Crispy baked chicken wings with a margarita glaze and a smattering of salt are the perfect way to celebrate National Margarita Day!
Did you know that just about every day has been designated as the nation something or other day related to food? It’s a little silly, but some are definitely worth celebrating. Today, a group of friends and I are celebrating National Margarita Day – probably one of the very best days there is!
I didn’t really feel like making an actual margarita though, since I already posted a few cocktail recipes this month (my blackberry-basil margarita and this awesome color changing cocktail). I’ve had chicken wings on my mind ever since Eat the Love posted a whole week of chicken wing recipes last month (more specifically since the second I first laid eyes on his Korean Fried Chicken Wings, which I plan to make very, very soon), so it seemed like a natural choice to make Margarita Chicken Wings!
These wings are baked at high heat until they’re perfectly crisp before getting slathered with a sticky, sweet, citrusy glaze. Since no margarita is complete without the salt, a smattering of crunchy sea salt is the perfect finishing touch. These are so easy to make and are such a fun dish to serve at a party or perk up a weeknight dinner. They’re also dangerously good – we gobbled them right up!
(These wings are delicious with just the glaze but if you like to spice things up, they’re also great with a splash of hot sauce. My instinct was to grab a bottle of Cholula, which you can see below, but I was wrong. We both thought they were way better with Tabasco, which is thinner and more vinegary.)
Most of the alcohol in the margarita glaze will evaporate during the cooking process, but if you prefer to cook without it you can substitute 1/4 cup of water.
5 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 24 chicken wing pieces
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- coarse sea salt
- Hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula) for serving, if desired
- Heat oven to 450ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack on top.
- Sprinkle the chicken wings with a little salt and arrange skin-side up on the baking rack. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and the chicken is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring the tequila, honey, and juices to a simmer. Let simmer 10 minutes.
- Brush about half of the glaze onto the wings; cook another 10 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with remaining glaze. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Serve with hot sauce, if desired.
If you love margaritas, be sure to check out all of these National Margarita Day posts from my friends! From drinks to desserts, we have all of the bases covered.
- Blackberry Margarita from Cooking for My Peace of Mind
- Chili Lime Margarita from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chocolate Margaritas from The Texan New Yorker
- Creamsicle Margaritas from Savvy Eats
- Frozen Mango Margarita from Noshing with the Nolands
- Lilikoi Margarita with Li Hung Mui from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Margaritas Gone Wild from Delaware Girl Eats
- Mixed Berry Margarita from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Mom’s Wicked Margarita from Desserts Required
- Pomegranate Margarita from Daily Dish Recipes
- Spicy Raspberry Frozen Margarita from The Weekend Gourmet
- Tamarind Margaritas from girlichef
- The Great Grapefruit Margarita from La Cocina de Leslie
- Tim G’s Margarita from Sidewalk Shoes
- Baked Margarita Chicken Wings from Healthy. Delicious.
- Chambord Margarita Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Margarita Cake with Sugar Cookie Crust from Gotta Get Baked
- Margarita Cheesecake Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Margarita Cupcakes from The Foodie Army Wife
- Margarita Donuts from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
- Margarita Mousse from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Margarita Shrimp from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Margarita Shrimp Tacos from Supper for a Steal
- Strawberry Margarita Sweet Rolls from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Top Shelf (Margarita) Truffles from Culinary Adventures with Camilla