Peruvian-inspired crispy, well-seasoned chicken wings with a light green dressing with cilantro, jalapeno, sour cream with mixed greens, and sliced fresh Campari tomatoes for an incredible air fryer lime chicken wings meal.
Try these for your game day spread, or turn a busy weeknight into a gourmet meal with this irresistible Quick Air Fryer Lime Chicken Wings with Spicy Green Sauce recipe.
Inspired by the flavors of Peruvian cuisine, these crispy, well-seasoned wings are marinated in zesty lime juice and spices, then air-fried to perfection for that unbeatable crunch, making them perfect for football season gatherings or a quick and delicious meal on busy nights.
Paired with a vibrant green sauce featuring cilantro, jalapeno, and sour cream, these wings are equally suited for a romantic dinner or the next party you host. Serve them atop a bed of fresh mixed greens and sliced Campari tomatoes for a dish as visually stunning as delicious, ensuring every occasion is memorable.
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Begin this easy chicken wings recipe by drying the whole chicken wings with paper towels to remove excess moisture and season with fresh lime juice, adobo seasoning, and avocado oil. Place in the air fryer basket and cook.
Next, make the dressing by blending fresh cilantro, garlic cloves, whole jalapeno, honey, lime juice, mayonnaise, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and avocado oil in a food processor. Then, complete the dressing with Greek yogurt.
Chill them in the fridge until it is time to serve. When plating, complete the dish with shredded fresh cilantro leaves.
See the chicken wing recipe card for quantities.
Follow the instructions and cooking tips below using the step-by-step picture guide.
Ensure the chicken wings are dried with a paper towel to allow the seasoning and oil to adhere and crisp up in the air fryer.
The consistency of the sauce should be velvety smooth. Use the spoon test as pictured; the liquid should not come back together when swiped with a finger, indicating the right consistency.
Place the sauce in the center of the plate and spread it out in a circular motion when plating.
Plate Presentation: How do you Stack Chicken Wings?
To begin, position the wing's flat side on the bottom of the plate.
Then, place the second wing in the opposite direction to achieve contrast and stability.
Next, position the last wing with its flat side up for a beautiful presentation.
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- Greek Yogurt - Use plant-based thick Greek yogurts.
- Mayonnaise - Remember, mayonnaise is made by blending eggs, oil, and lemon juice; it does not contain any dairy products, which is common in many misbeliefs. Some think that eggs are dairy, but the misconception comes from the fact that they are in the "dairy" section of the grocery store.
- This recipe is already gluten-free.
- There is no plant-based alternative for this recipe inspired by Pollo a la Brasa.
- Adobo Seasoning - You might get away with creating this seasoning at home using a combination of cumin, garlic powder, ground black pepper, paprika powder/chili powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and kosher salt.
- Campari Tomatoes - These were chosen for their excellent balance of sweetness and acidity, but you can use your favorite tomatoes.
Change Heat Level - Modify the crispy chicken wings recipe's heat level to your liking and learn more about the Scoville Scale and Chili Pairings.
- Green Onions - Try thinly sliced scallions instead of garnishing with shredded cilantro.
- Different Parts of the Chicken - Try this recipe with chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken drumsticks.
- Lime Zest - Zest the limes before squeezing them and toss them in the lime zest before plating them up for the freshest and most aromatic taste.
- Air Fryer - Used to cook the chicken wings. I used the Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Grill to develop this recipe. If you do not have an air fryer, try making these wings in the oven. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet tray and wire rack into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 45 minutes, flipping them halfway and cooking them until golden brown and at an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Paper Towels - To dry the wings to ensure they crisp up nicely!
- Food Processor - Used to make the dressing. I used the KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper to develop this recipe. You can also make this in a small blender or immersion (handheld) blender. Place all the ingredients in a Nutribullet Personal Blender and then blend.
- Large Mixing Bowl - For seasoning the chicken wings.
- Cutting Board - To slice and chop some of the ingredients.
- Meat Thermometer - Use it to check the temperature of the chicken. Generally, It should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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- Refrigerator - To store in the fridge, you can place the chicken wings in a shallow 2-inch container to cool down quickly. Then, store it in an airtight container with the remaining salad and dressing. As a result, the meal will last up to four days.
- Freezer - Follow the refrigeration process mentioned above. Then, place it in the freezer in a labeled, airtight container or resealable bag.
Air Tight Food Containers - I use Glass Food Storage Containers with a plastic clipping lid to store food. For example, I always suggest glass storage containers since you can microwave them and hold food without staining the container, and the glass keeps them at a more stable temperature, which keeps the food fresher longer.
Leftover Wings - Place your leftover wings in a resealable freezer bag, pull out the amount you need, and reheat them straight into the air fryer for moist, delicious chicken any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pollo a la Brasa, Peru's beloved "chicken on the coals," is a roasted treat. Marinated in spices like aji amarillo, it's cooked on rotisserie or grills for crispy skin and juicy meat. Savory and smoky, with a kick from the chili paste, it's paired with sides like rice, beans, and the vibrant aji verde sauce.
A national treasure, this cultural icon offers a flavorful taste of Peruvian cuisine.
Aji Verde, Peru's green sauce, packs a punch and is perfect for Pollo a la Brasa! Fresh cilantro, aji peppers (like aji amarillo or jalapenos), garlic, and lime juice form the base, while options like mayo, avocado, cheese, or vinegar add creamy richness, tang, or salty depth. Blend it up and enjoy!
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- Cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C).
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat to prevent foodborne illness from contaminated uncooked meats.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.
- Don't leave food at room temperature for extended periods; this can breed bacteria.
- Never leave cooking food unattended to prevent burns and fires.
- Use oils with a high smoke point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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