Monday, January 10, 2011

Asian-Style Chicken Wings

With the playoffs in full swing, there's always room for more party food. And what better way to celebrate the kickoff than with chicken wings?

The necessary ingredient list is pretty small.

Start with a few heaping tablespoons of ginger and garlic paste. If you can't find this product, just chop a few garlic cloves and about an inch-long piece of peeled ginger into a puree.

Sprinkle in some sesame oil.

And pour in some soy.

Sweeten the pot with brown sugar.

Honey makes things nice too.

Grate half an onion. If you don't have a grater, just finely, finely mince. You could chop it up with the garlic and ginger to make life a little easier.

Add some hot sauce for a little heat. The original recipe was supposed to use sriracha sauce (that red stuff in the squeeze bottle) but apparently ours expired in 2007.

Luckily, Mr. Kim Chee had a fruit-based hot sauce (he belonged to a hot sauce of the month club at one point) and it worked pretty well as a replacement.

Slice up some green onion. I love looking at green onions.

Now stir everything together.

It's time for your chicken wings. I had my cutting board and big knife out, all ready to cut them in half and snip off the wing tips ... only to find out that they were already trimmed! Woo hoo!

Throw your wings into the marinade.

Stir things around and let your wings marinate for at least an hour.

Lay your marinated wings on a lightly oiled baking sheet.

Pop them into a 400F oven for 20 minutes.

After your 20 minutes are up, take the sheet out of the oven and spoon more marinade on top of the wings. Then return your wings to the oven.

After another 20 minutes, your wings will be cooked through with a little caramelization at the tips.

Let your Asian-style wings cool for a few minutes and then serve 'em up! Don't be afraid to lick your fingers ... they're that good!

Recipe: Asian-Style Chicken Wings

3 heaping tbsp. garlic and ginger paste (or 3 garlic cloves and a 1" piece of ginger, finely minced)
2 tsp. sesame oil
6 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. brown sugar
3 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. hot sauce
1/2 small onion, grated
2 green onions, sliced
~2 lbs. chicken wings, trimmed

In a large bowl, mix garlic and ginger paste, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, hot sauce, grated onion, and green onion.

Marinate chicken wings in the marinade for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400F. Lay wings out on a lightly greased cookie sheet; bake for 20 minutes.

Remove wings from the oven; spoon remaining marinade over the wings. Return wings to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before serving!

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