Friday, June 28, 2013

Make This!!

After eating leftover roasted pork for the last few days (trust me: it get's old!), I decided we needed a different protein for dinner. Matty suggested we go out to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner, but I dislike their prices & the paltry celery & carrot sticks they serve. I vowed to make him delicious chicken wings that rival BWW. Matty was doubtful, but I was sure I could do it.

Enter Pinterest! After looking at what seemed like hundreds of chicken wing recipes, I found one via the blog, Eat, Live Paleo that sounded interesting & delicious. This recipe called for boiling the wings first, then baking them in the oven. I had never heard of this method before and decided to try it. The only difference was that the recipe on Pinterest used drummettes, not wings. My wings were 5 times the size of the one on the recipe. No problem, challenge accepted.

I whipped up the marinade & boiled the wings. I tried to do this while Omid was preoccupied with something else. We are always competing in the kitchen and I didn't want him to see that I was boiling the wings. I was afraid he would think I was crazy. I have to admit, I said a little prayer before I started that the wings wouldn't be ruined by boiling them. This was $14 worth of wings!

After I took the wings out, they felt really 'tacky.' I let them cool & boiled the rest of the wings. I boiled both sets for about 8 minutes each.  After the wings were completely cool, I poured the marinade over them.

I tripled the marinade amount since my wings were larger than the drummettes in the original recipe. I also added some extra ingredients like sesame oil & soy sauce, as we like our wings to have an Asian flair to them.

When the wings had marinated for about an hour, I baked them in the oven for 30 minutes at 450*, then flipped them over and baked them for another 15 minutes. The result? Perfect crispy chicken wings! Continuing with the Asian theme, I poured Thai Kitchen's Sweet Red Chili sauce all over them.
You can find this delicious sauce at Costco.
I had to try it myself to believe it, but it's true! Boiling your chicken wings first, then baking them does result in crispy chicken. Try it!!  All the wings were gone. I love when there are no leftovers! What did Matty think? He liked them a lot!☺

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings Marinade - adapted slightly from Eat.Live.Paleo.

9 garlic cloves, grated
Juice of 4 limes
6 tbsp olive oil
1.5  tsp cayenne
salt + pepper to taste
1/3 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs Montreal Chicken Seasoning (found at Costco)
*Note - this recipe was tripled because I used regular sized chicken wings.

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