Monday, June 30, 2008

Spicy Sesame Wings

Ask a hundred people what their favorite chicken wing sauce flavor is and you'll get a hundred different answers. That's how defined and specific we are about the flavors we want enhancing our favorite junk food part of the chicken. Sweet, spicy, tangy, just plain hot, and every combination of the above will fill in the answer sheet of that chicken wing questionnaire you're handing out.

We do chicken wings on the grill all the time. I'm the sauce maker and hubby is the grillmeister. Throughout the years we've practiced and refined our techniques (both sauces and grill) and finally last night came up with what he and I feel are the best wings we've ever had, both at home and in restaurants. Mind you, the fact that we BOTH agreed on this propels us into an entirely new dimension : we now wing as one.

Below is our recipe. Please keep in mind that I typed his grill directions, and although I made him read what I'd written, he had one eye on the TV at the time (football game reruns from last year... as if watching paint dry the FIRST time wasn't boring enough.) So I apologize in advance for any grill direction mistakes I may have made.

Spicy Sesame Wings

2 1/2 pound bag of frozen chicken wing sections (we like both the size and the flavor of Tyson)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
spray bottle
non-stick aluminum foil

Combine oil, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and pour into a small spray bottle. Shake well to combine and each time spray is used. Heat grill on medium heat. Salt and pepper wing sections. Place wing sections on grill rack on direct heat. Brown wings on each side, spraying occasionally with oil/vinegar spray. When wings are browned on both sides transfer to sheets of non-stick aluminum foil, return to rack, reduce heat to low, and close lid. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes (until wings are cooked thoroughly,) turning and spraying at regular intervals. Remove wings from grill. Heat the sauce listed below and place in a lidded container. Add wings, cover with lid and shake to coat. Place wings on platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Wing Sauce

2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)
2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
1/2 cup tomato sauce (I used marinara sauce because I had some open in the fridge)
2 Tbsp honey
1-2-3-4 tsps. hot sauce, depending on how much heat you can stand
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. 5-spice powder (or more if you like)
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Place oil in a sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Add garlic and stir for one minute (don't let it burn.) Turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds. Stir to combine.

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