Zesty and flavorful cilantro lime chicken wings marinated overnight are perfect for the grill or in the oven – or even the airfryer!
You all know my love for chicken wings runs deeeeep. Until the air fryer was a thing, we regularly baked wings in the oven at Casa de Crews, and have been more than okay with that. Growing up, my parents had a deep fryer, but we all know better now, so baked was the way to go.
Except in the summer, when we can grill our chicken wings! There is nothing like smoky, chargrilled chicken wings cooked over an open flame. Chicken wings from the grill are fall-off-the-bone tender, with charred bits of flavor; grilled wings are so simple to make.
Personally, I’m pretty happy with classic dry rubs or a little cayenne pepper hot sauce for chicken wings, but this time of year a zesty, summer-y marinade is the way to go.
How to make Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings
To make these chicken wings moist and flavorful, you’ll want to make a simple marinade using fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice, coconut aminos and garlic. This marinade gets blended together and we’ll marinate our wings overnight for juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone wings that are made on the grill!
If you would prefer to bake or air fry your chicken wings, I’ve gotchu, friend. But the recipe below is all about grilling these Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings.
How to grill chicken wings
So we like the two-zone method at Casa de Crews. First you’ll sear to get those charred bits and grill marks over direct heat, before finishing over indirect heat for approx 10-12 minutes. Sear your chicken wings over the hot side of the grill/direct heat. Sear the wings on all sides to get a nicely browned, crispy skin. A quick sear on all sides is all you need.
char the wings over direct heat:
- If you’re using charcoal, light your coals and pile them all onto one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty. You’ll sear the wings over this side, before letting them cook on cooler side/indirect heat.
- If you’re using a gas grill, you’ll preheat one side only and get it HOT, around 400-500 degrees F. You’ll sear wings over this side first.
finish grilling the wings with indirect heat:
Once browned on all sides, move the wings over to the cool side of the grill to finish cooking. Close the lid, and cook until the wings are done, at 165 degrees F. This should take approx 10-12 minutes.
The result are juicy, tender wings – thanks to our marinade that fall of the bone. This chicken wing recipe will be your go-to wing recipe all summer long, I promise!
What if I don’t want to grill these wings?
Maybe you’re reading this in February and you live in the Midwest – or somewhere else really cold, and won’t be firing up the grill. I feel you.
- To bake these wings, please please follow these cooking instructions.
- To air fry your chicken wings, please follow these cooking instructions.
No matter how you make these Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings, they’re perfect for any party, or date night in. My family loves coming over for dinner when we make these chicken wings. You just can’t go wrong with this easy marinade and flame grilled chicken wings.
These wings are so flavorful, you don’t need a dipping sauce, but then again this is America and what would we be without a little ranch to dunk these wings in? If you’re trying to keep things clean, make a batch of my whole30, dairy-free ranch dip for these wings – enjoy!
cilantro lime chicken wings
- 1/2-1 whole jalapeno, seeded and diced - use 1/2 for less spice, up to 1 whole if you like heat
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup cilantro - fresh
- zest of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 lbs chicken wings, approx 40 wings - trimmed
- Add jalapenos, garlic cloves, fresh cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, coconut aminos, and olive oil to a blender or food processor to create marinade.
- Place chicken wings in a bowl or Ziploc bag and mix with marinade. Marinate chicken for 1 hour up to 10 hours (I wouldn't marinate longer than 10 hours because the lime zest has acidity that could break down the chicken which is not tasty)
- char the wings over direct heat: If you're using charcoal, light your coals and pile them all onto one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty. You’ll sear the wings over this side, before letting them cook on cooler side/indirect heat.If you're using a gas grill, you'll preheat one side only and get it HOT, around 400-500 degrees F. You'll sear wings over this side first.finish grilling the wings with indirect heat:Once browned on all sides, move the wings over to the cool side of the grill to finish cooking. Close the lid, and cook until the wings are done, at 165 degrees F. This should take approx 10-12 minutes.
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I can’t wait to make these Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings but first I have a question. In the step of the recipe you direct us to use jalapeños but it’s not listed in the ingredients so I don’t know how much. Can you clearify?
Hi Robin, so sorry about that! I have updated the ingredient list. I use 1 whole jalapeno, seeded. If you don’t like a ton of heat, I suggest half of the jalapeno. It’s up to you! Please let me know how these turn out for you. I hope you all enjoy!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
These look out of this world! I love the flavors!
Your wings look incredible! What a delicious combination that pairs perfectly with my favorite Gallo white wine!
Kate @ Green Fashionista says
Holy deliciousness, this looks AMAZING 😀
Constance Smith says
Cilantro and lime is one of my favorite flavor combinations!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
These wings are definitely going on my dinner menu soon! I love the cilantro lime flavors!
I am obsessed with these wings, for summer. Hope you enjoy them!
These look so yummie! I so need to try and make them.
Oh my, that all sounds amazing! Definitely need to add this to the next gathering I host!
How did you know I was craving chicken wings!?!??! Seriously! MMM. Must make these.
Haha chicken wings for breakfast sounds okay to me 🙂
Riesling is my absolute favorite so I’m going to have to check out that brand of wines!! Side note – I have not eaten breakfast and I want those chicken wings! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston
Betsy @ Desserts Required says
I would love to come to your ‘Meet the Meat’ party! Hint, hint!!!
My youngest son is a wing addict so I can’t wait to try these out at home.
Hahaha, always welcome, Betsy! I hope your son loves these!
Audrey Adair says
This recipe looks so delicious!! I will definitely have to give it a try! xx
PS – That food photography on fleek, though.. 😀
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Haha, I said “on fleek” the other day and my husband looked at me like I was legit insane. Thanks for the compliment! These wings are addictive!
I love anything cilantro lime, it’s so refreshing and amazing!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Perfect for Summer! Loving all the citrus-y/zestiness of the marinade especially.
Thanks, Thalia! That is for sure my fave part of summer grilling
Cilantro and lime is one of the the best flavor combos ever. I bet these wings taste delicious!
Amy Kim says
I am digging the cilantro lime flavors! Also GFV Riesling is one of my faves!
Ever since last year’s #FWCon, Gallo’s Riesling is the only Riesling I will buy!
Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says
What a perfect summer flavor combo! Count us in for the wing fest!!
Come on down!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
I can see why you were so excited to share that recipe with us. Well done! I adore cilantro!
Cilantro is one of my faves! I include it in whatever I can
Valerie Cathell Clark says
I adore cilantro and lime anything! These wings are perfect for a BBQ!
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Yum! I am loving the flavor of your chicken wings. What a great recipe.
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
Marlene @Nosh My Way says
I could totally sink my teeth into this dish.
You can never go wrong with wings…right?!
Amber K says
Looks so good! I’m going to have to try this for our July 4th party. I like that it’s easily made Paleo too!
I’m seeing using that sauce on a whole lot more things too. Looks so good!!
I want to try it next on steak!