Thursday, August 7, 2014

Who Wants Chicken Wings!

Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings.  Chicken wings are a favorite at Crest Avenue.  And why not?  They are delicious.  If prepared correctly. And I believe I have just the perfect recipe for you.  We made these recently and they were a huge hit. Check it out.

Rather than taking a picture of each ingredient like I usually do, I'm going to tell you all that is in the bowl in this picture:

Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings


1-2/3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1-2/3 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cup honey
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper

Whisk it all together.  Make certain that you take time to fully whisk the ingredients together.  The honey has a tendency to collect on the bottom of the bowl.  You want to whisk thoroughly until you feel the honey is completely incorporated.

This recipe calls for 2-1/2 pounds of chicken wings or legs.  I bought a large pack of the full chicken wings from Giant for this project.  I removed them from the pack, rinsed, patted dry and then separated the three sections using a large butcher's knife.  This is not a difficult task.  After you have done it a few times, you don't even think about it.  You will learn right where to place the blade for a clean cut, which is in between the joints.  The small sections on the very end were discarded and we proceeded to marinate the two larger.

So we were able to fit 22 wings in a 9" x 13" glass baking dish.  We had 4 wing sections left over.  So this was right at 2 pounds.

With the oven preheated to 350 degrees, we gave one last whisk to the marinade and then poured it over the wings.  Into the oven they went for one hour, or until the sauce caramelizes.

And one hour later, this is what we had.  Beautiful, delicious chicken wings.  The sauce had perfectly caramelized on the tops of the wings.

I turned each wing over to allow the top with the caramelized sauce to sit in the warm marinade to soften up a bit.

Finally, we had a plate of the most delicious chicken wings you have ever eaten.  This marinade is very similar to a Teriyaki style marinade.  It is really delicious.  Also, after cooking at an even heat for an hour, the meat falls off the bone.  They just couldn't be more perfect.  Give this recipe a try.  I think you will really be glad you did.
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