Chili Lime Beer Chicken

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Girls are beasts.

I played Powder Puff Football in college in the free safety position, all 115 lbs of me, and saw up close and personal the kind of rule breaking brutality one girl can throw at another. Maybe it’s years of being told to sit up straight and act like a good girl, but once you strap on that waist belt of tear away flags and throw a football in the mix girls unleash a lifetime of pent up frustrations. I saw elbows to the face, cleats to the shins and pony tail pulls to the ground. None of that was me, other than one full contact body shove in the end zone, I played pretty fair. Sure that girl cried, but if you can’t handle the heat, get off the field.

The greatest part about my season of savage girl on girl football was that I now completely understand the game, which makes watching it so much more enjoyable. I’m also able to explain it in “girl language” to those ladies who missed out on being body checked by the pissed off Freshman (“downs are like chances”).  Which other than the chicken wings I’ve made, is what I can bring to the Football Watching Parties I’m invited to.

And as much as I love to watch my team rattle the stadium so loudly the crowd registers on the Richter scale (raise your hand if you know who I’m talking about), I love the food that football watching requires.

This  weekend, and the very exciting game that will be happening on Sunday, will necessitate this Beer and Buttermilk Fried Chicken, probably this dip, and I’m using it as an excuse to make these Beer Doughnuts again. Because even if wrong team wins, at least I’ll have fried chicken and doughnuts. I’ll just have to find someone to body check to make myself feel better.


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Chili Lime Beer Chicken


  • 12 ounces pale ale
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 3 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp red chili sauce, such as Sriracha
  • 2 lbs chicken wings


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the beer, tomato paste, lime juice, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, honey, soy sauce and red chili sauce.
  2. Add the chicken, stir to coat, cover and refrigerate for 3 hours and up to over night.
  3. Place the oven rack at the top 1/3 of the oven. Preheat oven to 400.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade, add to prepared baking sheet.
  5. Add the marinade to a pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently until thickened and reduced, about 8 minutes.
  6. Brush chicken on all sides with thickened marinade.
  7. Bake for ten minutes, brush with marinade, repeat until chicken is cooked through, brushing with marinade and turning every ten minutes. Chicken will take 30-40 minutes to cook.

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13 thoughts on “Chili Lime Beer Chicken

  1. Oh…those sound so very good! I’m a crazy nut of a football fan, even though I didn’t play the game myself. So…*raises hand* And…I am definitely rooting for your team to win this weekend! 😉

    I also adore the food that football watching requires! I’ll add your Chili Lime Wings to our lineup. P~

  2. You need to get on phone with earl Thomas ASAP- I’m sure he could use some btdt advice from you before Sunday 😉 these wings look special indeed! GO SEAHAWKS!

    1. I’m not sure. Chicken breast dry out a lot quicker and have much less flavor. I’d make sure to watch for doneness sooner with the breast cut.

  3. Could this recipe be used to can the barbecue sauce? I like to give homemade barbecue sauce at Christmas time to my brothers and would like to try this one…

  4. I watch to make wings tomorrow for work, I like the way these sounds. What would you rate the spiciness of these and/or what wold you suggest to kick them up.
    Also, I like to fry my hot wings, could this be a coating sauce to toss the fried wings in afterwards instead of a marinade.

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