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Tequila-Lime Wings

I’ll be honest.  I’m not really a football kinda gal.  It’s just not really my thing.

And despite the fact that I am a raging feminist (albeit cleverly disguised as a happy cooking-and-cleaning housewife), I secretly love going out to buy Fritz’s favorite beer and making all different types of football-watchin’, finger-lickin’ man food for our friends to enjoy.

Sadly, Fritz and I don’t have any TV channels this year–we are strictly a “catch up on the good episodes online and watch only movies on the TV” family now.  That means no Superbowl and no party at our place this year–but it doesn’t mean a girl can’t make some wings, right?.

Tequila-Lime Wings (adapted from Guy Fieri)

  • 3 lbs chicken wings, split at the joint and wing tips removed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 t grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 C lime juice
  • 1/4 C tequila
  • 1 T agave nectar
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t ground chili powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 pepper

First off, you’ve gotta split the wings apart at the joint.  I found a great tutorial on how to do it here.  I also read a suggestion to save the wing tips (you can freeze ‘em) for the next time you make stock.

I try to use every part of the buffalo.

Lay the wings out on in a single layer on a baking sheet, seasoned lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until the are just turning brown and crispy.

While the wings are baking, make a sauce with the remaining ingredients (lime zest, lime juice, tequila, agave nectar, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper) and set aside.

I drained the substantial pool of fat from the baking sheet and returned the wings in a single layer on top.  Pour the sauce over the tops of the wings and let it marinate for at least a half an hour, turning the wings once or twice so they get covered.

Heat up the grill to high and set the chicken wings aside to get ready to grill.  Transfer the marinade to a saucepan and let it thicken over medium-high heat for a few minutes.

Stick the wings on there for 10-15 minutes, basting with the newly thickened sauce, until they get nice dark grill marks and crispy skin.

Oh my gosh.

These wings are seriously good.

Fritz doesn’t even like wings that much (he says they are too much work for too little meat), but I definitely saw him tuck away at least eight or nine of these babies.

I think the best part is that you can get a taste of beautifully grilled chicken with a sweet and tangy, not just overwhelming barbecue sauce.  And with any good wings, they are super juicy with a crispy skin that you’ll have a hard time resisting.

Fritz gives a thumbs up, and we’re pretty excited to have them again tomorrow.

What Superbowl foods are you making or eating this year?

Henry loves Superbowl foods:

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  1. Simply Tia

    These wings really look so delicious and flavorful. YUM!

  2. Nuts about food

    Perfect meal for the game. Feminism in my opinion is just like you describe it, the absolute freedom of choosing what we want to do with our lives. We choose to cook for our companions because we love to and not because that is what is expected from us.

  3. Jaye Anne Gallagher

    Your food and pictures are so delicious that I find myself wrapped up looking at everything whenever I come here for a specific reason! Keep it up!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      what a great compliment!! Thanks :)

  4. Karen

    Came upon your blog yesterday while helping my daughter find cooking times for a roast! Love your
    writting and blog as I too love good food as well as recipes. I must say that Henry is as cute as any
    grey tabby cat. He simply adds a lot of personality to the blog/photography/food ( he must be wanting some good food that doesn’t come out of a bag or can). If this is your first grey cat the Devil part is in each and every one but with lots of love too! I like the above poster have gotten lost in your blog while looking for a certain recipe. While I have been cooking for many many years I enjoy your seasoned pans, love of life, and am excited to follow your blog. I plan on making your Pumpkin Biscotti for starters to use up some whole wheat flour.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      so glad to hear it! thanks for commenting…and although I may be biased, I do think Henry is the most beautiful cat that ever existed but definitely contains a fair amount of devil :)