Earlier this week I said that it’s all about football around here. Well, we’re having some friends over this weekend, and guess what happens to be on television this weekend. Yup. You guessed it. FOOTBALL! I’m not sure if it was a conscious decision or just the effects of football fever, but my menu is definitely geared toward game-watching grub. Food that’s hearty, a bit fun, and of course delicious. One of the dishes I will be making are these sweet and spicy baked chicken wings.
My husband loves chicken wings. Me, not so much. The kids are in my boat. Not necessarily something they ask to eat. But these chicken wings are a different story. They’re so moist on the inside and crunchy and sticky on the outside.
Plus, they’re baked and not fried. That means they’re a little healthier (I mean they’re still dredged in butter and based in honey), and they’re so easy to make. You can make a whole truck-load of these wings with very little effort. The ease of this recipe is also why it’s perfect for entertaining.
Usually chicken wings are deep fried then tossed in a sauce. These guys are mixed in a butter-garlic mixture and baked. Once they’re fully cooked, they are glazed with some honey, sriracha, and a bit of soy sauce and citrus and broiled. It’s the broiling that makes these wings over-the-top delicious. The sugar in the basting sauce caramelizes and the siracha and citrus bring some acid to the sweet, crunchy, skin on these chicken wings. They’re darn good.
We even eat these sweet and spicy chicken wings for dinner. I make the wings along with some buttered corn, sauted peas, and some form of bread (usually French bread). It’s one of those easy weeknight dinners that are a hit at the dinner table.
- For the wings: 2 lbs cleaned chicken wings
- 2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- For the glaze:
- 5 tbs unsalted butter
- 3 tsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup Sriracha (an Asian hot sauce that you can find in the Asian section of the grocery store)
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- juice of 1 lime
- For the garnish:
- 2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
- sesame seeds
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- For the wings: In a large bowl, mix the butter, oil,and garlic powder.
- Toss the wings in the mixture, sprinkling with salt and pepper.
- Place the wings on the sheet pan in a single layer.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Using metal tongs, flip the wings half way through to ensure even cooking.
- While the wings cook, in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the flour. Whisk in the flour.
- Then add the honey, soy, Sriracha, and lime juice. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, remove it from the heat.
- Once the wings are finished cooking, using a silicone brush, brush each wing with a generous amount of glaze.
- Return the pan to the oven and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until the wings are crisp.
- Once finished, remove from the oven and sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds.
- Eat immediately.
This recipe is adapted from Comfort of Cooking.
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