Chilli and Lime Chicken Wings

Chilli and Lime Chicken Wings

Chilli and Lime Chicken Wings


Crispy air fried wings coated in a sticky spicy sweet glaze!

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Chicken wing lovers this one is for you! These Chilli and Lime Wings are the bomb! Crispy wings covered with a spicy, sweet and tangy sticky sauce. Super delicious and perfect for parties or a cosy movie night in!

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These wings are really easy to make and you probably have everything in your pantry already! Check out my What’s in My Pantry post to stock up your pantry for successful tasty food at home!

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What Do I Need?

The Chicken Wing Coating –

  • Good quality fresh chicken wings. You should process the wings by removing the wing tip and cutting the flat away from the drum.
  • Add rice flour and corn flour to a bowl together with cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme, dried garlic and salt & pepper and mix well.

The Chilli & Lime Glaze –

  • Honey and Lime are essential ingredients to the sauce. You will use the juice and zest of one lime and a generous helping of honey.
  • Of course its got to be spicy so we are using Scotch Bonnet a very hot chilli native to South America and West Africa. This chilli is very hot with fruity notes. This is going to give some real heat to your chilli and lime glaze.
  • Fresh garlic should be minced and sautéed in unsalted butter.
  • Add paprika and a pinch of salt and black pepper to season the glaze.
habanero lime garlic and honey

How to Make the Chilli & Lime Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat add the butter, chilli, and garlic. 
  2. Sauté for 1 minute to soften but not brown any of your ingredients. Next add the lime juice and zest, honey and whisk on low heat for 1 minute. 
  3. Add the seasoning and taste. When happy with the consistency remove from the heat. You want it runny with a nice shine.

All thats left to do now is toss the wings in the glaze plate and top with chopped coriander serve and enjoy! 

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Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to use the corn flour and rice flour if you want extra crispy wings.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer you can bake in an over at 180°C for 30 minutes then turn up the heat to 200°C degrees for 10 more minutes.
  • Wash and prep your chicken by rinsing in lemon juice and separating the drums from the flats. I also remove the wing tip to speed up cooking time.
  • Taste your sauce before seasoning at the end for best results.
  • Bring out the chicken wings from the fridge 20 minutes before you intend to start cooking. This will speed up cook time.
chilli and lime chicken wings

How to Cook Your Wings!

Air Fry

Since getting my Ninja 15 in 1 smart cooker I have been air frying all of my chicken wings. The results are just great. It takes just 20 minutes to cook super crispy but juicy chicken wings.

All you do is chuck your prepped wings in the air fryer basket and cook for 20-25 minutes at 200C.

If you don’t have an air fryer I highly recommend the Ninja 15 in 1 smart cooker. This dream kitchen cooker has 15 different functions to help you cook including my favourite air fry mode. You can click this link to head straight to their website and read more about it and buy one for yourself.

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If you don’t have an air fryer don’t worry you can still make these delicious wings with the same great results – it will just take a little longer.

Simply line a baking tray with foil and place a rack inside the tray and place your wings on the the rack ensuring they don’t touch. Place in a pre heated oven at 180C for 30 minutes then turn the heat to 200C for the last 10 minutes.

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Flav Oil – Superior High Oleic Sunflower Cooking Oil

When I fry my chicken wings I use one of my new favourite oils, I recently discovered on instagram. Flavoil is a high oleic sunflower oil perfect for cooking and marinades.

Flavoil provides the perfect frying oil. A less calorific and much lighter oil which is odourless and almost tasteless.

Use my special code “HOSO29” using this link to order your first bottle today with a 10% discount. If you are looking for a lighter great cooking oil you will love Flavoil!

This oil works perfectly when air frying and helps cut even more calories. All you need is 1-2 tablespoons drizzled over your wings for perfect crispy results!

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Chilli & Lime Wings Serving Suggestion –

I love Chilli & Lime Wings on their own as a snack, they are also really nice with a side of fries or Fried Plantain! Be sure to have a cool beer on the side to wash it all down!

Love wings check out our other Chicken Wing recipes! Let me know what you think in the comments I would love to know.

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Chilli and Lime Chicken Wings

Wing lovers this one is for you! Spicy, sweet and sticky wings with a perfect crunch!
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Air Fryer
  • Tongs
  • Small frying pan
  • Sharp knife
  • 2 Metal bowls
  • Chopping board


Chicken Wing Coating

  • 500 grams chicken wings about 20 separate wings
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried garlic
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Chilli & Lime Glaze

  • 25 grams butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 scotch bonnet/habanero chilli
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lime juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper


Chicken Wings

  • Wash and prep your chicken wings by separating the drums from the flats with a sharp knife or meat cleaver and remove the wing tip.
  • To a bowl add the flours and seasonings for the coating and mix well.
  • Add the dried and prepped wings to the bowl and toss or use your hands to coat the chicken wings well.
  • Add the wings to your air fryer basket and drizzle on 1 tablespoon of sunflower or vegetable oil. Close the air fryer and set to 200°C for 20 minutes.
  • Halfway be sure to open the air fryer and give the basket a toss to ensure even cooking.

Chilli and lime Glaze

  • Using a grater collect the zest of one lime, when done cut the lime in half, juice and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat add the butter and allow to melt slightly before adding the chilli and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute to soften but not brown any of your ingredients.
  • Then add the lime juice, zest and honey and whisk on low heat for 1 minute.  Add the salt, pepper and paprika and taste. 
  • The sauce is ready when it is slightly thickened and has a shiny appearance.
  • When the wings are done add to a large metal bowl add the glaze and toss well to coat.


  • Wash your chicken in lemon juice and or vinegar to remove the slimy coating and any strong odour from the chicken.
  • When cooking the glaze keep the heat low to ensure you dont burn any of the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle with some optional chopped coriander for extra fresh fragrant flavour!
Author: Daniel Devereux
Cost: £5
Course: Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Chicken, Chicken Wings, Party food, Sides, Snacks, Wings

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