Mole Chicken Wings with Tequila Lime Marinade

by Irvin on January 23, 2014 · 5 comments

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These mole chicken wings are first marinated in tequila lime making them tender, juicy and savory sweet with every bite. Totally worth the effort!

Mole Chicken Wings with Tequila Lime Marinade. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Mmmmm…” mumbled AJ with his eyes wide open and a big grin on his face when he took a bite of my most recent wing recipe. Chicken Wings Week has taken a toll on us and I was fearful that he and I would be burnt out on wings. In fact, at one point I turned to him and asked if he thought I should just post a recipe for buffalo wings. Not that buffalo wings are bad, but the recipe is pretty basic – fry the wings and cover them with Frank’s hot sauce mixed with butter. You don’t mess with a classic. But there are a million recipes out there for buffalo wings on the internet (try my friend Elise’s version over at Simply Recipes) and lets face it, it’s not really something I had much interest in blogging about. Then I offered AJ my other idea, mole chicken wings marinated in tequila lime. AJ’s eyes light up and I knew that’s what I was making. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Mole Chicken Recipe for Wings. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Now the idea of marinating chicken in tequila isn’t new. Nor is making mole chicken. But making wings with that combination? I haven’t really seen that around too much. Luckily I had a bottle or two of tequila floating around from my photoshoot with BevMo! They are always kind enough to leave me a few bottles to play with in the kitchen afterwards. Add some fresh lime juice and your wings are ready to play.

Mole Chicken Wings marinated in tequila lime. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course, making mole sauce from scratch always seems like a bit of a project. I’m sure you can probably just buy the sauce pre-made in a jar, but trust me when I say it’s worth the effort. The ingredient list for the recipe may seem long but there are only a few specialty items that you need to get from the store. Otherwise you probably already have everything in your cupboard to tackle these wings. So don’t be afraid to make these wings! They’re worth the effort.

Mole Chicken Recipe for Chicken Wings. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Be sure to visit Eat the Love all this week. I’ll be posting a new chicken wings recipe each day from Monday, January 20th to Friday, January 24, 2014.

Special thanks to BevMo! For providing a bottle of Tres Generaciones Plata tequila for me to play around with in the kitchen. I wasn’t monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions stated above are my own.

If you like these mole chicken wings, try these other Mexican chicken recipes from around the web:
What’s Gaby Cooking’s Mexican Shredded Chicken
Shutterbean’s Mexican Chicken Soup
Fannetastic Food’s Mexican Lasagna Recipe
Gimme Some Oven’s Chicken Enchilada Cups
Honest Cooking’s Mexican Style Roast Chicken

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kellypea January 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Now these wings are perfect for us — I love that ingredient list for the mole. Thinking I wouldn’t tired of wings — any of those you’ve posted — for a while. My fingers might be permanently day glo orange, but…


Ken January 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Question: Does the recipe call for fresh or dried chiles? I have fresh pasilla but dry Guajillo.


Irvin February 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Hi Ken, Sorry I didn’t respond earlier but I used dry chiles for both. Not sure how it would turn out with fresh Pasilla chiles but I think it would be fine!


Anne @fANNEtasticfood February 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

Thanks for the link love 🙂


Mike November 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Ok, the recipe is great. A lot of work in the prepping but it’s my therapy. I am happy I have a Mexican store nearby. All said my wife is happy.


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