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Chris Loves Wings eCookbook Preview: Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings

Light and flavorful, these wings are perfect for summer, or as a "new years resolution" meal to get into better habits. Their fresh flavors are so light, yet not lacking in any way. And making them is crazy simple, which is always a plus.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 (8 wing sections each serving)


  • 16 whole wings or 32 wing sections
  • Cooking oil 1/4 cup
  • Kosher salt 1.5 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder 1 Tbsp
  • Black pepper 2 tsp

For the sauce:

  • Lime juice 1/2 cup
  • Garlic minced, 3 Tbsp
  • Honey 2 Tbsp
  • Olive oil 2 Tbsp
  • Lime zest 1 tsp
  • Cilantro leaves chopped, 1 cup


Make the wings:

  • In a Ziplock bag, combine the wings, cooking oil, kosher salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 450, with the baking sheet in the oven so it gets nice and hot. Bring the oven to temperature, and let it heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the hot pan from the oven and quickly close the door to prevent heat loss. Add the wings to the pan, skin side up, and slide the sheet back in the oven as quickly as possible (again, to prevent heat loss). Cook for 20-30 minutes.
  • Note - the oven will smoke, quite a bit. Just keep the windows open, have your fan going, etc.

Make the sauce:

  • While the wings are cooking, combine all the sauce ingredients and whisk together. Set aside.


  • Remove the wings from the oven and immediately put in a bowl, drizzle with your preferred amount of the sauce and toss to coat. Let the wings sit for a couple minutes so the hot meat can cook the harshness out of the garlic. Serve with a side of sour cream for dipping and some tortilla chips.