Glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce, oven baked chili lime chicken wings are crispy and sticky, just the way they’re supposed to be! This recipe comes with its own sour cream dipping sauce, too!

Wings on a white plate, garnished with green onions and lime wedges.

While crispy chicken wings are pretty irresistible, the sauce on these wings makes them really special. Butter, honey, lime, garlic, and chili powder simmer while the wings bake; then this incredible glaze is slathered on the wings, and wow! Wait til you try them!

Serve chili lime chicken wings as an appetizer at your next big shindig or enjoy them for dinner time. They’re easy to make (you can even make them ahead) and everyone loves them. 

Looking for a dipping sauce to serve with the wings? This recipe includes a great sour cream dip that’s perfect for dipping these wings. (Psst…the dip is great! You’ll want to use it for everything!)

Overhead view of glazed wings, carrots, celery, and dipping sauce.

About these chili lime chicken wings:

Oven baked chicken wings are prepared in a two step process. First, the wings are coated with seasoned flour and baked until they are crispy and thoroughly cooked.

Wing on a baking sheet, unbaked on left, baked on right.

You’ll notice that the recipe includes baking powder. The baking powder aids in the crisping process, drawing out excess moisture. Don’t, don’t, don’t substitute baking soda. It will give your wings a bitter nasty taste. If you don’t happen to have baking powder, just skip it. Your wings will still turn out fine. 

Once the wings are baked, they get coated with a super good glaze. This is totally the best part! Either brush the sauce on or dump the wings and sauce in a big bowl and toss them around until each wing is coated. 

Wing glaze in a pan on left, glazed wings on right.

Here’s where you have a choice: Either serve the wings freshly glazed, stick them back into the oven for 5 minutes, or run them under the broiler for a few minutes to set the glaze. This one’s totally up to you.

Broiling caramelizes the glaze ensuring that the wings are finger lickin’ good. If you choose to broil the wings, reserve a fourth cup of the glaze so you can brush just a little more on the wings after they come out of the broiler. We like them good and sticky!

Watch these tasty chili lime wings fly off the platter! Serve them garnished with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, green onions, or parsley. And don’t forget  the sour cream dipping sauce! And LOTS of napkins!

Glazed wing being dipped into sauce.

What’s in this recipe?

Wings

  • Wings! We recommend either chicken wings or wing portions. You could also substitute chicken drumsticks if you prefer, keeping in mind cook time may change slightly.
  • Coating for the wings: You’ll use a flour coating for the wings, with baking powder and seasonings including garlic powder, chili powder, lime zest, salt.
Raw wings in a bowl, small bowls of other ingredients also visible.

Glaze

  • Glaze: For the glaze, you’ll need butter, honey, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • If you like spicy wings: Try adding a little cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
Glaze Ingredients in small white bowls.

Dip

  • For the dip you’ll need: Sour cream, lime juice, green onions, garlic powder, paprika, and lime zest.
Ingredients for sour cream dip in small bowls.

TIP! You’ll notice that the flour mixture for the wings, the glaze, and the dip have many of the same ingredients. I recommend making them all at once. Get out a large bowl for the seasoned flour, a small saucepan for the glaze, and a small bowl for the dip. Measure out ingredients for each. It takes a little focus but it’s nice to get it all done at once. Refrigerate the dip until you’re ready to use it.

Sour cream dip with chili powder, green onions, lime zest.

How to make these chicken wings your own:

  • Some like ’em hot! If you like spicy wings, add cayenne pepper or hot pepper flakes to the sauce. How much you add depends on how hot you like them. I’d start with a pinch and work up from there. 
  • Make them in your air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Arrange wings in a single layer on the rack. You’ll have to do them in batches. Fry for 9-10 minutes, flipping once. Keep cooked wings warm in a low oven (200°F), arranged on a wire rack in a sheet pan so they stay crispy.
  • Prefer drumsticks to wings? Drummies are fine in this recipe but bake them a bit longer, about forty minutes.
Close up of chili lime wings on a white plate garnished with green onion.

Make-Ahead Ideas/Storage Tips

While they won’t be quite as crispy, you can make a bunch of chicken wings ahead. Buy a big package, bake the wings, cover them with the sauce , as directed, but don’t broil them. Cool the wings down, wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to a month

The sour cream dip can be made up to three days in advance. Refrigerate in a tightly covered container. Stir well before serving.

Reheating Suggestions

For refrigerated leftover wings: Reheat in the microwave, or see method below, reducing baking time slightly.

For frozen cooked wings: Line a large baking pan with foil for easy cleanup. Arrange the frozen wings in a single layer and bake, uncovered, in a preheated oven (400°F) for  13-16 minutes or until heated through (140-145°F).  

Wing being dipped into sour cream sauce.

Fingers required

Forget the forks, some foods are just made to eat with your fingers! I mean, can you imagine eating wings with a fork? Try:

Glazed wings in a white dish with lime wedges.

Chili Lime Chicken Wings

Yield: 4 main dish servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce, oven baked chili lime chicken wings are crispy and sticky, just the way they're supposed to be! 

Ingredients

For the Wings/Coating

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, with tips trimmed off, or chicken wing portions
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • Cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes, if desired (see note)

For the Dip

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, lime zest in large bowl. Add the wings in batches (3 or 4 at a time) and toss to coat.
  2. Arrange the chicken wings on a wire rack lightly sprayed with cooking spray, set into a large rimmed sheet pan. 
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crisp and the internal temperature reaches at least 165° F. 
  4. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients (butter, honey, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, lime zest, and salt) to a small saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the honey has melted and the sauce is starting to bubble and thicken.
  5. Stir together the dip ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. When wings have finished baking, put them in a large bowl, pour the sauce over, and toss until the wings are coated with sauce.
  7. OR: Brush each wing with sauce. Reserve about ¼ cup of sauce to brush on after broiling. 
  8. Place the wings about 6 inches away from the broiler. Turn the broiler to high and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the wings start to caramelize. Don’t walk away-- they can burn very quickly! 
  9. Brush with the remaining sauce. 
  10. Serve hot, garnished with green onions or parsley, if desired. Serve sour cream dip on the side.

Notes

    • These are mild wings. If you would like to add some heat, add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the sauce (to taste).
    • Make them in your air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Arrange wings in a single layer on the rack. You'll have to do them in batches. Fry for 9-10 minutes, flipping once. Keep cooked wings warm in a low oven (200°F), arranged on a wire rack in a sheet pan so they stay crispy.
    • Prefer drumsticks to wings? Drummies are fine in this recipe but bake them a bit longer, about forty minutes.
    • Nutrition information does not include sour cream dip.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 wings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1343Total Fat: 94gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 50gCholesterol: 307mgSodium: 2123mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 62g

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