Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spice-Rubbed Chicken Wings

Crispy, honey-sweet, sticky skin on tender chicken wings!

When we first tried this recipe, Rodney commented that it would be good on wings. After a buying a bunch of whole chickens and cutting them up for various recipes over the past month, we had a shitload of wings in the freezer. I thawed them out in the 'fridge overnight just to try this specific spice concoction on them.

I owe Week Of Menus for the spicy-rub, but have adapted broiler cooking times from my own attempts using a variety of chicken pieces, not just once, but twice.

Spice-Rubbed Chicken Wings with Honey Glaze

36 or so chicken drumettes and forearms
4 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c honey
1.5 tbsp rice vinegar

Mix garlic, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and olive oil in a huge bowl. Mix well.

Add wing pieces and mix/rub well so that the mixture coats all the pieces evenly.

On a foil-lined broiler pan, place the first batch of chicken pieces and broil 8-9 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix vinegar and honey, warming gently in the microwave if necessary to get them to blend.

Brush chicken with honey-vinegar, turn chicken, and continue cooking for an additional 16-24 minutes, brushing and turning every 7-8 minutes.

Like before, it's the sugar in the sauce that is blackening, NOT the chicken.

Remove chicken from oven. Brush chicken with honey vinegar glaze. Place chicken on a plate and cover 5 minutes.

Rodney and I both loved the wings. This spice blend is fantastic and completely do-able on any sort of chicken piece, skin-on or off! This recipe has proven itself again and again (literally) without hitch. This is already a definite go-to on nights where we have chicken, but no plans for it, whatever those pieces may be.

I'm not even sure how to calculate this since the wings came from a bunch of different chickens. I can tell you that chicken wings go for about $1.99/lb at Stater Bros -- completely insane if you ask me. The rest of the stuff we have anyways. Well, I'll SWAG wings at an average of $0.75/lb and estimate we had 3 lbs.

That makes dinner about $2.25.