Friday, January 27, 2012

Fire Roasted Chili Lime Wings

Can you remember the first chicken wing you had?

I don't mean a fried chicken wing left over because it was the last piece from a Sunday fried chicken dinner or a bucket from KFC.  I am talking about a real wing.  A chicken wing cooked for the purpose of being a wing, not an "also ran".  Like buffalo wings or hot wings.  My first ones were at Stadium Club where my friend Carson worked as a cook. 

It is the Third Annual Week of Wings over at Hot Sauce Daily, a celebration of wings.  Brian and Marilyn will be grilling up wings, reviewing wing sauces, and checking out all things wing related. Hop over there and check their wing-centricity all week.  

Here is my tribute to Week of Wings.

Traditional "buffalo sauces" have hot sauce, butter, spices and an acid, such as vinegar and/or Worcestershire sauce.  For this one, I relied on the lime juice in the Cholula Chili Lime sauce as the acid.

Fire Roasted Chili Lime Wings
servings: 4

  • 12 chicken wings, cut into drummettes and wingettes, tips reserved for stock

For the dry rub
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
For the sauce
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1/4 cup lime flavored hot sauce*
  • 1/2 tsp of the dry rub
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 350-375f set up for indirect heat*.
  2. Season the 24 wing pieces with the dry rub (reserve 1/2 tsp of the rub for the sauce).
  3. Roast the wings on a covered grill for 30 minutes.
  4. Flip the wing pieces and roast for 20 minutes.  
  5. Meanwhile, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat in a saute pan and saute the garlic for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining butter and dry rub, whisking continuously until well blended (another 2-3 minutes).  
  7. Once the wings have roasted a total of 50 minutes, remove them to a large bowl, pour the sauce over them, and toss to coat thoroughly.
  8. Roast the wings another 7-10 minutes, or until the sauce bakes on and the wings reach an internal temp of at least 170f.  
  • I used Cholula Chile Lime Hot Sauce. 
  • You can use your oven for this instead....if you insist.  Just remember, it doesn't taste as good and every time you use an oven instead of a grill, an angel loses it's wings.   Mmmmmmm fire roasted angel wings, heavenly! 

[Standard Disclaimer]  I received no compensation from Hot Sauce Daily for this post but Brian did threaten to boil ribs if I didn't post something wing related this week.


  1. I will bake my wings and specify that Clarence loses his wings. That way he will have to produce a remake of "It's a Wonderful Life" with Justin Bieber as the young George Bailey.

  2. I'm going to throw myself a pity party for making so many wingless angels. I won't be able to be a real Grill Girl until my next life...or until the mister's next life, whichever comes first! These do sound great- I'll BAKE some up for the Super Bowl!

  3. These are gorgeous. And I agree about the grill. For me that makes them just as delicious as deep fried if not more. Great recipe!

  4. I have to admit to baking my wings (sorry angel). :o(

  5. I'll never bake a wing again! They don't compare to these beauties!

  6. Those are some of the best wings I've seen in a while! And I'd rather grill than deep fry any day :)

  7. These look fantastic and the sauce sounds great!

  8. I think I cried when I had my first was soooooo HOT. I think it was made with ghost peppers or something! these sound amazing!

  9. First "Fungus Among Us", now "Week of Wings". Between the rhyming and the alliteration, I think you're turning into a poet.

  10. Wow...these look like chicken wing perfection to me! Great job, Chris!

    Kim in MD

    1. Hello fellow Marylander and NibbleMeThisFan!
      Stop by and say "Hi" sometime. Let's talk spicy foods.

  11. I just finished breakfast, but your last shot still has me craving wings. I cannot remember my first ones but I really like them. It's amazing how restaurant fajitas and Buffalo wings have radically changed the availability and price of skirt steak and wings - the Chicken City guy said they used to throw them away. Thanks for the Wing Week heads up.

  12. I had my first chicken wings in Buffalo, NY in 1970 on a road trip right after my wedding. We drove all over the east coast to visit friends and family unable to attend the ceremony. One of my husband's college buddies was playing for the Buffalo Bills. He and his wife took us to dinner at a restaurant where many of the players and their families ate. I sat with the wives at one end of the table. The players and my husband sat at the other. We were served a tasty appetizer of spicy chicken wings with celery sticks, carrots, and a blue cheese dip, a specialty of the restaurant. I said something about how good the wings tasted. Paul Maguire, the Buffalo punter, now a TV color commentator, basically said they were better than sex [my words] and assured me they would soon become a nationwide phenomenon. I guess so.

  13. Isn't that weird, I actually can remember my first "wing". About 25 years ago, we were sitting on the curb outside a wing joint which was located in a cruddy little strip mall in North Denver. We were eating our box of hot wings (we ordered medium sauce) ... some sauce dripped on the pavement and I was tempted to lick it up it was so good.

  14. Gosh Chris, these might be the prettiest chicken wings I've ever seen. You are the wings king!

  15. Chris, I can't wait to try this. I LOVE wings and Cholula is one of my favorites. This has been pinned to my Superbowl/tailgating board.

  16. LMAO, love that threat. You might cry if I told you just how lacking my meat-cooking expertise was as a newlywed. Boiling was the first step to half my meals. I actually cringe just thinking about it now!

    These look awesome. I'm not a huge fan of wings myself, but I LOVE the flavor. I might have to try this rub on some bigger pieces of chicken soon. (Am I missing something by not loving wings? Serious question. I just hate that there is little meat and a lot of work to get to it. Is the wing meat actually tastier?)

  17. Grilling is always the way to go! I can't wait to try these tonight. The chili lime sauce is new to me, but I found it easily.

  18. Finger licking good! Love the combination of flavors on these tasty wings.

  19. Great use of the Cholula Chile Lime Sauce Chris! (I promise you I've NEVER boiled ribs or wings or any meat. Ever!)

    Love the simplicity of the rub.

  20. Great recipe Chris, these wings look yummy. Thanks for sharing

  21. these wings look amazing!! I can't wait to try them!

  22. Another great recipe. These wings look perfect. And I love chili and lime flavors together. I MUST try these, but it would probably be in the oven, and I don't want to make (anymore) angels lose their wings :) Are these shippable? To me?

  23. What a delicious wing-related post! :D Actually, the mere picture of the Fire Roasted Chili Lime Wings already gives me an impression about how good it tastes! Gee, it’s so mouthwatering that I can hear my stomach wambling. >.< :D

  24. Best wings ever! Changed my life!


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