Hot-Key Lime-Pepper Chicken Wings

[2012 ARCHIVES] Hot-Key Lime-Pepper Chicken Wings are citrus-y and with a peppery twist to the regular hot chicken wings. Unlike the regular hot wings, these need to be marinated at least a few hours or overnight for more flavor. Amazing citrus flavor married with the coating of the hot sauce once the wings are fried. Ah, just thinking about it is making me drool.

Hot-Key Lime-Pepper Chicken Wings


  • 1 pack chicken wings
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled & chopped finely
  • 1 long green pepper chopped
  • 4 key lime(or Kalamansi)
  • 2 strings scallions chopped
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Texas Pete hot sauce (or more)
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  • In a container, combine the chicken wings with the chopped garlic, long green pepper, scallions, juice of key lime, red pepper flakes, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of black pepper. Mix everything together, cover the container, then marinate the whole thing in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • After the marinating process, put the flour in a ziploc bag, season with the remaining salt, black pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Shake shake shake. Put 8 to 10 chicken wings at a time in the bag, shake to coat evenly. Do this in batches.
  • Heat up oil in a pan. Once hot, slowly drop the breaded chicken wings. Cover the pan to that side of the wings for 10-15 minutes. Flip the wings to fry the other side. Place the cooked wings in a strainer with a bowl underneath to catch the excess grease. Repeat the process to cook the rest of the wings.
  • Once all the wings are fried, melt butter in a another pot. Add the Texas Pete hot sauce. Stir together then add the fried chicken wings. Stir gently to coat the wings with the hot sauce.

Save a few chicken wings without hot sauce coating for family members who are not into spicy food. The flavors would still be there.

Serve with Bleu Cheese dressing for dip. Enjoy!

Dexie Jane

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