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Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

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July 31, 2018
Eight Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings on a silver platter getting ready to be served. There are two spent limes and a dish of samal oelek in the background.

We may be changing gears from in our Margarita series, but we are not leaving margarita flavors behind. We are going to be laying down some margarita flavors in wing form. Today, we are going to share our Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings. This is a special one for me, as I love wings, so being able to develop this recipe has been particularly fun. Join me, as we fire up the grill and make some Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings. Go Straight to the recipe.

Grilling Wings – Getting That Crispy Skin

So, wings in a deep fat fryer are simple. You are almost guaranteed to get a nice crispy skin because you are cooking it in fat. Even in the oven, I have learned to get some great crispiness using Alton Brown’s wing method that uses the fat that already exists in the wing. The fundamental issue with grilling wings is getting that nice fried flavor on the skin while still cooking the wings all the way through.

There are a few tricks to help make this successful.

Don’t break down the wing

If I cook wings in a fryer or oven, I will separate the drumstick from the wing, and remove the tip. Leave it all intact when you grill. This will allow a greater chance of any fat from the wing to stay in the wing and cook the skin. We don’t want that fat dripping down into the grill.

Sear them Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

For these wings, I generated two cooking zones in my grill. One side of my grill is hot, but the other will only cook by indirect heat. So, I start on the hot side for 10 minutes and then move them to the indirect heat side of the grill. This allows us to establish a nice crunch on the skin and then heat the wings all the way through

Thermometer – Get One

Use a thermometer. If you don’t have one, get one. We need our chicken at 165. Another nuance of this process is that if you just plunge your thermometer into the skin, you might release some precious juices. When temping these guys, try and avoid puncturing the skin and I tend to temp them in the fat part of the chicken drumstick.

raw chicken wings that have been salted and peppered

Eight Chicken Wings on a grill while they are being baked

Margherita Sauce for Our Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

I was pretty excited to get this sauce down and it took some time, but I think I found a wing sauce that accurately represents the flavors of a margarita. Besides the obvious additions of Tequila and Lime, we ended up adding some other ingredients that helped bring the flavors out of these Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings.

Sambal Oelek

I am in love with Sambal Oelek. Imagine something that is sort of like Sriracha, but maybe a little less sweet and tastes more of the chili and vinegar. Oh, fear not, there is room for both in your fridge. I have found that I tend to use Sriracha more as a condiment (think eggs, ramen, etc), while I use Sambal Oelek more often when I cook. Both are awesome and the bold chili bite seemed more appropriate for these wings.

So, there are really two parts to this recipe. The chicken is important, but then we are also tossing our grilled wings in a sauce. The chicken is the main character in the dish and the sauce is the supporting cast. The supporting cast is often times just as important as the main character in a movie. I think we found our Oscar in the Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings. Let me know what you think below. If you like what we are doing, subscribe to get updates via email and follow me on Instagram!

Saucepan with melted butter and the ingredients for the sauce in the background. Additionally, there are two forks.

Stirring the tequila lime chicken sauce on the stovetop after I have added the thickening agent

thickened tequila lime chicken sauce before it has been tossed with the chicken wings

tossing the cooked wings in a dish

Holding the serving platter with the chicken wings on them

Products I Used In This Recipe

  1. Weber Genisis III
  2. Digital Thermometer
  3. Grill Tongs
  4. Bowl for Tossing

Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

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Eight Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings on a silver platter getting ready to be served. There are two spent limes and a dish of samal oelek in the background.

Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Wings
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

All of the Chicken Wings with a Margarita Kick. These Grilled Margarita Tequila Lime Chicken Wings are tasty and a great addition to your grilling arsenal.


Ingredients

For Margarita Tequila Lime Sauce Sauce

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Teaspoons Sambal Oelek
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup tequila

For Wings:

  • 8 Chicken Wings
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, To Taste

Instructions

  1. Turn medium saucepan to medium low and add butter
  2. Add cornstarch to small dish and add in water. Stir and set aside
  3. Once butter has melted, add Sambal Oelek, lime juice, and sugar to saucepan and stir together
  4. Add tequila
  5. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for approximately 5 minutes
  6. Re-stir cornstarch slurry and add to boiling sauce
  7. Continue stirring until sauce thickens
  8. Remove and set aside
  9. Preheat Grill to 425, but make sure there is a direct heat zone and an indirect heat zone
  10. Salt and pepper wings liberally
  11. Place wings, skin side down, onto the hot side of the grill and allow to cook for 5 minutes
  12. Turn and cook an additional 5 minutes
  13. Move to indirect heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes
  14. Take the temp. If it is less than 165, flip and wait 5 minutes.
  15. Repeat the last step until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165.
  16. In a large bowl toss wings and sauce together until fully coated.
  17. Serve

Keywords: Tequila Lime Chicken

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    August 2, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I am also a Sambal Oelek fan! I have no doubt I’d also be a fan of these chicken wings! They sound delicious.

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