chile lime wings

Char Grilled Chile Lime Wings

Zesty and tangy with just the right amount of heat, these citrus spiked chile wings get a char grilled boost of flavor.

Have you ever tried the magical Mexican seasoning Tajin? I happened to consume a great deal of it recently on a trip to Cabo, mainly via the Tajin-crusted rims of the many, many Micheladas that were imbibed. It’s a tangy and salt chili seasoning with an extreme sour note. It definitely inspired me to create these chile lime wings, which I think are the perfect balance of earthy chile and sour lime. So why not just use Tajin, you say? Well, two reasons. 1) That would be lazy as heck. 2) While Tajin is great for cocktails, it’s a little too concentrated and sour to use as seasoning.

Challenge to recreate the same flavors but with a profile suited to chicken wings – ACCEPTED!

chile lime chicken wings with tangy spice

There’s no need to be nervous about cooking chicken correctly, particularly when you have what I consider to be the single most important tool for a meat cook – a great thermometer. I use a Thermapen, which offers precisely calibrated and near-instant readings.  Most importantly, it allows me to know when my chicken has reached the exact safe temperature of 165f. No more guess work. Truth be told, you can actually remove your wings from the grill when they start reading around 161-162f, as they will continue to climb in temperature from residual heat.

The resounding positive comments from my test tasters combined with a completely empty platter at the end of the tasting confirm this recipe to be a raging success. It’s also highly customizable in terms of spice – if you like your wings hot, just increase the amount of cayenne. If you follow the original recipe, you’ll find it well balanced and flavorful, but not too hot for those who are a little scared of spice.

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