Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

These easy to make tequila lime chicken wings are perfect for the grill. Chicken wings are always a hit at any party and these wings will not disappoint. Marinated and then tossing in a tequila lime glaze watch these wing disappear right before your eyes. 

When it is time for me to fire up the grill these are one of my favorite wings to make. I also love making these for my family and friends that don’t like spicy things. They are jam packed with flavor and don’t take very long to make. Eat them with just the glaze or dip them in your favorite sauce. These wings are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party or game day. 

In this recipe

The biggest part of this recipe is going to be the tequila used for the chicken. All of the other ingredients are there to compliment the flavors. 

Tequila: use one that you like to drink a lot of. That will ensure a nice flavor. For a greater depth of flavor use a reposado or anejo instead of a silver tequila. 

Agave syrup: this will be the sweetener in the marinade as well compliment the flavors in the tequila better than other sweeteners. You can substitute honey or brown sugar if you don’t have agave syrup.

Limes: they will add a tartness that will allow the flavors of the agave to come out will helping reduce the sweetness, When key limes are in season I have used those in this recipe instead of normal limes. 

Ingredients for tequila lime chicken wings on a wooden cutting board
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Cutting the joints

You can buy the frozen pre-cut drumettes and flats however I find it easier to cut the wings myself. To do so make sure you have a nice sharp knife. The stretch out the wing to expose as much of the joint as possible. You should be able to see where the bones meet in the wing when you do this. Take the blade of the knife and set it between the bones and slice downward. This will help prevent you from cutting through the actual bone and make it very easy to slice. 

A bowl of wings in a marinade
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A saucepan of the marinade before reducing
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Wings on a grill
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Cooked wings on a grill
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Tequila lime glaze cooked wings in a bowl
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Preparing the tequila lime chicken wings

Once you have cut up all of the wings you want to get started on the marinade. If you are going to use a bag add the chicken in first and then add the marinade. If you are using a bowl make sure that the marinade will cover all of the chicken, otherwise you will need to mix the chicken every 15 minutes. This will ensure that all of the chicken is nicely coated and seasoned well. You will want to marinate for at least an hour but they can be marinated for up to 4 hours. 

A mound of tequila lime chicken wings on a slate platter
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Grill them up

Once the grill is nice and hot you will want to make sure that the wings are cooked by indirect heat. The fat from the skin will drip into the flames and cause flare ups which can scorch and burn all of the skin. Since there is sugar also added to the marinade the flames will cause that to burn quickly as well. Also due to the sugars in the marinade you will get those nice grill lines on the skin where it touches the grill that is what you want to see. Make sure the wings get up to 165F or 74C before removing from the heat. 

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Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

Marinated grilled chicken wings in a tequila lime sauce.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 482 kcal


  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Tongs


  • 4 pounds chicken wings cut into drumettes and flats
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • cup agave syrup
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup jalapeños thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a mixing bowl combine the agave syrup, tequila, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest. Whisk to combine. Place the wings into a bag and pour the marinade on top. Removing as much air as possible seal the bag and let marinate in the refrigerator for an hour. If using a bowl add the chicken to the bowl cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat your grill to 425°F or 220°C.
  • Remove wings from marinade and place onto the grill over indirect heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temp is 165°F or 74°C. Remove from the grill.
  • While the wings are cooking in a saucepan bring the marinade to a boil and reduce by half and had thickened. If you want a thicker sauce make a slurry of a tablespoon of tequila and teaspoon of corn starch and add that to the reduced liquid allow to thicken and remove from the heat.
  • Serve wings with with the glaze and your favorite dips.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 482kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 30gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 573IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Chicken Wings, Grilled, Tequila
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11 thoughts on “Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings”

  1. 5 stars
    These chicken wings look super tender and golden brown and I am super excited to make these in summer for me and my family! Thank you for sharing this recipe, they look so delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    These wings look really tasty and I love the combination of sweet and tart flavors with the agave and lime.

  3. I’m not a chicken person, but I always search for chicken recipes because my son loves chicken. He said your chicken wings were extremely delicious and tender, and juicy! You nailed it! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Carrie Robinson

    5 stars
    I am all about grilled wings- my absolute favorite way to cook them! 🙂 And that marinade sound absolutely incredible.

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Wings recipe here. Citrus and tangy for a lovely soirée on the palate. Enjoy with family or friends.

  6. 5 stars
    The combination of tequila, lime, and grilled chicken wings created a flavorful and tangy dish that was a hit with everyone!

  7. 5 stars
    Love the idea of grilling chicken wings on the grill! The step by step photos help a ton. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Wings on the grill are the best. These are perfect for bbq parties all summer long. Always a hit with the guests.

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