Makes about 40 chicken wings
Fit for a small crowd of 10 to 12 people, depending on what else is on the menu, start this a day ahead and just bake on game day.
3 cups buttermilk
1 cup maple syrup
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 pounds chicken wings, about 35-40
Whisk together buttermilk, maple syrup, juice, and cinnamon in a large non-aluminum bowl.
Add the chicken wings to the bowl and turn to coat. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, 8 to 24 hours, turning to further coat whenever you think of it.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper so that food does not stick to the pan. Place wings on the baking sheets in a single layer. Bake, turning every 5 to 7 minutes, for 15 minutes. Brush with the marinade at this point, then discard any remaining marinade. Bake, for 15 to 20 minutes longer until golden brown.