“The people who give you their food, give you their heart.” Cesar Chavez
One of my favorite foods of all times is chicken wings. You’ll probably be blessed with various recipes for this dish throughout the year as I search for the ultimate, in my opinion, wing taste treat.
Which reminds me … I was at book club last night when one of the women shared that there is a yearly auction of organically raised animals where people can purchase beef or lamb or pork. She raises sheep. Sweaters and lamb loins are her business.
Anyway, she said that at this sale the smaller animals, such as chickens and ducks and rabbits, are simply sold in another area. She said the chickens are fabulous. I asked if the chickens were also dead. “No,” she said, “they sell them live.” I pictured myself parading five chickens on leashes to my car, coaxing them to come home for dinner with me.
Obviously, too much coffee this morning!
At any rate, the idea for Asian Chicken Wings came to me after I made and served Korean Meat Balls (see December 30) to grateful guests. At the end of the meal I was left without meatballs but with a bunch of the marinade. I make a double batch of marinade so the meatballs swim in it when they’re in the crockpot phase of their existence.
So I asked myself, “Self. Do you think that chicken wings marinated and baked in this sauce would be tasty?”
For those of you who want the marinade recipe and want it now!
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup splenda
1/2 t pepper
1 T garlic, minced
2 T sesame oil
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
Mix everything together.
For the chicken wing version I simply took the leftover marinade and soaked the chicken wings overnight. Then I put them into a crockpot with the marinade and cooked them on high or low, depending on my mood, until I got impatient. Finally, I placed them on a baking sheet and baked them at about 400 degrees for 30 minutes or so. I honestly can’t remember.
For those of you who are into exactness, I’m sorry. My inability to stay the course sometimes leads to delicious happy accidents. Other times it makes me wonder if we should get a dog!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.