Icky Sticky Chicken Wings

I found this recipe for Spicy Lime and Honey wings on Joelen’s Blog.  If I lived in the same town as Joelen, I am sure I would find a way to invite Ria and myself over.

We modified the recipe a little bit and loved it.  Here’s our adaptation of her adaptation of a Guy Fieri recipe. The toughest part is juicing the limes.  If in a pinch (as most moms sometimes are), feel free to use the pre-juiced limes/lemons available at the store.  Not ideal but it works to speed things up.  You can broil the wings vs. using the grill as well.  Of course, the chili can be omitted or reduced to make it kid-friendly.

Fire up the grill and get those fingers messy!

Icky Sticky Chicken Wings

3 pounds chicken wings (I used only drummettes – both hubby and kid prefer)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For sauce:
1 tsp grated lime zest

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp  Sriracha sauce (optional or reduce amount)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 350F. Toss the wings in a bowl with salt, pepper, minced garlic and oil. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until just cooked through, about 30 minutes.
2) Combine the lime zest and juice, honey, cumin, Sriracha, salt and and pepper in a bowl. Pour over the warm wings as soon as removed from oven and let marinate at least 30 minutes. (I skipped the marinating part – everyone was starving – but I am sure it adds a ton more flavor)
3) Preheat grill to high. Grill the wings until charred as much or as little as you like, 10 to 15 minutes, turning as needed.  (Note:  Since there is honey in the marinade, the sugar will burn and char quickly.  So keep a close eye on the wings as you grill them and turn frequently)
4) Transfer the marinade to a saucepan and cook until slightly thick, about 8 minutes. Drizzle the wings with the sauce right as you take them off the grill.

*If you don’t have a grill, you can use a grill pan indoors, or broil on high heat frequently turning over to get even char on the wings.

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