer, or a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients 

Sauce

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Add the wings, salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and chili powder to a mixing bowl.
  • Mix to coat all of the wings in the seasonings.
  • Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a little space between them.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • While the wings are cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently so that the cornstarch is smooth and incorporated.
  • Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, letting the tequila cook down and the sauce to thicken.
  • Once the wings are cooked completely, add them to a clean mixing bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • It’s important to let the sauce simmer so that the tequila can cook down.
  • If you like extra lime, add more lime juice to the sauce.
  • A great alternative to wing seasoning is chili lime seasoning.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 932mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 347IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. It should only be used for estimation purposes and is not a guarantee of any kind. Nutritional information varies widely between brands and types of ingredients used. It is recommended that you calculate the nutritional information based on your own ingredients and brands used. Sweetly Splendid, LLC makes no guarantees as to the exact nutrition information.

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