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Chipotle Lime Stickywings

God these are addictive. Before you know it you’ve eaten like 6 to 8 wings all by your fatass self…or maybe that’s just me lol.

I love chicken 99 ways from Sunday, but the stickywing is one of my top 10 favorite wing variations. I get a slight crisp from the rendered skin, mixed with a sweet and spicy, sticky glaze that causes you to eat these like you lack serious home-training. You’ll be sucking and licking your fingers a lot as you eat these, so have the napkins handy.

Each wing is flavored to perfection — juicy, sweet, spicy, smoky and warm, bright and delicious. They’re not too spicy, but feel free to adjust the heat/sweet levels to your personal liking — I just gave you a decent starting point.

I loved these, so very much. I wanted to hug them with my mouth — which I eventually did. The scallion gives the entire dish a mild hint of roasted onion flavor without being overpowering. The chicken itself cooks in about a half hour, and you have to be patient and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before you dive into it. Even if you allow the chicken to cool to room temperature, it will be even stickier 😉 I like to sprinkle just a bit of kosher salt all over the glazed chicken right at the end just to give it contrast and enhance the flavors of the honey/maple syrup based glaze.

Have fun with this recipe and switch it up to your own personal tastes 🙂

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
I sprinkled the seasonings over each wing to my personal liking. Use as much or as little as you like, but go easier on the cayenne pepper because it’s hot and you can easily over-do it.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
Then flip the chicken over so the flatter side is facing up, like this. Sprinkle the lime zest over each wing then cook these babies.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
By the way, these are the seasonings I used…granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, chili powder, kosher salt (in the dish), and lime zest from half a lime. Oh, and I obviously arranged three scallions between the wings to give it a nice mild onion flavor…this is optional.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce — I used one pepper and it gave me great heat and smokiness. Add one pepper and taste, but if you prefer more heat, add another. You can find these peppers in the Mexican food aisle of your grocery store.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
This is the simmer I had going. Be careful not to let this boil over — and it can, so keep an eye on it. Let it reduce slightly, about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Cover loosely and set aside. It will thicken as it sits.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
After 20 minutes of roasting, remove the chicken wings out of the oven and brush 2 layers of the glaze over the wings. Place the wings back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Allow them to rest for 10 minutes, then add one more coat of glaze. Sprinkle a little kosher salt over each wing to enhance the other flavors if need be. Serve with lemon wedges and chopped cilantro as a garnish.

Chipotle Lime Stickywings
Serve’em up!

Chipotle Lime Stickywings

Chipotle Lime Stickywings

Chipotle Lime Stickywings

Chipotle Lime Stickywings

Juicy, super flavorful, and fun to eat. Enjoy these wings, you guys!

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Chipotle Lime Stickywings


This version is the original recipe. Healthier version featured on Dr. Oz is below the jump!



For the chicken:

  • 8 large chicken wings
  • 1 to 2 tsp lime zest
  • Season each wing evenly with kosher salt, ground black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, and a little cayenne pepper (the amount for each is totally up to you)
  • 3 scallions (optional)
  • For garnish, chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp oil or non-stick cooking spray for the baking sheet

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup honey (or more)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or more)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 to 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce
  • Season the glaze with cayenne pepper, black pepper, a pinch of salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, granulated garlic, cumin, and chili powder (I literally used 1-3 shakes each)
  • Kosher salt to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray evenly with non-stick cooking spray or brush 1 tablespoon of oil all over the bottom of the foil lined baking sheet.

For the glaze…

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the lime juice, into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a soft, controlled simmer and allow to reduce for about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste as you go, adjusting the seasoning as you see fit. Add the lime juice at the very end, and stir. Remove from heat, cover loosely, and set aside to keep warm while the chicken cooks. As the glaze sits, it will thicken and become stickier by the minute — just a heads up.

For the chicken…

  1. Rinse the chicken wings under cold water quickly, then pat each wing completely dry with paper towels. Season each chicken wing all over with kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, and a little cayenne pepper. If using the scallions, place them on the bottom of the greased foil-lined baking sheet. Arrange each wing flatter side up (see photo for reference) on top of the scallions, leaving at least 1-inch of space between each wing. If you arrange the wings too closely together, they will steam rather than crisp up. Sprinkle the lime zest over the top of each wing, evenly.
  2. Place the chicken wings on the middle-lower oven rack and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and brush 1 to 2 coats of the glaze glaze over each wing. Place the chicken wings back into the 450 degree oven for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on these last 10 minutes, because depending on your oven, it can caramelize faster than you’d expect and burn. Allow the wings to rest and cool for 10 minutes, then brush with one more layer of glaze right before serving. Sprinkle just a tiny pinch of kosher salt over each glazed wing to help bring out the flavors.
  3. Serve with lime wedges and garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.
  4. Enjoy


If using “party wings” smaller than the regular parts of a whole chicken wing, reduce the cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
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 Healthier version featured on Dr. Oz below!

For the chicken:
  • 8 large whole chicken wings
  • 1 to 2 tsp lime zest
  • Season with pink Himalayan sea salt, ground black pepper
  • For garnish, chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for brushing the wings)
  • non-stick cooking spray for the wire rack
For the glaze:
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup organic Grade A maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 small chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1-2 teaspoons of adobo sauce
  • Season the glaze with cayenne pepper (1/8tsp), black pepper (1/8 – 1/4 tsp), a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, smoked paprika (1/2tsp), onion powder (1/2tsp), granulated garlic (1/2tsp), cumin (1/2tsp), and chili powder (1/2tsp)
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro (optional) and lime juice
1. Preheat your oven to 450. Set a wire rack inside of a rimmed baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Wash and pat wings dry with paper towels. Brush each wing with a very thin layer of extra virgin olive oil. Season lightly with pink salt and pepper. Place wings on the baking rack and bake for 20-25min, or until skin is golden and juices run clear. Remove from oven when done.
2. Meanwhile, add all of the ingredients for the glaze into a small saucepan, and whisk over medium heat until evenly combined. Bring to a low, controlled simmer and allow to reduce for about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add the lime juice at the very end, and stir. Glaze should be thickened and syrupy (it will thicken more as it cools).
3. Turn on the oven broiler to it’s highest setting. Brush the wings generously with the glaze using a pastry brush. Place wings back into the oven under the broiler for an additional 3-5 minutes to caramelize. Watch closely so they do not burn, but a few charred marks won’t hurt.

4. Turn off the broiler and remove the wings from the oven and brush another layer of glaze on top. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes so glaze can set. Garnish with chopped cilantro (if using), and a squirt of fresh lime. Enjoy!

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  2. K. Friend says:

    I’ve been making these for years!! Just made them tonight and they were a HIT as usual ❤️

  3. Taina says:

    Girl! I’ve made this recipe five times already and that glaze is heavenly! I pour it over damn near everything on my plate. So so good! Thank you so much for all these recipes that you’ve shared. 🙂

  4. Nica says:

    Aloha! I seen you on Dr. Oz and couldn’t wait to check out your website. OMG! Gurrrrrrllll I am loving all your recipes! Can’t wait to start using them all. Keep them coming!

    Big Island Gal

  5. Nica says:

    Aloha! I seen you on Dr. Oz and couldn’t wait to check out your website. OMG! Gurrrrrrllll I am loving all your recipes! Can’t wait to start using them all. Keep them coming!

  6. Melinda Sprueill says:

    This is what we are having for Superbowl 2015! Awesome recipe! My husband will love them!

  7. jada says:

    Making for dinner, sauce tastes amazing

  8. LaDonna says:

    I made these wings the other day for my boyfriend and threw a bit of the glaze on some shrimp for me. He loved the wings and I didn’t save him any shrimp! Soooo good!

    • Brittany says:

      I love the idea of using this on shrimp!! What did u make with it? Or any suggestions Resha? Of how to make this a complete meal…? Chicken or shrimp with what side? Thanks!

      • Resha says:

        i’ve made this with adobo rice plenty of times, it pairs very well. just make a plain pot of either basmati or brown rice, and add a few dollups of adobo sauce and season it up to your liking. its delicious. a nice cool salad is a great accompaniment.

  9. Ashley says:

    Ma’am! These wings grabbed a hold of my taste buds and sang them a sweet lullaby. Will be making them again!

  10. Dana says:

    Warning: Do not cook these for a new man cause you can’t eat these cute!! LOL. I have glaze all over my hands and mouth! They were soo good!

    Next time,I think I’m going to be bad and fry the wings, then toss them in the sauce before it gets too sticky. Great recipe girl!!

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  12. NikkiDope says:

    Lawd Hammersy. These look so bomb. I can’t wait to make these. New ideas for chicken wings because I was so burned out on honey bbq

  13. Pura says:

    I want to make these at a cookout. Is there a way I can alter the steps of this recipe for the grill? Should I still bake the glaze on after they’re done cooking? Please HALP.

    • Resha says:

      You could grill them, just make sure they’re nice and oiled with olive oil so they don’t stick, then once they’re done and crispy, glaze them and let the fire hit them for just a few seconds (not too long, or the sugars will burn). tame the fire so that it’s off or super low, then glaze them again and serve’em up.

  14. YoursTruly says:

    Thanks sooo much for this recipe I fixed this for the 4th and OMG they were a hit!!!They were so easy to cook and a perfect fit for the holiday!!

  15. TopshelfVa says:

    Stupid question I’m sure, but if I double the amount of wings used, do I double the glaze ingredients too?

    • Resha says:

      to be on the safe side, you could. the amount of glaze is totally dependent upon you. some like more, others like less. play around with it, it’ll be delicious no matter what you do.

  16. Baby cakes says:

    I’m adding these to my Must Try list… The pics are teasing me bad!

  17. 11 reasons says:

    This is definitely food porn. Must try.

  18. Tiffany says:

    Damn, these look good! I’m drooling a bit. I have sort of a silly question. I don’t have wings, but I have drumsticks. Do you think I’ll beed to alter the recipe or cooking time?

    • Resha says:

      regular sized chicken legs will cook at the same rate as a whole wing, 25-30 minutes…tiny drumsticks will cook at about the same rate, depends on the size. if they’re super tiny drumsticks, they may be ready 5 min earlier than normal. just check around 20 minutes…if the juices are clear, they’re ready.

  19. LaShonda says:

    Cannot WAIT to try these!!! Looks like a nice summertime delicacy! 🙂

  20. Mira says:

    Hi Resha,
    Thank you for posting the Chipotle Lime Stickywings recipe.
    I’ve been looking for this recipe since forever! LOL. 😀
    I’d like to invite you to submit the pictures of your Chipotle Lime Stickywings to so other chefs can make the same creation. 🙂
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. 😀
    Can’t wait for your recipe. 😀