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Paprika and Achiote Spice Rubbed Chicken Wings


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Paprika and Achiote Spice Rubbed Chicken Wings Recipe


If you are looking for a healthy alternative to frying chicken wings, look no more.  The combination of smoked paprika, achiote, and olive oil will turn these delicious paprika and achiote’ chicken wings into a family favorite.  My husband sometimes gets recipes that pop into his mind and this chicken wing recipe was a real winner.  The chicken wings came out tasty (and healthy).  The wings are very moist and tender.

Chicken Wing Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes (wings will need time to marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight)

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Paprika and Achiote Spice Rubbed Chicken Wings Ingredients

Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Achoite Powder
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons of smoked paprika (you can sub regular paprika if you don’t have smoked)
  • 4 tablespoons of achiote powder
  • 4 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons of adobo seasoning (usually found in the Hispanic aisle of the grocery store)
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin

Main Dish Ingredients:

  • 8 full chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl then place chicken wings into a gallon sized storage bag.
  2. Coat wings with dry rub mixture.  It’s great to use your hands to make sure the wings are fully coated.
  3. Pour olive oil into the bag and seal it.  Mix the oil throughout the bag and set wings in the refrigerator to marinate.
    Thoroughly coat chicken wings with rub

After marination:

Preheat over to 400 degrees.

Place chicken wings in the oven
  1. Place wings on a large flat pan.  Make sure wings are fully spread out.  A cookie sheet works great here.
  2. If you are using a pan that’s not already seasoned or non-stick, we recommend that you spray with a coat of cooking spray.
  3. Set wings into the oven on the middle rack for 45 minutes.  Check wings every 5 minutes or so after the 30-minute mark to account for temperature fluxation in various ovens.
    Flip chicken wings over to the top sides and put back in the oven for about 10 more minutes on broil.
  4. Remove wings from oven and flip them all right side up.  Turn oven to broil or your highest setting if your oven doesn’t have a broil feature.
  5. Place chicken wings back into the oven for 10 minutes but check wings every 1 minute or so after 5 minutes.  You want the wings to be crispy, but not burnt.
  6. Remove wings from oven and enjoy.


Serving Suggestion: Serve paprika and achiote chicken wings with your favorite side.  Last night, we had the wings with yellow rice and sauteed garlic green beans.

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  1. October 9, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Quick n delish !

  2. October 10, 2018 / 2:03 am

    This chicken looks so delicious. I’ll have to use this rub the next time I have chicken.

  3. October 10, 2018 / 4:56 am

    I really like that kind of healthy dinners! 🙂

  4. October 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

    This looks very easy to do and also quite tasty. But what is ‘Achiote’ powder? I have never heard of it and I am quite a spice queen. Maybe something from South America?

    • Maria
      October 10, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Hi There! It comes from seeds from the annatto fruit found in Mexico.

  5. October 10, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Definitely trying this. It looks delish. I’m salivating!

  6. October 10, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    I’m so making this! I’ve never made wings like this. It looks so delicious!

  7. October 11, 2018 / 2:18 am

    Definitely adding this recipe to my collection. Looks too tasty not to try.

  8. October 11, 2018 / 9:49 am

    This sounds like a tasty warm dish filled with spice for the fall season. I love dishes that have a lot of flavor.

  9. October 11, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Yum! I’ve never used achiote spice – great idea getting the wings coated in the ziploc bag!

  10. October 12, 2018 / 12:32 am

    OMG this recipe looks so good! I can’t wait to try it.

  11. October 12, 2018 / 8:17 am

    I’ve never heard of achiote powder before. I’ll have to find it though, because this recipe sounds great!

  12. October 12, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Yum! This looks positively delicious! I can’t wait to try this out this weekend.

  13. Clair
    October 12, 2018 / 10:57 am

    These chicken wings look and sound so delicious! We love some chicken wings in our house!

  14. October 17, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Okay, thissss sounds delish!! My husband would love it 🙂

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