tequila lime chicken wings on a parchment sheet with sliced limes and oranges
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5 from 11 votes

Tequila Lime Wings

Fried chicken wings in a sticky, delicious tequila lime sauce that make a perfect appetizer or party food.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, chicken, party food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 953kcal
Author: Mikayla M


  • 3/4 cup tequila* 3/4 cup
  • 6 tbs lime juice 3 limes, juiced
  • 4 tbs orange juice 1/2 to 1 orange, 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 medium jalapeno optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12-14 chicken wings
  • 8 cups grapeseed oil canola or vegetable work too


  • Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, sliced jalapeno, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a rapid simmer.
  • Cook sauce, stirring occasionally until reduced by 2/3 and thickened to a syrup.
  • Meanwhile place oil in a large, heavy bottom pot with a deep fry thermometer. Heat over medium high heat until oil reaches 375°F.
  • Lay wings out on a paper towel and gently pat dry. Lay out a plate with clean paper towels for after cooking as well.
  • When oil is up to temp, fry wings. Be careful not to overcrowd in pot, frying in batches if necessary*. Fry for 8 minutes or until golden brown and crispy and the juices run clear.
  • Remove cooked wings from the oil and set briefly on paper towels to blot excess oil then move quickly to a bowl and toss with sauce.
  • Serve immediately!


* I recommend an anejo or reposado tequila for this. 
* If frying in batches, plate cooked wings on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet in a low 200°F oven to keep warm.


Calories: 953kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg