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Chili-Lime Chicken Wings

Who would have guessed that mixing maple syrup, chili sauce and lime juice would make chicken wings taste so good? Family and guests alike will scramble to ensure they get more than one of these utterly delicious wings—so be sure to make extras! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2-1/2 pounds whole chicken wings
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Optional: Thinly sliced green onions and lime wedges


  • Cut wings into 3 sections; discard wing tip sections. In a large saucepan, combine the syrup, chili sauce, lime juice and mustard. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup.
  • Meanwhile, in a large shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Add wings a few at a time and toss to coat.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry wings, a few at a time, for 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Transfer wings to a large bowl; add sauce mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately, with sliced green onions and lime wedges if desired.
Editor's Note
Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 142 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Hanefah
    Jan 5, 2021

    These wings was great. That sauce tho omg.

  • shannondobos
    Jan 6, 2017

    When I read the ingredient list I knew I would love the flavor combinations here. However, I always bake my wings at a super high heat to achieve the crispiness that deep frying helps achieve. So, rather than deep fry, I baked my wings at 450F for 20 minutes per side (I still dredged them in the flour mixture as stated), and then tossed the wings in a half sized recipe of the sauce (as it seemed to make a lot). The results were FANTASTIC! This recipe was a great base for me. Even though I altered the method, I loved the flavors!

  • michelletheprincess
    Dec 8, 2013

    These wings are amazing! I decided to flour and bake them instead at 425 for 45 min (flip after 30). While they are baking, I simmered the sauce. I also used juice from 2 limes. Next time I will add a touch of heat.

  • challenges
    Sep 11, 2013

    Wonder if these could be put into the oven instead of deep fried?

  • kathy1108
    Nov 18, 2012

    No comment left

  • LeosRock
    Jun 16, 2011

    Nice one

  • msdaisey
    Aug 14, 2010

    very good..made for b'day party! everyoneloved! a keeper

  • justmbeth
    May 9, 2010

    Wings were very flavorful, not too hot/spicy for the kids. I like my wings hot, so I added some hot sauce and red pepper to mine...absolutely fantastic!