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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 Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Wings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mexican


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



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


  1. First, make the Tequila Lime Sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat
  2. Add cornstarch to a small dish and add in water. Stir and set aside
  3. Once the 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° Fahrenheit, 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° Fahrenheit, flip and wait 5 minutes.
  15. Repeat the last step until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165° Fahrenheit.
  16. In a large bowl toss wings and sauce together until fully coated.
  17. Serve


  • Start with a clean grill.
  • If you don’t have a digital thermometer, get one. We need our chicken at 165° Fahrenheit to be safe.
  • Either cook your sauce inside or if your grill has a side station, you can cook it there.
  • If you don’t have, or cannot find, Sambal Oelek, you could use Sriracha or any other chili sauce as a substitute.
  • It only seems fitting that you serve it with a Perfect Margarita Cocktail or maybe a Frozen Strawberry Margarita.
  • When temping your wings, doing so in the fat part of the drummie can help prevent fat from escaping.