Mexican lemon chicken wings

I do not know exactly what is it that makes the food seem to taste better when eaten with my hands, perhaps a remnant of our caveman ancestry? The fact is that these lemon chicken wings are meant to be eaten with the hands; and they are better enjoyed this way than with the civilized method with knife and fork!

Mexican Style Chicken Wings with Lemon:

Lemon Mexican Chicken Wings on a plate

Making this recipe requires:

2 lb. chicken wings, cut and tips removed
all the juice from 1 lemon and zest, or 1/4 cup lemon juice
8 tablespoons of honey,
1 clove of garlic
8 tablespoons soy sauce
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon of cumin


1. In a pot over medium-low heat, let's begin the marinade for our wings by mixing the honey, juice and zest of lemon with the soy sauce. If we do not have any soy sauce handy, it may be substituted by a cube of chicken stock or just a teaspoon of sea salt. Gradually add the honey to make sure it liquifies and blends with the other ingredients.

2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade. We set the wings to marinate in the marinade for 5 or 6 hours, to saturate the wings with the aromas from our marinade. If you have more time then let them macerate overnight; the flavor will be even more intense.

3. Once the wings have marinated, preheat your oven to 350 ºF. In an oven pan for baking, line its bottom with parchment paper and arrange the wings over it, and then put everything into the preheated oven. Roast the wings for 30-40 minutes, or until we see that they get that appetizing golden color, but not burnt. While they are baking will keep painting the marinade we reserved over the wings, using a kitchen brush.

4. Roasting times will vary, depending on the size of the wings and how strong your oven is. Anyway, if we aren't in a hurry, we can lower the temperature to 300 ºF and bake the wings for longer; they will come out more tender.

Once roasted, pull away from the oven and let them cool slightly. Serve to the table and watch them disappear, they won't last; so grab yours while you can!

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