First things first! Ok, so I stayed on the healthy bandwagon for two consequative nights and, by then, I was ready for something just a little decadant. Fear not as I did not stray too far! These here chicken wings are baked and not fried. That's right, they have all the crunch and meatiness that you want from an excellent chicken wing, but without the artery clogging, heart stopping, deep frying.
I purchased a package of whole chicken wings for two reasons: I find they are meatier than the "drummettes" and they are less expensive. To prepare them simply remove the little wing tip with a good knife and either save in a zip lock bag in the freeezer for stock, or discard. Next, cut the remaining two sections right at the joint and, voila, you have a "surf board" and a "battle club". Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet and season with salt and pepper (no oil). Roast in a hot 425 degree oven for about 40 minutes, turning once.
Once the wings are cooked through and crispy place them in an bowl and toss with with the sauce. Serve immediately while they are hot!
Mango Habanero Wing Sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon habanero hot sauce (or to taste)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
Take off "cheeks" of the mango by cutting around the long flat pit. Peel off the thick skin and place the mango pieces in a food processor. Process until the mango mixture becomes very smooth. Place in a sauce pan and add vinegar, hot sauce (start slow, you can always add), brown sugar, salt and pepper. Heat until simmering, then remove from heat and stir in butter. Immediately pour over hot chicken wings and serve!
Blue Cheese Dipper
1/4 cup crumbled Maytag Blue Cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Crumble blue cheese and place in a mixing bowl with sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Combine well, mashing the blue cheese into the mixture but retaining some chunkiness. Serve with carrots, celery and chicken wings.
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