Next Sunday is the NFL’s big day, Super Bowl XLVI. It’s the New York Giants and the New England Patriots facing off in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National Anthem will be sung by former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and Madonna will be the performer for the Super Bowl halftime show. Naturally, the commercials will be as entertaining as the game and Madonna.
But we here to talk food, specifically a game time favorite, Chicken Wings. For variety, I have two recipes that are easy to make and can be made ahead of time and warmed in the oven on game day. Both recipes are easily doubled, tripled or whatever.
The first recipe is for a spicy oriental wing and the second is for the traditional Buffalo style wing that will be a keeper.
3 pounds meaty chicken wings, tips removed
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine or sherry
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated ginger
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 small cucumber, diced (about 1 cup)
6 scallions, slivered
2 or 3 small hot red chiles, very thinly sliced (or hot green chiles), optional
2 tablespoons crushed roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 handful cilantro leaves
2 navel oranges, sliced.
1. Rinse the wings, pat dry, season lightly with salt and put them in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, five-spice powder, cayenne and orange zest, then pour over the wings and massage well. Let marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or refrigerate (overnight is fine) and bring to room temperature.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Arrange the wings in one layer in a low-sided baking dish or roasting pan (or use 2 pans) and place on middle shelf. Every 8 to 10 minutes, brush the wings with the marinade from the pan, adding 3 or 4 tablespoons water to dissolve the juices as necessary. Continue until well browned, glazed and cooked through, about 40 to 45 minutes. The wings may be cooked ahead and reheated if desired.
3. Pile the wings on a warm platter. Quickly assemble the garnish. In a small bowl combine the cucumber, scallions, chiles, crushed peanuts and sesame oil. Season with salt, toss lightly and scatter over the wings. Sprinkle with the cilantro. Surround with orange slices and serve.
Time: 1 hour, plus at least 1 hour’s marinating
Yield: 4 to 6 servings (18 to 20 wings).
The only hot sauce that I use is Frank’s Louisiana hot sauce. These wings can also be made with boneless chicken breast strips.
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1/2 cup Hot sauce , preferably Frank’s Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce or other hot sauce, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon Dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons Cider vinegar
1 – 2 quarts Peanut oil (or vegetable oil) for frying
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Table salt
3 tablespoons Cornstarch
3 pounds Chicken wings (18 wings), cut up (see illustrations below)
Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Vegetables
2 1/2 ounces Blue cheese , crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons Buttermilk
3 tablespoons Sour cream
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons White wine vinegar
4 stalks Celery , cut into thin sticks
2 Medium carrots , peeled and cut into thin slices
1. For the Sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in hot sauces, brown sugar, and vinegar until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. For the Wings: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 2 1/2 inches of oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 360 degrees. While oil heats, mix together cayenne, black pepper, salt, and cornstarch in small bowl. Dry chicken with paper towels and place pieces in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture over wings and toss with rubber spatula until evenly coated. Fry half of chicken wings until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer fried chicken wings to baking sheet. Keep first batch of chicken warm in oven while frying remaining wings.
3. For the Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Vegetables: Mash blue cheese and buttermilk in small bowl with fork until mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in remaining ingredients (up to carrot and celery sticks). Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Can be covered and refrigerated up to 4 days.
4. To Serve: Pour sauce mixture into large bowl, add chicken wings, and toss until wings are uniformly coated. Serve immediately with the carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on side.
5. To Make Ahead: The fried, unsauced wings can be kept warm in the oven for up to 1 1/2 hours. Toss them with the sauce just before serving.
Serve with lots of napkins. Bon Appétit