Sweet and Hot Chicken Wings

Smash 'em boys!

Hockey playoffs. If only I weren’t so many timezones and an ocean away, I’m sure I would be in the spirit instead of just at work. Tomorrow night the Vancouver Canucks (my home team) play game six against the Boston Bruins. If they win, they take the Stanley Cup. If they lose, they get one more chance to win in game seven, which will be a home game. Either way, I predict a riot.

If I were in Vancouver, where the game is on in the evening and it’s coming into summer, I would make these wings for the boys and girls watching the game. I would serve them with cold beer and celery sticks. There’s no need for dipping sauce, they are juicy and flavourful enough.

Unfortunately, while the Canucks play game 6, I will be delving into the use of -ed/-ing adjectives and checking the score on Google between classes. So please, take this recipe and run with it. And sink a beer or two for me.

Adapted from Surreal Gourmet Bites by Bob Blumer
Ingredients

  • 18 chicken wing drummettes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 habanero or scotch bonnet chile, seeds discarded and minced (do this with gloves on and be careful of your eyes!) or 1 teaspoon habanero or scotch bonnet sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. To prepare the drummettes: use a paring knife to cut around the the bone, just below the knuckle, at the skinny end. Slice through the meat and the tendon. Scrape the meat up toward the fat end of the drummette, creating a ball-like shape. These don’t have to be perfect, cooking will fix up any imperfections. Trim off the fat at the knuckle and transfer the chicken pieces to a large, sealable plastic bag.
  2. Puree the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Pour the marinade into the bag of chicken, squeeze out any air and seal. Refrigerate for at least two hours, hopefully six, up to 24, massaging gently every once in a while.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  4. Grill for  about 20 minutes, turning a 1/4 turn every 5 minutes or so, until they are cooked through.
  5. Alternatively you could cook them in the oven at 230℃ (450℉) on a wire rack for 25 minutes, turning once.
  6. Serve with ice cold beer.

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One Response to Sweet and Hot Chicken Wings

  1. Seems like the perfect combo of sweet and spicy. The wings not the hockey team.:)

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