Sweet Heat Game Day Wings
by Brenda Kong
Nothing says Game Day fun more than chicken wings. Sweet and spicy wings are my absolute favorite. A simple combo of apricot jam for sweet, gochujang, a spicy Korean pepper paste for the heat and rice vinegar, low sodium soy sauce, ginger and garlic round out the sauce. The method is really where this recipe shines. There's a reason why fried wings taste so great – they're quickly cooked, keeping them juicy and crispy before getting tossed in sauce. Baking is great, but it tends to dry the meat out before being fully cooked. Steaming however, is practically unheard of but it keeps everything juicy before tossing in sauce and broiling quickly before serving. Steaming also renders out a lot of the fat, which makes these even better in my book. You can steam your chicken and make your sauce a day ahead then broil to order as needed, which during game day is a great time saver and assure you aren’t slaving away in the kitchen while everyone is enjoying themselves.
- 2.5 lbs. Wings clean and cut into drumettes and flats
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Sweet Heat Sauce:
- ½ cup Reduced Sugar Apricot Jam
- 2 tbsp. Raw Honey
- 2 tbsp. Oyster Sauce
- 3 tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
- ½ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
- 3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 – 1 inch Fresh Ginger piece, peeled and cut into 3-4 pieces, slightly smashed
- ¼ cup Water
- 3 - 4 tbsp. Gochujang, adjust according to heat preference
- Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Marinade wings in salt and pepper 2 hours prior to cooking.
- Bring water to a rolling boil before reducing to medium heat, add wings in one layer to steamer, may need to do this in batches depending on how many wings you have and how big your steamer is.
- Steam for 20 mins or until wings are cooked. No longer than 25 mins. Remove from heat.
- Add all ingredients for sauce in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to high simmer and let cook for 6-7 mins. Remove from heat.
- Turn oven to broil with rack placed on the 2nd from the top slot.
- Brush or dunk wings into the sauce before placing on a sheet pan lined with foil or parchment paper.
- Place under broil for 4-5 mins per side or until wings are browned and caramelized.
- Top with Sesame Seeds and enjoy, careful, they’re hot!
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