Baked Chicken Wings
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Julz under Chicken, Meat|
Food Trend: It’s Fall which means football season. And wings and football go hand-in-hand.
Inspiration: One of the restaurants I work for, a southern roadhouse BBQ spot, has won best wings in NYC three years in a row. This year I worked with our chefs on creating the best wing. I observed (behind the camera & instagram video app) how to brine, cook and create a complimenting sauce. I was also a very lucky taste tester. It was time for me to spread my wings (pun intended) and try out my own recipe.
Adaptation: I was hosting Sunday Funday for my college friends – and while we are all good eaters – I wanted to be somewhat health conscious, so I decided to bake the wings instead of frying. We all agreed, that the baked wings were just as good (almost better) than the fried. Also a few of my friends are sensitive to spicy food, so I wanted to come up with two sauces: a traditional hot buffalo then a sweet honey soy glaze. These are a must for any football party!
Prep & Photo Tips:
The best wings are always brined overnight. Brining is similar to marinating. It keeps food moist and tender by increasing the moisture holding capacity of meat. This makes its tender and juicy when cooked. I made a sweet and salty brine with a dark ale, honey, sugar, salt and some whole scotch bonnet peppers for a subtly spice.
The brine will turn you wings a dark color. The skin is just completely filled with beer and sugar goodness. Make sure to completely let your wings dry before you bake them otherwise they won’t get the golden crispy skin you are looking for.
For my honey soy glaze, I infused garlic and ginger into soy, sake & honey. The aromatics were incredible. Drain the garlic and ginger before you let the sauce cook and condense.
Once the wings are cooked, toss them in a large mixing bowl with your sauce, flipping to make sure your wings are fully coated. This is a photo of the buffalo wings.
Because of the brine, when I baked the wings, they developed a beautiful dark color. What looks “burned” is actually not. It is all the sugar that has cooked and baked into the skin.
Here are the Honey Soy Glazed Wings. Served with Ranch, Carrots & Celery
Here are the Buffalo.