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Friday Feast: Chicken Wings

February 19, 2010

For Valentine’s Day, even though we don’t celebrate it, I knew that the holiday was a great excuse to try a new recipe. We would be eating at home that night anyway, and I had all afternoon to attempt something different. So, I thought about a food that JD really loves. Thus, Friday Feast: Chicken Wings!

I found this recipe on Cooks.com and altered it a bit after reading the comments and feedback. It turned out really great, with very tender chicken, although the juices didn’t quite marinate all the way to the chicken, past the skin. We ended up enjoying them standing over the kitchen sink, and they were very fun. (I might have gotten a sticky kiss because they were so good!)

Chicken Wings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 and a half hours

Cleanup Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

5 lb frozen chicken wings

10 oz soy sauce (This is what the recipe recommends, but our house smelled like Soy Sauce Central for the rest of the day. So, maybe tone it down a bit?)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 white sugar

2 tablespoons molasses or honey (I used honey)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) (I chose to use Tabasco, but it wasn’t that spicy. I should have used actual cayenne pepper or lots more Tabasco.)

5 cloves garlic, peeled

fresh ginger, 1 inch piece, peeled (I omitted this as well. Partly for cost reasons, mostly for laziness reasons.)

  • In a blender, combine soy sauce, sugar, honey, pepper, garlic and ginger.
  • In a disposable aluminum 10×12 inch pan (I used a regular pan lined with foil), pour blended mixture over the still-frozen chicken wings.
  • Place on center oven rack and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours at 275 degrees. (The original recipe said 250 degrees, but I worried about them not cooking thoroughly from the comments. So, I upped it to 275.) Turn and baste them every 30 minutes.

  • Remove from sauce and serve immediately. Use lots of napkins!

This was very fun to make and pretty easy. I will definitely use this again for parties or other informal gatherings.

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