Chicken Wings & the Primal Gnaw

I’m absolutely crazy about chicken wings, as pretty much any friend of mine can attest to. I just love the crispy, chewy skin, the tender bits of meat inside, and the “primal gnaw”, that profound, caveman-like carnivorous pleasure you get from eating meat off the bone and then sucking the juices off your fingers. I like them all kinds of ways: buffalo, barbeque, grilled, jerk chicken-style, oven-roasted, southern-fried, etc. etc. As long as they’re capably done, I’ll eat any kind of chicken wing any day of the week!

I’ve been doing this version a lot recently: honey-ginger chicken wings with soy and scallions. Pretty easy, super-satisfying. If you want to make ’em spicy, try adding a tablespoon of sriracha chili sauce to the honey finishing sauce.

A great little appetizer.

Honey-Ginger Chicken Wings

You’ll need (for two to four people):

12 chicken wings, tips removed, cut into 24 pieces (drumettes and flat portions)
salt, pepper, garlic powder
olive oil to coat wings
peanut, canola, or corn oil to fry the wings in
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
1/4 cup minced scallions

Do This:

In a large bowl season wings vigorously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, just to coat. Arrange wings in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with a rack. A piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil is okay instead. Cook in a preheated 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes.

While the wings cook make the honey finishing sauce by whisking together honey, sesame oil, veg oil, salt, pepper, five-spice powder, black pepper, and minced ginger.

In a counter-top fryer or in a large pot heat oil to 375 degrees. In batches fry the wings until crisp. While still hot toss wings in a bowl with the finishing sauce. Sprinkle with minced scallions and serve.

They satisfy that caveman within you, you’ll see. From that first gnaw.

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