Sometimes things just come together so perfectly, I have an uncanny ability to go into a restaurant, order something, love it, and go home and recreate it. Sometimes these are a mixture of something I’ve tasted and something I’ve read in a obscure place that I can’t quite place but, remember thinking “That would be so good if you just added something….. ” And that my friends, this is how the Moroccans and the Chinese came together and we created these , absolutely fall off the bone, finger lickin’ frickin’ wings!
While staying at my sister Karen’s house this past Oct., preparing for my niece Lindsey’s Wedding, which by the way was the most beautiful event I’ve had the pleasure of attending, I’m still in awe, not only was she the most beautiful bride, like ever, but she married a man so worthy of her love, and such a mench, it was just a match made in heaven! Anyways, I’m gushing already. Totally off topic…where was I….right, now I remember.
We were doing some last minute shopping for this, that, and the other, which with my sister, is always an adventure I’m happy to go on, as she really is fun to shop with, and, I bask in any time I get alone with her, because she is a really busy woman . Driving to Nordstrom’s, talking, and laughing, we realized we were starving, and stopped in this hole in the wall wing joint, my sister got some regular wings, and I got teriyaki wings, which we ate in the car, and up the escalator, and into the mall, using every last napkin to clean up, as we scampered about trying to find a trash can to discard our bones, very attractive. Hey we were starving and you must never shop hungry, even for clothes. They were really good, but really greasy, but kept thinking, I could do better by those wings, then I remembered a moroccan recipe I read in one of my sisters cookbooks, one time, with very few ingredients, but sounded really good. So I thought these two dishes, also could be a match made in heaven and of course, I was right. The result was outstanding and I haven’t met a soul who can resist just one more of these babies!!
In a lg. Ziploc Bag have cleaned and dryed:
4 lbs. TysonChicken Wings Or Drumsticks
In a bowl mix well:
2/3 cup Sue Bee Honey
1/4 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
2 TBLS. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp. or more to your heat index Chile Paste, Rooster Sauce, Sambal Olelek, or your favorite hot stuff!
1/2 TBLS. Hokan Chinese 5 Spice Powder
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
8 Whole allspice berries
1 TBLS Fresh Grated Ginger
3 Cloves Garlic Pressed or finely grated
Pour the mixture over the chicken in the bag and close zipper and coat well, open slightly and get as much air out as possible, carefully, reclose, put in a shallow pan, bowl, or whatever is handy in case of a possible leak, and refrigerate over night. turning over every couple of hours to evenly marinate.
The next day, when you are ready to cook them, preheat oven to 375º, line a 13x9x2″ pan with foil and put in the wings and sauce, but don’t crowd them if you need another pan, use it. Cook for 1 hour or a little longer for legs, basting with sauce in pan. In the last 10-15 minutes, if necessary, meaning if you don’t have enough juice left in the pan to baste with mix 3 TBLS. Honey and 1 TBLS. Soy Sauce (and some Rooster Sauce, optional), and baste every 3 to 4 minutes, with a basting brush.
Remove to stove top and let rest about 5 minutes, while you finish up your side dishes, Cheesey Twice Baked Potato’s and Garlic Broccoli, recipes to follow!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2009