Cilantro-Lime and Yogurt Grilled Wings

I’ve really been enjoying this weather we’ve had over in LA this past week; sunny and cool, but still warm enough to go gallivanting around in a cute spring dress, if you so desired. My boyfriend and I have been trying to savor the good weather and grill most of our meals. Last week, we cooked up cilantro, lime and yogurt marinated grilled wings with a Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic marinade and it was delicious

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest wing person and when I do make and eat them I prefer to keep them intact, tip and all, (I think you get a more juicy and flavorful end result this way). Since we were having friends over and wanted them to be able to easily pick up the wings and nosh away, we cut them down into wingettes and drumettes.

To marinate these wings we used a new combination: yogurt and Farmer’s Garden pickle juice. The result was perfect.  The combination of the pickle juice and yogurt tenderizes the chicken beautifully as well as infuses this natural ‘briny’ feel to the wings. It’s so good! For the marinade we used the juice from the Bread and Butter Chips variety.  The juice is mild but with a touch of sweetness and it combined perfectly with the extra tart key limes.

This simple combination of flavors is perfect for the warm months ahead of us and all the fun parties and barbecues that come with them. Not only is this dish easy to throw together and super tasty, it’s also pretty inexpensive so it’s perfect for big groups!

Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks and these wings could make a festive barbeque snack for your celebration.  Enjoy! xx, Jenny

Cilantro-Lime and Yogurt Grilled Wings

Servings: 12

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  • 12 whole chicken wings, tips trimmed and discarded
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • smoked paprika
  • key limes, quartered
  • cilantro leaves


  1. Separate drumettes from wingettes by slicing a sharp knife through the joints. Place trimmed wings into a large mixing bowl and toss together with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl whisk together all marinade ingredients pour over wings. Toss together until all the wings are fully coated and submerged in the marinade. Cover, refrigerate and allow the mixture to sit for 6 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Generously brush grill with a ‘high temperature resistant’ oil before adding chicken.
  4. Remove wings from marinade, shaking off any excess and place onto the grill. Generously season with salt and pepper.
  5. Lower the heat to medium, cover and grill for 10 minutes. Uncover, flip and grill for another 10 to 12 minutes or until the juices run clear when a test cut is made.
  6. Remove from grill and allow wings to rest for about 7 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and top with key lime wedges, cilantro leaves and sprinkle of smoked paprika.
  7. Serve.

About the Author:

Los Angeles-based food and interiors photographer Teri Lyn Fisher, and food stylist Jenny Park, launched their blog, Spook Fork Bacon, in 2011 as a way to share their love of food. Three years later, it is a guilty pleasure for hundreds of the thousands of visitors who drop by each month to gather new recipe ideas and great tips. With 100% original recipes, sublime photography and a minimalistic approach to design and styling, these bloggers bring a playful approach to food.

4 Responses to “Cilantro-Lime and Yogurt Grilled Wings”

  1. Anne Hewling

    This recipe sound really, really yummy. Got to try it. I love to just plain drink the pickle juice off these after I finish the jar, or put some finely minced cabbage and bell peppers minced in blender or food processor in the juice, let it sit a couple of days and enjoy it too

    • Vlasic

      We hope you’ll let us know how it turns out! We love to hear about creative uses for Farmer’s Garden pickle juice.

  2. brushjl

    Just made these on a steamy cleveland evening and they were fantastic. have to admit i never would have thought of pickle brine as a marinade, but it makes so much sense. they were tender and tasty!

    • Vlasic

      Pickle brine is a great secret ingredient. So glad to hear you enjoyed the wings!


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