Saturday, 21 November 2015

Football Sunday Chicken Wings

My husband Victor loves football. He starts talking about his football Sunday early on Saturday, he impatiently waits for the first game to start (almost as impatiently as kids wait for Christmas), he talks about all the players as if they were his buddies and as soon as the first game starts, he turns up the volume of our TV set to the max. Therefore, Sundays are all about football in our household. Football is not my favourite sport, but I love tailgating food and it's not an uncommon occurrence for us to have a little tailgating party of our own. Chicken wings are definitely at the top of my favourite comfort foods list. It's satisfying, saucy and I love the fact that I can eat them with my hands. There is something so liberating about not having to use any utensils. Maybe it just brings out that wild side that we are taught to suppress when we are taught to eat with forks and knives?
My chicken wings recipe has earned quite the reputation. My family loves it, my friends love it and most importantly, Victor loves it. It makes crunchy, crispy wings and a devilishly good sauce that is sweet, tangy, spicy and buttery. It coats every wing enveloping it in luscious, sizzling, savoury lava of flavour. Intense aromas of hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, herbes de Provence, honey, mixed with refreshing lime juice, glistened with rich butter, create that unmistakable signature taste that will beat any restaurant that is known to make "the best wings in town." It will delicately tease and play with all of your senses, leaving them satisfied and excited. Serve your chicken wings with something else that you can eat with your hands. Like French fries. Just to intensify the satisfying practice of eating with hands. Get messy, enjoy the company and have a healthful salad on Monday. In other words, live a little. It's worth it.


1 pound of small split chicken wings. 1/2 cup of your favourite hot sauce, 1/2 cup of butter, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke (optional), a pinch of chilli flakes, a pinch of herbes de provence.


Mix all the ingredients (except chicken wings) in a small pot and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Toss wings in some flour and bake at 400F for 40 min. Turn them once.

When wings are done, pour sauce over them and let sit for 10 minutes.

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