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spicy baked chicken wings with lime crema

Spicy baked chicken wings, pile them high and serve with our light and refreshing lime crema dressing. This is a real family favourite and a winner with adults and children alike!

Is there anything more tempting that a bowl of spicy chicken wings doused with hot sauce and cooling lime crema? I’m not sure there is! This is one of our favourite dishes to share with family and friends.

Spicy oven baked chicken wings served with a creamy lime sured cream, hot sauce, coriander and fresh limes.

The perfect balance of the spicy hot sauce and the cooling lime crema is a taste explosion and can be easily adapted to suit individual palettes. Place the wings on the table then let everyone top them as they like.

Whether its a main for 2, a side for 4 or a trebled up serving to feed friends, our spicy baked chicken wings will keep everyone coming back for more.

What is lime crema?

Lime crema is a sour cream based dressing or dipping sauce that is flavoured with both lime zest, lime juice and just a pinch of salt. It adds a lovely coolness to our spicy baked chicken wings.

Are oven baked chicken wings healthier?

Oven baked wings are healthier than deep fried wings and provided you don’t over-bake them, they are just as juicy.

Our healthy oven baked chicken wings are coated in our own spice paste. The advantages of making your own spice paste are that you can firstly use the spices that you enjoy eating. Don’t like a particular spice, then leave it out!

You also have total control over the amount of salt and sugar you put into the paste. Our spice paste contains only 1/2 teaspoon of salt and no sugar.

How to make Oven Baked Chicken Wings – recipe steps:

Ingredients on a marble surface to make spicy chicken wings.
  • Preheat the oven to 180CFan/200C and look out all your ingredients.
Mixing sunflower oil with spices to make a paste.
  • Place all the spices into a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil, stir to form a paste.
Adding a spice paste to fresh chicken wings.
  • Place the chicken wings into a large bowl and pour over the spice paste.
Chicken wings coated with oil and spices.
  • Ensure the chicken wings are completely coated in the spice paste.
Adding oil to a large roasting tray to stop food from sticking while cooking.
  • Add the second tablespoon of oil to a large shallow sided baking tray and place the spice coated wings in a single layer.
Chicken wings part way through cooking being turned onto other side to crispen up.
  • Bake the wings in the oven for 25 minutes then remove the tray from the oven and turn the wings over.
  • Return the tray to the oven and cook the wings for a further 25 minutes.

How to make lime crema?

Lime zest and juice added to soured cream.
  • Pour the sour cream into a bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice and a pinch of salt.
Lime cream in a white bowl.
  • Give everything a good stir to combine, then pop the lime crema into the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Recipe substitutions and variations:

  • Our spice blend comprises a blend of spices that we like to eat. However, this is versatile dish so feel free to add the spices that you and your family enjoy eating.
  • There is no chilli powder in our blend, as we want to ensure that our kids eat these wings too. Instead we add hot sauce to our own wings when we want to increase the chilli heat.
  • Smoked paprika add a lovely smokiness to the chicken wings you can buy it in sweet and hot varieties depending on how much heat you want to add.
  • Chicken wings are the perfect pick up food. You could also use the same spice paste and lime crema for chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks.
  • Lime crema is made using sour cream with lime zest and juice. You could also use a combination of sour cream and double cream, or even some buttermilk.
  • Recipe toppings, as well as the lime crema we topped our wings with some fresh coriander and a drizzle of hot sauce. You could add other chilli sauces, some thinly sliced fresh chilli, chopped parsley, thinly sliced spring onions. In other words top these wings using the ingredients and flavours you enjoy.
Oven baked chicken wings served with a fennel coleslaw.

Can I make easy spicy chicken wings ahead of time?

There are elements of this recipe that can be made ahead of time. You can make the spice paste and coat the chicken wings, then set aside to marinate in the fridge until you are ready to cook. The extra marinate time will only enhance the flavour.

You can also make the lime crema ahead of time, simply cover and pop into the fridge until you are ready to cook the chicken wings.

We do not recommend cooking the chicken wings in advance as they are at their best served hot straight from the oven.

Useful hints and tips:

  1. This recipe feeds 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter.
  2. Leftover wings no problem. Pop them into the fridge and reheat them in a warm oven for 15 minutes the next day until the chicken has heated through.
  3. This recipe is easily doubled up and doubled up again if necessary! Ideal for anyone hosting a larger party or having friends around to watch the game.
  4. Our oven baked wings are ideal for anyone following a gluten free diet as our spice paste does not contain any gluten products. Just ensure that if using the optional hot sauce that you choose a gluten free variety.

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Spicy oven baked chicken wings on a tray drizzled with lime crema, hot sauce and fresh coriander.

Spicy Baked Chicken Wings with Lime Crema

Spicy baked chicken wings, served with a light and refreshing lime crema. This is a real family favourite and a winner with adults and children alike!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 889kcal



  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (heaped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • fresh coriander (to serve)
  • hot sauce (to serve)

Lime Crema

  • 150 ml soured cream
  • ½ lime (zest & juice)
  • pinch salt



  • Preheat the oven to 180°CFan/200°C.
  • In a small bowl, mix all the spices together with 1 tablespoon of the sunflower oil to form a paste.
  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. At this stage cut them in half at the wing joint for small wing portions or choose to leave them whole.
  • Add the spice paste to the wings and mix well to thoroughly coat the wings.
  • Add the second tablespoon of oil to a large shallow-sided baking tray. Place the spice coated wings in a single layer on the sheet.
  • Place the tray in the hot oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and turn the wings over. Return the tray to the oven and continue to bake a further 25 minutes.

Lime Crema

  • While the wings are baking, get on with making the lime crema dipping sauce.
  • Add the salt, lime zest & juice to the soured cream and mix well. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Once the wings have cooked, remove from the oven. Drizzle over some hot sauce and the lime crema. Top with freshly chopped coriander and serve – with lots of napkins!


This recipe serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a starter.
Spicy chicken wings are ideal for an outdoor gathering or party – so double or triple up the recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Baked Chicken Wings with Lime Crema
Amount Per Serving
Calories 889 Calories from Fat 657
% Daily Value*
Fat 73g112%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 247mg82%
Sodium 842mg37%
Potassium 626mg18%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 1398IU28%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Canape, Starter, Side, Main Course
Cuisine : Mexican
Keyword : baked chicken wings, chicken, Oven baked chicken wings, spicy chicken wings, Takeaway, Wings
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 9th of May 2021

Yeh so I'm going to need to quadruple this recipe!


Monday 10th of May 2021

Ha ha, yes I'm not the best a sharing a bowl of wings myself.


Saturday 1st of May 2021

These are amazing! And the crema really sets them off. I was raving about them and now my Mum is desperate to get her hands on some chicken wings because she wants to make them ASAP!


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Thank you Cat, I totally agree that the lime crema really does make a huge difference. I hope your Mum enjoys them.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

So delicious, and I love that the chilli is an optional extra.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you Janice, as much as I love chilli, it's always best left as optional as I know not everyone shares my love of very hot food.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Love a citrus crema and often make one for my fish tacos! This looks SCRUMPTIOUS and would be a great midweek family meal.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you Karen, the lime crema really does lift the dish and is so simple to make.