This recipe was passed onto me by Scott. Scott is my good friend's sister's boyfriend. (uncle's cousin's dermatologist's paperboy - which makes us as close as Helmet and Lonestar. Spaceballs, anyone? No?) I met him once when a large number of us went carousing. But before we caroused, there was wine. And tapas. And these incredibly, ridiculously easy and delicious wings. I begged him for the recipe. Begging works.
Lime juice, about one cup for every 20-30 pieces of chicken (You can use the RealLime bottled stuff. It'll be okay. It's not considered cheating. But using lemon juice would be. Use the lime. Do it.)
Montreal Steak Spice.
Marinate your chicken in the lime juice for at least a few hours, preferably overnight. We were lazy today and used ziplocs so that we could turn and flip and toss without a lot of mess. (Little did we know... Mess will find you other ways...)
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Place your chicken pieces on greased or lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle liberally with Montreal Steak Spice.
Liberally! With intent. In fact, just to be sure, when you think you've added enough, turn your cookie sheet one-eighty and check there is no nekkid chicken from the other angle.
Now, I will point out that I over-crowded my chicken today. Try to only marinate as much chicken as will reasonably fit in your oven. Also, use a rimmed baking sheet, especially if you plan to over-crowd your chicken. Why? You can either cook your chicken on rimmed sheets or use one to hold the scrapings of chicken juice-turned-charcoal from the bottom of your oven. (I did say that mess finds you in other ways...)
I had made these wings before on a non-lipped sheet without incident but today..., today, I over-crowded and it bit me in the ash. We had three fans going for a half an hour and had to interrupt cooking for a quarter so just use rimmed sheets. Do it.
Bake your wings for 30-35 minutes. Flip and be a libertine once more with the steak spice. Sprinkly wantonly! Return to oven for another 30-35 minutes or until chicken is browned and beginning to crisp.
Serve with napkins.
Also goes nicely with a side of sports, particularly if your team is doing well. Go, Riders!