Sunday, March 4, 2007

Wind Beneath my Wings

wing grab, originally uploaded by One of the many Mudricks.

If I ever want to schmooze S I get him some chicken wings from Clyde's. He is an official chicken wing connoisseur. We have tried wings from EVERY place that serves them. We have had fire to jerk chicken. Hooters--"Hey, I've heard they have good wings." We always joke about HOOTERS being known for their wings, but neither of us have made an appearance there before. I have thought about going to HOOTERS to get wings to-go for his birthday or Valentine's, but then the feminist in me shines through.

Well, thanks to a friend (Mel) we have found a cure for Sam's wing addiction. Well, not a cure, but a way we can cook them ourselves. Wings are ideal for kids. Not the healthiest meal, but lots of fun. Even a nine-month-old loves to gnaw on the bone. I've changed a few things to make the wings less spicy for kids (although mine eat them how we do), but just make theirs first, add some hot sauce and finish yours!

In my early college years I stopped eating chicken. No, it wasn't for animal cruelty, it was because of twin 6 year-old boys and "movie star kisses". Short story, shorter... they ate some of the Colonel's chicken for dinner, and then kept trying to kiss my face. Let's just say I hated the Colonel for more reasons than "his wee beady eyes and the addictive chemical in his chicken" (know that line?). I smelled like chicken for hours and had a greasy, greasy face.

If I wasn't already eating chicken again these would have helped me get back on the gravy train.

BBQ Chicken Wings
makes approx. 32-44 wings

1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 T paprika
1 T chili powder
2 T mustard (I have used regular and Dijon)
1/2 bottle of traditional BBQ sauce
1/2 bottle of honey BBQ sauce
2 cups hot sauce (optional)

2-3 cups Canola oil
32-44 chicken drumettes or "party wings" (or full wings if your grocery store doesn't have drumettes--you can use kitchen scissors and cut them)

Mix ingredients (except oil and chicken) in a big bowl. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat oil in large stockpot to 375 degrees (use a candy thermometer and attach to the pot during whole process). Using tongs, place chicken drumettes in hot oil (you will need to work in batches, just reheat the oil to 375 before adding a new batch). Fry for 6-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip wings in BBQ sauce mixture. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve with celery and blue cheese dressing.

To make it a meal I steam broccoli, cook brown rice, and have fresh fruit or make a spinach salad.

The picture shows the BBQ Wings, Lemongrass Wings and Baby Broccoli

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Impressive! I'm impressed you go for all of that. Actually, I'll do lots of stuff for recipes too...just the right ones. Actually, I think you gave me the avocado eggroll recipe and I haven't made it yet. I had them though when we went to San Fran...and we ate at the Cheesecake Factory! amazing. So is your recipe for them comparable? Is the sauce like theirs? They are to die for. I can't wait for more from you! Unfortunately you hit one of my non temptations. I just don't get wings. There's all this skin and bone to get around, not much meat and it's messy. I have similar issues with ribs. Most people I know love these foods, somehow I missed that addiction gene. So....can't wait for the next one!!!