Monday, February 18, 2013

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Remember me?  Yeah... my son turned five last week, and he wanted a Star Wars party.  Almost every night for the past couple weeks, I have been sewing Jedi robes for all the guests.  Time-consuming, yes, but seeing a whole slew of little boys in Jedi robes and colored duct-taped wrapped pipe insulation Light Sabers was about the cutest thing I've ever seen.  One of the kids went home and said, "Mom, I want a Jedi party every day.... even Sundays!"  

Speaking of Sundays, I made these chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.  It 'twas a super Sunday indeed because these wings were delicious.  They were so crispy and crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.  The sauce was wonderful.  If you're not a wing person, this recipe would be great for chicken fingers as well.  Finger lickin' good!

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
serves 8-10

Honey Garlic Sauce:
2 T vegetable oil
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 c honey
1/4 c soy sauce
1 t pepper

2 c flour
2 T powdered ginger
1 t cayenne
3 T salt
1 T pepper

2 eggs
2 T water

3 pounds chicken wings

Dipping sauce:
1 c ranch
2 t Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning

For the sauce:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil.  Add the minced garlic.  Saute for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Add the honey, soy sauce, and pepper.  Simmer this for 5-10 minutes.  Watch it closely.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Set aside.

For the wings:

Preheat a deep fat fryer to 350 degrees.  If you don't have a fryer, use a tall saucepan with a few inches of oil.

Whisk the eggs and water in a bowl.

Prepare the chicken.  Rinse it and pat it dry.  Put the flour, ginger, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a Ziplock bag.  Toss the chicken into the egg wash then into the bag with the flour.  Add about 4-5 pieces at a time.  Shake to thoroughly coat the chicken.

Fry until golden brown, 10-20 minutes.  Remove the chicken and while it is hot, place them in the saucepan with the sauce and toss to coat.

Combine the ranch and the Old Bay or Cajun seasoning in a bowl and stir to combine.

Serve the wings with the sauce.

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