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January 3, 2014

Asian Hot Wings

I received a Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas, and I've said it before in some of my posts, Ree Drummond is my favorite food blogger. I watch her Food Network show and whenever I'm looking for a recipe I look at her recipes and Alton Brown's recipes first. I was flipping through her cookbook, and saw the Asian Hot Wing recipe. We keep party wing packs in the freezer, whenever they go on sale. So I adapted the recipe quite a bit, but it was still delicious, and incredibly spicy. I love spicy foods, the more my nose runs and my eyes water the better I always say! But if you don't like spicy you may want to keep away from this recipe, or adapt it to your spice tolerance.

The original recipe calls for frying the wings, but it makes such a mess and requires constant attention. I've found you can oven fry them with much less mess, and no attention required except a timer.

*Note: The original recipe also calls for 2 Tbsp of minced red onion. I skipped this mostly because I was feeling lazy, but if you wanted a less spicy version of this you could leave the onions in, and skip some or all of the jalapeños and red pepper flakes.

Here's the recipe I used adapted from The Pioneer Woman:

Canola oil, for oven frying
24 chicken wing parts, cleaned and patted dry
1 jar of plum sauce (found in the asian food aisle of the grocery store)
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Sesame oil (I love the smell and taste of sesame oil and try to put it in every asian dish I make, it's always delicious)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp minced roasted garlic (you can use regular garlic, we just happened to have some of this in the fridge and I thought it would give some extra flavor)
1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
3 Jalapeños, finely minced
Carrots and Celery, for serving
Pepper and salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet/pan. Lightly brush foil with canola oil, and do the same to the wings. Spread out wings on foil and lightly season with pepper and salt. Cook in oven for 45-50 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine plum sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and jalapeños in a saucepan. Place over medium high heat until it bubbles and reduces slightly. Turn off heat and set sauce aside.
4. When wings are done in the oven, carefully pull them off the foil, and place in a large oven proof dish. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F. Pour sauce over wings in dish, and place in oven for an additional 15 minutes.
5. Pull wings out of oven, and serve with carrots, celery and something cool to drink! You'll need it!

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