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Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings


Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

Chicken wings are a real  hands down favorite at our house. There are men living here so whether it is for tailgating, holidays or just a casual get-together, chicken wings are my go-to appetizer. And my guys always want the wings with a little heat, like the traditional Buffalo Wings or the kind that can make you break out into a sweat like my Fiery Asian Chicken Wings!

Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever. The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

For a new variation on my classic wings, I decided to use Cajun Seasoning  and Lime. The Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings are rubbed with a Cajun spice mix and lime juice is added to the basting sauce. A final sprinkle of lime zest before serving adds more tart lime flavor and a delicious citrus aroma to the wings. This was the first time I have made wings this way and oh my, they were so good. Lime is my new superhero!

**Note – to make life easier, you might want to invest in a good zester. My zester is from Microplane. I have had it  for years and use it all the time to zest fruit, and to shave chocolate and parmesan. It’s really a handy little tool to have:)

Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever. The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

This is how I made these zesty little beauties:

Ingredients
3 pounds chicken wings
1/3 cup Cajun seasoning (**see note below)
1 cup BBQ sauce
2 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Sriracha sauce
1 fresh lime

**Note – I have received comments and emails  about this recipe being too salty. For this recipe I used Tones Louisiana Style Cajun Seasoning, which lists Garlic, Spices, then Salt in the list of ingredients.  Ingredients are listed in the order of their percentage of the ingredients, After doing some research, I found that some Cajun Seasonings on the market have Salt listed as the first ingredient, meaning there is more Salt than any other ingredient in the spice. If you are using one of these brands this may result in the wings being too salty. I have included my Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe below that has reduced salt, or you could just omit the salt completely and salt the wings after cooking to taste.

To get started preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray two half sheet size baking sheets with cooking spray ( if you have a larger sheet pan you may be able to get away with one). Place chicken wings on baking sheet in a single layer, without crowding. Sprinkle each wing liberally (and I really mean liberally)  with Cajun seasoning. Place in the oven  and bake on middle rack of the 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever. The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

While the chicken is baking (are you starting to smell the deliciousness yet?)  begin preparing the basting sauce. To make the awesome sauce – add the BBQ Sauce, Honey, Sriracha and the juice from 1/2 of the lime to a small bowl. Stir until blended. Set aside. I know…it was too easy!

Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

*Note- This is important: While it’s still  uncut and looking purdy, zest the lime until you have 1 TBSP of zest and a little more for garnish. THEN cut the lime in half and juice half of the lime.  Set aside the other lime half for later. ( you can cut it into attractive wedges now if you like!)

After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and baste with 1/2 of the prepared sauce using a basting brush. Return the chicken to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Then remove the chicken from the oven and baste again with the remaining 1/2 of the basting sauce. Return to the oven for a final, agonizing  10 minutes to complete cooking and to caramelize the basting sauce on the wings.
Transfer the chicken to a serving tray. Squeeze the juice from remaining 1/2 of lime over the wings and sprinkle the wings with the lime zest. Serve hot!

Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever. The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

For this wing recipe, I used Cajun Seasoning from Penzey’s, but a lot of times I will just make my own. This is my Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe…just put everything in a smallish container and stir until well blended. * Note- you may omit  the salt from the Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe and add salt to taste before serving.

Ingredients
6 TBSP Paprika
3 TBSP garlic powder
2 TBSP onion powder
1 TBSP salt (Kosher if you have it)
1 TBSP ground black pepper
1 TBSP dried thyme
1 TBSP ground red pepper (cayenne works too!)

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Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.

Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Citrus and spicy, with a hint of honey sweetness, these Cajun Honey Lime Chicken Wings may change the way you flavor your wings forever.  The wings are oven baked, and basted with an amazing sauce that will make these wings a crowd favorite.


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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings – about 32 wing sections
  • 1/3 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha sauce
  • 1 fresh lime

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place chicken wings on baking sheet in a single layer, without crowding.
  3. Sprinkle each wing liberally with Cajun seasoning.
  4. Bake on middle rack of the 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is baking begin preparing the basting sauce.
  6. While uncut, zest the lime until you have 1 TBSP of zest. Cut the lime in half and juice 1/2 of the lime, reserving juice and setting aside the other 1/2  lime for later.
  7. In a small bowl, mix the BBQ Sauce, Honey, Sriracha and the juice from 1/2 of the lime.  Stir until blended. Set aside.
  8. After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and baste with 1/2 of the prepared sauce using a basting brush.
  9. Return the chicken to the oven and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the chicken from the oven and baste again with the remaining 1/2 of the basting sauce.
  11. Return the chicken to the oven for a final 10 minutes to complete cooking and to caramelize the basting sauce.
  12. Remove the chicken from the baking pan onto a serving tray. Squeeze the juice from remaining 1/2 of lime over the wings and sprinkle the wings with the lime zest.
  13. Serve hot!


Notes

* Use salt-free Cajun Seasoning if you are salt-sensitive.

Keywords: Cajun Chicken Wings

To make this into an easy meal, I threw a baking sheet full of Garlic Matchstick Fries into the oven to cook alongside the wings. The potatoes were done but not browned after 50 minutes in the 350  degree oven. To crisp them up,  I browned the fries  under the broiler once the wings were done. They turned out really crispy…and who doesn’t like fries?


16 Comments

  1. Hi Aeriana,
    Though I haven’t made this recipe with chicken breasts (great idea!) I would make it exactly the same way, just adjust the baking time to 20 minutes at 350, baste and bake for another 5-7 minutes to caramelize the sauce, then repeat again. Be sure to check with a meat thermometer that the chicken has reached 165 degrees internal temperature. The cooking time and process should be exactly the same for chicken drums as it is for the wings. Size and thickness of the breasts and drums, as well as the specs of your oven will determine exactly how long they need to bake. Thanks for the comment and question! Have a great evening.

  2. Hi Christine! Im Aeriana! In Love with this recipe and dying to try it ! I was wondering if you have ever tried the recipe with chicken breast or strips ? If so , do you have advice on how to adjust the baking time ? Also are drums okay to use for the wings ? Thanks for Sharing!!

  3. Hi Susan, I am so sorry to hear that. I just got a new gas stove and am finding that I have to cook everything longer than I did in my old electric oven. The manufacturer says everything is as it should be so it is a mystery to me. So, was it the recipe you hated…or that the wings had to be cooked longer? I appreciate your feedback.

  4. Hi Eileen, thank you so much! I am so glad that you liked them and the recipe for the homemade Cajun spice! Thank you for letting me know and for visiting the blog! Hugs – Christine

  5. These were amazing!!! I used your Cajun Soice recipe and I had no complaints about saltiness. Only complaint was that I should have made more! Good spice, good sweeetness… overall, the only thing that would have made these better is grilling them. But they were delicious!

  6. I hate to be a Hater ….but this recipe was awful….skin was slimy had to cook longer than recipe called for…ended up putting them on the grill

  7. Hi Roshundra, I use sriracha sauce. I buy the kind sold in the squeeze bottle. Great question, thanks for asking! Have a great one and thanks for stopping by! Christine

  8. For the recipe do you use sriracha seasoning or sauce?

  9. Jim, I am sincerely sorry to hear that. Due to your comment, I have made some additional notes in the recipe regarding the salt and the amount of salt in Cajun Seasonings on the market. My Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe is included in the recipe, with a note that salt may be omitted entirely, and may be helpful as an alternative. Thank you for letting me know your concerns.

  10. So incredibly salty. The seasoning recipe must be in the wrong measurements. Had to throw away half our wings.

  11. Hi Tabitha, thanks for the comment. It may be the seasoning you used, or even the BBQ sauce? I use only Cajun seasoning from Penzey’s or I make my own and use only Kosher salt so that may be the difference. I did go back and make a few notes for anyone who is salt-sensitive to use salt-free Cajun seasoning, and if they make my cajun seasoning recipe, just omit the salt and season to taste before serving. Thanks for letting me know – Hugs, Christine

  12. I made these tonight and they were SO SALTY. I mean… my husband took them to the sink and washed them off to make them edible. And we are NOT sensitive to salt. Perhaps it was my choice to use Zatarain’s creole seasoning for the cajun seasoning blend? Or maybe the BBQ sauce I used? The combination of the two? I would just recommend using a salt-free cajun seasoning or cutting back on the amount tremendously. I also had to turn up the heat on my oven to make the sauce stick. I kept basting and basting but the sauce kept running off until I turned up the oven to 450 and then rushed the last coating by using the broiler.

  13. Sounds like such a great flavor combination! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  14. can’t never get enough of chicken wings..this one is good 🙂

  15. My husband would love these! I will have to make them. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  16. These look so delicious! Sharing all over! Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday, Christine!

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