Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sweet Sriracha Wings

Chicken wings were on sale at Whole Foods today, so I thought I'd buy some and surprise Matt with a fun dinner.  We shared a pound and a half of wings for dinner.  That's it.  Probably should have eaten a salad too, but time!  I put together this recipe after a little research into other non-fried chicken wings.  Matt said that the desired crispiness of fried wings was there, and I agreed.  Matt (who is the champion kitchen cleaner around here) also liked something else about these wings other than the mind blowingly awesome flavor, crisp outside and juicy inside: super easy clean up!  If you don't like my sauce suggestion below, you could always just toss the wings in some buffalo sauce and call it a day as well.

So, it is a little late to make these for today's big Pats game day, but since I'm sure they'll be playing next week...plan ahead accordingly! :)

The following recipe makes enough for two very hungry adults not eating anything else (except maybe a salad, to you know, balance things out).

For the wings:

  • 1 1/2 pounds wings (if the wing is still attached to the drumstick, separate, although often you can buy wingettes and drumettes together, already separated) 
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (or 1 tsp of your favorite chili powder blend
  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Put flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a large ziplock bag and shake to mix.  
  • Add wings. 
  • Close bag and shake to coat wings all over with seasoned flour.
  • Cover rimmed baking sheet with foil (this is the easy cleanup part!) and lightly oil with olive or vegetable oil
  • Place wings on foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle or spray a little oil atop each wing
  • Place in oven for 45 minutes until browned and crispy.
  • Turn wings at 30 minute mark and 15 minute mark.
For sauce:
  • 2 TBS unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 TBS jalapeño jelly (or other hot pepper jelly, like an apricot-habanero), melted (careful melting this in a microwave, it melts within about 10 seconds)
  • 2 TBS Sriracha
To prepare wings to serve:
  • Put sauce ingredients in a large bowl, whisk to combine
  • Add wings, hot from the oven
  • Toss to coat wings in sauce thoroughly
  • Consume whilst making mmmm noises and marveling that you don't have 3 quarts of oil to clean up, or a pan to scrub or anything more than washing a bowl and a couple plates....

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