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spicy yucatan chicken wings

Spicy Grilled Yucatán Chicken Wings

  • Author: Jess Pryles



2.53 lb chicken wings

3.5 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo

zest & juice of 1 orange

Zest & juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon achiote paste

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon ancho powder

1 teaspoon guajillo powder

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon salt

Chopped cilantro & Habanero Citrus Sauce to garnish (optional)


  1. Place chicken wings in a large zip top bag.
  2. In a high sided container (for blending), place the chipotle peppers, orange & lime zest and juice, achiote paste, garlic, ancho, guajillo, oil, water and salt. Use a stick blender to combine all ingredients until well blended.
  3. Pour the marinade into the bag and distribute well to coat all the wings. Seal the bag and place into the fridge to marinade at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. Pre-heat a grill to medium high. Place the wings directly over the heat, turning every 3-4 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 160-162f. If the wings are developing color too quickly, move them to the edge of the hot zone, so they can continue to cook without burning.
  5. Once they reach the correct temperature, pile the wings high on a plate and drizzle with Habanero Citrus sauce and a generous sprinkle of cilantro. Serve immediately.