I had forgotten all about chicken wings, clear off my food radar they were, until this Christmas. Not sure where they reappeared from, maybe some passing feature on daytime telly or pushing a trolly past the party food shelves in the supermarket but they did reposition themselves. Trying to put a buffet style menu together for New Years Eve lunch with my sister and family and ping they appeared.
I recalled a recipe I’d used before and sought it out and I also recalled that Waitrose was a good place to shop for this sometimes difficult to find item. Sure enough they still do stock them and are very reasonable at £2.29 for a pack of approximately 10 pieces. There are few other ingredients so these little bites are a simple and easy party food. To make things really easy you could use the cheat jars of minced garlic and ginger, however I must say I really enjoy the zing you get from freshly grated ginger and when preparing the sticky sauce the aroma of chopped garlic and fresh ginger is a heavenly combination, to me anyway.
A big plate of these on the table and it seemed Stig had forgotten all about chicken wings too…
“what are these?” finger pointing,
“what is on them?”
“oh that sounds nice”
“can I try one?”
After eating two he returned for two more, then some more, then he asked…
“Can I finish them?”
Due to this success I made them for a week night tea this last week. Served with a couple of salads, houmous, carrot sticks and warm crusty bread we shared a fun family meal that had a hint of Al fresco about it. I think it’s safe to say I wont be forgetting about these babies again.
20 chicken wings
1/2 cup (120g) honey
1/2 cup (125ml) soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic crushed
4cm piece of ginger finely grated
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/ 200C fan assisted Gas mark 6/7.
2. Combine all the ingredients to make a dark sticky sauce.
3. Add the chicken to the sauce and toss. At this point you can leave the chicken to marinade or choose to cook immediately.
4. Place chicken on a tray, baste with remaining sauce and place in oven. Turn occasionally and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
5. Serve and enjoy the sticky fingers.