My family decided to have a “Ring-Wing-Off” for Super Bowl. Actually I think it started because mom said she bought 4 pounds of wings and they were going to make the wings for our Appetizer/Dinner Super Bowl party, with the four of us. But when she told me that, I said that I had wanted to make the wings – low and behold… wing challenge issued!
I knew that I was going to bake my wings, but went on the search for the best recipe. The problem was that I didn’t know what flavor exactly I was going for. I headed to FoodGawker & let my eyes be my guide. My eyes brought me to Life Ambrosia’s blog quite a few times! I spent hours (maybe exaggerating a bit, but not too much) looking through her different wings, the comments, the flavors, etc. Finally (after a round of eenie-meenie-miney-moe with myself) I decided to make these Asian inspired wings (she calls them Jalapeno/Ginger – mine had just enough kick but the sesame flavor was the one that really shown through)
Dad made baked wings: marinated in his “whatever” sauce (a mix that is never duplicated using lots of spices, whats-that-here sauce, soy, molasses, ketchup, & who knows what else). Then they got baked (he made a mild version & a spicy version since he was sucking up to our “official” judge of mom who hates spicy things). After baking, they marinated some more and then got baked more right before serving. His texture was pretty good – a bit of a crunch from the double bake, the the flavor (in my opinion) was too sweet AND too bitey at the same time. (VOTE: Rich voted these #1, while Mom/Dad/Myself all voted them in 2nd place)
Rich went with the slow cooker & a BBQ/hot wing sauce (Jack Daniel’s) with some onion & garlic chopped. The flavor was ok, but not for wings… they would have been good slow cooked chicken thighs or something like that! (VOTE: we all voted Rich’s wings at the bottom of the wing-off, but his pizza was amazing as always)
Rachel (thats me) went with a single bake method (20 minutes per side – see recipe below). The wings marinated all afternoon. The flavor was deep in the wings due to the marinade & massaging every hour or so in the bag. They had a little bit of crunch from the marinade, but probably could have gone a minute or two longer (or maybe even broil for a minute on either side at the end!?) (VOTE: hands down winner from Mom & Dad, Rich put these at a tie for 2nd with his, and I enjoyed them but still am sick so didn’t really officially vote for anything since my taste-buds are off still)
- 1 – 2 pounds party wings
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger (use fresh or flavor gets lost)
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. In a bowl whisk remaining ingredients together. Place chicken wings in a ziplock bag & pour jalapeno mixture over the top. Seal bag and shake to coat (you could cook here OR put in fridge and let marinate, being sure to give it some love every hour or so to really let to flavors get ready to party)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken wings in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through (try to broil for more of a crunch – I’ll give that a shot next time) Serve & Enjoy!
Overall we had a great time “watching” the Super Bowl!! Why wouldn’t we have enjoyed it… we got out of the house, the dogs enjoy being at my parents, my dad did a 10cent-a-square football pool, and of course there was lots of great food: Rich’s always-loved pizza, wings, black bean ‘dip’ (will be blogged about & repurposed later this week), dad’s awesome stuffed mushrooms, fresh French Onion Dip, cheese ball, and cheese/crackers & veggies!