This post is sponsored by Barrel House Z.
If you’re reading this, I’ve lied to you already…sort of. With football season just around the corner, it’s time to grill up your favorite tailgating chicken wings. One of my favorite local Boston area breweries recently approached me about collaborating on a tequila lime chicken recipe using their very own beer.
We settled on grilled tequila lime chicken wings, but with a very interesting twist. The recipe doesn’t directly contain tequila, but instead, one of their most popular brews aged in tequila barrels.
Barrel House Z’s Sunny & 79° Ginned Pilsner is aged for 1 month in tequila barrels, soaking up the spicy and natural fruity notes of tequila. I’ve tried the same pilsner without the barrel aging, and it’s amazing how much it changes the complexity and flavor of the beer.
Tequila Lime Chicken
I cannot think of a more perfect twist on tequila lime chicken. The medium-bodied, pilsner perfectly compliments the fresh lime juice, cilantro, tequila, and spices, and serves at the perfect base ingredient for a mild and tangy grilled wing.
I Don’t Have Access to This Beer
Use a cup of your favorite pilsner or pale ale instead and add 1/4 cup of tequila to the recipe. Follow the recipe below accordingly otherwise, marinating accordingly. At the end of the day, you can still make tequila lime chicken. What’s better than chicken and beer together?
If you’re from Massachusetts or Rhode Island you can find BHZ on tap or in 4 packs here. If you’re local I highly recommend you swing down to Weymouth, MA and grab a pint at their brewery. Pick up some extra Sunny & 79° and get to grilling these wings.
Grilling wings is easy. They’re best cooked on medium heat while rotating in the same direction until all sides are nicely crisped and golden. When I’m cooking chicken with precious skin, I like to oil the grill’s grates with olive oil to prevent the skin from sticking and ripping off.
It makes the whole process easier and cleaner.
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My grilled honey garlic chicken wings are grilled and slathered in a homemade sweet honey garlic wing sauce.
- 12–14 whole chicken wings or 24 party wings (wingette and drumette separated)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- thinly sliced green onion
Honey garlic sauce
- 1 orange, juice squeezed (1/3 cup OJ)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- For the honey garlic sauce: Heat sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- For the wings: Season wings all over with salt and pepper. Preheat the grill on medium heat. Clean the grates well and lightly brush the grates with olive oil. Evenly disperse the wings on the grates and grill for 12-15 minutes, flipping as needed until golden brown and the meat is white and fully cooked through. Use a digital thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reads 165°F. See note below on baking wings.
- Remove wings from the grill and place on a plate. Generously baste all over with honey garlic sauce and top with green onions. Serve immediately.
If you don’t have access to a grill, you can simply bake the wings in the oven. Bake wings on a large baking sheet at 400°F for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
- Serving Size: 3 wings
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