Buttermilk Southwestern Chicken Wings

These buttermilk Southwestern chicken wings are full of spice and perfect for grilling. If you need a party appetizer this recipe is the perfect addition!

These buttermilk Southwestern chicken wings are full of spice and perfect for grilling. If you need a party appetizer this recipe is the perfect addition!

I know this is the second chicken wing recipe of the week BUT these totally delicious (and spicy, and tangy, and perfect) wings are the perfect addition to your Memorial Day cookout. I like them mostly because I can prep and marinade the night before and then just grill up the next day. How can you not love something that easy?

I made my marinade with lots of spice but it’s easy enough to tweak incase your not a fan of too much heat. Then again, who doesn’t love a little heat with their meat?

Ha. Meat heat.

How about I never say that again.

Agreed? 

These buttermilk Southwestern chicken wings are full of spice and perfect for grilling. If you need a party appetizer this recipe is the perfect addition!

So tell me, what you do normally make for Memorial Day? Is your specialty appetizers? Desserts? Showing up with a case of a cheap beer and then drinking all the good beer that other people bring?

Don’t be ashamed if you’re the last one.

We have all done it.

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Buttermilk Southwestern Chicken Wings

These buttermilk Southwestern chicken wings are full of spice and perfect for grilling. If you need a Memorial Day appetizer this recipe is the perfect addition!

Yield: 12 chicken wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus marinade time

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes plus marinade time

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 12 chicken drumettes
  • Blue cheese dressing (optional)

Slightly adapted from Bobby Flay

Directions:

In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together buttermilk, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, Frank's red hot, smoked paprika, chipotle chile powder and cumin.

Pour buttermilk mixture into a 1 gallon zip top bag and add in chicken wings. Securely close the bag and using your hands make sure all the chicken is covered.

Place the bag (zip side up) in a small casserole dish and let the chicken marinade overnight. (I place it in a small casserole dish just in case there is a leak in the bag. Who wants to clean up dripping chicken marinade out of the refrigerator? The casserole dish will catch it all and help keep you sane.)

When you're ready to make your chicken wings preheat your grill to medium heat, add your wings and cook for about 10 minutes until the outside is crisp and the chicken is fully cooked.

Serve along side blue cheese dressing if desired.

23 Responses to “Buttermilk Southwestern Chicken Wings”

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — May 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

    These looking AH-mazing!!!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — May 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

    No words can describe the awesomeness of these wings!

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — May 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Haha, this Memorial Day mama needs a good NAP!! 🙂 These wings look amazing – I may put my husband to work on the grill for these.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Perfect appetizers for Memorial Day!

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — May 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    There are no words to accurately describe the damage I could do to a plate of those wings. They sound like perfection! I’m the girl that shows up to the barbecue with a platter of two bite desserts and a vat of potato salad.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — May 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    These sound incredible. Hot sauce and cilantro. Two of my favorite things!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — May 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Wings are perfect for so many parties including Memorial Day! These look delish!

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    christine — May 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    First of all, don’t be silly, you can never share TOO many chicken wing recipes. Secondly, YUM.

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    Norm | Allspice and Nutmeg — May 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wow, these sound so delicious. Love the flavors going on here.

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    Stephanie Manley — May 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    You had me at “chicken wings”. Yummy!

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    Deanna Segrave-Daly — May 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Meat heat (tee hee!) If you lead with a recipe title with Buttermilk – I’m check it out for sure and these did not disappoint!

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    Susan — May 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Oh yeah! I’m a wimp but I could take this. Love wings and these look awesome.

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    Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — May 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Oh, my! Those look incredible. I love spicy wings!

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    Katie — May 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Ohh these wings sound great! I love marinating meats in buttermilk!

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — May 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    YUM, perfect for summer! 🙂

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    Joanne — May 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Meat heat does sound pretty awful. Maybe we will never use it to describe these again. Though I do love a little bit of spice. Always. I would have a hard time choosing between these and the PBJ wings!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

    These look so awesome!

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    PJ — June 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This was very disappointing. We ended up throwing it away. Maybe it was the buttermilk, but we hated the taste and texture. Better luck next time.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 17th, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

      Hi PJ! I’m sorry that you didn’t like the wings. We are a huge fan of buttermilk soaked chicken around here so it could just be a case of different tastes. I hope you have a great summer, thanks!

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